November 2015 Issue

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

 

 

 

Stan Pethel’s Musical: PRESENCE

Self-effacing music professor’s arrangements and compositions heard widely ROME, Ga. — His name appears in churches near and far each Sunday — wherever choral music still finds its rightful place in corporate worship. While Stan Pethel is not omnipresent, his good...

Quotation Remarks

“She was in the best tradition of a Southern woman author who spun yarns, told tales and had a story that went with everything.” —Theologian Tony Jones following the Sept. 22 death of his friend Phyllis Tickle, 81, who wrote extensively on American spirituality...

Editorial: Hesitation and hope

Baptists Today/Nurturing Faith has a serious cash flow problem that must be addressed soon and well. I write this to our readership with hesitation and hope. Hesitation comes from not being an alarmist. Yet the reality of our current financial condition needs to be...

Directors remember James Dunn, elect leaders, address the future

ROME, Ga. — The Board of Directors of Baptists Today/Nurturing Faith began their mid-September meeting by remembering longtime director James Dunn of Winston-Salem, N.C., who died July 4. Following testimonies of Dunn’s influence, his fellow directors wrote notes of...

Religious or not, many Americans see a creator’s hand

You don’t have to identify with any religion to see a creator’s hand in human life and morality, suggests a new survey. LifeWay Research’s finding — that most Americans believe there is a creator who designed the universe and defines human morality — is not...

Poll: 29 percent still think President Obama is Muslim

Despite a Hawaii birth certificate and repeated professions of his Christian faith, some Americans still believe President Obama is a Muslim born outside of the United States. Eighty percent of Americans do believe Obama was born in the U.S., according to a new...

Evangelical leaders: No ‘therapy,’ but Jesus can change LGBT lives

Evangelical leaders spoke out against “reparative” mental health therapy for LGBT people in October but still called on them to “change,” saying that only through faith in Jesus could they find “wholeness and holiness.” The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors...

Christian singer Sandi Patty to launch farewell tour

NEW YORK — Grammy-winning Christian singer Sandi Patty is singing her swan song. In late September, a group of publicists, media moguls and celebrities gathered to hear the 59-year-old music great announce her retirement and farewell tour. Patty’s career has spanned...

Ultra-Orthodox, secular Jews fight over shaping Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (RNS) — Yossi Cohen was shocked when city inspectors warned him to close his downtown convenience store during the Jewish Sabbath or else be socked with fines. “For 20 years I’ve been open during Shabbat (the Hebrew for Sabbath) and suddenly the city decides...

Right relationship

Nadia Bolz-Weber on why the church is for losers Nadia Bolz-Weber is the kind of pastor who ends up doing funerals for an alcoholic stand-up comic and a transvestite. The founder of Denver’s House for All Sinners and Saints, this tattooed Lutheran pastor wants nothing...

A Review by Andrew Gardner

Baptist history for wide theological audience has bright spots but overstates readership Writing a comprehensive history of a tradition as diverse as the Baptist tradition is no easy task, yet such is the assignment of Anthony L. Chute, Nathan A. Finn and Michael A.G....

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). Pastors serving in tandem It all began not so much as a novel idea but a...

The Lighter Side: How can we keep from singing?

The persistent demand throughout the Bible that people of faith sing loud may seem cruel to those whose musical gifts do not fill the buckets in which we cannot carry a tune. “Come Christians, Join to Sing” would be less threatening if it was “Come Christians, Join to...

Lesson for December 6, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. Luke 1:68-79 “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of...

Lesson for December 13, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. Zephaniah 3:14-20 “The LORD has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more.” — Zephaniah...

Lesson for December 20, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. Micah 5:1-5a “But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient...

Lesson for December 27, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. 1 Samuel 2:12-26 “Now the boy Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the LORD and with the people.” — 1 Samuel 2:26 A Time for Growth Have you ever noticed that most...

Readers’ Responses

Safer, more wholesome America EDITOR: While the opinions of John Pierce in the September issue (“Wholesomeness for some is not liberty for all,” page 32) are valid and valuable, I believe he fails to understand the perspective of J. Robert White when he found himself...

In the Know

Ardmore Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., has called the following ministry staff: Ellen Price, minister of invitation and hospitality; Mike Nuckolls, minister of missional engagement; Jim Davidson, music and arts educator; and Julie Suggs, preschool director....

A Baptist among the Mennonites

Having attended the Baptist World Alliance gatherings in Birmingham, England in 2005, and in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2010, I considered attending the recent one in Durban, South Africa. Due to the lengthy flying time, however, I drove to Harrisburg, Penn., to attend the...

Religion and the American Presidents

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the sixth 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. His...

Journey to Forgiveness

Author digs deeply to uncover factors that shaped her life Cindy Henry McMahon is a wife and mother who works in non-profit management in Asheville, N.C. Most anyone would call it a normal life, she admits. Her life today, however, belies a torturous upbringing with a...

BEYOND EARTH

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is more extensive than most content we publish. However, it addresses a relevant topic of interest to many thoughtful Christians. A recent cover story by David J. Wood in Christian Century began: “By and large mainline congregations have...

Classifieds

Senior Pastor: First Baptist Church, Gastonia, N.C., is seeking a senior pastor to lead the congregation in a new chapter in our history. FBCG enjoys a 140-year tradition of moderate Baptist life (affiliated with CBF) and a broad mission emphasis, and is poised to use...

Reblog: Making progress

Recovering from any sort of surgery is a process. I’ve now had four of them, all involving moving parts. There’s something artificial now in both shoulders and both hips. I’m hoping the knees still have some good tread left on them Replacement of my right hip in...

Redeeming the skewed church

The highly publicized, early fall visit of Pope Francis to the U.S. provided an opportunity to reflect upon the historic as well as much-needed, ongoing efforts at church reform — from the large, opulent expression in Rome to the small, white-steepled ones on street...

Warning: Anti-immigrant rhetoric can be deadly

Guest Commentary By David Gushee, Religion News Service Some of this year’s crop of politicians tell us that illegal or undocumented immigrants pose a deadly threat to our country. I say that anti-immigrant rhetoric is the more dangerous threat. It has been deadly...

The Power of Orality

Tom Long talks about preaching in challenging times CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — “About every 60 years or so I think preaching has a nervous breakdown,” said Tom Long, to an October gathering of Baptist preachers in downtown Chattanooga. “…We start looking around for the next...

What is Nurturing Faith?

“Nurturing Faith” was first used by Baptists Today as the name of the Bible study curriculum written by Tony Cartledge. The Nurturing Faith Bible Studies are unique in the scholarship of a consistent writer, the depth of lessons based on Lectionary texts, and the...

Reclamation

Lessons from Lula Lake Images of Lula Lake and its cascading falls — atop Lookout Mountain where Georgia nears Tennessee — were popular during the postcard era. You can find them on eBay with dates such as 1902, 1910 and 1924. Scenic views, cool water and mountain air...