With Christian-owned Chick-fil-A still the target of criticism from homosexual groups, a new Barna survey shows that Christian-based companies have more to gain than to lose when it comes to operating according to their faith.
Bob Shaw loved Gospel music and made it a goal to one day travel the country as part of a group. It appeared he succeeded when he joined the popular Homeland Harmony Quartet in 1949. Like many plans of men, though, it came undone due to a girl.
In a meeting that extended well beyond the scheduled time, Georgia Baptist Executive Committee members discussed ways to battle an increasing level of lostness within the state while celebrating ongoing sacrificial giving to meet that goal.
As North American Mission Board worker Jacques Avakian describes the spiritual condition of people in Quebec, where he has been overseeing church planting since January 2009, he calls to mind the boat crew in the story of Jonah.
"It's a new day at NAMB," North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell said in addressing more than 400 associational directors of missions and church planting missionaries from across North America. "We're not just moving the deck chairs around."
Vance Pitman believes the next Great Awakening in America will rise from the West with church planting at the epicenter of the movement, and he hopes the 2011 SBC Pastors' Conference in Phoenix will serve as a catalyst toward that end.
Each believer has a journey of faith. As givers to the Cooperative Program, Georgia Baptists daily touch the lives of people in our state and across the world as we invest in others. Sarah Davis*, a journey girl from our "Judea," is one of those currently living out her faith on foreign soil.
What do outsiders think of when Georgia comes to mind? Some would say peaches, kudzu and collard greens. Ray Charles would sing, "I say Georgia, Georgia, a song of you comes as sweet and clear as moonlight though the pines."