Imagine it this way: You live in China and start an English-speaking Bible training center. You attract several people. Some are from England and Ireland, a few are from Australia. Then you have several from the United States - from Appalachia and from New York City.
When Paul went to Athens he encountered the intelligentsia of his day. There the great apostle encountered philosophers, stoics, epicureans and strangers with curious ideologies who gathered unto the Areopagus to discuss their worldviews and opinions.
Pointing to a kneeling pad by an altar rail, a boy asked, "What's that?"
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published November 20, 2003
Two weeks ago I represented Georgia Baptists at the annual meeting of the Baptists of New York. Dr. J.B. Graham serves as the Executive Director-Treasurer of the New York Convention. The meeting was in Corning, New York. I was glad to get a chance to see Corning.