The Iraq war has claimed many victims, but perhaps the least known is a small religion that scholars say is the last remaining link to ancient faiths that flourished during the time of the Roman Empire.
A new study of attendance at Southern Baptist Convention annual meetings shows the percentage of messengers in the 18-39 age group steadily declining since 1980 – the early days of the SBC’s Conservative Resurgence – and dropping sharply since 2004. The percentage of messengers in the 60-plus age group, however, has increased dramatically.
Several Iraqi Christian sites were damaged in coordinated bomb blasts Sunday morning, Jan. 6, the day many Iraqi Christians celebrated either Epiphany or Christmas Eve according to some Eastern liturgical calendars. At least six people were injured, one seriously.
The 1960s were years of unrest, tumult, ferment, and revolution in American. In 1962 the Supreme Court decided in Engel v. Vitale that prayer in the public schools was unconstitutional. As the 1960s progressed, many young people turned from mainstream protestant churches to mystic eastern religions. Respect for authority declined among the youth and crime rates soared. The use of marijuana and hallucinatory drugs skyrocketed.
Willow Creek Community Church, the suburban Chicago megachurch that has become a model for some of the nation’s largest churches, started more than a quarter-century ago by asking the question: Why don’t people go to church.
Greg Hartzog remembers growing up in Woodland Baptist Church in Ladonia, Ala. His father was longtime choir director. While a student at Troy State University, Hartzog would drive home on weekends to help with the youth choir. He still has extended family who attend.
A gourd, a grape, and a cucumber who risk limbless life on the 17th Century high seas to save a princess are the featured characters in a new Veggie Tales movie, The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything, appearing in movie theaters since Jan. 11.
It was less than a year after meeting international missionaries Mike and Kathy Weaver that Dale Pickens found himself ministering in Peru. Now, he and other members of First Baptist Lithia Springs regularly travel there to train others in spreading the gospel.
Jeannie Fuller had a heart transplant last year. The discovery of a heart problem, the deteriorating health condition that followed for months after the initial shocking discovery, the agonizing waiting for a donor’s heart, and the recovery process significantly impacted the whole family.
Each Bible placed in a hotel room has the potential to reach up to 2,300 people in its estimated six-year life span, and about 25 percent of travelers read the Bibles in their hotel rooms, according to The Gideons International, a group that has been placing Bibles in hotel rooms since 1908.
Mike Everson will begin his tenure as Ministry Resource Consultant for the Southwest Georgia region Feb. 1. He attended Georgia Tech, Mid-America Seminary, and Luther Rice Seminary, and previously served as pastor of Pray’s Mill Baptist Church in Douglasville.
The 2008 Compensation Survey for Southern Baptist churches, a joint effort of Baptist state conventions, LifeWay Christian Resources, and GuideStone Financial Resources, is now online at www.LifeWay.com/compensationsurvey. All ministers and employees of Southern Baptist churches are encouraged to participate.
First Baptist Church of Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress announced his intention Jan. 2 to nominate Southern Seminary president R. Albert Mohler for Southern Baptist Convention president at the SBC annual meeting in June.
In the hours before the Tournament of Roses Parade, 70-plus volunteers led 12 people in making decisions for Christ among thousands who staked out a spot to view the festivities along Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard.
He kneels at the front of the stage to plug in his chalk-smudged iPod, then without another word, he picks up a sturdy piece of square chalk and makes wide sweeps across a Wal-Mart bed sheet hanging at center stage.
The Motive By Chris Humphries, Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Austell Published January 17, 2008
Luke 15:1-2, 11-24
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Feb. 3
I like whales. Ever since I read Herman Melville’s 1851 novel, Moby Dick, in the sixth grade I have been fascinated by whales. I find the biblical story of Jonah and his encounter with a whale even more intriguing.
Do you ever get the feeling that your children aren’t listening to your instructions? You have just offered an ocean of wise counsel but your little sailor seems to be floating in an entirely different sea.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published January 17, 2008
The process of selecting the next president of the United States has begun.
In regards to the letter published in the December 20th issue concerning the Golden Compass movie, the writer errs in urging Christian parents and children to see this anti-Christian movie. His reasoning, that by seeing this movie Christians can engage the culture instead of isolating from the discussion about anti-Christian themes depicted in this movie, is flawed.
Concerning the recent flap over the Willow Creek “confession,” our denomination’s 2006 Annual Church Profile reports that there were 16,306,246 Southern Baptists, yet attendance at the primary worship service averaged 6,138,776.