Strength in the storm Eastman family assists families of children with extended illnesses By Scott Barkley, Production Editor Published April 18, 2013
The trains pass often through Eastman. Slow and steady, they proceed patiently, flowing parallel with Main Street in delivering cargo to its destination. They can be an inconvenience for drivers wanting to cross from one side of town to the other, but thereís a consistency that can be appreciated.
Duke Kimbrough McCall, a Southern Baptist statesman and former president of Southern Seminary here, died April 2 near his home in Delray Beach, FL, from congestive heart failure and respiratory distress. He was 98.
Revivalist Vance Havner once said, "We will not know who the big preachers are until we get to heaven." Eldridge Lyons has never pastored a megachurch, but he has faithfully and consistently served the Lord for more than 55 years and continues to provide quality leadership for Francis Lake Baptist Church near the Florida state line.
While stressing that the discussion between Calvinists and non-Calvinists in the Southern Baptist Convention is a family matter, speakers at the 2013 John 3:16 Conference outlined the differences between the two views and what they believe to be the issues hindering unity among Southern Baptists.
The suicide of Matthew Warren continues to reverberate not only in Christian circles but the culture which his parents, Rick and Kay Warren, have sought to impact since the founding of Saddleback Church in 1980.
I was in preschool when Dr. Vines and other SBC pastors led the Conservative Resurgence. By Godís grace and through their efforts, my generation--and subsequent generations--have grown up in Southern Baptist churches with this firm commitment: The Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God. On behalf of those generations who are beneficiaries of Godís grace to His churches through your efforts, I thank God for you.
We've all heard this saying that began to circulate around 1940 Ė "The family that prays together stays together." Certainly, we would all agree that prayer is definitely a spiritual discipline that is foundational in building a strong family.
Years ago many Baptist churches had a church covenant. In my home church in North Carolina we had it posted in the church vestibule and in the back of our Baptist Hymnal. We would read it out loud every time we observed the Lord's Supper. In the covenant we promised to "maintain family and sacred devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world."
Ants aren't known for having big brains and yet sometimes they act smarter than people. The Bible actually calls ants "wise" because they store up food for the winter.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published April 18, 2013
I am writing this article having come immediately from a Global Missions Conference at the Sugarloaf Korean Baptist Church, one of our fine Korean churches in the Georgia Baptist Convention. The pastor, Dr. Bong Choi, and other spiritual leaders from the Korean Baptist community have developed this outstanding conference. The church was full tonight as we listened to a challenging message from Hebrews 11 and 12 delivered by Dr. Frank Page, president and chief executive officer of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.