Representing the nation’s largest Protestant denomination for two years gives an individual keen insight into the workings of the denomination. It provides a behind-the-scenes look at how efficiently the SBC works and where there is room for growth.
First came the calls from drivers along Main Street that borders First Baptist Church. Then from local media outlets. Soon enough, others around the country wanted to know about the sign in the church parking lot emblazoned simply with FREE GAS and a phone number.
SBC President Frank Page’s recent prediction that Southern Baptists could lose half of their churches by 2030 may have been based on his private observations, but statistics show his cause for concern may be well-grounded.
Fulfilling the mission Christ gave His followers – bringing lost souls into God’s Kingdom – will be the focus of the 151st session of the Southern Baptist Convention when it convenes June 10-11 at the Indiana Convention Center.
Georgia Baptists were among nominees selected to serve on the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, three of the four denominational boards (International and North American Mission boards, LifeWay Christian Resources), Southeastern and Midwestern seminaries, and the Committee on Order of Business by the 2008 SBC Committee on Nominations.
Ben and Cathy D’Amico were married on Jan. 8, 2000 and in February of the next year he was called to become the pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Quitman. The church was prospering under D’Amico’s leadership, but in 2003 his Crohn’s Disease, which he had battled in varying degrees for 20 years, began to give him serious problems resulting in multiple surgeries.
Some say it is a new day in South Korea. After a landslide election in November, Myung-Bak Lee was sworn into office on Feb. 19. In defeating Dong-Young Chung of the liberal United Democratic Party, Lee provided the conservative Grand National Party with its first presidential election win in 10 years.
H. Crist Camden, pastor of Oconee Heights Baptist Church in Athens, will be nominated for first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention at the annual meeting next month, said a statement released by former church member and curent Midwestern Seminary student Andrew Higginbotham May 13.
“It looks like a war zone,” explained Norm Yukers. The pastor of Pine Forest Baptist Church in Macon made his observation as he surveyed the damage in east Macon in the aftermath of the tornadoes that ripped through his community in the early morning hours of Mother’s Day.
Members of Two Rivers Baptist in Nashville, Tenn., voted May 11 to not accept all the ballots cast the previous Sunday on removing 71 dissidents from church membership. Their vote reversed the outcome of that balloting and the dissident members will now be removed from the congregation’s rolls.
Rodney Hammer, the International Mission Board’s regional leader for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) for the past eight years, resigned effective May 5 after challenging policies of the board of trustees.
Black leather and chrome were in abundance at Royal Baptist Church on a recent Sunday night as dozens of motorcycle-riding Christians gathered to be commissioned to use their bikes as a witnessing and ministry tool.
In the May 25, 2006 edition of The Christian Index I wrote an editorial entitled “Bring it on – your nomination, that is.” In that editorial I wrote, “I understand that constant vigilance must be maintained to preserve the victory of the Conservative Resurgence, but I think we have come to the time when we need to see multiple nominations for each convention office both on the national and state level.”
The changes our nation has seen over the past 100 years are mind-boggling. Transportation, communication, and education barely resemble what existed at the turn of the previous century.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published May 22, 2008
Mother’s Day weekend brought surprisingly powerful storms into Georgia in which numerous tornados ripped through houses, churches, and other structures. Within a very short time, Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief teams, under the direction of Stuart Lang, were hard at work helping Georgians to clean up in the aftermath.
I am writing in response to Al Rahn’s letter about Oprah’s bad theology and great generosity. While in agreement with Mr. Rahn that Ms. Winfrey has a generous spirit, I believe we have many in our churches that out-give her every week.
I just read Gerald Harris’ article regarding Oprah Winfrey and want to thank him for speaking the truth. If Christians that believe the Bible from cover to cover would stop watching her programs, ratings would plummet.