Baptist Life

HOUSTON — As spring storms pummeled Southeast Texas, including the greater Houston area, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Disaster Relief volunteers, with help from Baptist DR teams from other states, launched and maintained a steady monthlong response to the emergency.

LINCOLNTON, N.C. — Throughout his life, Marcus Redding didn’t have many hobbies. “He didn’t golf, he didn’t hunt, he didn’t do whatever,” according to Redding’s wife, Chrissie. “He just wanted to be with family and talk about Jesus to anybody. He was a very happy soul.”

As Southern Baptist messengers gather in Indianapolis for their annual meeting next week, they will have one more opportunity the night before to hear from the six candidates who are seeking to be elected as SBC president.

Senior Adult Homecoming Retreat is returning to the Golden Isles coast of Georgia in October.  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.

MARTINEZ, Ga. — Georgia Baptist pastor Dr. Brad Whitt will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Pastors’ Conference at the annual meeting June 9-10 in Indianapolis.  Dean Inserra, pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, will nominate Whitt, who he said is not only his fellow pastor but also his friend.

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – The resolutions to be presented at the 2024 SBC Annual Meeting are available in a preliminary form. This marks the earliest release date in recent history.

CLARKSTON, Ga. – Eleven Arkansas Baptist women traveled last week, May 20-24, to Clarkston, Georgia, an Atlanta suburb that has become home to refugees from around the world.  Approximately 1.8 square miles in size, Clarkston represents more than 60 countries and more than 120 different people groups.  

INDIANAPOLIS — The original First Southern Baptist Church of Indianapolis moved northeast in the early 1970s from its landlocked downtown location to just outside the loop that rings the city.  Planted in 1953, Fall Creek Baptist Church has been a solid, healthy church from its earliest days, except for a temporary plateau when the neighborhood around the church transitioned from an older to younger, more urban demographic.

WAKE FOREST, N.C. — Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is grateful to have received a grant of $1.25 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. in support for the Great Commission Preaching Initiative of Southeastern’s Center for Preaching and Pastoral Leadership.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Colin McCulloch as Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling and Practical Theology. The biblical counseling program has continued to grow because students see it as a vital tool for applying Scripture to the complex problems people face.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Boyce College proudly announces the appointment of Clint Armani to the faculty, a distinguished former Air Force engineer and instructor at the Air Force Academy. Armani will serve as Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to the institution.

DACULA, Ga. — Richard Wernick and Vicki Parker presented a check to Georgia Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries on behalf of the estate of John and Frances Smith on Tuesday. The Smiths, longtime members of First Baptist Alpharetta,  bequeathed the organization $40,000 to support its mission of providing caring homes for children and families across Georgia who come from difficult and traumatic circumstances.

Send Relief’s unwavering commitment to care for refugees continues to shine brightly, touching the lives of thousands in Greece. Through the generosity of donors, Send Relief has been able to offer aid and a lifeline of support and faith to over 11,000 individuals in Greece.

ALEXANDRIA, Ky. (KT) - A Kentucky high school student who was denied his diploma last week for mentioning God in his commencement speech, received it on Wednesday after meeting with school officials, according to a report on WKRC in Cincinnati.

MOUNT VERNON, Ga. — A total of fourteen Brewton-Parker student-athletes have made the grade and performed well in the classroom, earning postseason academic honors from the NAIA.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — My first impression of Dr. Chris Smith was his greeting at the very beginning of a dorm meeting at Boyce College.

NASHVILLE (BP) – If SBC messengers ask a question following this year’s GuideStone Financial Resources report in Indianapolis, health insurance is likely to be the topic. Since 2019, messengers to the SBC Annual Meeting have twice asked GuideStone chief executives questions. Both times the inquiries focused on the rising costs of health insurance.

Last week, we were visiting my sister and her family in Bowling Green.  On Sunday morning, we joined them at Hillvue Church.  The pre-service music was playing.  People greeted and mingled.  The five-minute timer was ticking down.  My heart began to stir in anticipation.  

School is out! This means that my granddaughters' main goal each day is to find a pool to go to. I wish we had a subdivision pool but unfortunately that was not on our list when we moved to Jefferson.

SUWANEE, Ga. – Six prospects currently stand as candidates to fill the role of SBC President soon to be vacated by Bill Barber as he completes his second term.

In front of an Olympic venue, her phone camera hovers over the Olympic pin. The link appears and she selects her language, scans the landing page, and then decides she’d like to chat live with someone. Hesitatingly, she types “Hello” and waits.  

Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief assessors are fanning out across the state in the wake of the weekend's severe storms and tornadoes. Assessors are positioned from east to west to determine how KYDR can bring hope, help and healing to devastated communities.

NAPLES, Florida (BP) – When Pastor Chris Butler took the helm at North Naples Baptist Church in 2016, he inherited a congregation on the brink of closure, dwindled to just 40 members. Just two weeks into his pastoral tenure, multiple outside ministries came to him and asked whether the church was selling its building.

MINNEAPOLIS — Atypical is what it was. Door hangers and block parties and mass mailers and email blasts and Facebook ads and radio spots — these are the typical mass marketing tools of the church planter’s trade. However, a few years back, when Sam Choi and his friends started All Peoples Church in Minneapolis, Minn., they discovered that their simplest, cheapest and most effective publicity tool was word of mouth.

Ask Rick Gage about Go Tell Ministries, and the conversation turns quickly to evangelism and seeing people’s lives transformed through the power of God’s Word. Gage’s enthusiasm seems contagious as he shares God’s stories of individuals who are now Christ-followers because they attended a camp or a crusade.

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