International Mission Board President Jerry Rankin answered questions about recent IMB trustee actions regarding a private prayer language and local church baptism practices in a Feb. 17 question-and-answer session with Baptist state paper editors.
MySpace.com and other social websites that allow anyone to post photos and personal information about themselves for all the world to see are increasingly becoming the focus of investigations related to the molestation, rape and murder of teenagers, and parents may be starting to catch on to the potential hazards of such sites.
For spunky, fast-talking, fast-walking Mary Gore, it’s just another Saturday in bass-fishing paradise – Toledo Bend, La. Mary is busy doing what she does best. She’s out fishing – not for largemouth bass, but for souls.
As a tireless servant of God and a contagious advocate and supporter of mission efforts throughout the world, Annie Armstrong (1850-1938) led women to unite in mission endeavors that ultimately led to the formation of Womans Missionary Union, for which she served as the first corresponding secretary.
Mandisa Hundley, one of those to make the latest cut on television’s No. 1 show American Idol, is not ashamed of her faith in Christ and even publicly expressed forgiveness for one of the show’s judges after he sent a biting insult her way.
Dear Editor and Christian Index readers: I am writing in response to the article that appeared in last week’s Christian Index regarding concerns expressed about the ministry and management of the North American Mission Board.
If a SportsCenter trivia question asked, “Which golfer finished high school ranked No. 2 behind Tiger Woods?” most people would scan the PGA Tour roster for possible answers. But they would be looking in the wrong place.
I write about good news. I talk about good news. I share good news. I seek with all my heart to be good news to all those around me. That’s why this will be the most difficult article I have written in this wonderful year since I became vice president of the North American Mission Board, leading evangelization.
Brian Fossett is one of Georgia’s most successful and widely used young evangelists. His messages are delivered with passion and persuasiveness. His personal testimony, which he often shares in church revivals and evangelistic crusades, is most compelling.
An order rescinding a sales tax exemption for the sale of Bibles, Korans, testaments, religious papers and similar items was issued Feb. 6 by Richard W. Story, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia, declaring that the exemption for such sales was unconstitutional.
Baptist-affiliated Chowan College has agreed to “step away from its heritage and native culture” by making plans to change its mascot in compliance with an NCAA rule banning most Native American mascots, according to a statement by the school Jan. 26.
Focus on the Family, a group known for its opposition to gay marriage, is supporting a proposed Colorado bill that would benefit gay couples and other adults seeking benefits outside a traditional marital relationship.
A wave of burglaries, vandalism and at least two attacks on elderly priests has targeted Roman Catholic churches in one of Scotland’s biggest cities, prompting its archbishop to demand better protection from police.
"Still on the map!" Georgia Baptists join with Katrina survivors' mantra By Sherri Brown, Communications, GBC Published March 2, 2006
When Hurricane Katrina slammed against the Gulf Coast with 125-mile-an-hour winds and a 34-foot storm surge, news reports announced that Bay St. Louis had been “wiped off the map.”
Keep Praying By Kurt Smith, Pastor, Lakeview Baptist Church, Lenox Published March 2, 2006
The most effective and fruitful followers of Christ have been people of prayer. Prayer is the root of practical Christianity. It is the essential mark of utter dependence upon God in all of life. Charles Spurgeon once accented this when he said: “I could as soon think of living without eating or living without breathing, as living without prayer.”
Studying the ministry of Jesus, you’ll see how passionate He was in seeking and saving sinners. This was His great supreme mission (Luke 19:10) and the central theme of the Gospel (I Timothy 1:15). Likewise, every follower of Christ must be consumed with this same passion (e.g., Romans 1:15; I Corinthians 9:16b).
Mission Service Corps personnel are a valuable part of the Southern Baptist missionary force. That fact may have been lost in an article I wrote in last week’s issue of the Index.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published March 2, 2006
Janice and I just returned from the annual state executive director’s fellowship meeting that was held in one of the most beautiful locations on the North American continent, Banff, Alberta, Canada. Banff is surrounded by the magnificent, towering, granite peaks of the Canadian Rockies.
I often listen to The Albert Mohler Radio Program when I drive home from work in the afternoon. About two months ago Dr. Mohler, President of Southern Seminary and former editor of The Christian Index, cited an article in USA Today written by journalist James P. Gannon. The article was entitled, “Is God Dead in Europe?”
Thinking that not a few of your readers might share with me a concern for the increasing popularity of “prosperity” preachers and the content of their messages, I am submitting for publication the definition of a new word which, I believe, summarizes their teaching well enough:
On target with Mercer By Timothy C. VanLandingham, pastor, New Bethel Baptist, Valdosta Published March 2, 2006
My heart has been broken over the Mercer University matter for a number of years. I am a 1986 alumnus of Mercer and received a good education during my two years there. I transferred to Mercer upon the urging of my then-Associational Missionary Glenn Byrd and Pastor Lester Parks. Of course, I was given the standard line before going : “Mercer is a good school, but you will hear some things that are not right in the Bible. But, stick with it!”