Abilene Baptist Church had a four-day preaching extravaganza Jan. 15-18 to honor Bill Harrell on the occasion of his 25th anniversary as pastor. David Miller, minister of education and administration, declared, “Brother Bill’s ministry has been built around the expository preaching of God’s Word. We could think of no better way to honor him for twenty-five years of ministry than to celebrate with a preaching conference with some of America’s greatest preachers.”
After fifty illustrious years as a pastor, including more than 23 as pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., Jerry Vines is transitioning to a new phase of Christian service, with Woodstock becoming his new home and the home for Jerry Vines Ministries.
It was a simple stack of Sunday newspaper ads, brought in to protect the craft room tables from exuberant youngsters’ paint and glue. But to Kevin*, one of the young residents of the children’s home, it was an opportunity to sit with a caring woman, casually looking at and talking about the pictures of food in the random stack of ads. It was a poignant reminder of the tender love of ordinary days.
Expectations were high in 1997 when the North American Mission Board was forged out of three previous Southern Baptist entities during the ambitious Covenant for a New Century restructuring. Increased operational efficiencies from the merger into NAMB were projected to allow Southern Baptists to be more effective than ever in impacting the United States and Canada with the Gospel.
For 10 years now, North American missionaries Kevin and Alicia Madden have lived 2,200 miles away from Kevin’s birthplace in the historic little town of Washington – located about 100 miles east of Atlanta. Today, their home and hearts are firmly rooted in Canada.
Ray Burnette has been named associational missionary for Houston Baptist Association, beginning his position Jan. 23. Previously, he served as pastor at Red Oak Baptist Church in Sylvester for seven years and at Arabi Baptist Church for ten years.
Doing My Part By Tony Guthrie, Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministries/Preaching, Luther Rice Seminary Published February 16, 2006
“God has a plan for your life” is a statement with which many Christians struggle. But God does have a plan and He desires His followers to involve themselves in it.
Put Christ First By Kurt Smith, Pastor, Lakeview Baptist Church, Lenox Published February 16, 2006
There is a growing division between what goes for the “popular Gospel” and what we read in the Word of God. What is popular today is a Gospel of self-fulfillment. It is a message purposely driven to meet the “felt-needs” of self-centered people who look at Jesus for self-improvement. For example, if you come to Jesus you will hit more homeruns, increase sales, get better grades, and ultimately you will be healthy, wealthy, and comfortable.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published February 16, 2006
We live in a world of incredible distractions. There has never been greater temptation to lose focus than that which we experience today.
Several years before his death I heard Robert Greene Lee, perhaps the last great pulpit orator in America, preach. He said, “One of these days I am going to cast off this earthy tabernacle and do something common to all men. I am going to die; and they are going to bury me in this terrestrial soil. And there is some chance that some little pusillanimous preacher will stand over my grave and say, ‘There lies the body of R. G. Lee, a man who did not have an enemy in this world.’”
Think about how many sports involve a ball – baseball, golf, football, just to name a few. The one thing they have in common is that if you don’t keep your eye on the ball, you’re not going to be very successful.
As a conservative and somewhat of a traditionalist, I have concluded the SBC is in danger of becoming more “trendy” than traditional. Have you noticed all the “terms” used now? “Emerging church”; “emergent” (a member of an emerging church); “post modern”; “post modern sensibilities” (code for characteristics of a self-serving spoiled generation). We have young preacher “phenoms” who all but demand a seat at the SBC leadership table if we want them to remain in the SBC.
While reading the interesting article concerning Mr. Saint’s father and four other missionaries losing their lives while ministering to Ecuadorian tribesmen I realized I had read an account of this true story several years ago written by the widow of one of the men killed.
As a pastor new to Georgia, I have observed with interest the ongoing debate taking place in the pages of The Christian Index over the issue of worship. At a fundamental level, I believe those who have spoken have done so with a desire that our great God be honored and his truth preserved. The worship of our Lord – at least in my mind – should elicit a passionate response from his people.
I have been hearing this debate over music types for sometime, and it seems to me it is simply a matter of taste. I’m 36 years old and I prefer the traditional hymns. To me there is nothing better than “Amazing Grace” and “Love Lifted Me”, but I can see where the modern praise music would appeal to many.
Thank you for covering the IMB trustee issue as it related to Wade Burleson of Oklahoma. This action is merely the logical outcome of the philosophy that is continually closing the parameters of cooperation in the SBC. It is this narrowing that led to the new guidelines passed in Huntsville, and has led to the unprecedented action against Burleson.
My mother-in-law receives The Christian Index and saves interesting articles for us to read. In the Jan. 19 issue there was an article by Editor J. Gerald Harris entitled “Down Syndrome babies targeted for abortion.” Being the mother of a 4-year-old with Down syndrome I read the article with grimace as I envisioned the countless babies thrown away into some hospital trash bin because they are not “perfect” in the eyes of man.
I just read in The Christian Index about the death of Georgia Baptist resort missionary Michael Flake. It breaks my heart that such a wonderful person is gone from this world but I know there is joy that He is with Christ.