New research into several questions that often dominate Southern Baptist debates – from the rise of Calvinism and prevalence of elders in congregations to speaking in tongues and baptism practices – offers some hard numbers to inform those discussions.
Nearly five months ago Pastor Jeff Crook challenged the people of Blackshear Place Baptist Church in Flowery Branch to work and witness toward reaching and baptizing 100 people in 100 days this summer. It was not the first time this challenge had been extended to the Hall County congregation.
When “Fireproof” opens this weekend in 800 theaters nationwide, more people will hear the gospel outside the four walls of Sherwood Baptist Church in one night than they ever would at its location on Whispering Pines Road.
The simple wood chapel 110 miles southeast of Memphis, Tenn., is no Crystal Cathedral. But the East Tupelo (Miss.) First Assembly of God building had a greater impact on 20th-century music than any of America’s gilded megachurches.
He’s “J.L.” on his business card. His wife calls him “Mac.” Some friends call him “James,” although he often forgets to stand up when he’s introduced as James. But he’s best known simply as “The Hitchhiker,” especially among Southern Baptists in California.
When Dr. White called me in January of 2003 and asked me to pray about becoming the editor of The Christian Index I was blessed, but astounded that I would ever be considered the for this position. I had been a pastor for forty-one years and had assumed that I would be the pastor of Eastside Baptist Church in Marietta until I retired or God called me home.
Dan Spencer, pastor of First Baptist Church of Thomasville and chairman of the GBC Cooperative Program Budget Committee, presented the 2009 budget to the Executive Committee Sept. 16 and explained that a “course correction” was necessary for the next fiscal year.
Johnathan Gray, director of development for Central Georgia in the Georgia Baptist Foundation, has resigned to become the first executive director of the newly formed Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Foundation.
“Who’s in Your Wallet?” is the theme of this year’s Soul-Winning Commitment Day, which will be observed throughout the Southern Baptist Convention on Sunday, Oct. 5. The annual day is sponsored by the North American Mission Board.
With confetti falling and balloons popping, delegates at the Republican National Convention Sept. 4 settled down long enough for nominee John McCain’s pastor, a Southern Baptist, to deliver the closing prayer.
A federal appeals court has upheld an Ohio law that limits picketing at funerals, rejecting an appeal by Westboro Baptist Church, an anti-gay Kansas congregation that has held protests across the country.
The Church of Scientology and seven of its members will be tried for fraud and other allegations in a groundbreaking case that could lead to a ban on the church’s operations in France, legal sources cited by local media say.
When students from Columbus gathered this month for a DNow weekend -– a three-day intensive discipleship event – it was truly a city wide affair. With 19 churches participating, students had a high quality worship and teaching experience that no one church could have done by itself.
Everyone is Lost in Sin By Bill Blanchard, Pastor, Mountain Park First Baptist Church, Stone Mountain Published September 25, 2008
Rom. 1:18-25, 28-32; 3:9-10
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God Loves Sinners By Bill Blanchard, Pastor, Mountain Park First Baptist Church, Stone Mountain Published September 25, 2008
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The authors of your recent article, “The Church, and its freedom, varies across China,” made it clear that the freedoms and places of worship vary greatly in China. They also made the distinction between registered churches and unregistered.