As a child I assumed that other children had the same kind of home environment that I had – a loving mom, dad, siblings. That ideology changed when my aunt and uncle began to care for two foster children whom they later adopted. These girls became my cousins and became a part of a loving family.
Recently compiled statistics for the Southern Baptist Convention show that baptisms - which rebounded in 2004 after a four-year decline - slumped again in 2005, according to LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Thom S. Rainer.
On March 12, America was introduced to the White family, courtesy of ABC’s hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and a brand new house. And LifeWay Christian Resources was there behind the scenes to help make it happen.
Stan Wilkins, director of missions for the Bartow Baptist Association, and Alan Hix, assistant professor of religion and associate dean for academic affairs at Louisiana College, will joined Shorter College’s Religion Department in the fall.
Index staff members have walked away with their largest ever group of awards – including the coveted Burkhalter Award for newswriting – following the annual Baptist Communicators Association awards competition. The meeting was held April 19-22 in Richmond, Va. and honored excellence among Baptist communicators for 2005.
The Annual Church Profile (ACP) conducted by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention shows that nearly 26,000 of the SBC’s 43,000-plus churches have an attendance of fewer than 125 people – an indication that most pastors probably are the lone staff member.
A special meeting of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, called primarily to deal with the convention’s relationship to Belmont University, has been set for May 9 at 9 a.m. at Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville.
A mistake in putting together the Southern Baptist Convention’s membership numbers for 2002 and 2003 has resulted in a well-respected national publication reporting a decrease in SBC membership in 2004 – a year in which the denomination actually saw an increase.
North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear will be nominated for second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, according to a March 30 news release by Daniel L. Akin, president of Southeastern Seminary.
A group claiming to represent 2 million American Hindus has sued the California State Board of Education to block publication of sixth-grade textbooks that “demean, stereotype and reflect adversely upon Hindus.”
1 Samuel 1:1-2, 6-7, 10-13, 15-18, 20, 27-2:2
Related Sunday School Lesson, Family Bible Series, May 14
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published April 27, 2006
Last year, in Georgia, 99 children died as victims of abuse and neglect. This is unthinkable and unacceptable! Every fifteen minutes, of every hour, of every day, of every month, there is a confirmed case of child abuse in Georgia. Currently, in our state, there are almost 15,000 children in State childcare custody.
I was preaching in a revival at Old Union Baptist Church in Harlem at the invitation of pastor Keith Boggs. Fifteen miles away The Masters, the nation’s most prestigious golf tournament, was getting underway with practice rounds and the annual par-three tournament. Because of The Masters, hotel prices were exorbitant and “no vacancy” signs were commonplace.
Over the years, I’ve learned that – contrary to popular opinion – the bigger the vision, the easier it is to reach that vision, and, ultimately, the size of a pastor’s vision should be determined by the size of God.