February 2015 Issue

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

 

Art with a heart: Tipping the balance ‘a little toward good’

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Public art abounds downtown following this city’s renaissance that began with a riverside aquarium in 1992. Art forms vary as widely as the levels of appreciation. Rarely does public art, however, have such an impact as one called “Homes” did on...

Quotation Remarks

“Religious freedom faces daunting and alarming challenges worldwide … I will do everything within my abilities and influence to engage every sector of the State Department and the rest of the U.S. government to integrate religious freedom into our nation’s statecraft...

Editorial: High on Jesus, low on judgment

When asked in an interview to identify the ugliest word in the English language, the late American writer Carl Sandburg reportedly responded, “exclusive.” Indeed, exclusive attitudes and actions have left a long trail of damage throughout much of human history — and...

Remembering Carolyn Weatherford Crumpler

For many of us, advocacy and support for Christian missions were synonymous with the name Carolyn Weatherford Crumpler. Carolyn, who died Jan. 2 at age 84 in Cincinnati, strongly and consistently advocated for the spread of a holistic Gospel rooted in justice, respect...

Looking back: 2014

2014 was an unsettling year with religion in a starring role For most of recorded history, Isis was an Egyptian goddess, a benevolent type who cared for widows and orphans, cured the sick and even brought the dead back to life. Last year, the world met the other ISIS....

‘Can Jews and Muslims get along?’

60 imams and rabbis gathered in Washington tackled the hard question Frustrated by dangerously high tensions between Jews and Muslims in the Holy Land, 60 imams and rabbis gathered last Novermber to hatch concrete plans to bridge the gulf between their communities....

Cardinal Burke: ‘Feminized’ church to blame for priest shortage

Cardinal Raymond Burke, a senior American churchman in Rome who has been one of the most outspoken critics of Pope Francis’ push for reform, is roiling the waters yet again, this time arguing that the Catholic Church has become too “feminized.” Burke, who was demoted...

Mentor and model: A tribute to Malcolm Tolbert

Guest Commentary by Bill Coates When I was growing up in South Carolina, Malcolm Tolbert was serving as a missionary in Brazil and later as a professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. At the time I was unaware of him or anything he was doing. In fact, I...

Lesson for March 1, 2015

Mark 8:31-38 with Tony W. Cartledge “He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’” — Mark 8:34 Self-Denial Have you noticed the popularity of “extreme...

Lesson for March 8, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge John 2:13-22 “Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’” — John 2:19 Righteous Anger Gentle Jesus, meek and mild – that’s the way we often think of him: a baby in a manger, a precocious 12-year-old, a...

Lesson for March 15, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge John 3:14-21 “And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.” — John 3:19 Light Living If both children and cable TV have been in your house during the...

Lesson for March 22, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge John 12:20-33 “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” — John 20:24 Dead Wheat As Easter approaches, our thoughts often turn to the...

Lesson for March 29, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge Mark 14:32-42 “Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” — Mark 14:38 Hard Praying Have you ever been in the midst of an important meeting but had difficulty staying...

Classifieds

Senior Pastor: First Baptist Church of Mount Airy, N.C., a 135-year-old church with 600+ resident members and supporting missions giving through CBF and SBC, is prayerfully seeking a full-time senior pastor. The candidate will be a compassionate and caring servant...

In the Know

J. Bradley Creed will become the fifth president of Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., on July 1. Currently provost and executive vice president and professor of religion at Samford University, Creed earlier served as dean of Baylor University’s Truett...

The ITAWAMBA COUNTY Times (The Lighter Side)

### “The Only Newspaper in the World That Cares Anything about Itawamba County!” If I had to choose between The New York Times and The Itawamba County Times, I would pick my parents’ weekly newspaper. Before I visit Mantachie, Miss., my mother starts saving The Times....

Baptists and the battle over Sunday mail delivery

Religious liberty: then & now Christians should be given preferential treatment throughout the United States, from public spaces to privately owned businesses. And to deny the preferential treatment of Christianity is a violation of “religious liberty.” Such are...

Baptists and the American Civil War

February 1865 150 years ago In their own words As winter chills sweep across a rapidly sinking Confederacy, three more major southern cities fall to Union forces in rapid succession. Within the space of a week, both of South Carolina’s major cities — Columbia and...

Is it time to let go of your church?

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 (healthy-churches.org). My friend, Randy Ashcraft, oncetold me a great story about...

The biggest find of every year

Reblog Selections from recent blogs at baptiststoday.org Christianity Today and Biblical Archaeology Review posted competing year-end “Top Ten” discoveries from archaeology related to the Bible in 2014. Surprisingly, only two finds made both lists: an Old Babylonian...

Adventure and Inspiration: Experiences 2015

GLACIER, MONTANA JULY 13–18Historic Belton Chalet, West Glacier COASTAL GEORGIA SEPT. 28–OCT. 2With theologian John Franke, author of Manifold Witness: The Plurality of Truth   Photos by Bruce Gourley, whose photography workshops will be included in each...

Nurturing Faith: Texts and Themes for 2015

Season of Epiphany January 6-February 15 One Step More Jan. 6 – Matt. 2:1-12 “Meaningful Gifts” What wise folk do when knowledge is not enough Jan. 13 – Acts 19:1-7 “Powerful Hands” What the Spirit does when water is not enough Jan. 20 – 1 Samuel 3:1-20 “Listening...