July-August 2016 Issue

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

The gifts of raising and being ‘church kids’

“Mrs. Mildred” died in her late 80s. I had not seen her for a long time until last year. Hearing that she was ill, I drove back to the town where I was born. I knew Mrs. Mildred from our church there. She kept me from my earliest days, loved me as her own, and never...

Where humor grows

Kathryn Hamrick, who wrote columns for several years for this news journal and for three decades in local newspapers, has compiled nearly 100 of her approximately 1,250 columns into a book titled The Farmer’s Wife. During about half the span of her professional...

Worth Repeating

“You’re too smart to be a Baptist.” —Wayne Flynt, historian and Baptist minister, quoting his friend novelist Harper Lee, whose eulogy he gave at her request at a private funeral in February at First United Methodist Church of Monroeville, Ala. (al.com) “What if the...

When five is less than two

A group of ministers in Birmingham, Ala., has formed to help voters know how political candidates align with “biblical standards.” These Gatekeepers, as they deemed themselves, take all the worry out of carefully considering the candidates’ various positions (which...

Isis lures recruits with video game themes

The footage, to gamers who like to play “Grand Theft Auto,” looks familiar. From the point of view of a gunman looking for targets through the speeding car’s window, unsuspecting people take bullets in the chest, and crumple to the ground. But it’s not “Grand Theft...

God’s Handiwork

For a century, America’s national parks have preserved natural wonders Weary of election-year politics? Dread the daily commute? Is screen time too all-consuming, the job too demanding, the bills too many, the stress too much, your sleep too little? When was the last...

Life and Words

Theologian Fisher Humphreys honored; offers challenge BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Church historian Walter B. Shurden offered two reasons for theologian Fisher Humphreys being honored with the annual Judson-Rice Award: “his life and his words.” In a tribute, Shurden described...

THEOLOGY IN THE PEWS: Mission and Theology

It is often said that mission is the mother of theology. In the history of the church it is the missionary attempt to bear faithful witness to the gospel in the midst of surrounding cultures that provides the context for all theological reflection. In fact, the New...

REIMAGINING MISSION: Barbie Savior

Many of us with ministry jobs keep a folder of sermon ideas, current event stories or market trends. Thanks to the Internet, my paper files are thinning out in lieu of digital ones. My job as vice president of communications at Passport, Inc. requires keeping close...

THE LIGHTER SIDE: Don’t cover that gray

When I go to Cracker Barrel, water aerobics or a Baptist meeting, I look fairly young. But at church, people my age are considered past their prime. The older we get, the less credit we get. When thirtysomethings join the church, members rush to say, “It’s so...

Lesson for July 3, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. Galatians 6:1-16 “So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.” – Galatians 6:10 Living Like You Mean It Few...

Lesson for July 10, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. Amos 7:7-17 “And the LORD said to me, ‘Amos, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘A plumb line.’ Then the Lord said, ‘See, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again...

Lesson for July 17, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. Amos 8:1-12 “The time is surely coming, says the Lord GOD, when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.” – Amos...

Lesson for July 24, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. Hosea 1:1-2:1 “Then the LORD said, ‘Name him Lo-ammi, for you are not my people and I am not your God.’” – Hosea 1:9 A Seriously Broken Home Hosea the son of Beeri was a crazy man – or so...

Lesson for July 31, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. Hosea 11:1-11 “How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, O Israel?” – Hosea 11:8a A Love That Won’t Let Go Many people enjoyed The Lion King, a Disney movie that became even more...

Lesson for August 7, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. Hebrews 11:1-16 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1 You’re Not the First What does the word “faith” mean to you? Do you think of...

Lesson for August 14, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. Hebrews 11:29-12:2 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with...

Lesson for August 21, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. Hebrews 12:18-29 “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe.” – Hebrews 11:28...

Lesson for August 28, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. Hebrews 13:1-17 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8 Remember — and Do Do you like learning new words? Not long ago, a youngish writer for our local...

Celebration and reflection

Navigating the intersection of faith and freedom Independence Day, like all birthdays, is a time of appropriate celebration — and needed reflection. As we celebrate the birth of our nation, let us give careful thought to the meaning of this intersection of our faith...

RECOGNITION & REMEMBRANCE

Editor’s note: For a more timely delivery of information about people and places, along with breaking news, visit the expanded nurturingfaith.net. International missions leader chosen Sharon T. Koh is the new executive director of American Baptist International...

RELIGION AND THE AMERICAN PRESIDENTS: Millard Fillmore (1850-1853)

Humble beginnings marked the life of the 13th president of the United States. Born in 1800 in a log cabin in the wilderness of Cayuga County, N.Y., Millard Fillmore’s nearest neighbor lived four miles distant. Books in the Fillmore household consisted of an almanac,...

RELIGION AND THE AMERICAN PRESIDENTS: Franklin Pierce (1853-1857)

Franklin Pierce, the nation’s 14th president, began life as had his predecessor — in a log cabin in the North. There the similarities ended. Born in New Hampshire in 1804, Pierce in his childhood and youth enjoyed privileges unknown to a young and impoverished Millard...

DIGGIN’ IT: Of mountains and molehills

An eclectic team of scholars from Tel Aviv University recently published research indicating that some Israelite military personnel serving around 600 BCE knew how to read and write. Two Southern Baptist seminary professors, contacted by Baptist Press, seized on the...

Being church in changing times

A column provided in collaboration with the Center for Healthy Churches (chchurches.org) Faith communities as first responders We stand at the door of one of the most tremendous opportunities in the life of the church since post 9/11: to have a thriving, effective...

Questions Christians ask scientists

How do you explain the Old Testament story of creation with your scientific methods? — Adam Elkin, Edina, Minn. In one sense I don’t. The Genesis accounts of creation (there are two) were not written with modern science in mind, and scientific accounts of origins...

‘Feels like missions’

Historic churches find new life beyond glory years ATLANTA — A century ago Druid Hills grew into prominence as a desirable Atlanta neighborhood. Designed with a series of parks by noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the community held stately homes...

THREE VIEWS

Discerning the different ways believers look at the Bible There are many questions concerning the Bible. What is in the Bible? What is not in the Bible that people often think is in the Bible? How much should the Bible be followed? How much is the Bible followed?...

LAST WORDS

Eulogy allows for memories, grief, celebration EDITOR’S NOTE: Micah Spicer graduated in May from Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. This article is adapted from his academic writing on funerals. Early in his ministry, Micah Spicer, pastor of First Baptist Church of Fort...

New discoveries

Chang Yin finds success, hope and generosity DALTON, Ga. — Christianity is for women and poor people. That’s what Chang Yim learned growing up in his native Korea where his prominent family — like almost everyone else of privilege at the time — was Buddhist. But the...

Messin’ with Music

Historic tunes mark the work of Bobby Horton Since 1985, Bobby has performed “Songs and Stories from the Civil War” from coast to coast, using period instruments while exploring the stories of both sides in the conflict. He has been deemed “the premier artist of Civil...