While serving my first pastorate, fresh out of seminary, I was called upon to preach the funeral of a toddler who drowned in the bathtub. I had to find a biblical basis for hope for the grieving parents, grandparents, and other extended family as well as the church family and community who were stunned by this tragedy.
James C. Austin champion of faith and freedom By J. Gerald Harris, Editor Published March 21, 2013
James C. Austin, born on May 15, 1925, cites Zechariah 4:10 as a worthy life Scripture verse. In that passage the Lord declares: "Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin" (NLT).
Moments before standing to preach a sermon in a Southwestern Seminary chapel service, well-known Southern Baptist preacher and former SBC president Jerry Vines was presented with a book written in his honor by a number of leaders, pastors, and theologians. The unexpected recognition left Vines in an unfamiliar state – speechless.
There are more affluent places in the United States than San Francisco, but not many. Living in that environment can numb people to need. Ben Pilgreen knows God is in the perspective-changing business.
One of the newest approaches to revisioning the historic Baptist association may be occurring right here in Georgia. The Network, more formally known as the Southside Baptist Network, has emerged out of two associations who decided they could be more effective as one entity than as two.
The Boy Scouts will lose members and the support of faith-based organizations if it changes its policy on homosexuality, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee told two top Boy Scouts leaders in a meeting March 7.
I disagree with the Georgia pastors who have given the okay to have guns in churches. (See March 7 Index story titled "Guns in Church? Yes, with caveats, say pastors.") Georgia House state legislators passed a bill on March 7.
We are losing the battle for souls. We talk about pushing back the darkness, but it doesn’t seem to be happening. TrueLife.org could be a game changer. Over 1,000 churches including First Baptist Woodstock, Tabernacle in Cartersville, and First Baptist in Jacksonville, FL are already on board.
Intentional missions giving is the reason why the Cooperative Program works. More than a Southern Baptist tradition for missionary offerings, the Cooperative Program is the way each church member can be personally involved in missions support. Lost souls across North America and around the world mean we must join hands in cooperation to reduce lostness now more than ever before.
Called to Holiness By Lane Sanders, pastor, Macedonia Baptist Church, Jackson Published March 21, 2013
Have you ever put a puzzle together and come to the very end to find that you are missing the last piece? It is so frustrating, because we know the puzzle cannot be completed until the final piece is added.
Did "homo sapiens" (human beings) come into being by divine fiat or through a long process of evolution? The only explanation you will find in public school and university textbooks is the theory of evolution. Yet, no scientific, provable evidence supporting the theory of evolution has emerged since Charles Darwin popularized it in 1859.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published March 21, 2013
As our convention focuses upon spiritual renewal throughout 2013, we do so in order to be certain that our hearts are in tune with the heart of God. The only way we will ever be able to have a spiritual impact upon Georgia is if our hearts are rightly related to the Lord.