Passing the Baton An Analysis By Joe Westbury, Managing Editor Published June 23, 2005
This is the first in a two-part series dealing with coming foundational changes in the Southern and Georgia Baptist conventions. This installment focuses on the concerns of younger evangelicals in the denomination. The second installment, called "Stained Glass and Starbucks," will focus on new approaches to church planting and worship styles.
Dan Spencer, pastor of the 3,500-member First Baptist Church in Thomasville, is one of Southern Baptists' emerging young leaders. John Hannigan, a member of The Church at Ponte Vedra in Ponte Vedra, Fla., has announced his intention to nominate Spencer as first vice president of the SBC.
Charles Strickland has resigned as pastor of First Baptist Church of Centerville to become executive assistant to the president of Brewton Parker College. In this position Strickland will serve as liaison between the college and churches affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention.
John Tarrer began his ministry as a consultant with Mission Volunteers of the Georgia Baptist Convention June 1. A native of Cordele, Tarrer previously served at Byne Memorial Baptist Church in Albany for 13 years as minister of administration. He also served the church the last two years as interim pastor.
WACO, Texas (BP) - In his first day on the job as Baylor University's interim president, Bill Underwood replaced two members of the senior administration, including Provost David Jeffrey, who Underwood once challenged to a public debate over academic freedom.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) - A Missouri appeals court on May 31 issued a unanimous 3-0 decision in favor of the Missouri Baptist Convention, reversing a trial judge's dismissal and rejecting major legal arguments by five breakaway entities.
RICHMOND, Va. (BP) - Following a year when the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering giving shattered old records and removed appointment restrictions, Southern Baptists raised nearly that amount again by giving almost $134 million to overseas missions.
Road Rules BSU Students Traverse Europe in Missions Odyssey Published June 23, 2005
When the woman at the ticket desk asked the college students, "What is your final destination?" They all replied, "We don't know."
Living Free By Dan Spencer, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Thomasville Published June 23, 2005
In a culture that encourages us to demand our rights, to live selfishly, and to push the limits of our liberty, Christians are called to another way of life. We enjoy freedom in Christ, Christian liberty. We have been set free from sin and we are "free indeed" (John 8:36). But with liberty comes responsibility.
While many of our daily struggles are not spiritual in nature, Ephesians 6:12 gives us a quadruple warning of what and who we are up against. The Bible indicates that Christians are engaged in a real battle against real enemies and God gives us a strategy for victory in spiritual warfare.
On June 23 of last year, Jimmy Draper got Southern Baptists' attention with his "LifeWay@Heart" column. He used the oft-told frog-in-the-kettle analogy to shake and awake us out of our lethargy in regards to evangelism.
Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published June 23, 2005
My wife, Janice, was with my daughter, Karen, this week when she took her car to one of those fast oil change places to get the oil changed. Before Karen left the house, her husband, Stephen, gave her some good advice. He said, "Now, you know how they always try to sell you on doing extra things to the car while you are there. Don't let them talk you into anything. Just get the oil changed. That's all that is needed right now."