Eighteen years ago, John Sanders lived in a small rural town in Georgia. Wanting to move to a growing area with greater opportunities for his two daughters and son, the roofer made his way to the Atlanta area, leaving his family to stay with relatives.
In what many thought to be a surprising outcome Frank Page, pastor of First Baptist Church of Taylors, S.C. and former pastor of Warren Baptist Church in Augusta, was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention against two formidable opponents, Ronnie Floyd, pastor of First Baptist Church in Springdale, Ark., and Jerry Sutton, pastor of Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn.
Joyce Rogers, widow of Adrian Rogers, longtime pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church, commented on what she described is the narrowing of parameters in Southern Baptist life June 12 during a tribute to her late husband in the Pastors’ Conference at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Messengers to the 2006 Southern Baptist Convention approved a motion June 14 that sought to balance faithful enforcement of the United States’ immigration laws with compassionate outreach to all immigrants.
Without America’s moral leadership, the world could easily descend into chaos and despotism, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said June 14 at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C.
Trustees of the North American Mission Board have called seminary evangelism professor Roy J. Fish to serve as the agency’s interim president. Fish has accepted the call and began his part-time responsibilities last week at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.
In an annual meeting marked by repeated calls for cooperation in evangelism and missions, Southern Baptists June 13-14 in Greensboro, N.C., elected a new president, stressed increased giving through the Cooperative Program and remembered the late Adrian Rogers, whose widow urged the denomination to “graciously work for unity in the body of Christ”.
The rich, black, fertile soil of Moldova makes it an agrarian’s delight. Moldova, and the adjacent country of Ukraine, both formerly a part of the Soviet Union, were once known as the “bread basket” of the USSR. This eastern European country is the poorest nation on the continent and in recent years many farmers have not been able to anticipate a harvest, because they simply have not had the money to buy the seeds to plant their crops.
Southeastern Seminary launched the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture June 1. The center is designed to lead the way in responding to controversial cultural issues and equipping Christians to do the same.
The North American Mission Board (NAMB) has transferred coordination of “Vancouver Focus” – Southern Baptists’ multi-year church planting and evangelism initiative in Vancouver, British Columbia – to the Canadian Convention of Southern Baptists (CCSB).
Cole County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Brown III issued an injunction against Windermere Baptist Conference Center after a June 1 hearing to prohibit the breakaway Missouri Baptist Convention entity from selling more of its land, incurring additional debt or cutting more trees without court approval.
Five new missionaries with Georgia ties were among the 95 appointed by the International Mission Board May 23 at Hoffmantown Church here. The appointments bring the total to 5,075 missionaries serving worldwide through the IMB.
Ethan Bloodworth didn’t know just how big his award was until he touched it. Bloodworth won an award for his perfect score in the National Youth Bible Drill and Speakers Tournament Invitational, held in Birmingham, Ala.
Exodus 3:4-8a, 19-21; 4:10-12, 27-31
Related Sunday School Lesson, Family Bible Series, July 9
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published June 22, 2006
I have been on many mission trips, both as a pastor and as executive director of the Convention, but I have never been on one that has inspired me more than my recent trip to Moldova. What a thrill it was to preach the Gospel among people who are hungry to hear a word from God. Hearts were open and ready to receive the Gospel. Many came receiving Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. The churches of Moldova were encouraged and strengthened, as were those of us who participated in the crusades across Moldova.
The Southern Baptist Convention’s most recent past president, Bobby Welch, has been relentless in his passion to get all of us to become personal soul winners. He preaches and promotes his “Everyone Can!” “I’m It!” campaign with the fervor of a general attempting to rally his troops for a critical battle or with the zeal of a football coach seeking to inspire his team to win a national championship.
The most precious opportunity we have as Christian parents is to raise our children in the Lord and armed with a Christian worldview. Yet 80% of us will send our children to institutions to study under faculty who disdain the message of Christ. In addition, numbers of believers will decide to support those same secular institutions, rather than the colleges that reflect the values espoused in Georgia Baptist pulpits.
I just finished reading Mr. James L. Smyrl’s letter, “Content to Preach the Word,” published in the Index June 8. At first glance, I was not sure to which event he was referring. Upon reading his letter a second time, I believe him to be responding to the Younger Leaders summit, hosted by Dr. Jimmy Draper, which served as a sort of culmination of a year’s worth of Dr. Draper’s and his staff’s work and energy.
First Baptist Church of Americus will observe its 175th anniversary on Sept. 23-24 and is seeking historical information to share on those days. A book is also being written by local historian Alan Anderson and will be available for sale during the observance.