NIGERIA, West Africa — In Bauchi State, newly formed Zion Baptist Church meets in a clearing near the chief’s compound. On a recent Sunday he greets Harriet Bowman and her 12-year-old son, James, with these words: “The house that does not receive strangers is not a blessed house. As we receive you, our strangers, we are blessed.”
Powerful preaching, soul-stirring music, and historic decisions marked the 185th annual meeting of the Georgia Baptist Convention, held at the Gwinnett Civic Center in Duluth Nov. 13-14. The first session on Monday evening was highlighted by President Wayne Hamrick’s address, which honored the theme “Back to the Basics in Sunday School/Open Groups, Evangelism and Missions” and Don Hattaway’s sermon entitled “Bring Back the Glory.” Hattaway is pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Cartersville.
DULUTH — There’s a lot more going on in church planting in Georgia than meets the eye, say church planters and sponsoring pastors who attended the Missional Impact Church Planter and Partner Rally on Nov. 13. The breakfast gathering was held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the GBC, held nearby at the Gwinnett Arena.
I feel that it is the responsibility of The Christian Index to chronicle the work of Georgia Baptists, encourage the work of evangelism, missions, and ministry among Georgia Baptists, and provide some accountability as we endeavor to stay on mission. We must not stray from our bedrock convictions and from our mission of reaching people for Christ, planting new congregations, and building healthy kingdom churches.
Can we program God to speak to us on demand? Most congregations would state an emphatic “No” while expecting their pastor to be on the receiving end of just such an arrangement. Such double standards are common in all walks of life.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published November 23, 2006
Dr. Wayne Hamrick has been re-elected president of the Georgia Baptist Convention. I could not be more pleased. Wayne did an outstanding job as president over the past year. He is highly organized, enthusiastic about the Georgia Baptist Convention, supportive of our convention staff, energetic in his ministry of church growth and evangelism in churches across Georgia and perceptive in working with the Order of Business Committee in the planning of the Convention program for the annual meeting.
As a well-educated Christian of 31 years and a Georgia Baptist of 41 years, I was perplexed as to why you found it necessary to devote your November 9 edition to plagiarism. Your article, “Plagiarism: Whose message is it?” was not worth your time.
As a layperson and as a Southern Seminary student preparing for a teaching ministry, I am greatly saddened by some of the Georgia Baptist pastor quotations found in the recent Index article on plagiarism. I think there is at least one unavoidable ethical issue here that ‘authentic clergy’ (I mean men actually called of God to study and preach the word.) must consider.
What an interesting article on plagiarism in the Nov. 9 issue of The Christian Index. As a Christian and layperson, I was a bit surprised to think about pulpit presentations and sermons as concerns for plagiarism. I always looked at what a person said in the pulpit as something delivered by God, no matter how many times it was pulled from the refrigerator.
I had the wonderful privilege of attending my first Georgia Baptist Convention in Atlanta last week. It was a good experience. I was very impressed with the various ministry booths and how hard they seemed to have worked to get the displays ready for the convention. I enjoyed very much meeting the folks from the various agencies, etc.
Since SBC Executive Committee Chairman Bill Harrell has expressed that “our Convention leaders need to make a more definitive statement about … who we are as Southern Baptists” – let me say that I couldn’t agree more. But to start making this “definitive statement” about our identity we must begin with our history: Where did we come from? What did we believe?
Reformed Theology, often called Calvinism, is proliferating in certain circles. A recent article in The Christian Index by Dr. Bill Harrell discouraged Baptist involvement in the movement. For such he has come under attack.