The blue hues of dusk reflect off the apartment walls where believers gather to pray. On bended knees, they form a semicircle around the coffee table, voicing the names of former neighbors who now live hours, and in some cases, days away.
The rise of Calvinism in the Southern Baptist Convention was variously described as a cause for rejoicing and concern and as a movement that should be understood in its proper historical context, speakers said during a Nov. 26-28 conference on Reformed theology and the SBC.
On Nov. 8 Ruth Jones and other members of the Jubalheirs packed shoes, toys, hygiene products, and other items to be sent to families in Moldova. The act was part of an ongoing partnership between the eastern European country and the Georgia Baptist Convention.
Forty-one state conventions affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention met in annual meetings between August and November. Thirty-one state conventions increased their budgets, seven made cuts, and three kept the amount the same; 16 state conventions increased the portion of Cooperative Program funds forwarded to worldwide Southern Baptist ministries.
She is a North Georgia treasure. Her pastor, Kenneth Zollinger, says, “Everybody in the county knows her; and she has such a sweet spirit. She has been actively involved in this church for decades, taught Sunday School for years, and is still the president of the Women’s Missionary Union.”
Messengers to the 177th annual meeting of the BSCNC adopted a 2008-09 budget that defunded its Woman’s Missionary Union; accepted the recommendations of a study committee whose chairman said “Baptist Retirement Homes will no longer be a ministry of the convention”; and approved the first of two steps required to relinquish trustee selection at the convention’s five colleges.
Georgia Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union is collecting coats for North Korean children as mentioned in a recent story on page 32 of the Nov. 8 issue of The Index. The coats will be given to children who have been affected by the recent devastating floods that have displaced nearly 200,000 people.
30 percent of recent SBC seminary graduates now serving as church pastors identify themselves as Calvinists, according to data presented during the opening session of a conference on Reformed theology and the Southern Baptist Convention.
Gun-wielding robbers entered First Baptist Church of Dallas Thanksgiving night and bound three security guards with rope while they stole eight plasma televisions valued at $5,000 and a cell phone from one of the guards.
International Mission Board finance officials project Southern Baptists will need to meet their $165 million goal for the 2007 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions just to sustain ministry budgets funded by last year’s record $150 million offering.
One of the lessons that emerged from a nine-day prayer gathering in West Virginia was the need for renewed spiritual discipline among a majority of Southern Baptists across the nation, according to the pastor who organized the event.
A British church safety group is advising clergy – from the archbishop of Canterbury on down – to take off their clerical “dog collars” when they go out while off duty, to reduce the risk of being attacked.
Hend El-Buri began wearing a hijab, or headscarf, in middle school. After eight years of watching non-Muslims warily eye her devout attire, she joked with some veiled friends that it might finally break the ice if they all wore bright pink hijabs to their University of Missouri classes one day.
Jennifer Hunter was thrilled with her new job, even though she didn’t have a clue how to do it.Hunter, 31, became director of Augusta’s Broad Street Ministries in 2005, shortly after the ministry center opened. Although she had lived in the city since birth, it wasn’t in a place she knew.
The sincere Christian who is sensitive to the climate and character of our present American culture would have to be gravely concerned about the present condition of our society. Subjective, situational ethics have replaced biblical morality. Tolerance and indulgence have replaced absolute, objective truth. Independence and self-reliance have replaced faith and a dependence upon the sufficiency of God.
By mid-December, you may be grimacing when you hear Andy Williams croon, “It’s the most wonderful time of all,” on the radio. By then you might be yearning to hear the strains of “Auld Lang Syne.”
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published December 6, 2007
I received an early Christmas gift from Timothy L. Hall, who serves as pastor of the Elim Baptist Church in Ludowici, Georgia. Brother Hall sent me a letter expressing appreciation for the ministry of our Georgia Baptist Convention staff in his church in recent days. His words are not only encouraging to me, but I believe they would be informative to the good folks in our churches as they speak of the willingness of our staff to be as involved in the ministry of our local churches as we have opportunity to be.
Plagiarism issue By James Linville, pastor, Yanceyville, NC Published December 6, 2007
I recently stumbled onto your article from last November titled “Plagiarism: Whose message is it?” This is a very interesting read. I am a minister and this has been an issue ever sense I can remember.
I really enjoyed the feature article on Don Aderhold that was well deserved. I remember when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy because I was just 11 years old. He impressed me with how he could preach and pray as a teenager.
In response to Wayne Edwards’ Nov. 22 guest commentary on the Willow Creek confession, I do agree that it is good that Willow Creek made an honest evaluation of their “seeker” ministry and were honest about the impact they were not making.