America is desperately in need of revival. The spiritual strength of the nation is in direct proportion to the spiritual strength of her churches. The statistical reports from most mainline denominations in the United States indicate that their churches are in decline and having little or no impact on their communities.
For years the great majority of churches in America have either plateaued or experienced noticeable decline. Each year at least 10,000 churches in the Southern Baptist Convention baptize no one. The culture is becoming less Christian with each passing year.
More than 3,000 teenage girls, collegiate young women, and leaders were challenged to live the “Amazing Life” during July 10-13 Blume conference sponsored by Woman’s Missionary Union in Kansas City, Mo.
The majority of professors at America’s colleges and universities hold an unfavorable view of evangelical Christians that leads to intolerance in the classroom, a recent study on educators’ religious opinions confirmed.
While members of Poplar Springs North Baptist Church waited for ambulances to carry four of their members to the hospital, an Interstate bridge in Minneapolis, Minn., fell into the Mississippi River, leaving 13 possible dead. Although members of the church offered thanks for God’s grace in online comments, others argued those claims of God’s interaction.
He was determined to get scripture into the hands of people who didn’t have it in their own language. It didn’t matter what it cost. If the International Mission Board wouldn’t help him, he would find someone who would.
Following a unanimous vote by FamilyNet’s board of trustees Aug. 7, North American Mission Board (NAMB) trustees Aug. 8 voted unanimously to accept a letter of intent from Charles Stanley’s In Touch Ministries outlining the ministry’s intention to purchase NAMB’s FamilyNet television network.
Volunteers from Dublin’s Liberty Baptist Church added what Louisianans call “lagniappe” – a bonus or “something added” – to the end of full work days with Operation NOAH (New Orleans Area Homes) Rebuild recently by painting a children’s mural in New Orleans’ Edgewater Baptist Church in the evenings.
Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital, is the most powerful city in the world, or as Pentagon officials helpfully pointed out after 9/11, a “target-rich environment.” This beautiful city located on the Potomac River symbolizes our nation’s democracy and freedom.
The great-great granddaughter of Dred Scott is using her heritage to proclaim the rights of unborn babies to be counted as full individuals, with some pro-life advocates hopeful that just as the Dred Scott decision was overturned, Roe v. Wade may eventually face a similar fate.
Shorter College President Harold E. Newman announced July 31that a friend of the college has made a $750,000 challenge grant toward the college’s Campaign for Library Excellence. This brings the total of gifts and pledges for the library campaign to more than $2.2 million.
The dream of a West Virginia pastor has spawned a nine-day prayer gathering with the theme “Broken Before the Throne,” and Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page is urging people nationwide to attend in expectation of God’s moving.
A new insurance benefit for seminarians and added assistance for needy retirees were noted by GuideStone Financial Resources President O.S. Hawkins as enhancements that have been added to the Southern Baptist entity’s long-range ministry.
Year-to-date contributions through the Southern Baptist Convention’s Cooperative Program are 2.71 percent ahead of the same time frame in 2006, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Morris H. Chapman.
A major procedural hurdle was overcome by the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) in its legal battle with five breakaway agencies July 18 when the trial judge affirmed the convention’s legal standing to bring its contract claims against the five agencies, and rejected a key defense theory that only the Missouri attorney general could bring such action.
A woodlands chapel in Britain used by Boy Scouts and Girl Guides for nearly 70 years as an open-air place of peaceful worship has been demolished because scout officials feared it might offend non-Christians.
In an effort to teach children spiritual truth and moral values – and bolster flagging attendance – the Church of England is releasing a new book that uses episodes from the TV cartoon The Simpsons to illustrate biblical life principles.
End of the ACP paper trail This year churches can send Annual Church Profile information online By Sherri Brown, Communications, GBC Published August 16, 2007
A few years after the Georgia Baptist Convention began in 1822, churches began submitting annual reports to the state offices. This paper trail has continued, with a few changes. It’s been called Uniform Church Letter, Church Letter, and Annual Church Profile.
2 Kings 22:1-5; 23:2-4, 24, 26-27
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, August 26
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published August 16, 2007
Eagles Landing First Baptist Church will be hosting a “Do Missions NOW Acts 1:8 Rally” on Sept. 8 from 1 until 5 p.m. Anyone and everyone who is sincerely committed to being an Acts 1:8 Christian, to participating in an Acts 1:8 church, to being involved in an Acts 1:8 association, and to participating in an Acts 1:8 convention should make plans to be a part of this Acts 1:8 event.
I took a two-day trip to Washington about a week ago to visit with Barrett Duke, the vice president for public policy with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (See story page 1). I love our nation’s capital. I have visited D.C. on numerous occasions and am always enthralled with the sights and sounds of the city.
Faith, or belief, can only operate in the present. It takes no faith to believe what has been – that’s settled. Likewise, it takes no faith to believe what God can do, for with God all things are possible. Faith functions in what you believe God is going to do right now.
Since the 1980s, hundreds of Georgia churches and thousands of students have been blessed by the ministry of the SuperWOW camp. Doug Couch and his staff have consistently brought in quality teachers, preachers, and musicians to inspire and encourage.
We have been receiving your paper for years and have noticed that you do not have a column that focuses on a Christian’s physical health. In our church, each week, the prayer list for physical healing is getting longer and longer.