More than 160,000 pastors, church staff members, hospital employees and others have their retirement dollars with GuideStone Financial Resources. The majority of those dollars are invested in GuideStone Funds, the nation's largest Christian-based, socially screened, registered mutual fund company.
Alan Hall, pastor of Union Grove Baptist Church in Auburn, recently preached a series of sermons using the theme "The Intentional Church." During the series he focused on five functions of the church: evangelism, fellowship, discipleship, worship and ministry/service.
The ship of matrimony is sailing on troubled seas. Celebrity marriages are known for catastrophic endings. Outrageous Chicago Bulls basketball star Dennis Rodman married then 26-year-old "Baywatch" beauty Carmen Electra on Nov. 15, 1998. Their marriage ended just nine days after they exchanged vows.
The man who threatened to sue a Texas county for placing a nativity scene on the courthouse lawn has had a shift in perspective, dropped the lawsuit and now plans to move to the county with his wife and cat.
Georgia Baptist pastors attending the second of six 5 Smooth Stones listening sessions believe that the emphasis' overall points are on target and were especially pleased with priority that was given to the first point.
It's just about dusk at Heritage Glen apartments in the Cincinnati, OH, suburb of Fairfield. As the sun drops from sight, the lower light begins to mask some of the harsher realities of this low-income apartment complex - including the dilapidated tennis court that's populated with random cracks and missing a net, the overgrown grass, and the worn exterior paint job.
Charles De Lint, in The Onion Girl said, "Children are the brightest treasures we bring forth into this world, but too large a percentage of the population continues to treat them as inconveniences and nuisances, when they're not treating them as possessions or toys."
The leaders have been enlisted and trained. All of the rooms have been decorated. The details of the program have been ironed out. The refreshments are ready. Now for the very best part - here come the children! You can hear their laughter and sense their enthusiasm as they gather for Bible stories, music, games, crafts, and a week of summer fun with friends from the community at Vacation Bible School (VBS).
Building a Legacy By Kenneth Cloud, director, Bowen Baptist Association Published April 19, 2012
On March 24 the atheist/agnostics/humanists had what they called the "largest gathering of the secular movement in world history." The so-called "Reason Rally" was held on the Washington Mall in the nation's capital.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published April 19, 2012
This is that season of the year in which we all have to buckle down and do our income taxes. I have been accused by a family member who is very dear to me of waiting until the latest possible time to file my taxes.
Today, as I serve out my final year on the board of trustees with the Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation (GBHCMF), I asked the Index if I could take just a moment to express to Georgia Baptists, "You should be excited and proud of this ministry extension of the work of the kingdom of God and of our Georgia Baptist Convention."