Planting for the future Churches starting churches to reach others By Scott Barkley, Staff Writer Published June 9, 2005
In the ten-and-a-half years Clarence Steiner has been based in McDonough, he estimates the Henry Baptist Association has averaged around one church start annually. Most of those have come in recent years, however, to keep up with the area's explosive growth.
(BP) - Knoxville pastor and past Tennessee Baptist Convention President Mike Boyd will be nominated as first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention during the SBC's June 21-22 annual meeting in Nashville.
Joey Allen has a missionary's heart and longs to see people come to know Christ in a personal saving relationship. Though a young adult, he has traveled abroad extensively to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and was awarded the Cliff Chandler Graphic Design Scholarship for his creative and artistic abilities. He is currently a student at Dallas Theological Seminary and a member of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.
(BP) - Bible study author and speaker Jennifer Rothschild says she hopes the Crossover evangelism event preceding the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Nashville in June will cause people to discover a renewed passion for sharing the Gospel.
(BP) - About 40 members of the Tennessee Baptist Convention's executive board and TBC staff prayerwalked downtown Nashville, Tenn., in preparation for the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting and the pre-SBC evangelistic Crossover initiatives.
Anticipation! Faith! Hope! These are the words that described the spirit and emotions of Atlantans, Georgians, and Americans as they awaited the announcement of International Olympic Chairman Juan Antonia Samaranch regarding the host city for the 1996 Olympic Games.
(BP) - Southern Baptist messengers visiting Nashville for the annual meeting in June will have the opportunity to tour the LifeWay Christian Resources buildings and the Southern Baptist Convention building, which is home to the Executive Committee, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, Southern Baptist Foundation and Seminary Extension.
Andrew Ryzhkov, an articulate, personable and enthusiastic pastor from Belarus (part of the former Soviet Union), has planted a church in the metro Atlanta area that is effectively reaching Russian Jews for Christ. The church, started in August 2003, is Calvary Russian Baptist Mission, which meets in Atlanta's North Peachtree Baptist Church.
On June 12 at 3 p.m. the Georgia Baptist Historical Commission along with the churches of Houston Lake Baptist Church in Perry and First Baptist Perry will commemorate the life of Amos Cooper Dayton (1813-1865) by placing a marker on his grave at Evergreen Cemetery in Perry.
Beginning in the fall, Eugene Merrill will join Southern Seminary's faculty to serve as distinguished professor of Old Testament interpretation. Meanwhile, he will continue serving as distinguished professor of Old Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary.
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (BP) - Fifty-five missionaries were commissioned as church planters, mission strategists and campus ministers in the United States and Canada at the May 15 North American Mission Board's commissioning service held at First Baptist Church here.
MIDLAND, Texas (BP) - Trustees of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board appointed 116 missionaries - the second-largest group of new missionaries in board history - during their May 19-21 meeting in Midland, Texas.
NASVHILLE, Tenn. (BP) - On June 1, James T. Draper, Jr., president of LifeWay, launched a new weblog on LifeWay's younger leaders webpage (www.lifeway.com/youngerleaders). Once there, click on "weblog." Draper cited the response to his original blog, posted at www.Crosswalk.com, as the reason for the change.
ROME (RNS) A precious 17th century Torah containing the body of wisdom and law of Jewish scripture has been returned to the chief rabbi of Rome more than six decades after it disappeared in a Nazi raid on Rome's Jewish ghetto.
Get Growing! By Danny Cochran, Pastor, Holly Creek Baptist Church, Chatsworth Published June 9, 2005
Is the Christian life a completed work, a continuing process, or a future hope? Actually, it is all three. The Christian experience of justification is a completed work and the Christian stands before God without guilt. It is a continuing process in the sense that God is working in the life of the believer, making him more like Christ (Phil. 1:6; Rom. 8:29). This process includes separating the believer from sin and for the purposes of God in his life.
The Best Is Yet To Be By Danny Cochran, Pastor, Holly Creek Baptist Church, Chatsworth Published June 9, 2005
This week's study is the last of three in which the different aspects of the Christian experience are discussed. The first study examined the theme of justification. That is the completed aspect of the Christian experience in which the Christian, having received full and free forgiveness, stands before God with no guilt. The second study examined that ongoing experience of Christianity known as sanctification, in which the Christian is growing in his relationship with Christ and likeness to Him.
God only had one Son without sin, but He never had a son without trials and tribulations. Human beings are creatures of emotion. God gave us the capacity to laugh, cry, fear, mourn, rejoice, worry, get angry, etc. These are the normal and natural experiences of life. However, these emotions or feelings may become overwhelming at times and so help is needed.
ALPHARETTA (BP) - Let's hope this will be the "Year of the Younger Leader" at the SBC annual meeting. As greats like Adrian Rogers, Jerry Vines, Jim Henry and others begin to transition their leadership, so too must the Southern Baptist Convention.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published June 9, 2005
Be clothed with Christ By Matt Gwinn, Children's Minister, Carver Road Baptist, Griffin Published June 9, 2005
In the business world, the best equipped person to handle your books is an accountant. The best person to supervise employees is someone with management skills. The person who has people skills will best help sell the services for a business. But is this the same way for the spiritual world?
Yes, bad things do happen to good people. In fact, bad things often happen to God's people. Surrender to Christ does not bring with it an exemption from earthly tragedies and struggles. The story of Rev. Tim Bailey is a perfect example of this truth. On Thursday, May 26, Tim departed from his home for a day of fun on the river with his family. Only God knew the events that would unfold on this day.