VETERAN USES WAR EXPERIENCE TO MINISTER TO AIRMEN

By Jane Rodgers
Southern Baptist Texan

EDITOR’S NOTE: May 29 is Memorial Day.

Doug Brinson

SAN ANTONIO (BP) — As an Air Force pararescueman in Vietnam, Doug Brinson often faced death to save downed pilots, including a treacherous three-week stretch of missions in 1972 that shaped his life in ways he will never forget.

“I probably aged a few years in those three weeks,” Brinson said.

Brinson’s parents urged him to follow his brother by enlisting in the Air Force, thinking it the safest branch of the military. The southern Louisiana native found himself drawn to the allure of dangerous USAF pararescue. [Read more…]

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WHAT IS RAMADAN, AND WHY SHOULD CHRISTIANS CARE?

Imagine not taking in food or drink during daylight hours for twenty-eight days straight. Envision what it would be like for that practice to be directly linked to your standing in society or your stature with God. This is the reality for Muslims during the month of Ramadan, a time when every follower of Islam is encouraged (and in some cases required) to spend the month exercising many forms of self-restraint, seeking to be aware of God, and thinking about how they should best worship him.

If you were to visit an observant Muslim country during this time, you would find restaurants closed during daylight hours. Refrigerated boxes of soft drinks found on the sidewalk on most streets are padlocked. Cigarette venders are missing from the daily street traffic. Until sunset approaches and dinner preparations can finally be made, many normal patterns of life are completely halted. [Read more…]

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GAINES CALLS FOR 21-DAY FAST BEFORE PHOENIX SBC

by David Roach
Baptist Press

EDITOR’S NOTE: The full text of SBC President Steve Gaines’ call to prayer is printed below.

PHOENIX (BP) — Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines has called Southern Baptists to 21 days of prayer and fasting leading up to the SBC annual meeting in Phoenix.

The fast will begin May 23 and end June 12, the day preceding the June 13-14 SBC annual meeting, Gaines announced today (May 18) in a written call to prayer. He defined fasting as “doing without something in order to focus more attention on the Lord Jesus and His Kingdom,” adding that “prayer and fasting are essentials in the Christian life.”

Gaines, pastor of Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., urged all Southern Baptists to participate in the fast. Some may feel called to “go without food for 21 days and just drink liquids,” he wrote. Others may opt to “eat less than normal and drink only water,” skip one meal per day for 21 days or fast from a technology like television. [Read more…]

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GRADY COTHEN, FORMER PRES. OF 2 SBC ENTITIES, DIES

By David Roach, Baptist Press and
Marilyn Stewart, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Grady Cothen, who died May 19, served as president of the Baptist Sunday School Board from 1974-84.
-SBHLA photo

RIDGELAND, Miss. (BP) — Grady Cothen — the former chief executive of a state convention, a Southern Baptist university and two Southern Baptist Convention entities — died May 19 at The Orchard retirement home in Ridgeland, Miss. He was 96.

Among his service to Southern Baptists, Cothen was executive secretary of the Southern Baptist General Convention of California (1961-66), president of Oklahoma Baptist University (1966-70), president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1970-74) and president of the Baptist Sunday School Board (1974-1984). The California convention has since been renamed the California Southern Baptist Convention, and the Sunday School Board has become LifeWay Christian Resources.

“Few Southern Baptist leaders have made so deep a mark in so many different places as did Grady Cothen,” New Orleans Seminary President Chuck Kelley said in a news release. “He came to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary when it was in a crisis. He brought stability and a foundation upon which our future was built. We thank God for giving our convention such an excellent leader.” [Read more…]

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CHURCHES ADD CONTEMPORARY SERVICES

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

BRENTWOOD — Tennessee Baptist churches are adding contemporary style worship services in various ways. Despite issues — will the new service divide the church, who will speak, when will it be held, and where will it be held — the outcome usually is good, reported pastors.

Three Tennessee Baptist churches which range in size reported on their experiences — Grace Baptist Church, Elizabethton; First Baptist Church, Manchester; and First Baptist Church, Kingsport.  [Read more…]

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SALVATION COMES TO THE FOOD LINE

By Mike Stover
Camp Pastor, Journey Camp

Mike Stover

On the last day of Journey Camp 2016 at Linden Valley I was serving food to our campers during the first lunch serving. There are two serving times for each meal of the day, both with four lines, and camp staff serve the campers as they come through the line. As you can imagine, there is usually a steady stream of boys and girls coming through to get their meal, and it is an extremely busy time.   [Read more…]

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GRAHAM TOUR TARGETS TENNESSEE TOWNS

By Diana Chandler
Baptist Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s not often an evangelist with the following of Billy Graham’s son Franklin hosts gospel events in communities as small as Jackson, home to about 68,000 people.

Fresh from the success of the 2016 Decision America Tour that drew a total of 230,000 people to prayer rallies in all 50 states, Franklin Graham is focusing on small and medium-sized towns in Tennessee in May as he continues his national call to prayer. [Read more…]

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FOUR TEENS WIN BIBLE DRILL COMPETITIONS

State Youth Bible Drillers were, front row: Zeke Turner, Harvest Church, Memphis; Kayla Hill, Tulip Grove Baptist Church, Old Hickory; Abigail Parks, New Market Baptist Church, New Market; and Harrison Sampson, Northport Baptist Church, Newport; back row, Hannah Williams, Calvary Baptist Church, Union City; Caitlyn Crook, Auburntown Baptist Church, Auburntown; Josiah Brooks, Holston Baptist Church, Strawberry Plains; Hope Bone, First Baptist Church, Columbia; and Paige Meeks, Zion Baptist Church, Brownsville. The winner was Hope Bone and the runner-up was Caitlyn Crook.

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

MOUNT JULIET — Four teens were winners or runners-up in the 2017 State Youth Bible Drill and High School Bible Drill held May 6 here. 

Hope Bone of First Baptist Church, Columbia, won the Youth Bible Drill and Caitlyn Crook of Auburntown Baptist Church, Auburntown, was runner-up. In the High School Drill, Brittany Forrest of Prospect Baptist Church, Hollow Rock, won and Lindsey Hedrick of Alder Branch Baptist Church, Sevierville, earned the runner-up spot. [Read more…]

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TENNESCENE MAY 17-29

LEADERS

Joe Shannon

Joe Shannon, associate director of missions, Judson, Stewart, and Truett Baptist Associations, based in Dover and Bon Aqua, for 11 years, and pastor, Pomona Baptist Church, Dickson, for two years, was named director of missions Feb. 1. William Gray, director of missions for 30 years, was named associate director of missions. He is pastor, Bear Spring Baptist Church, Dover. Shannon also was pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Dover. [Read more…]

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DR TEAMS HELP FLOOD VICTIMS, OTHERS

Baptist and Reflector

BRENTWOOD — Tennessee Baptists are being asked to join other Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers in helping flood victims in Missouri and Arkansas and they have responded, said Wes Jones, disaster relief specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.

The Midwest has been slammed by severe flooding, CNN reported. Floods have killed five people in Missouri and seven in Arkansas, the news service added. [Read more…]

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