May 2015 Issue

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‘Truly’ faithful

Ruby Brawner strikes up the Gainesville Prayer Band GAINESVILLE, Ga. — On the first Sunday morning of the month, spry 82-year-old Ruby Brawner pops out of bed very early. As she readies herself, she places phone calls over the next hour or so to some other members of...

Quotation Remarks

“I have the incredible honor of carrying on my grandfather’s legacy by teaching people that they are not what they do, not what they have, and not what people say about them. They are the beloved of God.” —Bobby Schuller, who leads the smaller version of the...

Editorial: Identity, opportunities found at the apex of Baptist life

The ever-quotable Yogi Berra is credited with saying, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” Indeed it is, Yogi. In high school typing classes in the 1970s, few imagined that four decades later we’d all be using that skill all day, every day....

Of porcupines and heavy taxes

Reblog Selections from recent blogs at baptiststoday.org Israeli authorities have issued a warning to porcupines after a 1,400-year-old oil lamp surfaced at the Horbat Siv ancient ruins, a Roman-Byzantine site near Emek Hefer in central Israel. The oil lamp was...

Nurturing Faith in children

Beyond our homes, there are many caring congregations that gladly and thoughtfully assist in the important responsibility of helping nurture faith in children. Through our Nurturing Faith publishing venture, Baptists Today is developing resources to help with that...

Early data suggests ‘Pope Francis effect’ may be real

Pope Francis appears more popular than ever among American Catholics, and he hasn’t even visited the U.S. yet. A trip planned for September could boost his visibility and appeal even further. But will Francis find American Catholics filling the pews — or just loving...

Americans not so defined by ‘God, family, country’

WASHINGTON — “God, family and country” might make for a good country music tune, but that’s not really how most Americans see the strongest influences on their personal identity. The real order is family first (62 percent), followed by “being an American” (52...

Anti-Semitism in U.S. spikes after nearly a decade of decline

WASHINGTON — Anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. spiked 21 percent last year, according to the Anti-Defamation League, unsettling many American Jews who had thought that hatred of Jews and Judaism was on the decline, at least here at home. The ADL has released a spring...

Americans split on businesses turning away gay weddings

Americans appear divided on whether a wedding-related business should have the right to turn away a gay customer. But it depends on how the question is asked. A February Associated Press poll found that 57 percent of Americans believe a wedding-related business should...

Hide it under a bushel?

The children hold up their index fingers as they sing, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.” With the second verse they become even more emphatic. “Hide it under a bushel? NO!” they sing and shout, shaking their heads and wagging those same fingers....

Lesson for June 7, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge Genesis 3:1-19 “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” — Genesis 3:15 Teachers: find teaching helps for adults and youth at the end of this...

Lesson for June 14, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge Ezekiel 17:1-24 “All the trees of the field shall know that I am the LORD. I bring low the high tree, I make high the low tree; I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I the LORD have spoken; I will accomplish it.” — Ezekiel...

Lesson for June 21, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge Psalm 107:1-42 “O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.” — Psalm 107:1 Teachers: find teaching helps for adults and youth at the end of this article. Gratitude Squared Have you ever found yourself in...

Lesson for June 28, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge Lamentations 3:1-33 “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” — Lamentations 3:22-23 Teachers: find teaching helps for adults and youth at the end of...

In the Know

Ed Beddingfield is pastor of Memorial Baptist Church in Buies Creek, N.C., coming from First Baptist Church of Fayetteville, N.C. James A. Christison Jr. died April 5 in Tampa, Fla., at age 87. His leadership among American Baptists included service as executive...

Classifieds

Senior Pastor First Baptist Church, Roswell, Ga. Church profile: – traditional in our worship and contemporary in our message – believe in time-honored hymns and the power and value they bring – sermons come directly from the Bible and are positive,...

The Lighter Side: Are you a church millenial?

Many people think a millennial is any young adult born after 1980, but if you go to church you know that millennials are defined by more than their age. Their church experience is different. This scientific quiz will help you understand how “church millennial” you...

Tested by trials

Football great Jim Kelly and family are sustained by faith BUFFALO, N.Y. — Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is considered one of the NFL’s all-time best quarterbacks. He led the Buffalo Bills to a record four consecutive Super Bowls in the 1990s — and...

Piety power

Memoir reveals the controlling influence of Jewish fundamentalism Just a few miles north of New York City, an all-powerful religious leader controls every aspect of his followers’ lives. Accounts detail welfare fraud, educational fraud and even gang violence. Private...

‘Poet Laureate of the Pulpit’: REMEMBERING GARDNER C. TAYLOR

EDITOR’S NOTE: In the July 2006 cover story, legendary preacher Gardner C. Taylor, then 88, tells of feeling “the spray of the Jordan in my face.” Yet he lived to age 96, dying this past Easter Sunday. In a tribute to his remarkable life and ministry, that earlier...

Learning to listen, after moving from pulpit to pew

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 32 years of pastoral ministry, I moved from the pulpit to the...

Q & A with Rachel Held Evans on revitalizing the church

Rachel Held Evans has grown into a powerful voice in American Christianity, first as the author of Evolving in Monkey Town and later with the New York Times best seller A Year of Biblical Womanhood. Those who follow her writings often note that her thinking has become...

A task worth pursuing

A conversation with Randel Everett about elevating religious freedom globally FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Housed in the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) headquarters outside Washington, D.C., is an interdenominational organization actively seeking to “create a world where...

Descriptions of Myanmar don’t reflect experience

Religious News Service has generated recent articles about experiences in Myanmar. Picked up by Christian Century and Baptists Today, as well as other outlets, these articles sound an alarmist note about what is going on there. As one who travels to Myanmar once or...

Holy disruptions

Worship leaders know that not everything goes as planned Those of us who have been in church all our lives have undoubtedly witnessed a lot of unintended disruptions to worship and ministry. Here are a few from my experience. Every July our church produces a...