Georgia Baptists baptized nearly 6 percent more individuals in 2004 than in the previous year, sharply reversing a 3-year decline. Churches reported 36,134 baptisms - an increase of 2,023 - in the 2004 church year that ran from October 2003 through September 2004.
RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) - At a time when society's definition of masculinity drives too many men to a fruitless quest for a misguided worldly ideal, nearly 200 men took aim at the spiritual ideal during the third annual "Be the Man" conference at LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center April 8-9.
Georgia Baptists' wave of revivals hit the eastern part of the state with a blessed fury in April with major crusades in Augusta and Swainsboro. Greg Laurie, the guest evangelist for the Augusta Harvest Crusade, has been called the next generation's Billy Graham.
WASHINGTON - The influence of evangelicals is almost everywhere - from places of political power like Congress and the Supreme Court to cultural status markers like the New York Times' best-seller list, where titles such as The Purpose Driven Life reside.
Our men and women serving in the United States military continuously deserve our respect and our prayers, particularly those serving in harm's way. One United States Marine, whose name cannot be mentioned for security reasons, recently returned from Iraq where he served his second tour of duty amidst the fire and furor of a country that is emerging from the darkness of Sadam Hussein's reign of terror.
Georgia Baptist churches considering sending Psalm 91 witnessing bandanas to troops stationed overseas are cautioned that the product is copyrighted and cannot be reproduced. The items, which have grown in popularity since the war in Iraq began two years ago, can be purchased by visiting psalm91bandanas.com or by calling (866) 823-8501.
The Georgia Baptist Historical Commission voted in a new vice chairman at its spring meeting April 8. In addition, the group discussed its museum to be housed at the new Georgia Baptist Convention building currently under construction off Sugarloaf Parkway in Gwinnett County.
NEW ORLEANS (BP) - Akin to seminary President Chuck Kelley's belief that missions involvement will enrich the teaching of every professor, a new grant from a Florida church will help send NOBTS faculty members on international mission trips.
RICHMOND, Va. (BP) - Trustees of Averett University have acknowledged Virginia Baptists' approval of a jointly developed statement that would dissolve century-and-a-half-old ties between the university and the Baptist General Association of Virginia.
WASHINGTON(RNS) An unusual combination of stars, ranging from religious broadcaster Pat Robertson to hip-hop music mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, is behind a new public service announcement trying to stop AIDS and poverty.
(RNS) Seven years after its original vow to end the practice of baptizing deceased Jews by proxy, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has renewed its promise after the practice was discovered to have continued.
Eight years ago Eddy Rushing went on his first mission trip. As a pastor, he traveled to India with fellow church members. He returned with a passion for missions, wanting to involve more people in his church in mission work.
Decide to obey God By Danny Cochran, Pastor, Holly Creek Baptist Church, Chatsworth Published May 12, 2005
Genesis 22 contains one of the greatest stories in the entire world of literature. It is a story of intense human drama and victorious faith. All who read it are challenged to trust and obey our faithful God.
Leave a Godly Legacy By Danny Cochran, Pastor, Holly Creek Baptist Church, Chatsworth Published May 12, 2005
As we advance in years we tend to become concerned about what we will leave to our children and grandchildren. We certainly want to leave them financially secure and with happy memories. However, the most important thing that we can leave the generations that will follow us is a godly legacy.
Oprah Winfrey is a remarkable woman! She was born in Kosciusko, Miss., on Jan. 29, 1954, and was supposed to be named after the biblical character Orpah, the sister-in-law of Ruth, but has been known as Oprah almost from birth. Although her maternal grandmother taught her many of the stories from the Bible, her early years were tumultuous. She was sexually abused by male relatives and severely damaged by the experience.
LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BP) - On April 17, more than 30,000 members of the Saddleback family gathered in Angel Stadium to celebrate our congregation's 25th anniversary. But we did more than just rejoice in the way God fulfilled the original vision He gave me for the congregation in 1980. I also shared a new vision God has placed on my heart, one for mobilizing all God's people - all over the world - to tackle the giant obstacles that keep people in spiritual darkness.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published May 12, 2005
The Jennifer Wilbanks' story that has been so prevalently communicated through the media has caused me to think about the pressures that are common to weddings and what to do about them. It is ironic that Jennifer's effort to run away from the approaching wedding thrust her into a national spotlight beyond comprehension. Her picture was plastered on every television screen and every newspaper in the country. At once, within a few short hours there was scarcely anyone in the country who was not aware of the "runaway bride."
I was truly disappointed when I saw on the front page of our state's Southern Baptist newspaper a picture depicting Awana. The Awana program is not a Southern Baptist ministry. The Awana ministry does not promote Southern Baptist Missionaries but does promote Awana missionaries, who just happen to be their own salespeople. I know that there are Southern Baptist ministries that are promoted on church's website that you could have used in the article instead.
Former members and attendees of Faith Baptist Church, an English-speaking Southern Baptist Church in Kaiserslautern, Germany, are invited to attend a reunion July 1-3 in Columbia, South Carolina. I attended this church in 1970-74 while stationed there in the U.S. Air Force and would like for as many individuals as possible who have been associated with the church to be aware of this reunion.
Opposed to Awana Program By William Beaver, Member of Education and Family Ministry, Haddock Baptist Church Published May 12, 2005
I am involved in the Royal Ambassador ministry and have been since I was an RA as a boy more than 30 years ago. My RA leader made a profound impact on me in my life and was instrumental in my hearing the Lord's call to go into full-time Christian ministry.