Even on a warm day, the water in Ranger Lake at Fort Benning is so cold it hurts. Chaplain (Capt.) Jeff Struecker steps in wearing black running shorts and a RANGER-emblazoned T-shirt. He even flashes a bright grin.
In Ezekiel we can read of a time when this prophet of God witnessed what had to be one of the most incredibly dark times in the history of Israel. Former Life Action Ministry leader Del Fehsenfeld Jr. in his book “Ablaze With His Glory” comments on the events of Ezekiel 9-11:
A majority of Southern Baptist Convention pastors believe the media has overstated the threat of global warming and that SBC resolutions have not been “too timid” when they addressed global warming, according to a recent study on global issues by LifeWay Research.
The Christian Index conducted the following interview with Frank Cox, pastor of North Metro First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, prior to his expected nomination as president of the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis.
Georgia Baptists have never been shy about sharing their thoughts and opinions with others, and that has gotten easier in the last couple of years due to breakthroughs in the publishing industry. The Index is responding to that by bringing back a column in which it reviews recently published books.
Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock, has been announced as a candidate for president of the Southern Baptist Convention. His autobiographical, life-changing story is explained in the book, “From the Poolroom to the Pulpit.”
Just a little more than 10 years ago, Todd Briggs didn’t know what it meant to have a personal relationship with Christ. Today, he’s pastoring EPIC Village Church in midtown Atlanta and telling others how they can know God personally.
Maria Sue, the 5-year-old daughter of Christian musician Steven Curtis Chapman, died May 21 after she was struck by an SUV driven by her teenage brother in the family’s driveway south of Nashville, Tenn.
On May 12 Baptist Press announced that Dwight McKissic, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, would nominate Les Puryear, senior pastor of Lewisville (N.C.) Baptist Church, for president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Wyman Richardson, pastor of First Baptist Dawson, will nominate Doug Mulkey, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Canton, for 2nd vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention at the upcoming annual meeting June 10-11 in Indianapolis.
Galen W. Jones was named North Region Church Planting consultant for New Church Development of the Georgia Baptist Convention May 12. In his position he will be helping develop church plants as well as recruit and train church planters.
Students and faculty of Shorter College traveling the globe this summer will be providing accounts of their experiences online. Excerpts are updated regularly and can be found through the Shorter College website www.shorter.edu.
Through a new “We Get It!” campaign, the Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity is partnering with other organizations to demonstrate that evangelical Christians support what they describe as a more biblical, fact-based approach to global warming.
Iowa Baptist disaster relief volunteers began feeding operations May 27 in northeast Iowa, where the town of Parkersburg sustained extensive tornado damage Sunday evening, May 25, and six people were killed.
As a growing global food crisis stirs uncertainty and generates hostility around the world, International Mission Board missionaries are finding ways to help sustain both the physical and spiritual needs of the people they serve.
Leading into a soon-to-be launched National Evangelism Initiative (NEI) in the Southern Baptist Convention, the North American Mission Board has launched a comprehensive media campaign through June 14 in Indianapolis, site of the SBC’s June 10-11 annual meeting.
A Baptist Global Response assessment team sent to set the stage for Myanmar relief efforts never set foot inside its borders, but their ministry is stretching deep into the Asian country battered by Cyclone Nargis.
Expanding on the success of Ridgecrest Summer Camps near Asheville, N.C., which are running at nearly 100 percent capacity, LifeWay Glorieta Conference Center is preparing to hold its first summer camps in New Mexico’s Rocky Mountains.
Media mogul Ted Turner has partnered with Lutherans and Methodists to launch a $200 million dollar campaign to fight malaria in Africa, telling the United Nations General Assembly “you’ve got to have faith to build a better world” and that he regrets past negative remarks against religion.
Messengers from across the nation and around the world will gather in Indianapolis June 10-11 for the 151st session of the Southern Baptist Convention. For the third time Indianapolis will be the host city for the SBC Annual Meeting. Previous such gatherings in the Indiana capital city were 1992 and 2004.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published June 5, 2008
The Southern Baptist Convention will be meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana a few days after you receive this edition of The Index.
I read with a great deal of interest the article in the May 8th issue entitled “Embracing Ethnic Diversity” and I applaud Ken Hall and First Baptist Lilburn. They have done what many Baptist churches are failing to do, reach out to our changing communities where God has brought people from many countries to our doorsteps.
Drs. Page and Watke are right on with their predictions of the rapid declines (see May 22 Index, pages 1 and 2) forecasted in our SBC churches, but few seem to be willing to lead into a brave and bold new future. My research has identified essential biblical illiteracy among our every-Sunday-church-going-members.