A Michigan pastor is urging people to go “Gossip Free” for at least eight days starting on 8-8-08, but said it’s never too early to stop listening to or sharing idle chatter at home, work, or especially church.
Many churches in Clayton County are facing significant challenges primarily due to the decade-long transition from a generally Anglo, mid-to-upper class community to a mixed, lower-economic class community which includes Anglos, African-Americans, Latinos, and Asians.
A gay man is suing two heavyweight Christian publishers, claiming their versions of the Bible that refer to homosexuality as a sin violate his constitutional rights and have caused him emotional pain and mental instability.
Overtime Laurens Association and others sponsor first area sports camp as supplement to VBS By Scott Barkley, Production Editor Published July 31, 2008
Sports and salvation came together as leaders from Laurens Baptist Association, New Vision Fellowship Church, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes led a sports camp May 27-30. Nearly 500 children attended the event, the first of its kind in the area.
Katrina Browne was in seminary when she got the letter. Written by her grandmother, it revealed an ugly secret: Her family’s wealth, Ivy League diplomas, and social affluence all stemmed from the slave trade.
The Georgia primary election results were somewhat predictable. I suppose the most visible contest was the Democrats’ race for the United States Senate seat. Vernon Jones and Jim Martin vanquished three first-time candidates and will face each other in an August 5 runoff.
At St. Stephen Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., the 14,000-member congregation billed itself as a “seven-day-a-week” hub of activity, with choir practices, ministry meetings, or small groups scheduled nightly.
A number of years ago CB radios were all the rage. There was a lingo that went along with using a CB. One of the things that might be said to you was, “Do you have your ears on?” Translated, that means, “Are you listening?” Now you can’t really listen unless you are tuned in.
Before the gentleman even walked into room 309B at Quinton Memorial Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Dalton, he was aware of Mazell Holt and her penchant for asking people if they were a Christian.
As Major League Baseball showcased its stars in famed Yankee Stadium July 15, the player who emerged from the All-Star break as the biggest star of all, Texas Ranger outfielder Josh Hamilton, spent most of his time pointing to someone greater than himself.
At 100 years old, Royal Ambassadors (RAs), Southern Baptists’ missions education organization for boys, isn’t content simply to look back nostalgically at the past; it is also looking forward expectantly to the future.
In a city too often known for scandal and financial wrongdoing, Southern Baptists want to be sure no one confuses their ongoing Operation NOAH (New Orleans Area Hope) Rebuild ministry with a city-affiliated agency that has been accused of misappropriating housing funds.
Total giving from Southern Baptist churches and entities has topped $3 million for Union University’s recovery from a Feb. 5 tornado that destroyed much of the housing and caused major damage to other academic buildings at the Jackson, Tenn., campus.
Although thousands of Baptist volunteers have come and gone from the Mississippi Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina’s onslaught in late August 2005, many more people and groups had good intentions to come and help but never made the trip for one reason or another.
Two days after 16 Pakistani Christians living at a former Islamic seminary and their Muslim landlord were kidnapped by elements of the Taliban, the local director of the extremist group publicly apologized for it.
A Native American prisoner who was denied the eagle feathers he needed to practice his religious rites will be represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in a suit against the Wyoming State Penitentiary in Rawlins.
As two U.S. congressmen wrapped up a human rights fact-finding visit to China during the run-up to the Olympic Games, officers of Beijing’s Public Security Bureau broke down the door of a Christian activist’s apartment, beat his family, and forcibly evicted them.
Francis Schaeffer, Christian theologian and philosopher and founder of the L’Abri community, once wrote, “Most Christian leaders try to plead with people to maintain the conservative position without realizing that the conservative position means the majority position or the generally accepted position, and Christians no longer hold the majority position. We who hold to historic Christianity are now an absolute minority.”
Pastor search committees (PSCs) have never called me to ask my opinion about the kind of requirements they should establish for pastoral candidates, but believe it or not I do have an opinion about that issue.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published July 31, 2008
I came across some very interesting information on AOL this week. I have always had an interest in reading anything related to astronomy. I agree totally with the Psalmist when he wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God.”
Thank you for publishing David Roach’s article on John Killinger’s messages to the CBF General Assembly in your July 3 issue. You serve Georgia Baptists in sharing how our brothers and sisters in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship are being influenced under the banner of “sharing ideas.”
As director of missions for the Finger Lakes Baptist Association, I want to take this opportunity to thank Georgia Baptists for the ministry and mission efforts of the Georgia Baptist Youth All State Choir an Orchestra. I especially want to thank and commend Keith Chandler, Georgia Baptist Music consultant, who led and coordinated the All State project.
Thank you for publishing the article about Chris Tyler. He was a very close friend to my husband, Chad. We loved him very much and still miss him and think about him all of the time. It is good to know that in the midst of tragedy, people’s lives were saved.
I was recently disturbed by an article in The Index that quotes several “authorities” saying that the Southern Baptist Convention is declining numerically and effectively. I was disturbed because I cannot take issue with those conclusions; I do believe that there is a decline in what we once recognized as the SBC.