“If there is anything being done in the world today, to change the world, it is planting churches.” So says Leroy Fountain, church planter associate for the North American Mission Board and the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention.
Bruce Williamson, a volunteer with StreetWise Ministry, jokingly says he has been called a lot of things in his day, but never an infidel. There’s always a first time for anything, he adds, but he didn’t expect such a term to be hurled his way while doing ministry in Georgia – much less only 20 miles from his home.
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, N.C., is a place many people are surprised to learn is not only one of the largest religious conference centers in the nation, but also is celebrating a century of ministry this year.
James S. Netherton, president of Carson-Newman College since 2000, announced his resignation Feb. 16, effective June 1, to become executive vice president for administration and finance at Mercer University in Macon on Oct. 1.
The first Baptist association in America will mark its 300th anniversary in September, and Southern Baptists will join in the celebration at a special associational missions rally June 10 at San Antonio’s First Baptist Church prior to the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in San Antonio.
John Beach was born in Walterboro, S.C. in the home of his great uncle, Jim Griffin, more than 98 years ago – Sept. 28, 1908. His mother died 28 days after he was born as the result of complications from childbirth.
Former President Bill Clinton will lecture at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark., as part of a weeklong inaugural celebration for the school’s 15th president, Rex Horne Jr., Clinton’s former pastor.
Registration opened Feb. 1 for the SBC Youth Ministry Survey, designed to be a comprehensive guide for Southern Baptist churches across the nation to garner crucial, fresh information about teens, their families, and youth ministry.
With the sky-high cost of living in the San Francisco area, a $200,000 gift for refurbishing student housing at Golden Gate Seminary’s Northern California campus is a welcome boost for affordable on-campus student housing.
Though “cautiously optimistic” about the future of the Cooperative Program, Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page said legitimate concerns must be addressed if the CP is to remain effective.
New initiatives launched recently by the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry at New Orleans Seminary combine pastoral experience and academic scholarship to answer common questions like “What does it mean to be a Baptist?” and “Why be a Baptist?”
According to a survey by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA in 2004 and 2006, just under one-third of American college students described themselves as liberal or far left, while 26 percent said they were conservative or far right. Forty-three percent chose “middle-of-the-road.”
A pastor in South Africa who had partnered with North Carolina Baptist volunteers was shot and killed Jan. 22 as he led a Bible study at Masiphumelele Baptist Church in Fish Hoek. Phillip Mokson, founding pastor of the congregation, died and a woman was seriously wounded by a man who was baptized in late 2006 but struggled with depression. The woman apparently had rejected his romantic overtures.
John 10:1-5, 7-15, 17-18
Related Sunday School Lesson, Family Bible Series, March 18
Jesus Opens Our Eyes By J. Shepherd Johnson, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Douglas Published March 1, 2007
John 9:8-10, 20-22, 24-25, 30-33, 35-39
Related Sunday School Lesson, Family Bible Series, March 11
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published March 1, 2007
In case you are not already aware, let me inform you, or remind you if you are aware that Congress has extended the duration of Daylight Saving Time beginning this year. Instead of Daylight Saving Time starting at the traditional time, it will begin on March 11 at 2 a.m. and will conclude on November 4 at 2 a.m.
In the course of human history few institutions have been more misunderstood and maligned than the Christian church. Indeed, it would be foolish to insist that the church is perfect, because it is made up of frail and fallible people like you and me. Unfortunately, the criticism being leveled against the church today is not only coming from those outside the church, but from those within.
Russia is the largest country on earth and full of natural resources, but it is dying. Its people cannot surmount the degradation of years of neglect and of rhetoric that promised so much, but delivered so little.
Am I the only one who feels increasingly more anxious about the growing trend in the SBC to exclude women from service? Several events have disturbed me recently. One is that a life-long close friend, a 40-year contributing member of one of our formerly strongest churches, has shared with me the devastation in her church caused by their pastor’s teaching.