While pastor of the dynamic First Baptist Church of Snellville, James Merritt, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, began to have a vision to reach the northern part of metro Atlanta by expanding the church and creating a second campus.
One hundred years ago in the country of Wales, nearly 150,000 people came to Christ in a matter of months in one of Christianity's most remarkable spiritual awakenings. It was an historic event that shook the nation of 500,000 to its foundations and returned the country to its spiritual roots.
First Baptist Church of Woodstock traces its origins back to 1837 when the fledgling fellowship was known as Enon Church. For 150 years the church had a positive influence on Cherokee County, but never had a congregation of much more than 250. However, in the 1980s the county began to experience explosive growth and in the midst of that infusion of people the church called Johnny Hunt, a fiery preacher from North Carolina, to be their pastor.
First Baptist Church of Winder was born in 1893 with 21 members. At the time the membership comprised ten percent of the town's population. The first facility was a white frame building located at the corner of East Candler Street and Park Avenue.
The 183rd session of the Georgia Baptist Convention will convene on November 15 and 16 at the Georgia International Convention Center of College Park, located at 2000 Convention Center Concourse. The facility is easily accessible from I-85 by using exit 72, Camp Creek Parkway. The Convention Center is located immediately west of the interstate.
...as adults died about 40 years ago and their children died as recently as five years ago. But the memory of those early years of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit has been passed down to the current generation of grandchildren who are now in their early 80s. The following interviews provide a glimpse into Wales at the turn of the last century as descendents of those early converts share what they were told by their parents and grandparents.
Claude Thomas, pastor of First Baptist Church in Euless, Texas, announced Sept. 26 he will step down from his pulpit to join the staff of Southwestern Seminary as seminary chaplain and special assistant to President Paige Patterson.
Trustees of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary approved two motions concerning sole membership during their Oct. 13 meeting. The actions fall short of the request made by Southern Baptist Convention messengers in June 2004 that the seminary adopt sole membership at their "October, 2004, meeting" by amending the seminary's charter. But the language indicates that sole membership will be adopted and that seminary President Chuck Kelley will restate polity and legal concerns to messengers attending the 2005 annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
Since mid-August, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers have prepared more than 2.1 million meals in the wake of four hurricanes that have battered Florida and neighboring states along the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Seaboard.
Turkey's prime minister announced Sept. 23 that he would drop a provision criminalizing adultery from a proposed penal reform bill, clearing the way for Turkey's bid for European Union membership, Turkish media reported.
In the face of public backlash and concerns that have reached Canadian broadcasters, Baton Rouge, La. televangelist Jimmy Swaggart said he regrets telling his congregation at a recent televised worship service that if a gay man ever looks at him romantically, "I'm going to kill him and tell God he died."
Some preachers, like a lot of politicians, lick their index finger and hold it up to see which way the wind is blowing. They accommodate their message to suit the moral climate of their congregation. Preachers, and Christians generally, are not to be like thermometers registering the temperature of the times, but like thermostats regulating the temperature of the times.
In 1973, Karl Menninger penned a book titled, Whatever Became of Sin? Within its pages the eminent psychiatrist lamented the fact that American society seemed to be in the process of rejecting the concept of a divine standard of right and wrong.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Editor, GBC Published October 21, 2004
I have read a number of interesting articles recently regarding the need to involve more young leadership in the life of the Southern Baptist Convention. Dr. Jimmy Draper wrote a couple of articles using the analogy of the frog in the kettle to discuss the long-term future of Southern Baptist ministry. These articles received an amazing response from readers across the country. I believe Dr. Draper was right to caution all of us about failing to dream great dreams for the future and to accept new talented leadership.
I am dismayed that you would violate journalistic ethics by running the item on the retirement of (Memphis, Tenn. pastor) Adrian Rogers in your Sept. 23 issue wherein an editorial opinion is contained in a news item.
Brother Turner, in regard to your Sept. 23 letter in The Christian Index about the removal of the Ten Commandments, I must say that I'm disappointed. I'm disappointed because a Baptist pastor (one of those who should be leading in this battle) opposes a fundamental principle in a peaceful society.