Going, going, gone ... Have Southern Baptists entered an era of declining funding for national evangelism strategies? By Joe Westbury, Managing Editor, With additional reporting by J. Gerald Harris Published November 20, 2008
For 25 years it occurred as steady as clockwork. Nearly every five years Southern Baptists would launch a national evangelism strategy that motivated congregations to reach their communities with a renewed zeal. But since the dawn of the Millennium that regularity has been short-circuited and strategies have rarely made it off the drawing board.
Democrat Barack Obama made history Nov. 4 by becoming the first African American elected to the U.S. presidency, but the victory left many evangelical Christians and other social conservatives concerned his administration will undermine pro-life and pro-family policies.
For as long as inattentive observers can remember the State Missions Report has been assigned an undesirable spot on the Georgia Baptist Convention program. It is typically the last thing on the Tuesday afternoon agenda. That is the programmatic equivalent of some geographically obscure outpost in Siberia.
While celebrating the largest number of missionaries under appointment in recent years, trustees of the International Mission Board also heard some cautionary finance reports during their Nov. 10-11 meeting in Houston.
A study released by Temple University found that people who feel close to a higher power and pray often are more likely to be depressed, while people who attend religious services and feel that their lives have purpose are less likely to be depressed.
A Christian evangelist was killed by soldiers trying to put down anti-government protests in Cobija, Bolivia, Sept. 12. Family members said Luis Rivero had come to the area in an attempt to pacify the crowds of protestors.
"Fireproof," the movie produced by an Albany church, finished in the top 10 in its seventh weekend on a per-theater average and also crossed the $28 million mark in total gross, according to studio estimates.
This is in response to Steve Hale’s guest commentary, “The Heart of Evangelism,” in the Nov. 6th edition of The Christian Index. Mr. Hale asks the question why more churches are not utilizing the services of the vocational evangelists and cites Ephesians 4:11 as his rationale.