The 2013 Georgia Baptist Evangelism Conference had the flavor of an old fashioned camp meeting. The music had elements of being contemporary, but inspiring renditions of "Midnight Cry" and "I Bowed My Knee and Cried Holy' by Daniel Crews seemed to make the balance perfect.
First Baptist Church of Lithonia was founded in 1848 in a small log schoolhouse about 15 miles east of the city of Atlanta. For the next 116 years the church was a centerpiece of the city, but in 1965 the church made a decision to move to a location just about a mile south of town – a location better suited for the growing congregation.
Look around Chicago's Wicker Park and you'll find just about every kind of person you can imagine. You may meet 44-year-old Maurice Burr, the one-time high school football star who spends his days in a wheelchair because of gang violence.
Adam Harwood, assistant professor of Christian studies at Truett McConnell College, has written a book entitled "The Spiritual Condition of Infants." Free Church Press has recently summarized the book into a 38-page volume, "Born Guilty: A Southern Baptist View of Original Sin."
Thirty years ago Marcie Penland and others at First Baptist Church here saw a need and addressed it. Soon, the group had formed a Mother's Morning Out ministry to provide another childcare option. First Baptist's pastor at the time, James Holt, encouraged them to carry the idea further, which led to a preschool weekday program.
During the early days of Rolling Hills Baptist Church, evidence abounded of God's hand in the formation of this north suburban Atlanta church plant. Church planting apprentice Dennis Culbreth had come to this area with support from the Gwinnett Metro Baptist Association, the Georgia Baptist Convention, and the former Home Mission Board.
There is an abundance of books, strategies, and research on two large groups of unchurched Americans. It is my thesis and subject for future research that one group that is increasing its distance from churches has not been adequately studied or pursued by church leaders. For that reason, this article will examine the group I call the nomads. As background, I'll briefly review the more common unchurched groups: the nones and the nominals.
Question: Were the first people to inhabit the earth primitive brutes or gifted geniuses?
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published March 7, 2013
In John 14, Jesus promised His disciples, and He promised us, that as believers we could depend on an incredible reality. Jesus said, "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of Truth; Whom the world cannot receive, because it sees Him not, neither knows Him, but you know Him; for He dwells with you and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world sees Me no more; but you see Me: because I live, you shall live also. At that day you shall know that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you" (John 14: 16-20).