When his family moved to Cherokee County at the beginning of March from Naples, Fla., Ron Lee knew he wanted to find a church that he, his wife Ana, and two children, 11-year-old Alan and 10-year-old Amy, could consider home.
It is springtime, the time of the year when a young man's fancy turns to ... America's favorite pastime, baseball. Of course, young men do not have exclusive rights on celebrating the arrival of another baseball season. It is the privilege of all sports-minded, TBS and ESPN-watching, peanuts-and-cracker jacks-loving, swinging-for-the-fences baseball fans.
Recent reports indicate that for the first time in United States history today's younger generation will most likely have a shorter lifespan than their parents. The reason: obesity. Diets and weight loss programs abound, but the percentage of overweight people continues to increase.
As a child I loved to sing, "Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight..." Through loving parents and a caring church family, I learned early in life that children are indeed precious in God's sight.
GLORIETTA, NM (BP) - It seems fitting that the dedication of Cottonwood Lodge came during Easter week. The building received new life March 22 thanks to the help of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) - In a year of record special contributions totaling $564,309 from Jan. 1 through December 2004, Midwestern Seminary trustees dedicated four rooms in the William Koehn and Martha Myers Center for World Evangelism, the first expansion project in campus academic/administration facilities in more than 25 years.
NASVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - Nearly four years ago, LifeWay initiated a partnership with the Brazilian company Bom Pastor, and established a division called LifeWay Brazil. A licensing agreement allows LifeWay Brazil to translate into Portuguese materials published by LifeWay Church Resources and Broadman & Holman Publishers for distribution in Latin America.
PINEVILLE, La. (BP) - A district judge has ruled that Louisiana College's new president, Joe Aguillard, was legitimately elected by the board of trustees although the action did not follow the college's bylaws; trustees also have taken steps to address accreditation concerns that have put the Baptist school on probation.
(RNS) - Enrollment at Catholic schools has fallen 2.6 percent from last year, with 173 schools closed or consolidated and 37 new schools opened, according to the National Catholic Educational Association.
James McCullough believed God called him to be a pastor when he was a young man. However, although he continued to be active in church, he chose another career path. But 17 years ago McCullough accepted his calling from years before and was ordained as a minister in 1993.
Humble Living By Tony Romans, Senior Pastor, North Peachtree Baptist Church, Atlanta Published April 14, 2005
If you could ask Christ for any one request what would you ask from Him? Jesus' disciples asked a request of Him (Luke 11:1). They did not ask Him how to heal the sick. They did not ask how to raise the dead. They did not ask for Jesus' secret for walking on the water, or His recipe for multiplying the loaves and fishes.
Seek God's Purpose By Danny Cochran, Pastor, Holly Creek Baptist Church, Chatsworth Published April 14, 2005
Change can be very difficult in our lives. However, change can provide opportunities for growth and blessings. This week's study is about a man who was called by God to undergo some major changes in his life.
Most social functions and teas are probably not characterized by dialogues on death. Indeed, death is a subject to be avoided in the most refined and genial circles. Who goes to a party to eat crumpets, drink Earl Grey tea from a demitasse cup and discuss William Cullen Bryant's Thanatopsis?
(RNS) Last week, the world remembered a figure who warned, "It is manifestly unjust that a privileged few should continue to accumulate excess goods, squandering available resources, while masses of people are living in conditions of misery at the very lowest levels of subsistence."
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published April 14, 2005
I would like to introduce you to a Georgia Baptist treasure, Andy and Elizabeth Hammack and their ten beautiful children. Several friends had told me about this wonderful family, but as I preached a revival for their church, I was able to experience for myself what a treasure they are.
Don't teach cheap grace By Matt Gwinn, Children's Pastor, Carver Road Baptist Church, Griffin Published April 14, 2005
I appreciate the article "College Class on U2 Explores Religious Influence of a Rock Band." It is good to bring issues like this to the forefront.
When I was growing up in Plains Baptist Church, several of our RA's would come to Camp Pinnacle for a week of camp back in the mid 50's. The picture that was in the Index March 17 issue of the cabins looks exactly like the one we stayed in.
I was a little taken back by the recent Index article on Bill Hybels March 31, page 19. While you ran what someone else wrote I still had some problems with these types of ministries that get really hung up on being "user friendly" even if it means sending a confusing message. When I followed up on the internet pertaining to his theology I had serious questions. One example is his aversion to having the cross anywhere around.
Roman forum By Talmadge E. Barnes, Rome Published April 14, 2005
When I served in the U.S. Air Force we did a lot of marching. Each person had to keep in step and it was easily noticeable when one was out of step.