Jase Robertson, one of Duck Dynasty's most visible television personalities, mesmerized more than 7,000 people in two services at Hebron Baptist Church here with his humor, duck calls, and unashamed Christian testimony.
As we write this letter to you, we find ourselves as a nation at an unimaginable place where the United States Supreme Court is considering a case claiming that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. DOMA was enacted by Congress in 1996 by an overwhelming majority in both houses. In essence, the statute does two things.
People involved in compiling denominational data have a desire "to serve our churches and be good stewards," Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, told Baptist state statistical representatives during a two-day meeting in Nashville.
Luc Allgood, a senior at Stephens County High School, is an aspiring student with faith, determination, and passion. Bill Evans, Luc's pastor at Sunnyside Baptist Church, says of Allgood, "He is a dynamic young man and shows a lot of promise for the future."
Several U.S. Supreme Court justices, including swing vote Anthony Kennedy, questioned the validity of the Defense of Marriage Act in oral arguments last week, signaling they may be ready to strike down the federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
In his cheerful and masterful work "Locksley Hall," Alfred Lord Tennyson mused, "In the spring a livelier iris changes on the burnish'd dove; In the spring a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of love."
In February I was in Oklahoma City for a meeting of the Association of State Baptist Publications. While in the city my wife and I went to the site of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. That was the building bombed by ex-Army soldier and security guard Timothy McVeigh on the morning of April 19, 1995.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published April 4, 2013
For the past several weeks "The Bible," produced by the husband and wife team of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, has been airing on The History Channel. I have watched the episodes with great interest and with gratitude that someone in Hollywood, in a very professional way, would present the Gospel story.