Sammy Gilbreath didn't mince words. "It would devastate us," he declared. Gilbreath, director of the office of evangelism for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM), was referring to the proposal for the North American Mission Board to withdraw all of its funding for work with Alabama's convention and other state conventions.
"Truett McConnell College is on the precipice of something so special," President Emir Caner declared to the College's Board of Trustees, "that I think we should take a spiritual inventory of what our Lord is doing."
Executive directors from nine western state conventions and Canada have made formal suggestions to the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force regarding how the committee's proposed restructuring of the North American Mission Board would impact their ministries.
If he were alive today, Cooperative Program originator M.E. Dodd would warn Southern Baptist churches not to circumvent CP by designating their gifts to specific entities rather than giving through the SBC's unified giving program.
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly."
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published April 8, 2010
Once again, God has blessed our family beyond our comprehension. Our daughter, Jennifer, gave birth to our eighth grandchild on March 27. His name is Tyler Matthew Millage, and he arrived quite a bit earlier than any of us had expected.
One of America's great military strategists of the Second World War, General George S. Patton, once said, "Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets." His point was that the very best in military training and preparedness was essential if the troops in the field of battle were to be successful.