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Senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Clairemont

My name is Adam Christman and I am a California native. I grew up in Bakersfield, and the Lord saved me in my home there when my mother led me to the Lord. I married Rachel just over 15 years ago, … more

The Pathway to Humility

Leaders can often become their own biggest obstacle. When they start to see fruitfulness in their ministries, they may be tempted to make everything about themselves. This, of course, is … more

Wes Coddington

Stunned! I can’t think of a more descriptive adjective to explain my feelings when I read Karen Coddington’s short paragraph announcing the battle of her husband, Wes, against … more

When Southern Baptists Share the Gospel with Democrats, You May Get Christian Democrats!

I grew up in a liberal family in Southern California. I belonged to the Bahá’í faith and was raised by two hippies. My grandfather was the first civil rights writer for … more

7 Steps to Leading Through Change

When I served as a campus and executive pastor in the D.C. area, I recruited a man named Bob Krulogoski as a small group leader at our first multisite campus. As our campus grew, we elevated Bob as a … more

How To Preach To A Difficult Audience

Speaking to a broken heart is like giving nourishment to a starving child. Speaking to a hard heart is like correcting a rebellious teenager. So how do you do it? If you're looking for an easy … more

7 Secrets to Overcoming Discouragement

No matter what’s discouraging you today, know this: You’re not alone. The greatest missionary in the history of the church faced all kinds of discouraging circumstances. In 2 Corinthians, … more

Firefighters Warn: Never Leave Water Bottles Sitting in a Hot Car

With summer rapidly approaching, firefighters are warning people to never leave clear plastic water bottles in a hot car. It seems like the opposite thing you would hear as temperatures heat … more

Crying as a Spiritual Discipline May Change How You See the World

(RNS) Early in seminary, I had a startling realization: I hadn’t cried in years. While this isn’t particularly unusual — sadly, it’s all too normative — it struck me as … more

“Jesus Can Do Nothing. Jesus Is Nothing”: Muslim Vows to Kill Herself on Live Christian Broadcast if Jesus Doesn’t Stop Her

Padina is what you would call your “model Muslim.” The young Iranian woman was born and raised on the Quran—studying and memorizing its scripture every day before school. She … more

How the Church Can Help with Mental Health

I’ve always believed and taught that God uses our pain to help others. I’ve seen that to be true over and over in my life—and in the lives of those in our Saddleback family. Much of … more

Joint effort aims to get Bible in all languages

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) – Mart Green has a vision that everyone in the world will have the Bible in their own heart language in the next 12 years. Green, founder and CEO of Mardel Christian & … more

Translation app leaves eternal impact

DULUTH, Ga. (BP) – A simple furniture purchase turned into a life-changing experience for two men visiting Pastor James Merritt this past weekend. Merritt, pastor of Cross Pointe Church in … more

Saddleback's Kay Warren: Church is 'vital' to combating mental health crisis

As the pandemic has resulted in increased anxiety and depressive disorder among Americans, Saddleback Church co-founder Kay Warren says the Church can play a unique role in caring for those with … more

When Fear Gets in the Way of Your Relationships

Relationships are at the heart of every effective ministry. Whether they are with your spouse, your family, your staff, your church, or your community, you can’t lead well without having good … more

Send Relief, churches reaching out in love on the border

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (BP) – Pastor Olber Roblero lives four miles from the U.S. border with Mexico. He can see the fence from his living room window. Roblero spends his days giving out shoes, … more

An Inviting Easter Weekend

The two-legged creatures sprinted randomly, torn by the lure of pony rides, a petting zoo, Easter eggs, bounce house and rock wall, trampoline jumps, face-paintings and cotton candy. Which way to … more

Southern Baptist leaders react to Chauvin verdict

MINNEAPOLIS (BP) – Leaders and pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention joined others today (April 20) in commenting on the verdict of former police officer Derek Chauvin as guilty on all … more

Tennessee 6-year-old inspires church with Annie Offering gift

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Pastor Larry Robertson of Hilldale Baptist Church in Clarksville, Tenn., saw the young Maci Parker out of the corner of his eye, respectfully waiting to address her … more

“ALL OUR DEBT IS GONE!”

Best selling author, worship leader, and “hope dealer” as he calls himself, Carlos Whittaker posted on his Instagram page the whirlwind of events he called an … more
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