When the North American Mission Board and the Arkansas Baptist Convention appointed Diana Lewis as state ministry evangelism director here almost 15 years ago, it was something akin to throwing the wily rabbit into the proverbial briar patch.
When the Lord created the church He decided how He would nurture it. Consequently, one of the blessed contributions bestowed upon the body of Christ for its edification and completion is the gift of the evangelist. The Apostle Paul is very careful to spell this out in his epistle to the church at Ephesus (Ephesians 4:11-12).
Beverly Ballard, a North American Mission Board worker who served with her husband, Jim, as a church planting strategist in the Eastern Idaho Association, died Dec. 23 following an accident at her home in Blackfoot, Idaho.
Former Georgia Baptist pastor Bruce Edwards, 60, who attracted national attention in 1976 over racial issues in Plains during the early days of Jimmy Carter’s presidency, died Dec. 30 in this Los Angeles suburb.
Lucy McTier is a soft-spoken, attractive woman with an uncanny ability to capture life and truth on canvas with a palette and brush in her hands. Her passion for life and her uncompromising convictions are often expressed in her exquisite artistic renderings.
Thirty years ago many Southern Baptist congregations found themselves in situations similar to that endured by Plains Baptist Church. The difference is that they were not thrust into the national spotlight.
North Metro First Baptist Church, under the leadership of pastor Frank Cox, has become a pacesetter among Georgia Baptist churches in giving to the state missions offering. The church gave $59,691.80 in 2005, but the check did not arrive in the Convention financial offices until after the books were closed in early January of 2006. Recently the Convention received a check for $48,402.21 for the state missions offering for 2006.
After facing death on several foreign battlefields, Jeff Struecker has overcome the fear of his own demise, not to mention less pressing concerns like financial difficulties or the childhood nightmares that followed his parents’ divorce.
Harris Malcolm began his tenure as Ministry Resource Consultant for the Southwest Georgia region Jan. 15. Previously, Malcolm served as pastor at Central Baptist Church in Americus, First Baptist Camilla, and Byron Baptist Church. He is a graduate of Truett-McConnell College, Mercer University, Southwestern Seminary, and Southern Baptist School in Jacksonville, Fla.
Former Georgia pastor and North Carolina Biblical Recorder Editor Tony Cartledge will leave his post at the state newspaper in mid-year to join the faculty of Campbell University’s divinity school in Buies Creek, N.C.
Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. was discharged Jan. 10 from Louisville’s Baptist Hospital East following a two-week hospitalization that included extensive abdominal surgery and a four-day stay in the intensive care unit due to blood clots in the lungs.
Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is asking Southern Baptists to repent of their “self sufficiency” and plead with God for a spiritual revival during 2007. He also is calling upon the Convention to seek reconciliation over divisive issues that distract from the objectives of missions and evangelism.
Nearly all churches were involved in some way in evangelism during the past year, though many churches place a low priority on increasing their community outreach, according to research released by LifeWay Christian Resources.
Harvard College students don’t need a religion requirement after all, following a recommendation of a key faculty panel which had proposed in October making coursework in “reason and faith” mandatory for all undergraduates.
It was sometime during the early 1990s when Stephen Kendrick first attended a Youth Evangelism Conference during Christmas break. That year speakers challenged the teenagers to use their gifts for God. A few weeks ago, Kendrick returned to YEC, this time to stand on the stage.
In 1972 the American Civil Liberties Union established its National Litigation Program to foster the “rights” of prisoners. Indeed, we should all be concerned about the trend of overcrowded prisons and jails with deteriorating structures and prisoner violence, as well as inadequate medical care and insufficient rehabilitation programs for inmates.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported on January 10 that a “new Baptist Convention was announced at the [Jimmy] Carter Center by representatives of about 40 moderate Baptist groups that have distanced themselves from the conservative Southern Baptist Convention.” The meeting referenced in the AJC article took place on January 9 and was attended by former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published January 18, 2007
A spiritual giant has gone home. Under the theme: “A man was sent from God…” family and friends numbering close to 800 gathered at the First Baptist Church of Cartersville to remember the life and ministry of Dr. Stan Wilkins.