September-October 2016 Issue

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

Lesson for October 30, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge Luke 19:1-10 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.” — Luke 19:10 Little Big Man One of the more inane songs many of us learned as children was about Zacchaeus. We might not have...

Lesson for October 23, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge 2 Timothy 4:6-18 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” — 2 Timothy 4:6 Finish the Race Have you ever contemplated what it might be like to know that your...

Lesson for October 16, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge 2 Timothy 3:14–4:5 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.” — 2 Timothy 4:5 Read the Instructions A gospel song that became...

Lesson for October 9, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge 2 Timothy 2:8-15 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.” — 2 Timothy 2:15 Don’t Be Ashamed When...

Lesson for October 2, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge 2 Timothy 1:1-14 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” – 2 Tim. 1:14 Keep the Faith A father telephones a child...

Worth Repeating

“Church is one day a week. This will be six days a week. It will change our life.  —Marsha Always of Vittoria, Ontario, opposing a bakery/café opening in a vacated Baptist church building adjacent to her property (Simcoe Reformer) “Those of us who understand that we...

The reversal of Christian conversion

Sharing the gospel just got harder. And the blame cannot be cast upon millennials, atheists, government, religious diversity or contemporary translations of the Bible. Widespread, public misrepresentation of the Good News is the strategic work of American...

Lolley celebrated as his influence expands

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Randall Lolley’s remarkable influence on pastoral ministry and theological education expands as those blessed to have been his students, parishioners or scholarship recipients move about. The Lolley mark of personal warmth, honest intellectual...

Pride before destruction

“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall,” according to the familiar King James translation of Proverbs 16:18. I was reminded of that on a visit to the ancient Greek city of Delphi, home to the famous oracle. Most of the terraced temple...

AMERICAN TRAGEDY

How Southern delusions lie at the heart of the Charleston killings  On the evening of June 17, 2015, a white man joined a prayer group at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in down-town Charleston, S.C. After talking with the African-American group for an...

Survey finds white evangelicals say U.S. no longer a Christian nation

The United States is not a Christian country anymore. That’s according to 59 percent of white evangelical Protestants recently surveyed by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with the Brookings Institution. And that number has jumped 11 points in...

The weaponization of religious liberty

For the second year in a row, more than 100 pieces of anti-LGBT legislation were introduced in state legislatures during the first few months of the year, many of them promoted as measures to protect religious liberty. How did something as fundamentally American as...

Muslim attitudes about LGBT complex

As one of a tiny number of openly gay imams in the world, Daayiee Abdullah has felt the sting of rebuke from fellow Muslims. No good Muslim can be gay, they say. And traditional schools of Islamic law consider homo-sexuality a grave sin. But Abdullah, a Washington,...

Why refugee “talk” makes us whisper

One of my least favorite social situations is when someone brings up a topic that I know nothing about … awkward. For example, when youth in the church start talking about Snapchat: We whisper when we feel uncertain, mainly because uncertainty isn’t exactly bragging...

THEOLOGY IN THE PEWS: The paradox of peace

Peace is often simply defined as the absence of conflict, but in the biblical tradition it means much more than this. The Hebrew word for peace, shalom, points not merely to the absence of overt conflict but to a state of ordered tranquility that is the result of...

Coke and biscuits

The drive from Greensboro, N.C., to our office in Birmingham, Ala., took seven hours, so Dale Tadlock and I had plenty of time for stories from PASSPORT missions. Dale coordinates a summer team along with finding and vetting the thousands of volunteer hours our...

THE LIGHTER SIDE: Becoming a real New Yorker

On the rare occasions that sweet tea appears on a menu, it is a lie. Feeling at home in New York is taking longer than I had hoped. I recently moved from Atlanta to Brooklyn. I have a long way to go to be a real New Yorker. I need to ride the subway without repeatedly...

Lesson for September 4, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge Jeremiah 18:1-12 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners — of whom I am the foremost.” – 1 Tim. 1:15 Getting Into Shape Does the...

