Tony Cartledge Blog

Car key comfort

Travel can be a wonderful thing, especially opportunities to go overseas and experience different cultures, taste new foods, and see new sights. Downsides are part of the deal, of course. Sometimes the new foods don’t agree with you, or the beds are not...

BWA Congress exits to new doors

The 2015 Baptist World Congress came to a rollicking conclusion in Durban Sunday morning as participants gathered for prayer, praise, a call to unity from General Secretary Neville Callam, and a rousing sermon from Joel Gregory. Citing 1 Corinthians 15:9, Gregory...

BWA celebrates new president

South African pastor Ngwedla Paul Msiza was officially installed as president of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) in ceremonies at the Durban International Convention Center Saturday morning. Msiza is the second person from Africa to serve as president. His term will...

The door to liberty

Jesus Christ is the door to liberty, said Dimitrina Oprenova, who preached the Thursday evening sermon for the BWA Congress in Durban, South Africa. The theme for the Congress is “Jesus Christ: the Door.” Wednesday night’s program focused on Jesus as the door to...

Reaching the “nones” – can it be done?

The challenge of evangelizing the rapidly growing segment of the population who choose “none” as a religious preference was one choice among many focus groups featured July 23 during the 2015 Baptist World Congress in Durban, South Africa. “Nones” are not typically...

Rousing celebration opens BWA Congress 2015

The 21st Baptist World Congress took flight Wednesday night with a colorful troupe of singers from Africa, happy hymn singing, scripture readings, lots of music, and a message from Peter Chin, pastor of the Global Mission Church in the Bunding-Suji district of South...

BWA getting underway

The warm up to the 2015 Baptist World Congress is underway at the International Convention Center in Durban, South Africa, with meetings Tuesday and Wednesday of the BWA Executive Committee, outgoing General Council (2010-2015), and incoming General Council...

Good Hope

After three adventurous but very tiring weeks digging with the Fourth Expedition to Lachish, and a hard day and a half of travel to South Africa, Susan and I were due a little R & R before heading to Durban for the Baptist World Congress, so we had planned to take...

A night and a day and a night …

If you are ever traveling in Africa, and one of the options includes a stopover in Addis Ababa, seriously consider choosing another one. For all the romance and excitement of travel, there are also frustrations, inconveniences, and just plain hard work. If...