Kyle Lake, pastor of the University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, and a leader in the “emerging church” movement, was electrocuted as he stepped into baptismal waters and reached out to adjust a microphone during the Sunday morning service Oct. 30. He was 33.
Last summer, 16 Mercer University medical students and several faculty members traveled to Honduras as part of a World Baptist Mission trip. In an area with no running water or electricity, the students and physicians used generators to see as many as 300 patients who traveled miles on foot through rocky terrain, thirsty for health care and good news.
Whether giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering or the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, giving to missions is a year-around project at McDonald Baptist Church.
A game plan to reach Bangal Week of Prayer profile: Carter Bolin in India By Erich Bridges, International Mission Board Published November 10, 2005
As the youngest high school football coach in South Carolina Division 4-A history, 24-year-old Carter Bolin* relished the challenge of motivating his team before games against bigger, better opponents.
An organization to promote the gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender (GLBT) agenda at Mercer University is raising eyebrows among Georgia Baptists who have begun questioning the integrity of the historically Baptist university.
Ray Coleman remembers when, as a student at Southern Seminary, a visiting professor was asked if there should be a children’s sermon in church each week. The professor’s response was “Of course! The adults should get something out of every service!”
Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life and pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., is utilizing another innovative method of ministry: putting Bible-based quotes on Starbucks coffee cups.
As people begin to rebuild their lives in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, retired ministers and widows have qualified for emergency grants – ranging from $500 to $2,000 – from GuideStone Financial Resources’ Adopt An Annuitant program.
With a giggle, she sunk her knife into the creamy frosting and went to work on the sugar cookie Christmas tree – spreading thick frosting, topping with a mound of candy colored stars and outlining it all with a jagged green frosting edging.
As a young pastor I find myself continually praying for wisdom. I’ve learned that I am always in need of understanding beyond my own capabilities. At some time or another, most people recognize their need for wisdom and understanding. In fact, the search for answers to life’s most difficult questions is as old as the human race.
Do you find it easy to submit to authority? Do you like other people telling you what to do? Does it bring joy to your life to be ordered around by someone in a position over you? Well, very few people easily and naturally submit themselves to another’s authority. For some reason or another something inside of us cringes at the thought of being told what to do.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published November 10, 2005
November is Annual Meeting time for the Georgia Baptist Convention. Every year I look forward to seeing Georgia Baptists as we gather at our meeting location. We come from the cities, towns, villages, and rural areas of Georgia with the singular purpose to give praise and glory to God. It is our sincerest desire to be faithful servants of the Lord Jesus Christ and to demonstrate our service through commitment to missions in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth.
Shorter College is back in the Georgia Baptist family. The battle to retrieve the school involved litigation that ultimately reached the Georgia Supreme Court, but on Oct. 21 the new governing board elected by the Georgia Baptist Convention met and began the process of writing a new chapter in the school’s history. Nelson Price, pastor emeritus of Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, was elected chairman of the trustees and testified that the meeting was marked by “cordiality and cooperation.”
I really appreciated the Index’s recent series on updating church culture (“Stained Glass and Starbucks,” Sept. 29). I would like for my entire congregation to read them. Would it be acceptable if I printed selected articles off the web, made copies, then distributed them to my church?
Please allow me to say “Thank you” for the piece you did several weeks ago about the movement among younger leaders titled “Passing the Baton” and the followup article titled “Stained Glass and Starbucks.” They were well done and greatly appreciated.
I am writing in response to the recent “Stained Glass and Starbucks” article in the Index. As a preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, this new approach grieves my spirit deeply. If we as preachers would spend more time on our knees like Mueller, and less time thinking up new ways to trick somebody into believing, we might see better results!
I have been very troubled for some time about the “Judgement House” productions and was disappointed, to say the least, to learn from your recent front-page story the prevalence of this approach to sharing the Gospel.