Baptist Life

I’m sure you all know what “stepping stones” are. I’m particularly referring to the ones you place on a path or walkway. I can remember as a child my grandparents had stepping stones and we always thought it was great to jump from one to the other. Before we moved to Jefferson we lived in Loganville and we had some stepping stones that led from our driveway to our front porch. Our grandchildren played the same game either jumping from one to the other or taking giant steps from one to the other.

HULL, Ga. – In a rural section of Clarke County, a faded government-issue tombstone stands as a silent sentinel to Pvt. Harry L. Spratlin, a World War I soldier killed in action on October 15, 1918, only weeks before the signing of the armistice that brought an end to the hostilities. Over the years, as his closest relatives passed away, Spratlin was forgotten, except for that slab of marble in a tiny cemetery in an open field in northeast Georgia.

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Tommy Neiman is a longtime Florida Baptist, firefighter and paramedic for 30 years for the St. Lucie County Fire District. As of February, he is also a children's book author. Nieman's book, Rookie Rescuer, describes exciting calls involving shark bites, explosions, wildfires and more. Neiman said he hopes the book will help children develop a proper understanding of God and first responder work through sharing real emergency calls.

Jack Wattanawongsawang and his wife, Prinna Puakpong, watched the news on March 11, 2011, documenting the triple disaster unfolding in Japan — the earthquake, the tsunami and the nuclear power plant meltdown.  In the aftermath of the disaster, when Japanese people lost their loved ones, possessions, houses and vehicles, many felt they had no hope and chose to take their own lives.  

NEW ORLEANS — Jamie Dew, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Leavell College, shared with the 254 graduate candidates and their families gathered for graduation Friday a question that keeps him up at night. Dew said graduation is a celebration but it is also one final moment for him as president to instruct and encourage them. He then cautioned graduates not to allow the things of the world to “consume” them and keep them from fulfilling God’s call on their lives.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A common daily habit for many people – a hot shower – is a tremendous luxury and Gospel tool in Southwest Missouri. Freeway Ministries in Springfield recently began offering Get Clean, a shower trailer that serves those without access to regular cleanliness. “Get Clean is an opportunity for unsheltered and underserved people in our community to take a hot shower,” says John Stroup, executive director and co-founder of Freeway Ministries.

NEW ORLEANS — Three churches have filed appeals hoping to be allowed back into the Southern Baptist Convention. Fern Creek Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., Freedom Church in Vero Beach, Fla., and Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. ae asking messengers to the SBC annual meeting on June 13 in New Orleans to overturn decisions by the Credentials Committee and Executive Committee.

CLEVELAND, Ga. — Truett McConnell University celebrated its largest graduation ceremony in history on Saturday with a total of 207 graduating candidates. The ceremony was held inside The George Blaurock Student Wellness Center and was divided into two separate ceremonies.

SUWANEE, Ga. – Georgia Baptists will gather in their homes, offices and churches across the state on Thursday to pray for the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting set for June 13-14 in New Orleans. Georgia Baptist Mission Board Executive Director W. Thomas Hammond Jr. has invited the state’s 3,400 churches to be part of the online prayer gathering.

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