Ted Keller had just finished singing a stirring solo at a community New Year’s Eve service in 1986 when he realized he was doing it for all the wrong reasons. His entire career in church music had been largely for his own glory, he said, rather than God’s.
“Missional” is a popular new term in some Southern Baptist churches describing an attitude of obedience to sharing the gospel around the world. And yet the concept is nothing new to the 161-year-old Southern Baptist Convention, according to the first line of the final report from the Ad Hoc Committee on the Cooperative Program.
Garth Pybas, one of the last surviving members of the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message committee and a former president of what is now the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists, died Nov. 20 in Fort Smith, Ark. He was 91.
About a year ago the aging fellowship hall for Emit Grove Baptist Church was demolished to make way for a new family life center. Pastor Tim Huffingham and church members had no idea at the time they were actually building a new sanctuary as well.
In an effort to stop the spread of malaria in Africa, where the disease is a leading killer of children, NBA Cares, Sports Illustrated, the United Methodist Church, and others announced a new campaign with the United Nations Foundation to provide mosquito nets to families in need.
The news is out! According to census information released Aug. 15, the face of the United States is changing. CNN’s headline proclaimed, “Explosion of diversity sweeps U.S.” The New York Times said, “Immigrant Numbers Swell New York.” The Atlanta-Journal Constitution wrote of a local county, “Immigrants Transform Gwinnett.” These recent stories reflect the missional opportunities that exist within our nation.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published January 4, 2007
One of the phenomenal ministry events of the past year was the film Facing The Giants written and produced through the ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. The film has grossed approximately ten million dollars and we are aware of some 800 professions of faith that have been made at screenings of Facing The Giants. Since Facing The Giants did not have the opportunity to get to more than 1,000 theaters, there are thousands of communities in America that never got the experience of seeing this fantastic Christian film.
It is 2007 and with the help of the Lord we will publish 26 copies of The Christian Index this year. I have been told that The Christian Index has never missed a deadline – not in 184 years, not during the Civil War, not during the Great Depression, not ever.
Should we argue about worship styles? It shouldn’t have to be, but then again what happens if you are in a church that decides to take out the hymnals and the hymns and go with contemporary music? Should you go along, take a stand, or leave?
I am proud that organizations that are willing to teach boys to be men. It’s not about guys or killing but helping them become what God created then to be: MEN. It is also about truth in scripture. Exodus 15:3 says, “ The Lord is a warrior.”
I want to thank Joe Westbury for the excellent article “Plagiarism: Whose Message is It?” I would like to have seen, however, more discussion of the advantages of developing one’s own sermons on a regular basis. I must admit that I have been greatly influenced by the preaching of Jerry Vines, Johnny Hunt, Adrian Rogers, and others.