Lesson for September 11, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge 1 Timothy 1:12-17 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself a ransom for all — this was attested at the right time.”...

Lesson for September 18, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge 1 Timothy 2:1-7 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.”- 1 Tim. 6:10...

Lesson for September 25, 2016

with Tony W. Cartledge 1 Timothy 6:6-19 Teachers: Scroll down for teaching materials. “Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the LORD. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.”- Jeremiah...

CLASSIFIEDS

Business Administrator: First Baptist Church of Augusta, Ga., is seeking a full-time administrator. This position is responsible for the business affairs of the church by providing management and support in the areas of properties and facilities, finances, custodial...

RECOGNITION & REMEMBRANCE

Judy G. Allbee retires Sept. 30 as executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of Connecticut, a position she has held since 2005. Elijah Brown is executive director of the North America Baptist Fellowship of the Baptist World Alliance. A former professor at...

On being the answer to prayer

Prayer is vital to the Christian life. The type of prayer varies with the age of the petitioner and the occasion. Our children learn to say simple prayers before meals and at bedtime. As they grow, they move beyond self-centered requests to include family and friends,...

Prayer, preferential treatment and a gift from Jesus

Many years ago an elderly woman in our church related this story: “When my son was in combat in WWII, I prayed for his safe return every day. One evening I had an insight that if we were going to win this war, some of our precious boys were going to die. That is just...

Mama kept short accounts

When at the last the stage was all hers, Mama’s flawless delivery betrayed the frequency with which she’d rehearsed the lines. Mama had come to terms with dying long before the day her deathwatch dawned. Truth be told, she’d gotten a little anxious to get on with the...

A very brief history of Muslims in the U.S.

The Islamic faith began with a perceived revelation from God to a merchant named Muhammad in western Arabia in the year 610. Other revelations followed, eventually leading to a compilation in the form of the Quran, a holy book consisting in part of Old Testament-like...

Pope says wine ‘necessary for the celebration’

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has upended many traditions during his extraordinary pontificate, to the point that some have wondered whether he is really Catholic. But the pope made one thing clear: he is not a Southern Baptist. Addressing pilgrims at his weekly public...

Being church in changing times

Resurrecting the ‘E’ word A column provided in collaboration with the Center for Healthy Churches (chchurches.org) Evangelism — the sharing of the good news of Jesus Christ — has become a missing element in much of moderate Baptist life. For a tradition founded on the...

Kirby Godsey affirms mystery, relatedness in new book

To disclose a bias: I regard R. Kirby Godsey as an innovative leader and deep thinker, and seek his wise counsel at times of strategic decision making. For 27 years he led Mercer University as its president before becoming chancellor in 2006. At his core Godsey is a...

A review by Keith R. Nelms

Novel reflects the spiritual journeys of many seekers ‘[Main character] Paul Gartin is neither the stereotypic pharisaical heavy of Hollywood movies nor the cardboard saint of conservative Christian literature.’ Is James Kautz’s novel, Digger, about your life?...

HORTON HEARS A WHO and Jesus does too

After hearing someone tell of using children’s books in sermons, I decided to give it a try for the summer. I started with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, and then The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. During the children’s...

RELIGION AND THE AMERICAN PRESIDENTS: James Buchanan (1857-1861)

The fifth president in succession to be born in a log cabin, James Buchanan was the first and only from Pennsylvania. Far more cosmopolitan was the nation’s first capital of Philadelphia than the small village of Cove Gap in 1791, the place of Buchanan’s birth. James...

SLOW SHIFT

Why some evangelicals changed their minds about evolution The Ark Encounter, a literal vision of Noah’s story in Genesis, opened this summer as a theology-packed tourist attraction in Williamstown, Ky. Yet, near the same time, another group of evangelicals was making...

Questions Christians ask scientists

How were you able to study science in school and allow room for your faith to grow? — Joshua Riley, Cleveland, Ohio My first sense of a conflict between faith and science occurred as a 9-year-old. It didn’t start in school or at church. It started at home. I know my...