Since the summer of 2004, the Georgia Baptist Convention has required background checks on volunteers at events where they may come into contact with children. It’s a practice Bobby Boswell, GBC assistant executive director and vice president for ministries, encourages churches to follow.
Her father is Muslim and not too happy with her decision. Her mother is Christian and thinks she made the right choice. And she is struggling to learn what her new faith means in a world 6,000 miles from home.
William F. “Bill” Harrell, pastor of Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez, serves in what many consider to be the most important position in Southern Baptist life. He is chairman of the SBC Executive Committee, the elected body of state convention representatives that develop policies and attend to Convention business between the annual sessions of the Southern Baptist Convention.
David Hill recently commented, “We are down here in Griffin, cut off from the rest of the world. We don’t have a clue what is going on outside of Spalding County.” Historically, Griffin has been a textile city, but in recent years many of the textile mills have either had to reduce their work force or suspend operations altogether.
The general inability to “get along” is again at the root of the top five reasons staff members in Southern Baptist churches are terminated from their positions, according to a study by LifeWay Christian Resources’ department of pastoral ministries.
On a day when college football players made national headlines through a melee that included stomping and helmet-slinging, two at Shorter College spoke to children about overcoming obstacles and never giving up.
It has been an honor to serve you as president of the Georgia Baptist Convention this year. I am looking forward to this year’s annual session held November 13-14 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth.
Three weeks after its Sept. 29 release, Facing the Giants, the full-length movie from Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, was showing on 325 screens nationwide, down from the 441 on which it debuted. But it only dropped four places, down to number 16, an impressive standing against seven Hollywood blockbusters that had opened during the same time frame. The per-screen averages put the movie at number 8, despite being at number 16 for overall box office receipts.
A much-anticipated Oct. 16 debate on Baptists and Calvinism was canceled when parties disagreed over last-minute changes involving the allocation of time, order of arguments, and further use of the videotape.
In a five-page letter Oct. 16, Texas pastor Dwight McKissic set forth his opposition to a planned vote by trustees of Southwestern Seminary to disassociate the institution from Pentecostal/charismatic doctrines and practices such as a private prayer language.
As the International Mission Board’s focus has shifted away from country emphases to people groups in recent years, more options have become available for Southern Baptist churches of all sizes to get involved.
The chaotic financial situation produced by the indebtedness of American families makes one wonder what might become of the children of our next generation. The Bible directs us to “teach a youth about the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6). But, where does a parent begin?
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published October 26, 2006
If the annual association meetings are an indicator of the health of the Georgia Baptist Convention, we are in excellent condition. It has been my joy to preach in a good number of our association fall meetings this year and the spirit of the meetings has been outstanding.
I recently held revival services at First Baptist Church in Cleveland, during which I spoke in chapel at nearby Truett-McConnell College. While there I also spoke on mentoring in a classroom setting. I was very impressed with the sincerity of the administration, staff, faculty, and students.