CAMPS — IN THE BUSINESS OF TRANSFORMATION!

By TBMB Conference Centers Team

Carson Springs and Linden Valley are places of spiritual significance designed to provide a transformational experience for all who visit. Whether it is the 8-year-old away from home for the very first time or the high school senior who is enjoying her 10th annual summer camp, every one that attends Journey Camp or Impact Camp realizes that just being away from the busyness of life and in a place of quiet refuge creates an environment where the Holy Spirit can bring about transformation. [Read more…]

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DAY OF PRAYER SET FOR CONFERENCE CENTERS

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Enjoying the setting at Linden Valley Baptist Conference Center is a group from Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Bradford. From left are Theresa Kay Stone, Annalee Bratton, Macy Johnstone, Ava Anglin, Emma Cook (standing), and Alyssa Anglin.

BRENTWOOD — Sunday, May 28, will be observed as a day of prayer for the conference centers owned and operated by the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.

The day of prayer is for both Linden Valley Baptist Conference Center in Linden and Carson Springs Baptist Conference Center in Newport. The theme for the day is “Pray For Them All,” taken from I Timothy 2:1, NKJV.

“We have had days of prayer for both camps from time to time,” said Tim Bearden, senior manager of the conference centers for the TBMB. [Read more…]

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I KNOW GOD TELLS ME TO LOVE, BUT …

By Janice Backer
Contributing Writer, B&R

GATLINBURG — “Who are the people that are hard for you to like?” asked Tony Rankin of the large number of women who were attending the recent Missions Get-Together & Connection Conference held in Gatlinburg.

The responses came from all parts of the auditorium — “kinfolk,”  “coworkers,” and “know-it-alls” — just to name a few. [Read more…]

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WORSHIP PASTOR ON HARLEY PLANTS CHURCH

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

The leaders of Kairos Communities, Ooltewah, pause at Wired Coffeehouse, Ooltewah, recently. They are, from left, Shane Mitchell, founder and elder/pastor; Kel Trudgian, elder/pastor; and Steve Gervasi, elder/teaching pastor.

CHATTANOOGA — Just two years ago Shane Mitchell was a worship and creative arts pastor of a traditional church who enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Then he felt called by God to build relationships at a coffeehouse.

Since then his work-a-day world has shifted — from spending most of his time at Oakwood Baptist Church, Chattanooga, where he led worship, to managing a thrift store while leading a new congregation.

His personal life has been rocked — from living in a nice traditional home in Chattanooga to a small apartment in Ooltewah. [Read more…]

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‘O LORD LISTEN, FORGIVE, HEAR, ACT’ AMERICA PRAYS

By Diana Chandler
Baptist Press

Nashville-area residents gathered for prayer and worship at the SBC building during the 66th annual National Day of Prayer.
Photo by Shawn Hendricks/BP

WASHINGTON (BP) — From 45,000 or more venues including public parks, courthouses, churches, community centers, government buildings and the like, concerted pleas went up to God for America on the 66th annual National Day of Prayer.

“O Lord, Listen! O Lord, Forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act!” was the organized cry drawn from Daniel 9:19 today (May 4), that birthed perhaps hundreds of thousands of individual prayers for various aspects of society, including governmental sectors and leaders, families, media, businesses and religion, according to event organizers. “For Your Great Name’s Sake,” also taken from Daniel’s prayer, is the national theme. [Read more…]

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PORN DEEMED HEALTH HAZARD IN TENNESSEE

Baptist Press      

NASHVILLE — At least five states have officially declared pornography a public health crisis or harmful to the public, and at least one other is considering a similar measure, according to bill updates filed on state legislature websites.

A resolution passed by the Tennessee Legislature declaring pornography a public health hazard was awaiting Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature April 21. Days earlier, Tennessee became the fourth state to adopt such a resolution, joining Utah, South Dakota, and Arkansas. [Read more…]

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COMMUNICATIONS TEAM EARNS AWARDS

Baptist and Reflector

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Communications Team of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board won multiple awards during the 53rd annual Wilmer C. Fields Awards Competition sponsored by the Baptist Communicators Association.

The TBMB Communications Team received 13 awards, including the M.E. Dodd Memorial Award for radio, film, and video. Team members also captured five first place awards, two second place awards, and five third place awards. [Read more…]

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AMERICANS LIKE BIBLE BUT DON’T READ IT

By Bob Smietana
Lifeway Research

NASHVILLE — Americans have a positive view of the Bible. And many say the Christian Scriptures are filled with moral lessons for today.

However, more than half of Americans have read little or none of the Bible.

Less than a quarter of those who have ever read a Bible have a systematic plan for reading the Christian Scriptures each day. And a third of Americans never pick it up on their own, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. [Read more…]

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DALTON LEADS HOLSTON MINISTRIES FOR 20 YEARS

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor,

Ginger Dalton

JOHNSON CITY — Ginger Dalton will never forget participating in the birthday party for an inmate. He told the Baptists holding the party that he had never had a birthday party before.

That memory is just one of many such memories she has accumulated over her 20 years as church and community director for Holston Baptist Association, based here. She will retire in June after serving 20 years.

She also will never forget the fair ministry she directed where Baptists were offering cold water from a booth inside a building. One day a clown burst through the doors to the building and yelled, “Where’s the Christians with the cold water?” [Read more…]

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LEGACY LIVES ON THROUGH HISPANIC CHURCH

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

William Burton, church planting strategist for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board and volunteer church planter at Esperanza Church@ Harpeth First Baptist, speaks during a recent worship service. — Photos by Lonnie Wilkey

FRANKLIN — Missions and helping new churches have been a way of life for Earl and Violet Newcomb since the mid-1950s when they helped start the first of six churches at what is now Cross Keys Baptist Church in College Grove.

Earl Newcomb served as song leader while operating a business in Franklin and Violet served as pianist and church treasurer.

Their mantra has always been, “Lord, open the door and we will go.” [Read more…]

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