The Georgia Baptist Convention Evangelism Department is old school and new school. The staff believes in the blood, the book, and the blessed hope, but they also believe in Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and all forms of social media. Furthermore, they are using it all to push back the world of darkness.
Although there are constant reminders that the United States is at war, most of us appear to be unaffected by the chaos and carnage that is taking place halfway around the world. The terrifying events of Sept. 11, 2001 that ignited the war on terrorism now seem more like a nightmare than a reality.
The three-week checkup for a newborn typically brings little drama. A few tests and questions to make sure everything is on course and then its back to the day. First-time parents experience a little anxiety that abates with the doctor's assurance of everything being normal.
Athletes from around the world will soon converge in Sochi, Russia, for the 22nd Olympic Winter Games in February. Millions across the globe will gather around their television sets to watch this event. For Christians, this creates a unique opportunity to share the Gospel, not only at the games but within their own communities.
The president of Sunrise Children's Services, Bill Smithwick, has resigned amid disapproval from Kentucky Baptists over his support for allowing homosexual employees at the state convention-affiliated child care agency.
A church's greatest resource for evangelism, Christian education, and missions is often its most neglected. Churches typically invest little if any into this resource while remaining perplexed about stagnation and decline.
Georgia Right to Life (GRTL) is an advocate of personhood and insists that the topic will be the pro-life battleground of the 21st century. Personhood values all life from conception to natural death. The Bible clearly teaches that man is created in the image of God and has worth at all stages of life.
I could be writing to a broader audience. Perhaps I should be. And I know many outside our denomination will read this brief letter. I hope those readers will bear with me as I have a "family discussion."
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published January 23, 2014
I want you to know that the "Thank You" notes are pouring in from Appalachia as families rejoice over the generosity of everyone who participated in the "Backpacks for Appalachia" project. You responded in a great way with more than 21,000 backpacks to bless the children and families of Appalachia.