Baptist Life

Cars and buses buzzed past a group of people walking the Turkish streets. The group enjoyed modern plumbing, and with the flip of a switch, lights would come on in most buildings. Still the ruins that stood before them, with their dirt paths and ornate columns, reminded them of where they were.

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. — Georgia pastor Tim Oliver has authored a new devotional book, Chapter a Day, that’s now available on Amazon and Kindle. Since 2017, Oliver, pastor at Lakeside Baptist Church in Milledgeville, has been writing daily devotionals, going through the books of the Bible one chapter at a time. In this volume, Oliver walks readers through the life of Christ and the history of the early church through devotionals based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, as well as the Book of Acts.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus Roberts’ life was a rags to riches story of a struggling sharecropper who overcame long odds to become a wealthy businessman and one of the Georgia Baptist Convention’s most influential laymen. Born in 1870, Roberts was the oldest of 11 children born to a hardscrabble family shortly after the Civil War. He dropped out of school when he was 10 to labor in the cottonfields. From this humble start, with only a fourth-grade education, Roberts would amass a great fortune, be elected Georgia’s agriculture commissioner, make a strong bid for governor, and later serve as president of the Georgia Baptist Convention.

LIBURN, Ga. — Pastor Samuel Aleman, an architect who inspired a long line of other Spanish-speaking professionals to become ministers, has retired after more than three decades leading Atlanta’s oldest and largest Hispanic Southern Baptist congregation. “He opened the door to many Hispanics to say, ‘I have a career, and I can serve the Lord,’” said Javier Chavez, a Gainesville pastor and university professor.

The girls sat around the wall.  Some on mats, some in plastic chairs.  Their breakfast trays came so they ate while we studied.  Last Sunday at 7 a.m. sharp, we had the privilege of meeting the girls at the county jail for Bible study. The morning’s lesson was from Luke 2:41-52.  It’s one of my faves.  I used to call it, “Jesus was Lost.”  I can most assuredly tell you Jesus was NEVER, EVER lost. 

At the end of last year, our church invited people to join a 21-day prayer and fast beginning January 1st  and ending January 21st.  This was open to anyone who wanted to participate.  You would choose something to fast from and then on Monday through Friday there would be a church service at 6 a.m. to attend, on Saturday the service would be at 8 a.m. and of course on Sunday you would just attend one of the church services.

Senior Adult Homecoming Retreat is returning to the Golden Isles coast of Georgia in April.  The retreat, geared for people age 55 and up, is a wonderful time of worship, Bible study/preaching, fun, and fellowship with other seniors from around the southeastern United States.  One senior adult pastor likened the retreat to a “refreshing revival” while another said it had the atmosphere of an old-fashioned campmeeting!

CLEVELAND, Ga. - Truett McConnell University is excited to announce the much-anticipated Friends and Family Weekend 2024, scheduled to take place on campus March 15 and 16. This two-day event includes a  dynamic lineup of events and distinguished guests, offering an unforgettable experience for all attendees.

DULUTH, Ga. – Members of the Georgia Baptist Convention’s Administration Committee unanimously re-elected Milledgeville Pastor Tim Oliver to a second one-year term as chairman on Tuesday. Oliver, pastor at Lakeside Baptist Church, was first elected to the position last January.

SUWANEE, Ga. — Jenni Carter, a beloved children’s ministry leader who has served as the Georgia Baptist Mission Board’s statewide kids ministry consultant for more than 10 years, has announced her retirement, effective Feb. 29. And in an interesting twist, one of Carter’s longtime colleagues in children’s ministry, Krista Staton of Tifton, will replace her. “I’m leaving them in very capable hands,” Carter said of Staton, the children’s ministries director at Northside Baptist Church in Tifton.

In the middle of January it might be hard to see, but life is waiting to be revealed in a few months. I am not advocating we rush through these cooler days or skip the beauty of a winter morning, but it can be lost on each of us that as the fields and flowers lay dormant for a season, spring will soon make its grand, green appearance.

God is the giver of life. Human life is sacred because God created humans in His image. Consequently, humans are to value human life from the womb to the tomb. God valued human life so much He initiated a covenant with all mankind in which God affirmed the sacredness of human life and placed obligations upon humans.

WOODSTOCK, Ga. - Steve Hale serves as staff evangelist of Woodstock’s First Baptist Church and has been recognized as one of America's most gifted preachers. His sermons are penetrating, passionate and powerful. With a degree in journalism from Murray State University in Kentucky, he is also an extraordinary and skillful writer.

The call to reach all nations, people, languages and tribes with the gospel has always united Southern Baptists. Today that call includes reaching other nations that come to North American soil. With a renewed commitment to assist churches in connecting with internationals close by, the International Mission Board, North American Mission Board, Send Relief and Woman’s Missionary Union are uniting to better serve churches focusing on the missionary task in every community.

WAKE FOREST, N.C. — Twenty years ago, Southeastern unanimously elected Daniel L. Akin as its sixth president, recognizing God’s providence in directing Danny and his wife Charlotte to Southeastern. Now in his twentieth year, Akin has distinguished himself as a humble leader with an unwavering commitment to God’s word and a singular focus on fulfilling the Great Commission.

ATLANTA — If one ponders the successes achieved by Mark Price as a collegiate and professional basketball player, you might suspect that he would gloat or revel in those accomplishments. On the contrary, Jeremiah 9: 24 seems to characterize this former Georgia Tech and Cleveland Cavalier point guard - “Let him who boasts, boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”

HARRODSBURG, Ky. (KT) — Gary Chidester knows there is victory in Jesus, but says it’s often found in places you might not expect. As director of discipleship at Isaiah House, which ministers to those struggling with addictions and substance use, Chidester said it is amazing to see how the Lord is changing lives.

ROME, Ga. — The Shorter University College of Business is ringing in the New Year with exciting announcements and accomplishments. The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) recently awarded the University’s College of Business accreditation for undergraduate BBA and graduate degrees.

During his lifetime, Clint Clifton asked many individuals to consider planting a church, but his son Noah wasn’t one of them. “He just focused on being my dad,” says 22-year-old Noah Clifton. It’s this space that allowed Noah to wrestle through his calling to church planting and the clarity to continue down this path even after his father was killed in a tragic aircraft accident in January of 2023.

CONYERS, Ga. — The Georgia Baptist Mission Board has pulled together a strong lineup of preachers for a pair of evangelism conferences that will be held in Conyers and Tifton in February and March. Keynote speakers from Georgia and beyond will be on the main platforms while a litany of others will lead smaller breakout sessions on a broad range of evangelism strategies.

NEW ORLEANS — The 15th annual Defend apologetics conference at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Leavell College in early January welcomed 465 registrants from colleges and churches from 20 states to hear biblical responses to pressing questions from culture.  

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — From Alaska to Maine, nearly 200 missions leaders from across the country gathered on Missionary Ridge in Birmingham for the Woman's Missionary Union’s January Board Meeting earlier this month.

A pioneer in advocating and sharing stories of God working around the world died Monday. Leland Franklin Webb, 91, was a writer and editor at the International Mission Board for 32 years.   …

JONESBORO, Ga. — The National Disciple Leaders Network, an organization that champions the work of local church disciple-makers, will hold a conference  on April 8-9 at First Baptist Church in Jonesboro. 

LILBURN, GA – Johnny Mercer, the songwriter went to church and heard a sermon that contained the words, “You got to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.”  The phase inspired Mercer to write the lyrics to the song Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive in 1944.

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