Baptist Life

It is a major understatement to say that cell phones are prevalent in our society. So much conversation in our world today centers around our smartphones and the latest videos, memes or posts. We are eager to share what we have seen or heard and want to include others in our discovery.

In the Genesis narrative, God blesses Jacob despite Jacob’s character. Jacob’s name means “heel” or “cheater.” At several points in the narrative, Jacob focuses on what is best for Jacob, and yet God blesses and shapes Jacob into a more faithful man.

In a remote village in West Africa, an inspiring story of faith, resilience and community support unfolded, highlighting the impact of compassion and gospel hope. Through the dedicated efforts of one man and the generous contributions from the global community, the Send Relief project embarked on a mission to provide essential food supplies to a community facing adversity and isolation.

Reverend Joey Smith and his wife Julie recently celebrated their 25th anniversary as pastor at East Thomaston Baptist Church in Thomaston.  Pastor Smith, who has six grown children, preached his first sermon at East Thomaston on December 13, 1998.

More than 200 pastors and church leaders gathered in Querétaro, Mexico, to receive training in discipleship, pastoral leadership, church planting and evangelism during a fall session this past year. The training was organized and led by River Ministry and Mexico Missions, a ministry of Texas Baptists that seeks to connect affiliated churches to specific mission projects along the Texas/Mexico border and the interior of Mexico.

The collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26 after being hit by a cargo ship stunned families in and around Baltimore. Divers are working to recover those still missing. People are traumatized, and many said they cried as they saw footage of the bridge as it fell into the water.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — In the bustling heart of Las Vegas, a city known for its bright lights and lively entertainment, lies a beacon of hope for those facing homelessness and poverty. The Lovewell Center stands out as a sanctuary where individuals in need can find more than just temporary relief; they find a community ready to embrace them with open arms.

This weekend, Christians all over the world will observe Easter festivities to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I am grateful for these celebrations even as I am reminded that apart from the physical, bodily resurrection of our Lord, Christianity would be nothing more than a nostalgic myth.

A team of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary students spent their Spring Break planting seeds in Coney Island. Sponsored by the World Mission Center, the seven men and women spent eight days serving with Graffiti Fellowship sowing seeds of hope in the New York City neighborhood in the borough of Brooklyn.

LIVINGSTON, La. — Colyell Baptist Church was seeing people saved and baptized each year, but their spiritual journeys seemed to stop just beyond the baptis­tery, according to Pastor Jer­emy Glascock and his wife, Amanda, who both realized the church had to get serious about discipleship.

RICHMOND, Va. — Asians remain the largest ethnic group of missionaries currently serving with the International Mission Board, but they still represent a relatively small number of Asian congregations in the Southern Baptist Convention.

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Discipleship is not a competition, but if it were, men might be seen as underdogs. Research shows men’s discipleship tracks behind women’s in several key metrics. For example, women are 14% more likely than men to attend a weekly religious service, 10% more likely to spend time alone with God daily and 6% more likely to read from the Bible or a devotional.

The gospel (good news) about the kingdom of God is that we can live in it right now. I frequently refer to this “gospel of the kingdom” instead of just saying, “the gospel” because I want to differentiate between the popular gospel of the atonement and this good news that you can live in the kingdom of God right now. This is the heart of why I am using terminology about the “gospel of the kingdom” instead of just saying the “gospel.”

Growing up in church during the 1970s, we didn’t listen to many popular tunes.  Music back then was thought to lead to dancing and all other debauchery. (In truth, my dance moves weren’t that great.) But I knew all the church songs and could even play #203 and #204 in the hymnal on the piano. 

I am an inquisitive person, which basically just means I ask a lot of questions. If you happen to talk to my husband he would tell you that I wake up asking questions and I go to bed asking questions. Sometimes I even ask questions if I wake up in the middle of the night.

WAKE FOREST, N.C. — Earlier this spring, Southeastern hosted its first Asian Strategic Partnership Summit to discuss mission partnerships and opportunities for theological education among Asian communities in the U.S. and in East and Southeast Asian countries. During the event, Southeastern shared its vision for global theological education and invited dialogue on how best to equip and partner with East and Southeast Asian churches.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) — Impactful life lessons can come from unsuspecting people in unsuspecting places — even from four lepers. That was the focus of a message by Paul Chitwood, president of the International Mission Board, at Tuesday’s chapel service at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

CLEVELAND, Ga. — Truett McConnell University President Emir Caner has a dream, a vision, a goal of having resident housing for 1,000 students on campus who can be trained to be warriors for Christ. A proposed dormitory would provide housing for an additional 400 students for the growing university.

Most pastors are expecting one of their largest crowds on Easter, but those expectations have tempered some in the past decade. The three highest-attendance Sundays for pastors—Easter, Christmas and Mother’s Day—have remained the same since 2011, but each is now less likely to be among the top days, according to a Lifeway Research study of U.S. Protestant pastors.

At the end of his week serving in Snowflake, Arizona, Cody Hall, a student in the 5-year program at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Texas Baptist College, saw “revitalized joy in the members and a hunger to reach the lost in Snowflake.”

Southern Baptist volunteers in Maryland and Delaware are ready to respond as needed after the Francis Scott Key Bridge suddenly collapsed into the Baltimore harbor following a “ship strike” early Tuesday morning. At least eight people went into the water. Two were rescued but the other six, part of a construction crew that had been filling potholes on the bridge, were missing and presumed dead. 

He has risen! As you celebrate this Easter season, please remember your many IMB missionaries on the field. In some areas, like where we live in the Asia-Pacific Rim, it’s the perfect time to explain the true meaning of this holiday.

STANTON, Tenn. — For Mike Young, the excitement surrounding BlueOval City can be divided into three parts: Past, present and future. Young, senior pastor of Zion Baptist Church in Brownsville, has already seen some incredible evangelistic stories emerge during his involvement with BlueOval City — the massive Ford auto plant in Stanton — and said he can’t wait to see what God has in store for the days ahead. 

Having grown up in a small town of fewer than 7,000 people, we were excited when new businesses opened in our area. For instance, a large grocery store opened when I was about 12 years old. It was called Food World, and it was the biggest thing to hit Batesville, Mississippi, in a long time. While the grocery store would be considered average size today, we thought it was a marvel to behold at the time.

The resurrection of Jesus is not only the most unique teaching of the Christian faith in terms of comparison with other world religions, but it is also the crucial affirmation of the Christian faith. Without the resurrection of Jesus, He died as a mere religious leader.

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