Baptist Life

MARIETTA, Ga. — Many Baptist churches are encouraging their member families to consider reaching out to children to provide foster or adoption care.  Pastor John Hull of Eastside Baptist Church in Marietta wants the church to be open to caring for widows and orphans

CLEVELAND, Ga. — Truett McConnell University’s shooting team has once again showcased their exceptional skills at the ACUI Clay Targets Collegiate Shotgun Bowl Series in San Antonio, Texas. Sophomore Ethan Ledford secured 2nd place in Trap Singles and 3rd place in Trap Doubles, while senior Drew Weber and sophomores Michael Bowen and Kason Gooch also earned accolades for their shooting prowess and academic excellence.

ROME, Ga. — Dr. Steve Parr, executive director at the Gwinnett Metro Baptist Network, will address the graduates at Shorter University’s 2023 Commencement Ceremonies on Thursday, May 2.

A five-step program to combat what some say is a rampant problem of sexual abuse in churches will roll out in June during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Indianapolis.

MOUNT VERNON, Ga. – Brewton-Parker Esports continues to build the foundation of a nationally recognized program after the Brewton-Parker College Fortnite Trio and Valorant teams garnered national titles in the Eastern College Athletic Conference this week.

CUMMING, Ga. — When Shirley Brown was a little girl growing up in small-town Georgia, her mama only allowed her to spend social time at the church. With a song in her heart and a thirst for fellowship, Shirley joined the choir.

Parents are met with a variety of challenges no matter the age or developmental stage of their child. First-time young parents may worry about feeding options and sleep schedules or grow anxious when their newborn shows signs of sickness or fever.

In our culture, we do not value dreamers. I tend to be a daydreamer. I have had people say to me, “Mark to Earth,” as I dreamed about the coming months. In the Bible, God uses dreams at least a dozen times to reveal His nature or plan.

The melody was the same, but the voices united in worship sang in numerous languages. “Then sings my soul,” sang a group in Arabic. Deaf believers lifted hands to sign “My Savior, God to thee, how great Thou art.” The diverse group of worshipers praised in styles unique to their culture.

HIAWASSEE, Ga. — Macedonia Baptist Church in Hiawassee wrapped up a fruitful week-long Spring revival last week, seeing seven people profess faith in Christ and 14 come forward to be baptized since Easter Sunday.

DALLAS — Nine-year-old Destiny, wide-eyed and smiling broadly, surveyed the freshly repainted sanctuary of Lake June Baptist Church as she and her mother, Yvonne, arrived at the church to see what the Lord had done.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — More than 200 church planters represented 189 sending churches at Send Network’s most recent orientation for newly endorsed church planters last week. Five different languages were spoken among the planters, who hailed from 24 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces.

ROME, Ga. — Hawks on Mission Day had record attendance for their fourth annual day of service. With over 330 volunteers, Shorter University students, staff, faculty, and alumni were spread throughout Rome completing different service projects.

ONTARIO, Calif. — Friends, alumni, faculty, students and trustees gathered on Tuesday, April 16, to honor Jeff Iorg for his tenure as president of Gateway Seminary and to commission him for service at the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.

For many, including me, the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth is the bedrock of the Christian faith. That Jesus suffered and rose from the dead is the fifth essential element of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. Let me outline some reasons for this belief and how it is so central to the good news of the kingdom of God. 

WAKE FOREST, N.C. — During celebrations of the Akins’ 20-year anniversary, Southeastern announced a new endowment in honor of Mrs. Charlotte Akin. The Charlotte Akin Student Aid Fund will supply financial assistance to full-time students who have received care from the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina, South Carolina, or Georgia.

KANSAS CITY, Mo—Midwestern Seminary partnered with 9Marks to host “A Conference on Membership” on Tuesday through Wednesday, April 16–17. Speakers Jason K. Allen, Brian Davis, Zach Schlegel, Philip Van Steenburgh, Jared C. Wilson, Jonathan Leeman, and Jeff Lacine brought messages and led panel discussions aimed at providing a biblical understanding of church membership and cultivating meaningful membership practices in the local church.

FORT WORTH, Texas — Encouraging the Southwestern Seminary community and attendees of the Awakening National Prayer Conference held on the Fort Worth campus to “pray like it matters,” Steve Gaines, senior pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tennessee, opened the first session of the conference during the seminary’s regularly scheduled chapel service on Wednesday, April 18.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Pastors from across the country came to the campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for the first-ever Pastor’s Workshop. This new offering from Southern Seminary is designed for seasoned pastors to deliver a space for learning, networking, and retreat.

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Leavell College trustees approved faculty changes, received positive academic and financial reports, and welcomed a donation of items of historical value from the family of W. W. Hamilton, the school’s second president.

For the past 70 years, the members of the Sons of Jubal chorus have been raising their voices in song to worship and glorify the Lord.  From the group's inception, they have used music to declare the truth of the gospel across Georgia, the United States, and the world.

WAKE FOREST, N.C. — Southeastern Seminary welcomed its board of trustees and Southeastern Society to campus for their biannual meetings on Monday, April 15. This year, in addition to the plenary sessions and institutional updates, Southeastern celebrated the Akins’ 20th anniversary, ground was broken for a new dining hall extension to the Ledford Student Center, and over 80 students and their families were commissioned during chapel to go out on the mission field.

NEW ORLEANS -- As New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary marks the tenth anniversary of the Caskey Center for Church Excellence, the celebration centers on two astounding numbers—75,682 student-initiated gospel conversations and 9,050 professions of faith.

Beginning January 1st, I pray about opportunities to serve the Lord during the year, near or far.  I had one week open in March.  There was a possibility with a dental team going to Alaska. That door closed.  I continued to pray.  If nothing happened, I would just stay home and spring clean.

SEYMOUR, Tenn. — Dan Spencer, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Sevierville, has become the sixth nominee for the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention at the 2024 SBC annual meeting in Indianapolis.

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