August 2015 Issue

 All August articles are provided below. Just scroll to see the list, and click to read any article.

A shaping influence

Alan Culpepper has a hopeful perspective on theological education and the church ATLANTA — Alan Culpepper, the first and only dean of Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology, has stepped down after nearly 20 years of leading the school from formation through...

Quotation Remarks

“I grieve to imagine how many people reject Christianity because Calvinism is the first thing they come into contact with, and mistakenly believe the whole faith is built upon the premise that God is a third-grade dodge ball captain who only picks the cool kids.”...

Editorial: Words to live by

Several years ago I started collecting quotations from various news sources, magazine articles and books, as well as sermons or other presentations I would read or hear throughout the month. In doing so I realized that the essence — the central idea — of the entire...

Remembering James Dunn

Fresh out of seminary in the early ’80s, it didn’t take long for me to discover the highlight of attending the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting. It was simply listed in the extensive program as the Report from the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs...

‘American exceptionalism’

National pride strong but tempered by concerns, poll shows We’re gung-ho for the idea that the U.S.A. has a special status with God, and we’re almost always proud of our nation. But a new survey finds that American patriotism is also tempered by concerns that the...

Prime minister says British schools must root out extremists

CANTERBURY, England —Headmasters and teachers at Britain’s privately owned and state-run schools have been ordered to be on the lookout for Muslim extremists attempting to “groom” youngsters to their cause. The new legal requirement came after terrorists killed some...

Oklahoma Supreme Court rules Ten Commandments monument must go

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered a Ten Commandments monument removed from the state Capitol grounds June 30, three years after its installation sparked a religious feud. The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma first filed a lawsuit challenging...

Episcopal Church elects first black presiding bishop

SALT LAKE CITY – Episcopal bishops have made history again. On June 27, during a private meeting at St. Mark’s Cathedral in downtown Salt Lake City, they elected Bishop Michael Curry as the first African-American presiding bishop of the 2.5 million-member faith group....

Pope Francis moves to hold bishops accountable in sex abuse crisis

Pope Francis has approved the first-ever system for judging, and possibly deposing, bishops who fail to protect children from abusive clerics, a major step in responding to Catholics who have been furious that guilty priests have been defrocked while bishops have...

Conservative Jews furious over scrapped bar mitzvah service

JERUSALEM — Conservative Jews in the U.S. and Israel have accused Israeli President Reuven Rivlin of canceling a bar mitzvah ceremony at the official President’s Residence because one of the rabbis scheduled to conduct the ceremony is non-Orthodox. The ceremony, for...

Learning to listen

Author’s ‘daily life guide’ grew out of farmland, lakeside solitude ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. — For about 30 years Carol Boseman Taylor put her prayer requests into journals. “Almost every day I’d have my prayer time and write down what I’d prayed for,” she recalled. “I’d...

Randall Lolley’s gifts — and ours

Sponsor gifts sought for publication of book of sermons Those blessed to know Randall Lolley as seminary president, pastor, visionary leader and/or friend are aware of his many gifts. One is his insightful and effective communication of the gospel. Now the gift of...

Lesson for September 6, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge James 2:1-26 “But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.” — James 2:18 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. True Faith Do you have any...

Lesson for September 13, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge James 3:1-12 “From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so.” — James 3:10 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. Pure Speech William Archibald Spooner (1844-1930) was an Anglican priest...

Lesson for September 20, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge James 3:13-4:10 “And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.” — James 3:18 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. Highborn Wisdom Envy. Jealousy. We don’t like to admit it, but all of us have been acquainted...

Lesson for September 27, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge James 5:13-20 “Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.” — James 5:16 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. Fervent Prayer How...

In the Know

Baptist Seminary of Kentucky has been accredited by the Association of Theological Schools for its Master of Divinity degree. The seminary, started in 2002, is housed on the campus of Georgetown University in Georgetown, Ky. Greg Earwood is president. Rhonda Abbott...

Classifieds

Senior Pastor: Kirkwood Baptist Church (KBC), founded in 1870 in St. Louis County, Mo., is seeking a senior pastor. KBC has been a leader in moderate Baptist life since 1990 and has been actively affiliated with the national CBF and CBF Heartland since their founding....

Haggray to lead American Baptist home missions

The Board of Directors of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) unanimously voted June 24 to call Jeffrey Haggray as the new executive director. He succeeds Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins III who will retire in October. Haggray, former executive director of the...

The Lighter Side: The Bible in just six words

Hemingway’s “For sale: baby shoes, never worn” is the most famous six-word story, but others have also tried to tell an entire story in just six words: “Hmm, that’s new,” the doctor said. Python eats porcupine. Regrets it later. Convicted hacker escapes using hidden...

Keys to a healthy approach to change

Editor’s note: This article in the series “Transitions: Helping churches and church leaders in changing times” is provided in partnership with the Center for Healthy Churches (chchurches.org). Earlier this year our congregation voted to adopt new guiding documents...

NURTURING FAITH EXPERIENCES 2015

THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR @150 OCTOBER 22-23 Chattanooga, Tenn. Leaders: Bruce Gourley, Bobby Lovett,John Pierce Sponsored by Baptists Today, Baptist History and Heritage Society, First Baptist Church of Chattanooga, and Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship This...

Religion and the American Presidents

Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third in a series of articles by historian Bruce Gourley on the religious faith of U.S. presidents. Gourley is online editor and contributing writer for Baptists Today and executive director of the Baptist...

Dig in!

Dirty work, keen eye lead to finding a ‘smiting god’ LACHISH, Israel — I didn’t go digging in Israel to search for God, but found one anyway. This one, however, was not the God I first learned about in Sunday school, but the image of a deity worshipped by the...

‘Fulfilling Times’

Chaplain Leah Boling provides ministry among service members in Hawaii Air National Guard The first woman to serve as a chaplain in the U.S. Armed Forces was commissioned by the Navy in 1973. Lt. Col. Leah Botona Boling, a chaplain with the 154th Wing of the Hawaii...

Israeli home renovation leads to significant discovery

JERUSALEM — An Israeli family experienced the surprise of a lifetime when, during a home renovation, workers discovered a 2,000-year-old Jewish ritual bath, called a mikvah. The discovery lends weight to what some archaeologists have long suspected: that a Jewish...

Nostalgic and critical

Reblog Selections from recent blogs at baptiststoday.org Beloved professor Bill Hoyt chaired the Religion and Philosophy Department at Berry College in the 1970s, when I was one of the few students on the world’s largest campus who chose such a major. It was a...

SOUL-SEARCHING

Shamed city took a closer look at itself following JFK assassination DALLAS, Texas — On Nov. 22, 2013, when Dallas marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, church bells throughout the city tolled followed by a moment of silence....

Different approaches to forgiveness

Different approaches to forgiveness discussed in aftermath of evil Three days after Dylann Roof allegedly gunned down Sharonda Coleman-Singleton at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, her son forgave him: “We already forgive him for what he’s...