Rick Lance

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FIRST-PERSON: A good attitude as we go to Anaheim

Anaheim awaits Southern Baptists as we prepare for our annual meeting. The setting will be sunny southern California. As we all know, this is not our typical meeting place for Southern Baptists. Yet for our brothers and sisters in the western states, meeting in Anaheim makes an important statement about their ministry where Southern Baptists […]

FIRST-PERSON: A yearning for something fresh from God

Recently, I was blessed to hear Bill Elliff speak on the subjects of prayer, revival and spiritual awakening. I was touched by his passion for something fresh from God to move in the lives of believers and in our churches.

FIRST-PERSON: A time to remember

PRATVILLE, Ala. (BP) – Anniversaries are usually times of joy and celebration. Wedding anniversaries are certainly that kind of experience. Anniversaries for church families are a time to celebrate their histories and to praise the Lord for His blessings upon them.

FIRST-PERSON: Numbers matter

Data on baptisms, discipleship and stewardship, Rick Lance notes, provide "a unique glimpse at the eternal impact churches are making for the Lord."

Welcome to Birmingham

One of the common nicknames for Birmingham in our state is “The Magic City.” I prefer to think of Birmingham as “A City on the Move.”

FIRST-PERSON: A meeting of the hearts

Rick Lance of the Alabama Baptist Convention believes "we were all on the same team" in a meeting led by J.D. Greear, the Southern Baptist Convention's new president.

FIRST-PERSON: Prayer driving

Rick Lance recounts various ways he prays while driving across his state or while stuck in miles of roadwork. Prayer driving, he writes, "has helped me to be in touch with the Lord and the needs of others."

FIRST-PERSON: Beyond Giving Tuesday

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Alabama's Rick Lance suggests that Giving Tuesday be "a time of consecrated and concentrated focus on giving to what makes a difference."

FIRST-PERSON: The pastor search process

Columnist Rick Lance offers advice to pastor search committees as they engage in "one of the most crucial times in the life of a church."

FIRST-PERSON: The gay marriage debate: How would Jesus respond?

Columnist Rick Lance takes a look at Jesus' teachings and how Christ would respond to the current debate over gay marriage.