Rick Warren’s inaugural prayer Jan. 20 continued a trend that has seen Southern Baptists, or someone who attends a Southern Baptist church, deliver the invocation at five of the past six inaugurations.
When President Obama rose to speak between the prayers offered by pastor Rick Warren and civil rights veteran Joseph Lowery, he indicated – without ever saying a word – the breadth of the religious outreach ahead in his administration.
Southern Baptists in Congress expressed a range of views about President Obama and the new administration when contacted by Baptist Press, although members of both parties say they are hopeful that both sides of the aisle can work together to find solutions.
Kurt Warner’s autobiography is titled, “All Things Possible: My Story of Faith, Football, and the Miracle Season.” Warner is at the center of yet another miracle season, leading his underdog Arizona Cardinals to their first-ever Super Bowl appearance.
The Conference of Georgia Baptist Evangelists (COGBE) had their annual retreat in Conyers Jan. 9-11. Bill Prince, president of the organization, indicated to The Christian Index that the meeting was well attended with more than 60 present and the program exceeded all expectations.
In 1965 when Oscar I. Romo came to the Atlanta-based Home Mission Board (now North American Mission Board), the Southern Baptist Convention was a rather bland-looking denomination, ethnically speaking.
Despite last year’s economic downturn, Southern Baptists still contributed more than $58 million to the annual Annie Armstrong Easter Offering in 2008 – 98 percent of the amount raised in the previous year’s campaign.
Thomas Road Baptist Church is booming. In the last 19 months, hundreds have become Christians and hundreds more have joined the church through a variety of ministries that bring non-members into the church and send members out into their communities.
Barack Obama, minutes after being sworn in as the country’s first African American president Jan. 20, said the crisis that confronts the United States requires a “new era of responsibility” from its citizens.
Bruce Poss, student pastor at Marshall Baptist Church in Thomson and director for Feeding Unit 2F of Georgia Disaster Relief, has been named coordinator for National Disaster Relief of the North American Mission Board.
Noting that there is no better time for individual Christians and congregations to pray for the nation, the president, and its defenders of freedom, a 90-second video is calling Baptist churches to prayer during this inaugural season.
Despite the challenging economic times the Cooperative Program, Southern Baptists’ channel for supporting national and international missions and ministry, accelerated during the Great Depression – “a time when it should have disappeared,” said Ben Stroup, coordinator of LifeWay Christian Stores’ offering envelope service.
In three separate cases, three Pennsylvania county judges have ruled that marriages performed by ministers who do not have houses of worship or congregations are legal, rejecting a contrary 2007 ruling that had sowed statewide confusion.
Sometimes I find myself living in the past and longing for the price tags of 1959, the year I graduated from high school. That was when first class postage stamps sold for four cents and a gallon of gas cost a quarter.
Thank you LifeWay Research for revealing the problem with debt in our churches. (Index, Jan. 15, “Pastors preach stewardship but unaware of members’ debt”). Debt is the number one reason giving is on the decline.