Ladies and gentlemen, tonight's guests on "To Tell the Truth" are two missionaries ministering in completely different parts of the world yet serving on identical assignments. One is dressed in traditional Western clothing common in the United States while the other is wearing an interesting wardrobe that is more at home in Cairo, Egypt than Cairo, Georgia.
Chinese authorities have closed a legal research center in Beijing and revoked the licenses of more than 50 attorneys in what some observers says is a bid to exert greater control over human rights activists.
Year-to-date contributions through the Southern Baptist Convention's Cooperative Program are 2.69 percent below the same time frame last year and 2.65 percent off budget for 2009, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Morris H. Chapman.
During challenging economic times, First Baptist Church in Katy, Texas has decided to give 5 percent ($150,000) of its undesignated receipts to a benevolence ministry aimed at helping people stay afloat when ends don't quite meet.
Fiji's military government has banned a massive annual hymn-singing contest and church conference out of fears that the crowd of some 10,000 singing Methodists could destabilize the strife-torn nation.
he federal government used taxpayer dollars to rebuild mosques in Iraq and teach Bible-based abstinence in Africa, violating a prohibition on funding "inherently religious activities," according to a recent audit of the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID).
I responded recently to a question that went something like this: "Our Sunday School needs to be revitalized, so we're thinking about changing the name. What do you think?" Here is the essence of my response:
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published August 13, 2009
What do the following ministries have in common: Church Planting, Language, Evangelism, Mission Volunteers, Associational Missions, Area Missionaries, Regional State Missionaries, Disaster Relief, New Ministers' Orientation, Ministerial Relief, Sunday School and Open Group, Discipleship, Children, Youth, Men's, Women's, Music and Worship, Leadership, Public Affairs, Collegiate, Church Minister Relations, Conference Centers, and much more?
Sometime in the last six months my wife and I received an invitation to attend a personal retreat in St. Augustine, Fla. The three-day retreat was sponsored by SHOR Ministries, founded by Charlie and Suzanne Grisby of Memphis, Tenn.
In the July 30 issue of The Index, George Owens, in agreement with Fred Gilmer from the issue before, sounded an alarm concerning the number of Calvinists in the SBC. Both men spoke of those who say "that the blood of Jesus was not shed for all of mankind," a reference, I take it, to the Reformed doctrine of limited or definite atonement.
All standards equal? By Garry E. Eudy, sr. pastor, Central Baptist Church, Douglasville Published August 13, 2009
I saw an article in a sister Baptist state publication that introduced the original 23 members of the Great Commission Task Force (GCTF) recently appointed by Johnny Hunt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
I am a pastor of a traditional Baptist church and I was saddened by the article on the front of the last Christian Index declaring that our convention was in decline. I feel very strongly that a majority of our problems leading to the decline stems from the lack of willingness to change.