October 2015 Issue

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

Creative Chaos

Preacher, folk artist Howard Finster left a large legacy SUMMERVILLE, Ga. — Howard Finster was a Baptist preacher with a sixth-grade education and a folk artist whose fame took him to New York galleries and put him on the front page of The Wall Street Journal. Whether...

Quotation Remarks

“I’d like the last Guinea worm to die before I do.” —President Jimmy Carter, during an Aug. 20 press conference about his cancer diagnosis, referring to the eradication of Guinea worm disease that, thanks to Carter Center efforts, has fallen from 3.6 million cases to...

Editorial: ‘It’s what we do’

In writing the story that begins on page 32, about changes in funerals and burials, I recalled some of my personal experiences from a year ago when two of my three brothers died within a two-month span. While their services and final dispositions were different, the...

Religion and the American Presidents

James Monroe (1817-1825) EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fifth 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...

Larger black churches avoiding decline

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — At Alfred Street Baptist Church, the pews start to fill more than half an hour before the service begins. White-uniformed ushers guide African Americans of all ages to their seats. Some stand and wave their hands in the air as the large, robed choir...

Enemy within

Israel’s young militant settlers latest front in struggle against terrorism AHIYA, West Bank (RNS) — Elhanan Shmidov views this illegal Jewish outpost, within earshot of the drumming ceremonies of nearby Palestinian villages, as the epitome of “self-sacrifice,” where...

NURTURING FAITH EXPERIENCES 2015

THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR @150 OCTOBER 22-23 Chattanooga, Tenn. Leaders: Bruce Gourley, Bobby Lovett,John Pierce Sponsored by Baptists Today, Baptist History and Heritage Society, First Baptist Church of Chattanooga, and Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship This...

Lesson for November 1, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge Ruth 1:1-2:23 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; Where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” — Ruth...

Lesson for November 8, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge Ruth 3:1-4:21 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “Then the women said to Naomi, ‘Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without next-of-kin; and may his name be renowned in Israel!’” — Ruth 4:14 An Odd Road to a Happy...

Lesson for November 15, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge 1 Samuel 1:1-28 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “Her husband Elkanah said to her, ‘Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? Why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?’” — 1 Samuel 1:20 Transformational Tears...

Lesson for November 22, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge 2 Samuel 23:1-7   Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “One who rules over people justly, ruling in the fear of God, is like the light of morning, like the sun rising a cloudless morning, gleaming from the rain on the grassy land.”...

Lesson for November 29, 2015

with Tony W. Cartledge 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you.” — 1 Thessalonians 3:12 A Time for Anticipation As we...

Classifieds

Pastor: Lillington Baptist Church, Lillington, N.C., seeks a full-time pastor to lead our church into a new chapter in our history. We are a Baptist congregation committed to Baptist distinctives, focusing on the inspirational worship of God and applying the Bible to...

The Lighter Side: Better than the Grand Slam Breakfast

He slips in just as the organist is beginning the prelude and glances at his watch. Why couldn’t they start at 10:45? If they had a head start, they could beat the Methodists to Applebee’s. He likes the chiming of the hour; he thinks of it as the tardy bell. The organ...

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). Don’t expect millennials to carry on parents’ traditions During the most...

Reblog: Sunrises and sunsets

Perhaps “glory” is an overused word — though not as much as “awesome.” Yet it conveys a sense of magnificence beyond measure or definition. Glory has a spiritual dimension. It’s a biblical word. Hymn writers often use it — almost always rhyming it with “story.”...

Deer, deer …

Given that my wife and I were gone from home for a month this summer, I didn’t really expect a lot from the tomatoes, bell peppers and squash we planted in April. The squash plants bombed on their own, though I suspect a vole had something to do with it. Tomatoes and...

Rite of Passage

Funerals, burials are taking on new forms “More personalization.” That was the quick response of Kevin Wetzel, president of Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery in Gainesville, Ga., to the question of how the industry has changed in recent years. Funerals and...

‘Mission tourism’

Critics say popular approach to short-term trips doesn’t meet needs Parachute missions. Poverty tourism. Vacationary. These descriptors are frequently invoked to characterize and critique a misguided (western) approach to missions — an approach that many say...

Conservative Christians’ new scare word

Guest Commentary By Jonathan Merritt, Religion News Service In the fight over gay rights, conservative Christians have a new enemy. No, it isn’t a politician or activist or organization. It isn’t a noun at all, but rather a verb: normalize. In Albert Mohler’s...

How to win gay rights with patience and grace

Guest Commentary By Tom Krattenmaker, Religion News Service The gay rights movement and those of us who support it have a decision to make now that the Supreme Court has ruled and same-sex marriage is the law of the land. One possible course of action: a mop-up...

Straightening Randall Lolley

Every other day or so I have to straighten out Randall Lolley. Last May, on “Heritage Sunday,” we relocated and re-opened our Pastors’ Gallery outside the pastor’s study. The gallery features portraits of the five pastors who have served First Baptist Church of...

History provides a lens for Baptists to view issues today

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — “If you wanted to visit the Baptist preacher in Colonial Williamsburg, this is where you came. We jailed those people!” So said the period-dressed interpreter who showed us the jail cells where Baptist preachers such as Lewis Craig and Benjamin...