The Mission partnership between the Georgia and Utah/Idaho Conventions is quickly moving toward its conclusion. A few more months and the official partnership will end, but wonderful relationships have been established between individuals and churches across the broad expanse between the two conventions.
For the seventh time in the last 23 years a Georgia Baptist pastor has been elected as president of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastor’s Conference. Bryant Wright, pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, was elected to serve in this position for the 2006 Pastor’s Conference to be held in Greensboro, N.C.
Under the banner of “Everyone Can,” Southern Baptists June 22 launched an ambitious effort to baptize one million people in a year, capping an annual meeting that also saw an end to the Disney boycott, a special recognition of Billy Graham and an address via satellite from President Bush.
The Southern Baptist Convention will unveil a bronze statue honoring the life and ministry of evangelist Billy Graham at the 2006 annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C., SBC President Bobby Welch announced during the closing session of the 2005 annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
At a time of year when summer blockbusters have a virtual stranglehold on the local cineplex, an annual film festival exploring issues of human rights, war, reconciliation and religion has come to be an enduring New York institution.
Georgia Baptists have a missions partnership with the Eastern European nation of Moldova. Formerly a part of Romania, Moldova was incorporated into the Soviet Union at the close of World War II. The country is landlocked with Romania on the west and surrounded by Ukraine on the north, east and south. The poorest nation in Europe, Moldova became the first former Soviet state to elect a communist as its president in 2001.
Morris H. Chapman, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, joined Chief Justice William Reinquist and Sam Moore, CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, in receiving an honorary doctorate from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix along with eight other notable leaders.
With the goal of providing more education and guidance for retirement plan participants, GuideStone Financial Resources will offer online retirement planning services from Morningstar Associates, LLC, to its participants this fall.
A just-released book, Lives Given, Not Taken: 21st Century Southern Baptist Martyrs by International Mission Board President Jerry Rankin and IMB senior writer Erich Bridges, tells the story of eight Southern Baptist workers killed in the past three years.
Four in 10 Americans identify themselves as evangelical or born-again Christians, but a significantly smaller percentage of Americans actually subscribe to “core evangelical doctrine,” the Gallup Organization has found.
The Nigerian government has failed to prosecute those responsible for a cycle of violence between Muslims and Christians that resulted in the deaths of 900 people in north and central Nigeria in 2004, Human Rights Watch says in a new report.
A top Christian music distributor and Walt Disney Records are collaborating to provide Christian vendors access to Disney’s family-friendly audio products, the companies announced in a joint statement June 2.
One man has a rash, another a sore throat. Doctors, physician’s assistants and students take temperatures, check blood pressure and listen to patients. They pass out pills and give instructions on staying healthy.
Being Joyful By Dan Spencer, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Thomasville Published July 7, 2005
Many people who were raised in church remember singing this song as a child: “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart … and if the devil doesn’t like it he can sit on a tack!” Another song says, “This joy that I have, the world didn’t give it to me; the world didn’t give it, and the world can’t take it away.”
Discerning Truth By Dan Spencer, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Thomasville Published July 7, 2005
In the year 62 AD, the Apostle Paul wrote to a group of believers whom he had never met. Paul had commissioned a man named Epaphras to plant a church in the city of Colosse in the Lycus River Valley of Asia Minor. The church had been planted and it was growing, but Paul had become aware of some threats to this fledgling church.
When England was reeling on the precipice of discouragement and defeat from the constant onslaught of the German blitzkrieg in World War II, Winston Churchill inspired a weary and fainthearted nation with his persuasive and powerful words.
Want to wake up Monday morning and be glad the alarm is going off? I know – that would take a miracle.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published July 7, 2005
In 1953, a motion was made at the Georgia Baptist Convention meeting in Columbus for Georgia Baptists to consider a ministry to senior adults. That motion and subsequent study and events resulted in the creation of Baptist Village Retirement Communities in 1958 and Baptist Retirement Communities in 1967. Today, Georgia Baptists provide homes and health care for seniors from Lake Park, to Waycross, to Macon, to Atlanta.
Baptist Student Reunion By Gary Brittain, Baptist Campus Ministries Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Ala. Published July 7, 2005
The Baptist Campus Ministry of Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala. will celebrate 75 years of Baptist student work on the JSU campus October 14-15.
Rev. William F. Doverspike, Sr. was born on Christmas morning in 1926, and he was buried on Memorial Day afternoon in 2005. He had his first child in 1951, and many times I remember my father saying, “Life is lived in chapters. It is best lived when it is lived forward, but it is best understood when it is viewed backward.”