Two Southern Baptist leaders have issued a statement voicing concern about religious freedom within the U.S. military but also cautioning Christians to refrain from jumping to conclusions about recent incidents in the military that have been perceived by some as threats to religious liberty.
Sauleja Satkute is one of the student leaders of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at the University of Georgia, but she is not your typical Georgia Baptist coed. The pretty, perky, and very talented young woman from Lithuania is pursuing a double major in Psychology and Studio Art.
Hundreds of students gathered in the gym to worship and hear Steve Rummage, pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, FL, preach in chapel at Truett-McConnell College on April 25. The thesis of Rummage's sermon, based on Ephesians 3:14-19, was "I can because Jesus can and He lives in me."
By strengthening the pastor and his family, Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference President Gregg Matte wants to create a movement that could become the spark God uses to bring revival. Thus the theme of this year's gathering: "Launch: Taking Our Hearts, Homes, and Ministries to a Higher Place," June 9-10 at the convention center.
"Recent days have seen a flurry of media stories about various questions of religious liberty within the United States military. Many of these stories have prompted concern among Southern Baptists and other evangelical Christians as to whether our Christian servicemen and women, and the chaplains who serve them, are facing hostility from military leaders directed particularly toward evangelical Christianity.
A Tuesday evening revival service with worship led by Charles Billingsley and a sermon by Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter will be among the highlights of the SBC annual meeting June 11-12 in Houston.
"Kentucky Baptists who had concerns that Campbellsville University refuses to allow on [its] faculty professors who believe the Bible is literally true can be assured that such professors are welcomed at Campbellsville," Paul Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, said after an April 29 meeting with college officials.
I must begin by saying I appreciate the ministry of James Emery White and Louie Giglio because upon reading this article, one might falsely assume I am attacking these ministers who make wonderful contributions to the cause of Christ. My frustration as a fellow pastor is with the newest, latest, relevant, key, secret, or trend for effective ministry.
NBA basketball player Jason Collins came out of the closet last week. He said he was "overwhelmed by the enormous support" he received from all over the country when he announced to the world that he is "gay".
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published May 16, 2013
I am so thankful for the privilege of serving among Georgia Baptists. Every day is filled with challenges and opportunities that inspire my work and fill me with incredible joy.