Pregnant Songhai women approach the cinderblock tin-roofed clinic of Kanazi for routine checkups. They come one by one. When Sally Womble reminds them to return next month for another exam, she often hears the response, “Inshallah” (“if God wills”).
Ironically, production of The Nativity Story, this Christmas season’s hit about the birth of Jesus, took about as long as the period of time the movie portrays – from just before Christ’s immaculate conception to just after His miraculous birth.
Reflecting a return to more peaceful Convention meetings following nearly two decades of contested gatherings over the future of the denomination, Georgia Baptist Convention annual meetings are returning to smaller auditoriums.
Have you ever wondered why Muslims did not speak out against the Muslim terrorists of Sept. 11, 2001 and why Muslim terrorists continue to wreak havoc without being condemned by those who are faithful to the Islamic religion?
After initially requiring that all references to biblical or evangelical messages be edited out of the popular children’s show VeggieTales, NBC has cut back on its editing requests in episodes it has aired this fall, according to the show’s creator, Phil Vischer.
The promise of partnership was evident at the second annual Global Summit on AIDS and the Church as politicians from both parties gathered at Saddleback Church in Southern California to show their support of the evangelical church rising up to help stop the pandemic.
In the wake of revelations that a vast majority of $1.3 million in church-starting funds for the Rio Grande Valley from 1999-2005 was obtained under false pretenses, the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ executive board was presented with a five-point plan to improve oversight and accountability.
More than 100 people from a variety of backgrounds gave host pastors Dwight McKissic of Texas and Wade Burleson of Oklahoma reason to be encouraged after a year in which both have been the center of controversy on denominational trustee boards.
He wore a bandana tied around his forehead and a large fake diamond in one ear. When he smiled, his gold tooth shined. He offered bead necklaces for sale to Doug and Rebecca McHenry, missionaries in St. Lucia.
Salvation for All By Robert Jolly, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Cumming Published December 21, 2006
Related Sunday School Lesson, Family Bible Series, Dec. 31
Why am I here? By Jerry Peele, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Eastman Published December 21, 2006
Genesis 1, 2:1-3
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, Jan. 7, 2007
Christmas has become so secularized that it is little more than a cosmic birthday party in most circles. To avoid being swallowed up by the superficial tinsel and trappings of the holiday, most of us tack on our own religious version of Christmas and appease our consciences by at least giving lip service to the real significance of the season.
A letter from Lottie Moon, missionary to China, was published in the Foreign Mission Journal in 1887 urging Southern Baptist women to take seriously their role in reaching the world for Christ. In today’s busy church life, we sometimes forget her call to prayer, sacrificial giving, and self-denial. As we begin our celebration of Christmas, let’s remember the words of Lottie herself:
Think it’s too early to start your tax preparation? A recent flurry of tax legislation and expiring tax credits and deductions that Congress may retroactively extend at year’s end calls for early preparation despite a later filing date (April 18, 2007).
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published December 21, 2006
Is there anything quite as wonderful as hearing your grandchildren call out your name? I think not. God has blessed Janice and me with six precious grandchildren ages six and younger. When we all get together at our house the noise level raises by several decibels and I love it.
There will never be enough words to express our sincerest appreciation and thanks to each and every person who helped to support and carry us through this terrible experience of the loss of our husband, our father, and our friend, Stan Wilkins. This outpouring of love and support will never be forgotten and forever will be cherished in our hearts. From the countless number of cards, emails, phone calls, food, prayers, and visits, this outpouring of love that came has brought comfort and strength to our family during this difficult time.
Editor’s Note: The following letter was written in response to an error in the Dec. 7 issue of The Index. Stephen Anthony is pastor of Peavine Baptist Church of Rock Spring. Peavine Baptist Church is experiencing record growth in baptisms, members submitting to the call of full-time ministry, and mission giving.