There is Hope for Sin City, USA. Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Church in Woodstock, reasoned that the burgeoning city of Las Vegas, known for its gambling casinos and sexually provocative stage shows, was the perfect setting for a new church start. Hunt’s vision has now found expression in a supercharged body of believers who have moved into their first church facility at 180 East Pebble Road in Las Vegas, Nevada. In fact, Hope Baptist Church had the grand opening for its new facilities in anticipation of 1,200 worshipers June 26-27.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) — The Southern Baptist Convention reported a record membership of 16,315,050, up .41 percent over 2002, and grew to 43,024 churches, an increase of 249 new congregations, according to statistics released in the 2003 SBC Statistical Summary.
Wayne Cloudt will never forget 1974. That’s the year he won the national lottery. The only problem was the prize was an all-expenses paid trip to Vietnam, courtesy of Uncle Sam.
Crossover Georgians take the Gospel to ‘The Crossroads of America’ By Joe Westbury, Managing Editor Published July 1, 2004
Across Indiana, 100-plus churches were part of 75 Crossover events scheduled June 7-19, including block parties, street evangelism, neighborhood prayerwalking, door-to-door spiritual opinion surveys, and more than 40 revivals.
Link Veazey served in the Army Air Corps, a forerunner of the U.S. Air Force, from 1943-45. He was stationed in England during World War II and flew bombing raids over Europe aboard B-24 bombers. He later served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1979. Today, at 81, he is retired and living in Snellville.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - A new survey shows that a “faith gap” exists between the two major presidential candidates, with 86 percent of Christian evangelicals saying they plan to vote for President Bush this fall.
Georgia Revival Update A look at what God is doing through revival and spiritual awakening Published July 1, 2004
As a high school senior in New York, Charles Montrose knew what to do when he learned about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. As soon as he had his diploma in hand he headed to the local recruiting station where he volunteered to defend his nation.
INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – Southern Baptists declined to consider a new name for the denomination, pulled out of the Baptist World Alliance, rejected a much-publicized education proposal and heard a speech from President Bush during their June 15-16 annual meeting.
Curtis South was recently commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is one of the youngest and newest members of Task Force Patriot, and is awaiting his orders for oversees service to his country.
MOUNTAIN PARK – The veterans came from all walks of life, from a variety of denominational backgrounds, and each with their stories of military service. But as they gathered at Mountain Park First Baptist Church on the first Thursday evening in June, they came with a common purpose – to enjoy a good meal and fellowship in a distinctly Christian atmosphere.
For nearly 28 years Hugo and Doris Parkman served Southern Baptists as missionaries in the Philippines. But prior to that, Hugo Parkman served his nation on board a submarine patrolling the East China Sea during World War II.
Mission Volunteers Ministries of the Georgia Baptist Convention will be presenting the Barnabas Award at the annual convention held November 15-16 at College Park. The award will be given to the Georgia Baptist church which best epitomizes the challenge of Acts 1:8 in demonstrating a commitment to world evangelization through missions activity and being on mission for Christ.
Georgia Baptists who are interested in helping to start churches in multihousing settings are encouraged to attend an upcoming Emerging Multihousing Church conference. The national gathering will be held Aug. 26-27 at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
WHEATON, Ill. (BP) – Georgia Baptist college students learned servant leadership skills during sessions of a recent conference near Chicago, then put their new skills to work throughout the community during the day. The conference, called Impact Zone, was sponsored by the North American Mission Board and held on the campus of Wheaton College May 22-29.
I have never doubted that I was the son of Leon and Mary Smith. I have my mother’s eyes and my father’s stature. I have my dad’s sense of humor and my mother’s love for reading. If you know my parents, then it wouldn’t be a stretch to believe that I am their son due to the similarities in our looks, talk, and mannerisms.
I talked to a friend of mine last week who lives in Mississippi. He and I discussed local politics, mutual friends, and various churches across the magnolia state. As a native Mississippian, I was curious about what was going on there since I left last year.
It was a Saturday evening in September of 1983 in Jackson, Miss. The sun was casting long shadows over War Memorial Stadium and a gentle breeze, a refreshing zephyr, provided the ideal climate for an autumn clash on the gridiron.
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published July 1, 2004
Sunday, July 18 is Senior Adult Sunday in Georgia Baptist churches across our state. As we celebrate Senior Adult Sunday in Georgia Baptist life, we are mindful of the outstanding ministry that is taking place through Baptist Village Retirement Communities and the Georgia Baptist Retirement Communities.