Often discouraged and depressed, the two dozen men sitting in the church service reflect the scars, the struggles, the pain of hard lives on Atlanta’s infamous Memorial Drive. To Reginald Robbins, they are nothing less than God’s children, ready to be reclaimed and reborn.
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Frank Cox, senior pastor of North Metro First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, challenged politicians and preachers alike to lead with purpose and responsibility at the fourth annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast held Jan. 25.
The Culture War By Ray Newman, Specialist, Ethics & Public Affairs, GBC Published February 2, 2006
The precocious tyke in the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip by Bill Watterson kicked off the New Year by delivering his view of making New Year’s resolutions. In a conversation with his make-believe friend, Hobbes, Calvin opines, “In order to improve oneself one must have some idea of what’s ‘good’ that implies certain values.” Calvin continues to wax eloquent as he piques the interest of Hobbes, “But as we all know, values are relative.
Last fall Shorter College launched a football team in The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and played very competitively although the team consisted primarily of freshmen. One might say that the Shorter Hawks soared admirably in their first season of intercollegiate football, but the Rome-based College has also soared in other ways in recent days.
Milton A. Hollifield Jr., executive leader for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina staff’s missions growth evangelism team, has been nominated to become the convention’s new executive director-treasurer.
The addition of FamilyNet to the Cox Cable digital lineup in Greater New Orleans “demonstrates Cox’s commitment to meeting the spiritual needs of all our New Orleans customers at a critical time in the city’s history,” said Ellen Lloyd, vice president for marketing at Cox New Orleans.
Baptist Retirement Homes of North Carolina announced Jan. 18 that its trustees have adopted amendments that change the corporation’s bylaws with regard to the election and removal of trustees. Previously, the bylaws called for trustees to be elected by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, which also had the power to remove trustees. The new amendment empowers BRH trustees to elect their own successors.
Without the financial resources necessary to fight a lawsuit brought on by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a rural school district in California has agreed to stop teaching a class called “Philosophy of Design,” which opponents said was unconstitutional because it attempted to legitimize intelligent design.
U.S. Muslim leaders are urging Saudi Arabia to allow an independent investigation into the Jan. 12 stampede near Mecca that killed hundreds performing an annual pilgrimage that is required of all Muslims.
The annual GBC evangelism conference holds a special place in Aaron McCollough’s ministry.
Dealing with Doubt By Tony Guthrie, Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministries/Preaching, Luther Rice Seminary Published February 2, 2006
Jeremiah was no doubt a bold prophet of God. But even though he was a bold prophet, he was also a man complete with all the normal emotional faculties. There were times, as this passage reveals, when he doubted and felt uncertain.
Paying a Price to Serve God By Tony Guthrie, Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministries/Preaching, Luther Rice Seminary Published February 2, 2006
One of the guiding principles in leadership development is “pay now, play later.” It is a motivating concept that brings with it that idea that if one makes sacrifices on the front end, then an easier road is traveled on the back end. Many people today want it all now, and with minimal sacrifice.
Judas Iscariot, whose greed prompted him to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, may be given an extreme makeover by Roman Catholic scholars. At least that is what The London Times reported on Jan. 12.
The ministry of adoption By Brian Priest, education pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Calhoun Published February 2, 2006
“Can you not have children of your own?” I bit my tongue as I responded to the question. “She is my own,” I replied. The usual reaction was given, “Oh. Well, you know what I mean.” Yes, I do know what that person and the countless others who have asked similar questions mean. They want to know if my wife and I are capable of having biological children. After all, don’t most people only adopt after exhausting all other means of starting a family?
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published February 2, 2006
As I write this column, Janice and I are preparing to go to Norman Park Conference Center to participate in the Deacons, Pastors and Spouse Retreat. We will gather for a two-day conference under the theme: “Partners in Ministry.” We are looking forward to this event for a number of reasons.
In response to “Baptist scholar sounds a warning to ‘emerging church’” (Index, Jan. 5, 2006), I think Hammett largely misses the point of what McLaren is saying (at least the things that McLaren is saying that the Body of Christ desperately needs to hear).
Learn to swim By Joel Lanier, Woodstock Published February 2, 2006
While his intent seems to be grounded in a desire for the truths of scripture to maintain integrity in a world where absolutes are vanishing, John Hammett’s assessment of the “emerging” church as recorded in the Jan. 5 issue of The Christian Index, in my opinion, shows some misunderstandings of both the potential dangers of postmodernism and of the nature of emerging church.
During recent meetings of the trustees of the International Mission Board, a vote was taken – and passed – to change policies regarding the qualification for missionary placement. This decision narrows the parameters for missionary eligibility by forbidding service opportunities to any who admit to the use of a “private prayer language” and requiring those not previously baptized in “a church that embraces the doctrine of the security of the believer” to be rebaptized, regardless of the church in which they currently belong.
I am concerned about the recent action taken by International Mission Board trustees seeking to remove Wade Burleson from their ranks. As a young minister there are several reasons for the concern I have.