Baptist Life

There was an affliction in our world that affected many school-age children while I was growing up. This epidemic had no known origin, and the long-term repercussions were never documented. This dreaded disease was only transferred among members of the opposite sex, and the only hope for a cure was to give the disease away to someone else.

I became a Christian at the age of 16 through the witness of my girlfriend, who has now been my wife for 47 years. Not only do we renew our commitment to each other as a couple every day, but we as individuals renew our commitment to God every day.

RATCLIFF, Ky. (KT) – A multi-church revival at Kentucky's Stithton Baptist Church lifted spirits, brought people to the altar to pray and swept up 30 youth to become new believers in Jesus last week.

PRESTON, Ga. — Springtime in Preston means that it’s once again time for the Holy Smoke Christian Grilling Competition, sponsored by Macedonia Baptist Church. Other churches in the area also joined to support the barbeque competition, which raises funds for the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home in Meansville and the Methodist Girl’s Home in Americus.

MIAMI – José Abella was born and raised in the United States, a child to parents who grew up in Cuba before immigrating in the 1960s. His life has been a testimony of gaining cultural and linguistic fluency between two worlds—Hispanic and English-speaking America.

Sonya Herron stood beneath a large tent among a group of lepers, and others from the village, and shared the gospel with boldness. She called people to walk in the light as Jesus is in the light and challenged them to be fully committed to Christ.

In the wake of the conflict that erupted on October 7, 2023, in Israel, communities near the borders found themselves thrust into turmoil, their inhabitants forced to flee with little more than the clothes on their backs. Amidst the chaos, stories of resilience began to emerge.

DALLAS, Ga. — Paulding Pregnancy Services hosted its third annual "Miles for Moms" 5K race on Saturday, with the event starting and ending in the parking lot of Fortified Hills Baptist Church. Nearly 150 participants ran, walked, or strolled to complete the course.

O’FALLON, Missouri — Students at First Baptist Christian Academy in O’Fallon recently chatted by video conference with Scottish students over their shared interests in robotics. The FBCA club also shared gospel testimonies with the public school students, explaining how Christ impacts their lives.

ROME, Ga. — Shorter University is looking forward to celebrating its fourth annual student-led "Hawks on Mission Day" on Thursday, April 18. Over 250 students, staff, faculty, and alumni are preparing to take part in this day of service and show the love of Jesus Christ to the surrounding community.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Midwestern Seminary celebrated the election of Donald S. Whitney to full-time faculty during the institution’s spring trustee meeting on Tuesday, April 9. Whitney will fill the John H. Powell Endowed Chair of Pastoral Ministry, serving as professor of biblical spirituality and director of the forthcoming Center for Biblical Spirituality at Midwestern Seminary.

When Wayne Myers, a retired International Mission Board missionary, returns to visit Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) he never goes alone. He wants churches in the United States to catch the vision he has for the church in Eswatini. So, he always takes a short-term mission team with him.

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. — Easthaven Church in Brookhaven dedicated a massive cross on Good Friday. The cross is one of the newest of 14 crosses of this magnitude scattered across the state, the most recent being built in Aberdeen. Hundreds attended the formal dedication ceremony. The 150-foot-tall cross, which cost approximately $200,000, was erected on the church’s property and is visible from I-55.

BUFORD, Ga. — Stephen Fountain, lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Buford, is a winsome and caring pastor who has led his church to become a loving and compassionate fellowship. He has successfully connected his church with the community because he is intricately bonded with the community himself.

ROME, Ga. — Dr. Heath Hooper, dean of the College of Business at Shorter University, recently starred in the Extra Special People (ESP) Rome Big Hoops charity basketball game.

DALLAS, Texas  — GuideStone has received the 2024 Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award. This award recognizes the most engaged workplace cultures in the world. Gallup found that GuideStone continued to engage and develop its team in innovative ways.

The Social Security Act was passed during the Great Depression in 1935. Because Americans' life expectancy was increasing, Social Security was established to provide retirement income for American workers reaching the age of 65 and disability income for those injured on the job. 

FORT WORTH, Texas — Carl J. Bradford, assistant professor of evangelism and occupant of the Malcolm R. and Melba L. McDow Chair of Evangelism, has been appointed dean of Texas Baptist College, the undergraduate school of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the institution’s leadership announced today.

It was my turn to teach at the jail on Sunday.  I shared one of my favorite Resurrection stories… Mary Magdalene went to the tomb while it was still dark.  “Dark” was an understatement.  

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Midwestern Seminary trustees elected three faculty into endowed chairs, celebrated a rededication of the Spurgeon Library, and approved key institutional business items at the Spring Trustee Meeting on campus on Monday and Tuesday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The trustees of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary met Monday for their annual Spring meeting, during which they approved the budget, elected new board officers, elected faculty, and honored outgoing board members.

FORT WORTH, Texas — Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary board of trustees heard reports of renewed financial stability and enrollment growth during their meeting Tuesday and Wednesday on the Fort Worth campus, marked by a spirit of unity, President David S. Dockery said.

Last week was spring break for my grandchildren. When they returned to school Monday they learned there was a solar eclipse and they would get to participate in watching the eclipse. The schools my granddaughters attend passed out glasses to everyone so they could all be outside and view the eclipse.

CONYERS, Ga. — Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief teams deployed this week to assist homeowners in the wake of a tornado that hit Conyers last week. The EF-2 tornado with maximum winds of 115 mph touched down in Rockdale County early Wednesday morning, April 3, according to the National Weather Service. GBDR teams responded to remove downed trees and clear debris.

ROME, Ga. — Two Shorter University professors recently took their class on an extraordinary experience trip, almost 6,000 miles from their traditional classrooms. The group headed to Ghana for business leadership opportunities and a chance to share the love of Christ with those in Ghana.

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