When Jon Duncan served in the music department of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, one of his trademark ministries was the Baptist All-State Choir for youth. It was the close ties built within that ministry which made his decision to come to the Georgia Baptist Convention a difficult one.
A few weeks before this year’s Southern Baptist Convention, I read a new book by Josh McDowell and David H. Bellis titled The Last Christian Generation. In this book the authors go to great lengths with much research and documentation to show how this current generation of young people has a way of looking at church, Christianity, culture, and moral issues differently than former generations of believers.
“Times are dangerous and difficult. But God has raised you up for a time such as this,” Brig. Gen. Douglas L. Carver, U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Chaplains, told more than 100 Southern Baptist chaplains at an appreciation luncheon June 12.
Giving to missions takes on many forms at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, says Ricky Wheeler, associate pastor for Global Ministries. It’s that effort which is ingrained in the church body that led the congregation to be the top overall giver to the 2005 Lottie Moon offering.
Evangelical pastor Rick Warren has been invited to preach this summer to some 15,000 Christians in North Korea, a communist country infamous not only for its nuclear threats but also for its religious persecution.
School officials edited the script of Brittany McComb’s graduation speech before she gave it, removing six references to God and two biblical references. But when she chose to use such language anyway, school officials turned down the microphone in the midst of her address to graduates June 15.
Randy Judd knows a lot of planning goes into Vacation Bible School. Months before the first sip of Kool-aid, teachers are into place, materials have been ordered and the schedule has been made out, just for starters.
The Georgia Baptist Church Music Conference will be holding its inaugural Hymn and Chorus Writing contest this fall with winners being announced Oct. 12-13 at the group’s annual meeting at Brewton-Parker College. The GBCMC is a professional organization made up primarily of ministers of music serving churches of the Georgia Baptist Convention. Music faculty of Georgia Baptist colleges, bi-vocational music ministers, children’s choir directors, organists, pianists and other musical leaders are involved as well.
Jacqueline Draughon of Graceville, Fla., was honored as the third recipient of the Dr. Martha Myers GA Alumna of Distinction Award during the Woman Missionary Union’s annual missions celebration June 11.
Admitting he was “a little intimidated, humbled, and tremendously challenged” in assuming responsibility as interim president of the North American Mission Board, Roy Fish received a standing ovation prior to a meeting with 200 NAMB employees June 27, his first since being named to the position in early June by the agency’s board of directors.
Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders in Switzerland have inaugurated the country’s first interfaith council – and possibly the first in Western Europe – aimed at promoting dialogue, peace and understanding among the country’s three main religions.
On a recent mission trip to Moldova I rejoiced to see the Christians of the city of Balti openly share their faith and gather in large numbers to worship in freedom. It has not always been that way. Religious liberty is a fairly new concept for many of the countries in eastern Europe once held captive by the Iron Curtain of communism. How exceedingly glorious it was to see the Moldovans exercise their freedom to worship God and how wonderfully encouraging it was to see their receptivity to the Gospel.
We are a recreation-and-entertainment-oriented nation – maybe obsessed is a more descriptive word than oriented. Of course, vacations aren’t bad; in fact, they’re good and can be very helpful if kept in proper perspective.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published July 6, 2006
Georgia Baptists are uniquely blessed in our ministry among senior adults through the diligent efforts of the Baptist Village Retirement Communities and Baptist Retirement Communities of Georgia to meet the needs of our senior adult population. As Georgia Baptists age, a vibrant and creative ministry is needed to touch their lives. These ministries are provided through these two outstanding entities of the Georgia Baptist Convention.
I would like Editor J. Gerald Harris to tell me what “an irenic inerrantist” means in his June 22 story on Frank Page’s election as SBC president. I looked up the words in my dictionary and cannot figure out what these $80 words mean. I’m sure I’m not the only person that does not comprehend what Dr. Harris is trying to say.
I lived in Georgia for 12 years before moving to New Mexico in February 2004. After receiving the June 8 issue from my old association (Gwinnett) and reading your excellent coverage of the SBC convention issues, I decided that receiving the paper once a month is not enough.
I am usually not a “Letter to the Editor” type of guy, and I want to be careful to speak in a Godly way. But I must say that I am amazed at comments made by Ronnie Floyd in the wake of Frank Page’s election as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
I am writing to voice a concern that I have with the SBC messengers and voting. I have noticed over the last six years that our messengers have attended the SBC national convention, yet in many of those years not even 50% record voting in some of the most debated areas for vote.