Baptist Life

GRIFFIN, Ga. – Chainsaw crews from Georgia Baptist churches expect to be busy for three weeks or more helping tornado victims remove trees from their homes and property in Griffin and other hard-hit communities. They began arriving within hours of the tornado outbreak that’s being blamed for two deaths and widespread property damage.

FORT WORTH, Texas -- More than 130 people professed faith in Christ as 84 students enrolled in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Introduction to Missiology and Contemporary Evangelism practicums shared the Gospel almost 1,100 times during the fall 2022 academic semester, seminary leadership announced Thursday.

GRIFFIN, Ga. — A giant, swirling storm system left at least seven people dead across the South and spurred suspected tornadoes in Georgia, causing sporadic damage to homes and businesses, uprooting trees, and knocking out electricity across a wide swath of the state on Thursday.  Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief crews were surveying damage as soon as the dangerous weather had passed, preparing to send in chainsaw teams and other volunteers to help with cleanup if needed.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Chris Winford started last year with a prayer that the Lord would make him a man of deeper faith. “Little did I know I was about to become a living example,” the pastor at First Baptist Church in Brunswick said. A grim cancer diagnosis caused Winford to trust in the Lord more than ever before. His is an encouraging story of faith and courage amid uncertainty and of a gracious God who provided a happy ending.

January 6th was the 12th day of Christmas, Three Kings Day, Epiphany, and Old Christmas all rolled into one.  This special day celebrates the arrival of the wise men in the Christmas story (Matthew 2).  I’m glad to have a specific time to appreciate those sages who traveled a great distance to find the newborn King. The wise men.  I picture them this minute in velvety robes with radiant smiles.  In my mind’s eye, I see one of them with a white beard.

Mountains can be described as a part of the earth that are very wide, have a tall height, have steep sides, or even are just a large pile of something. Mountains can represent achievement, obstacles, responsibilities, tasks, paths to success or even loss. I heard a long time ago the ways to conquer a mountain are either over it, around it or through it. I have had many mountains in my life, and I feel like God has allowed me to tackle or attempt to tackle all three ways of mountain climbing. I think all are equally hard and lessons can be learned from each way.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Lifeway Christian Resources revealed a new, next-gen curriculum line, Hyfi, on Tuesday at the annual Children’s Pastors Conference. Chuck Peters, director of Lifeway Kids, called Hyfi a needed resource that will help “flip the script” for churches seeking to reach kids and students in an increasingly secularized society. 

TIFTON, Ga. – Penny Chesnut has seen some unusual sights during her four decades serving in Baptist Collegiate Ministries at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. She recalled the day she walked into the BCM building on the Tifton campus and saw a young man bathing his chicken in the kitchen sink to get it ready for a class project. Then there was the time a student thought the BCM a good place to bleach a deer’s head, again for a class project.

FORT WORTH, Texas -- When Trent Broussard, a Doctor of Philosophy student in the School of Church Music and Worship at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, approached Joseph Crider with his dissertation research topic, the dean of the school encouraged him to pursue his topic of interest. Broussard, who served as a worship pastor for 20 years before beginning as an assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Williams Baptist University in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, wanted to research inclusion and accessibility in worship for people with autism.

DULUTH, Ga. – Members of the Georgia Baptist Convention’s Administration Committee chose Milledgeville Pastor Tim Oliver as their chairman on Tuesday. “It’s an honor,” said Oliver, pastor at Lakeside Baptist Church. “I’ve never felt qualified in anything God called me to do, but He has always blessed.” Oliver, who had been serving as the committee’s vice chairman, was the unanimous choice for the top post. He has been serving in ministry for 34 years, the last 20 of which have been at Lakeside.

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