January-February 2016 Issue

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

 

 

 

‘Rascally Baptists,’ Interfaith relations

“Unity isn’t something we create. God has created unity in the forming of the church. It’s divisions we create, and it’s our task to try to bring down those divisions.” A conversation with American Baptist leader Roy Medley A. Roy Medley retired Dec. 31 as General...

Quotation Remarks

“ISIS is slick and effective. It has a well-run propaganda machine and an ideology compelling to disaffected Muslim youth persuaded of Western perfidy. The combination of medievalist literalism and technological prowess has produced a fanatical army of borderless...

Editorial: There is no risk-free way to follow Jesus

Crises do strange things to us. But the teachings of Jesus cannot be set aside just because we feel threatened. If the faith we claim is not for the most challenging times, it is for no time at all. It is understandable and acceptable that political thoughts vary...

Thanks for your good response

In the November editorial I shared — with hesitation and hope — about the cash flow concerns of Baptists Today/Nurturing Faith. You responded generously with new first-time gifts, increased giving and monthly pledges that allowed us to finish the year well. Thanks for...

Changes coming

Baptists Today to become bimonthly Nurturing Faith Journal There is a slight change in this issue of Baptists Today. There will be significant change in the next one that will hit mailboxes by mid-February. Perhaps you noticed the slight change: the simple dating of...

From collard greens to scholarships

DALTON, Ga. — Tuesday nights are a happening time at the First Baptist Church in the “Carpet Capital of the World.” A growing Hispanic presence in the northwest Georgia town of Dalton led the congregation to begin Soul Food more than seven years ago. The program began...

Megachurch boom rolls on as big concerns rise

Change is coming to American megachurches — those behemoths for believers that now dot the religious landscape. However, there are more participants in megachurch worship than ever. “Last weekend 1 in 10 adults and children who went to a Protestant church went to a...

Survey: Women distrust churches for abortion advice

Fear of gossip and judgmental reactions routinely prevents churchgoing women who are considering an abortion from first seeking the counsel of pastors or others in their church, according to a new survey by an evangelical polling group. The survey was conducted by...

Healthy 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 (chchurches.org). It’s time to get well Addiction is a heavy, loaded and often frightening...

The Lighter Side: Why Baptists should celebrate Epiphany

Most Baptist churches are done with the wise men after they make their appearance at the end of the Christmas pageant. We do not often sing “We Three Kings of Orient Are.” This may be, in part, because many of us grew up with the heretical version: We three Kings of...

Lesson for February 7, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge Psalm 99 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.” — Psalm 99:4 Who Needs a King? The book of Psalms consistently ranks as...

Lesson for February 14, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge Psalm 91 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name.” — Psalm 91:14 Who Needs a Rescuer? Did you ever wish you had a magic cape, something like Harry Potter’s...

Lesson for February 21, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge Psalm 27 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” — Psalm 27:1 Who Needs a Light? Do you remember the old TV...

Lesson for February 28, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge Psalm 63 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. Who Needs God? “O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” — Psalm 63:1 Have you ever been so...

Classifieds

Senior Pastor: Spilman Memorial Baptist Church, Kinston, N.C., seeks a full-time senior pastor with vision and energy for revitalization who will serve as a spiritual leader and able administrator for a church with many ministriesand mission fronts in the community. A...

In the Know

Greg DeLoach is president and CEO of Atlanta-based Developmental Disabilities Ministry of Georgia following a 10-year pastorate of First Baptist Church of Augusta, Ga. He succeeds William T. Neal who is retiring from DDM. Jimmy Gentry is pastor of Garden Lakes Baptist...

To welcome what’s coming, to let go of what’s gone

Guest Commentary By Haven Parrott In the timeless pause immediately following a baby’s birth, the attenders wait with held breaths for the wee one to draw her first. A lusty wail signals the greedy gulping and successful filling of little lungs, and there is a...

Religion and the American Presidents

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the eighth in a series of articles by historian Bruce Gourley on the religious faith of U.S. presidents. Gourley is online editor and contributing writer for Baptists Today and executive director of the Baptist History & Heritage Society....

Innovative Approach

Editor’s note: Nurturing Faith, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publishing ministry Baptists Today, Inc. Publishing venture keeps rolling out books and resources MACON, Ga. — More than 40 books bearing the Nurturing Faith imprint have been published since...

A Review by Cynthia Wise Mitchell

Prayers of others helpful in continuing to learn to pray Often I find myself wanting to talk and listen to God but unable to find words for what I want to say. I’m out of sorts with God or myself about something. My “regular” way of framing words in prayer just won’t...

Q & A with theologian Molly Marshall

“Part of what claims me at this point is the need to prepare ministers for the kind of intercultural and interfaith work our religiously plural world requires.” SHAWNEE, Kan. — Molly Marshall has seen and experienced remarkable changes in theological education during...

Reblog: Positivity: You might want to try it

The annual Society of Biblical Literature meeting — held this past November in Atlanta — is always enjoyable. The days are long and tiring, so it’s easy to become a bit ill. Ordinarily, I’m not a cantankerous person but sometimes fall victim to grousing over things...

Thanks, Jackie!

Jackie Bowen showed up at Boynton Baptist Church in Ringgold, Ga., in the summer of 1975 to work with the youth. The Georgia Southern student from the mid-state town of Perry was welcomed to the hills of northwest Georgia where I was raised. It was the first time we...