Some folks have bedrock convictions that are unalterable and unshakeable. Alex and Julie Armas, members of Ephesus Baptist Church, are just those kinds of people, the kind that the Apostle Paul would call “steadfast and unmovable.”
A Marietta trustee of the International Mission Board is calling a fellow board member’s decision to post committee deliberations on the Internet “unfortunate” and one that could damage support of its missionaries.
When Hannah Maxson started an intelligent design club at Cornell University last fall, a handful of science majors showed up for the first meeting. Today, the high-profile club boasts more than 80 members.
Royal Baptist Church has found a way to reach out to wild game hunters, help feed the hungry and manage Georgia’s overabundance of deer in one new, strategic ministry. Paul Dennis, Royal Baptist Church pastor, is excited about this new outreach ministry and beams with delight when asked about its potential.
Joyce Rogers has recorded her unique perspective from 54 years of marriage to Adrian Rogers in Love Worth Finding: The Life of Adrian Rogers and His Philosophy of Preaching. The biography was released by Broadman & Holman Publishers prior to Rogers’ death Nov. 15 after a battle with cancer and pneumonia.
New Orleans Seminary celebrated an historic graduation Dec. 17 – its first since Hurricane Katrina. In spite of the disruption caused by the storm at the start of the semester, 137 graduates completed their degrees.
Foy Valentine, former executive director of the Southern Baptist Christian Life Commission (now the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission), died Jan. 7 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. Valentine, 82, was taken to the hospital by his wife of 58 years, Mary Louise, after suffering a heart attack at home.
For 24 years students have headed for Macon the week after Christmas to hear well-known speakers and award-winning bands during the GBC Youth Evangelism Conference.
Sexual Purity Matters By Tony Guthrie, Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministries/Preaching, Luther Rice Seminary Published January 19, 2006
The flippant mindset of modern culture is heart-breaking. In a day when conservative radio personalities who espouse traditional values are ostracized as “out of step” with modern times, even Christians may struggle with whether standing for sexual and moral purity is worth the effort.
Starting Now By Tony Guthrie, Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministries/Preaching, Luther Rice Seminary Published January 19, 2006
The idea that God calls all believers to serve Him is novel to many of today’s adults. I have often wondered why so many “Christians” fail to involve themselves in God’s work. I have speculated over this idea for years.
Over 30 years ago Jane Roe (whose real name was Norma McCovey), a pregnant single woman who was residing in Dallas County, Texas, brought a class action challenging the constitutionality of the Texas criminal abortion laws, which proscribed procuring or attempting an abortion except on medical advise for the purpose of saving the mother’s life.
Now and then apologetics has a direct impact on lost people, leading them toward conversion, or at least away from hostility. For instance, perennial skeptic Antony Flew now expresses a form of theism, in part because of the argument from intelligent design in nature. (See the interview at www.biola.edu/antonyflew/.)
I read various letters in support of Mercer University in your paper, with perspectives such as Mercer having a “family” atmosphere. That sounds good. I like it. But I don’t think such things qualify as the preeminent criteria for spending money that people have offered to God in their churches.
First, I agree with the brother that the old hymns seem to have been relegated to a second or third status in the musical program. I believe the words of the songs should glorify the Word (the Lord Jesus Christ).
Miracles still happen in our modern world! My family in Mississippi has just had a weeklong visit from a team of Georgia Baptist disaster relief workers and Georgia Baptist Builders. They repaired and remodeled a house for my disabled brother, Mike. What I could not have orchestrated in a million years, our loving Heavenly Father designed and brought to completion using these men and women.
I would like to publicly commend and congratulate Dr. Jimmy Draper upon his retirement at LifeWay Christian Resources. Although pastors and other Christian leaders never really retire, we all know that there comes a time when we do shift gears into first instead of high speed.
August 29, 2005 was the day Hurricane Katrina came to town, and once the levees broke, it was a day when New Orleans and New Orleans Seminary changed forever. Although our primary buildings were spared significant damage, our living spaces took a terrible hit. One hundred percent of all faculty homes flooded. Forty-five percent of student housing flooded. Many of our families lost all or nearly all that they had.
This response is in reference to the letter in the Dec. 22 issue regarding the current direction of the church music programs, and the writer raises the question as to “why the music in church is going in the direction of the world today?” From my perspective, the short answer is that the musical programs are trying to stay “in tune” or “in sync” with the contemporary programmed corporate worship programs of today.
Thank you for all the assistance you gave after Hurricane Katrina. You came to the rescue of the people in the Cypress Shores Community. The work was hard, the hours were long, the beds were often uncomfortable, but the food and fellowship was great.
A lot of “church folk” were upset that most of the major department stores refused to include “Merry Christmas” in their greetings and advertisements this year. But according to my Bible, God didn’t call the marketplace to glorify the name of our Lord Jesus on behalf of the Church, but rather He called the Church to glorify the name of Jesus to the marketplace. And the truth is the marketplace isn’t … because we haven’t!
Enough said By Gerald Purvis, pastor, Liberty Baptist Church, Tifton Published January 19, 2006
In recent months, much has been said abut worship. I believe enough has been said because it is bringing condemnation and criticism among the churches.