September 2015 Issue

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

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Global Baptists

BWA gathers in South Africa to celebrate unity DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA — “Ubuntu” was a frequent watchword as more than 2,500 global Baptists from 80 countries gathered in July for the 21st Baptist World Congress of the Baptist World Alliance, the first to be held on the...

Quotation Remarks

“The whole concept of membership smacks of exclusivity and they have no interest in it — but they do want to be involved.” —Pastor Bob Ballance of Pine Street Church, an American Baptist congregation in Boulder, Colo., on the tendency of millennials to want to engage...

Editorial: Liberal or conservative? Yes.

If there were ever an issue worth our serious consideration it is this: How do we get past quick, dismissive labels that divide Christian communities and larger societies? And such division is often tied to the tagging of someone as either “conservative” or “liberal”...

None and Done

Leaders: Treat those with no religious preference with love, not ‘like a project’ Are the “nones” done with religion, or could they remain open to the Christian gospel? That subject was one of many addressed through focus groups offered during the 2015 Baptist World...

In a quandary

Black clergy walk fine line between religious liberty, discrimination As the president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, a predominantly black denomination, he is grappling with a new reality: how to respond to the specter of discrimination against gays. While...

Teen Moms

Love them so much you walk through life alongside them 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). “TOMS” is a unique...

Guy Rutland III honored as director emeritus

SAINT SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Linda and Guy Rutland III hustled over to a July 23 luncheon in their honor after corralling more than two dozen 7-year-olds in Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church of Saint Simons. William Neal, a director of Baptists...

Media: A review by Fisher Humphreys

Conservatisim and Liberalism Hull’s final book makes a convincing case that the Christian church has always embraced both perspectives Perhaps the best way to clarify the ideas and practices that William Hull advocates in this posthumously published book is to ask...

Lesson for October 4, 2015

Mark 10:1-16 with Tony W. Cartledge “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” — Mark 10:14b Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. Hard Words and a Soft Heart We don’t live in an ideal...

Lesson for October 11, 2015

Mark 10:17-31 with Tony W. Cartledge Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” — Mark 10:17b Of Treasures and Troubles If you could kneel before Jesus and ask him just one question, what would it be? Would...

Lesson for October 18, 2015

Mark 10:32-45 with Tony W. Cartledge Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” — Mark 10:45 First and Last Many of us look forward to that great quadrennial festival...

Lesson for October 25, 2015

Mark 10:46-52 with Tony W. Cartledge Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “Then Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to him, ‘My teacher, let me see again.’” – Mark 10:51 What Do We Really Want? Do you know any Deadheads?...

Classifieds

Minister to Students: Trinity Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., a suburb of Memphis, is seeking a minister to students to work alongside a gifted, quality staff with a team approach to vision and ministry. Trinity has a history of quality youth ministry, highlighted...

In the Know

Rob Fox is the new vice president of institutional advancement for the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. He has been field coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia since 2009. Earlier he served as director of admissions at BTSR from 2001...

The Lighter Side: The news from Lake Wobegon Baptist Church

Each Saturday night for 40 years, Garrison Keillor has shared the news from Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, the fictional town “that time forgot and the decades cannot improve.” Keillor recently announced that next season will be his last as the host of A Prairie Home...

Religion and the American Presidents

James Madison (1809-1817) EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth 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...

Boy Scouts

Support from religious groups varies after ban on gay leaders ends The Boy Scouts of America’s decision to drop its ban on gay adult leaders and employees brought a range of responses from religious groups. On July 27, members of the BSA’s national executive board...

‘Everything Is Spiritual’

Rob Bell’s tour explores the evolution of the universe DURHAM, N.C. — Hipster preacher Rob Bell is mashing up quantum physics, Jewish Kabbalah and Catholic mysticism to explain humanity’s future evolution. In his 30-city “Everything Is Spiritual” tour, the former...

Reblog: Car key comfort

Travel can be a wonderful thing, especially opportunities to go overseas and experience different cultures, taste new foods, and see new sights. Downsides are part of the deal, of course. Sometimes the new foods don’t agree with you, or the beds are not comfortable —...

Wholesomeness for some is not liberty for all

Writing in the state Baptist news-paper, The Christian Index, J. Robert White lamented the “violation of states’ rights” and God’s law by the U.S. Supreme Court in its Obergefell v. Hodges decision. The executive director of the Georgia Baptist Convention yearned for...

Have you sauntered lately?

Nature has long enriched spiritual living WEST GLACIER, Mont. — Sauntering is more than walking. It is a spiritual practice. That’s what Ken Mottram, a Montana native and hospital chaplain, told participants in the mid-July Nurturing Faith Experience at the outset of...

Montana Travelogue

UNC student reflects upon her Nurturing Faith Experience Last March, in the auditorium of the Genome Sciences Building on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, environmental advocate Terry Tempest Williams spoke of the importance of visiting...

Jubilee

Churches have important ministry opportunities amid financial crises There is nothing jubilant about financial crisis. However, Baptist lay leaders and attorneys Laurie Weatherford Ducker and Aubrey Ducker have helpful and hopeful words for those who find themselves...

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...

Ten Years Later

Former students recall John Claypool’s influence on their lives, ministry Todd Thomason, pastor of First Baptist Church of Hyattsville, Md., couldn’t let Sept. 3 of this year pass without some tribute to John Claypool who died on that date a decade ago. So he asked...