June 2015 Issue

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Bill Leonard honored with Judson-Rice Award

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Church historian Bill Leonard was presented the annual Judson-Rice Award from Baptists Today at a dinner event April 24 at Wake Forest University. University President Nathan Hatch, in bringing greetings, commended Leonard for his larger...

Quotation Remarks

“Giving is a spiritual act of humility, a statement of priority. Giving requires that we live with enough financial margin to remind ourselves that we are more than consumers.” —Matt Sapp, pastor of Heritage Baptist Church in Canton, Ga. (EthicsDaily.com) “It doesn’t...

Editorial: Is our way God’s way?

Want to cause a stir in a church? Move an entrenched Sunday school class’ meeting location, alter the time of worship services or fail to turn a worship service near Memorial Day, Independence Day or Veterans Day into a red-white-and-blue political rally. Skipping the...

Bible freak

David Trobisch lends Museum of the Bible a scholarly edge In 2006, New Testament scholar David Trobisch abandoned such lofty outlets as Oxford Press and the Journal of Papyrology and Epigraphy for a more mainstream venue: Free Inquiry. In that feisty secular humanist...

Ray of hope

White House celebration provides insight into gospel music WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama hosted a discussion with musicians and students on gospel music at the White House in April, praising gospel’s role as “a ray of hope” in American history. “Gospel music...

5 TAKEAWAYS

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom releases new report The independent watchdog panel created by Congress to monitor religious freedom conditions worldwide issued its 16th annual report last month. Here’s a roundup of the report’s key recommendations:...

A cure for mile-wide, inch-deep religion

CORVALLIS, Ore. — I am in this lovely college town to help a congregation discern its path forward. It faces challenges that many church leaders will recognize: leadership, finances, isolation from the surrounding community, not enough young and middle-age adults to...

Unconventional conservative

“…We are just more egotistical than we once were. We may be fairer and more compassionate, but we’re also more narcissistic.” Writer David Brooks on character, sin and unsettled questions NEW YORK — New York Times columnist David Brooks is the most unconventional of...

Dancing doctor, dirty diapers and deep dedication

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Melinda McNish, a public school teacher in Ringgold, Ga., was my high school classmate. First written as a Facebook post, these reflections are published here with her permission.] God called me to be the director of the preschool department at my...

Lesson for July 5, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge Ezekiel 2:1-3:11 “Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house), they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.” — Ezekiel 2:5 Teachers: find teaching helps for adults and youth at the end of this article. Eat...

Lesson for July 12, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge Ephesians 1:3-14 “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us.” — Ephesians 1:7-8a Teachers: find teaching helps for adults and youth at the end of...

Lesson for July 19, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge Ephesians 2:11-22 “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God.” — Acts 2:19 Teachers: find teaching helps for adults and youth at the end of this article. All...

Lesson for July 26, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge Ephesians 3:14-21 “I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted...

In the Know

Courtney Allen is pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Richmond, Va., coming from First Baptist Church of Dalton, Ga., where she was minister of community ministry and missions. Kent Berghuis is pastor of First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City, coming from First Baptist...

Classifieds

Interim Pastor: First Baptist Church of Whiteville, N.C., is prayerfully seeking an interim pastor. Optimally, this person will lead meaningful Sunday worship and Wednesday night services and fulfill other defined pastoral duties on a part- to full-time basis. First...

The Lighter Side: My atheist friend’s point

An atheist was upset with me. I had written a response in the local newspaper to an article about the growing number of people with no religious affiliation who consider themselves spiritual. I gently suggested that spirituality without God is empty, and that what...

Big deal: I went to church

This past Sunday I went to church. “What’s the big deal with that?” you may ask. For a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), going any place where people congregate can be daunting, if not impossible. Church has always been a place where I found peace and...

Coaching for ministers is tool for growth

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). Recently, Forbes magazine ranked the most demanding leadership roles. The...

Unburied treasure

Caswell rich in history, beauty and spiritual commitments OAK ISLAND, N.C. — They come from near and far, Baptists and not, because there’s nothing else like the coastal treasure known as Caswell. Officially, it’s the North Carolina Baptist Assembly. Staff members’...

A chiming reminder

Reblog Selections from recent blogs at baptiststoday.org “Almighty and gracious God, You desire that Your people worship You in the beauty of holiness,” read church archivist Mary Etta Sanders from a litany of dedication. Members of First Baptist Church of Dalton,...

To go or not

Reblog Selections from recent blogs at baptiststoday.org LifeWay Research published a recent survey of public opinion indicating that a majority of people think church attendance is acceptable (88 percent), even admirable (65 percent), but they also see it going...

Out of the shadows

Liberation theology’s founder basks in a belated rehabilitation NEW YORK — Just saying the words “liberation theology” around Catholics used to be enough to start a schism-level fight, or at least raise a red flag in Rome. The theological movement that focused on the...

‘Careful thinking, reflective action’

Nurturing Faith Experience to explore coastal beauty,theology’s impact on congregations John R. Franke is an Oxford-educated theologian and the author of several books including Manifold Witness: The Plurality of Truth. Known for his contributions to the Emerging...

Religion and the American Presidents

Editor’s note: Historian Bruce Gourley begins a new series on the religious faith of U.S. presidents. He is online editor and contributing writer for Baptists Today and executive director of the Baptist History and Heritage Society. His latest book, In Their Own...

More than applause

Portrayals of Bonhoeffer, Jordan call for new commitments to justice Hearing Dietrich Bonhoeffer is different from reading his impressive works. Thanks to actor-minister Al Staggs, who has brought the Christian martyr to life on stage more than a thousand times, such...

Can religion and politics mix – for good, not evil?

NEW YORK — Religion and politics are assumed to be a dangerous brew, volatile to the point of murderous. But can this potion be used for advancing peace rather than instigating war? That’s the argument explored in a provocative debate at Fordham University. The goal,...