March 2015 Issue

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

 

Contrary to our faith

Mel Williams coordinates efforts to tackle poverty DURHAM, N.C. — During his 24 years as pastor of Watts Street Baptist Church here, Mel Williams was well known for his community engagement. Mel served as president of Durham Congregations in Action, co-founded...

Quotation Remarks

“The congressional Republicans seem to think that pro-lifers will be satisfied with Ronald Reagan rhetoric and Nancy Pelosi results. They are quite wrong.” —Russell Moore, president of the SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, calling House GOP leaders’...

Editorial: Thanks for 15 changing, challenging, rewarding years

Fifteen years ago last month I embarked on a new and different journey as executive editor of this autonomous, national news journal. It has been a demanding yet rewarding experience. At times the challenges seemed overwhelming — working at the busy intersection of...

Baptists Today — and for tomorrow

Drayton and Mary Etta lead effort to support, strengthen and secure news journal’s mission Active lay leaders Drayton and Mary Etta Sanders of Dalton, Ga., are voluntarily heading up an effort to raise needed funds to support the autonomous news journal Baptists Today...

Call to action: New Baptist Covenant

New Baptist Covenant moves focus from meetings to ministry ATLANTA — “Covenant is not just a pretty word; covenant is about action,” said coordinator Hannah McMahan, in a video presentation during the opening session of the New Baptist Covenant Summit that followed a...

Executions drop to lowest level in two decades

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Driven in part by continuing legal disputes related to lethal injection drugs and state moratoriums on the death penalty, the 35 people executed in the U.S. in 2014 marked the fewest in two decades, according to a year-end report by the Death...

Jonathan Edwards’ collected works available for download

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The collected works of Jonathan Edwards, the 18th-century preacher and one of America’s most famous theologians, are now available for download thanks to Logos Bible Software. But for those who don’t want to cough up $1,289.95 to purchase them,...

Rabbi Jack Moline to head the Interfaith Alliance

WASHINGTON — Rabbi Jack Moline, a congregational rabbi who briefly led the nation’s top Jewish Democratic group, is the new head of the Interfaith Alliance, a staunch voice in Washington for the separation of church and state and other progressive causes. Moline is...

Pope’s ‘rabbits’ comment raises issue of birth control

Pope Francis seems made for the Age of Twitter. A case in point were his remarks in which he affirmed the Catholic Church’s ban on artificial contraception but derided the idea that “in order to be good Catholics we have to be like rabbits” and produce litters of...

Temple in Iceland to honor Norse gods

Thor, Odin and Freya are getting some new digs. A new temple is underway in Iceland, the first to honor these three Norse gods since the Vikings plowed the seas 1,000 years ago. The construction of the new temple on a hill overlooking the capital city of Reykjavik was...

Lesson for April 5, 2015

1 Corinthians 15:1-11 with Tony W. Cartledge “For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures …” – 1 Corinthians 15:3 Of First Importance Easter: who doesn’t like it?...

Lesson for April 12, 2015

John 1:2-2:2 with Tony W. Cartledge “If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9 Walking in the Sunshine The late Roger Miller had a hit in the 1960s with a cheerful tune...

Lesson for April 19, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge 1 John 3:1-7 “See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.” —1 John 3:1a Children of God Does anything in the world have the power to touch us like children? For parents, teachers, or...

Lesson for April 26, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge 1 John 3:16-24 “How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?” – 1 John 3:17 Real Love “All you need is love,” sang the Beatles in their number one hit from 1967....

Classifieds

Senior Pastor: First Baptist Church, Huntsville, Ala. (fbchsv.org) seeks a full-time senior pastor to lead our 200-plus-year-old church located strategically in a revitalized part of downtown “Rocket City.” We are a centrist Baptist congregation of about 3000 members,...

In the Know

William Fitzgerald Brown was ordained to ministry on Jan. 18 by University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. He is the son of Kent Brown and Ann Brown, who serves as president of the Baptist General Association of Virginia. Robert Cochran is executive...

Baptists and the Civil War

March 1865 150 years ago In their own words The sun is setting on the Confederate States of America. With most of the South now under Union control, calls from Confederate officials and religious leaders to never give up appear to ignore reality and defy logic....

A grieving Christian, and that which is to come

Guest Commentary by Bill Ellis Friends die; one after another. Each time a dark disorder. A ceaseless banging of shutters. Upstairs there, in the mind. After reading these opening lines of Rosemary Dobson’s pessimistic poem “Grieving” at the British Museum last year,...

Learning to disagree agreeably

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). After one particularly frustrating performance by his Green Bay...

BAPTIST PROFILES IN CONSCIENCE

Editor’s note: This is the first article in a series that highlights the Baptist principle of liberty of conscience. The series is supported by an endowment gift from the William H. Whitsitt Baptist Heritage Society, whose mission is carried on through the pages of...

I survived a short-term mission trip

Guest Commentary By Brian Howell This past summer, as I waited for my plane in Tegucigalpa, I browsed one of the airport’s many gift shops looking for something for my 14-year-old son and found, among the soccer jerseys and dried toads, a bright orange T-shirt...

Turban confusion: Americans clueless about Sikhs

WASHINGTON — Most Americans know little or nothing about Sikhs and many mistake the turban- wearing faithful for Muslims, a new survey shows. The survey, commissioned by a nonprofit seeking to build positive images of U.S. Sikhism, found that 60 percent of...

Media:Pure malarkey

Teen admits his book about going to heaven was fiction A Christian publisher has stopped selling The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven now that the young subject paralyzed in a car crash says the story of going to heaven is not true. Tyndale House told both NPR and The...

The Lighter Side: Tasting God’s goodness

The first prayer many of us offered was a prelude to mealtime:    God is great. God is good. Let us thank God for our food. Some of us progressed to: Thank you for the world so sweet. Thank you for the food we eat. Thank you for the birds that sing. Thank you God for...

Profoundly personal

How adoption has forced evangelicals to grapple with race relations Before she and her husband adopted a son and daughter from Ethiopia, popular evangelical blogger Jen Hatmaker said she had a different view about race in America. “A couple years ago, I would’ve said...

Something beyond idealism

Reblog Selections from recent blogs at baptiststoday.org Recently, when reporting on the Islamic State’s continuous barbarism, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer discussed claims that an American hostage had been killed in Jordanian airstrikes. The conversations were primarily, and...

Old stuff making current news

Those who care about archaeology might be interested in a few tidbits about old stuff in the current news. First, the Islamic extremists behind the ISIS movement continue to demonstrate their inhumanity. Not only do they indiscriminately murder and maim current...

Science vs. religion

Researchers find there is more of a three-way split Meet the “Post-Seculars” — the one in five Americans who seem to have gone unnoticed before in endless rounds of debates pitting science vs. religion. They’re more strongly religious than most “Traditionals” (43...

Leaving New York

American Bible Society heads to Philadelphia After almost two centuries in New York City, the nonprofit American Bible Society is moving its headquarters to Philadelphia. “New York has become so extraordinarily expensive that nonprofit staff cannot afford to live in...