THE PUBLIC SQUARE — LAID BARE BY INTOLERANCE

By Kevin Shrum
Pastor, Inglewood Baptist Church, Nashville

We live in interesting days, do we not? With hostile adversaries overseas and serious divisions at home, most of us are looking for a more reasonable and peaceful civility that seems to have escaped us. Cultural unity eludes us. The public square is now naked, laid bare by intolerance. [Read more…]

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TRANSITION — A PART OF EVERYDAY LIFE

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

The B&R staff in 2012 — Lonnie Wilkey, Mary Nimmo, Susie Edwards (deceased), Connie Bushey, and Marcia Knox (retired).

“Change” is a “four-letter word” for most Baptists, so I’m going to use the word “transition.”

Life is a series of transitions, both personally and professionally.

For the past three years or so, your state newspaper has been in transition and it continues. In this issue is a story about the retirement of Connie Davis Bushey, effective May 31.

Connie has served on the staff of the Baptist and Reflector for 32 years, making her one of the longest tenured employees in the paper’s history. Connie already was on staff of the paper in 1988 as assistant editor when Wm. Fletcher Allen chose me to be his associate editor. After becoming editor in 1998, Connie was promoted to news editor. [Read more…]

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THE BOTTOM LINE — CAMP IS FOR THE CAMPER

By Tim Bearden
Senior Manager, TN Baptist Conference Centers

Tim Bearden

My camp experience began when I was about 10 years old. A group of boys from a small town in Georgia was loaded up in cars and driven to Camp Glynn in Brunswick, Ga., to attend Royal Ambassador Camp. That trip began my lifelong love for camp. I attended different camps several times after that.  Each experience changed my life just a little.

The summer after my high school graduation is still one of the primary spiritual markers in my life. That summer I became a camp staffer in that first camp I attended as a boy. During the staff training week, I was taught a statement I have never forgotten. “Camp is for the camper.” The interpretation of that phrase for the staff was simply, it’s not about you, it’s about the experience for the camper. [Read more…]

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CAMP – MY STORY!

By William F. Maxwell
Administrative Director, TBMB

William Maxwell

I love Carson Springs and Linden Valley Baptist Conference Centers and Camps!  I love the locations and I love the ministry. But then, camps and conference centers have been special to me since I gave my life to Jesus at camp as a nine-year-old boy.

It started with an invitation from my best friend in the fourth grade to go to camp with his church. We went to Camp Maranatha, which is located just off state highway 98 between Ila and Danielsville, Ga.  It was a rustic camp.  Boys stayed in a converted loft of an old barn in bunk beds. I remember we had Bible study and other learning activities in the morning and then, in the afternoon, we enjoyed the swimming hole in the creek. It had a rope swing over the hole that you would grab to swing out over the water and drop. There was horseback riding and I’m sure many other activities that have faded from my memory. [Read more…]

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IN HONOR OF MOTHERS

By Carolyn Tomlin
Contributing Writer, B&R

The history of Mother’s Day goes back to ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. But the official date of the U.S. holiday is just over 100 years old. Miss Anna Jarvis is recognized as the founder of Mother’s Day. Jarvis never married or had children, but wanted to honor her own mother, Mrs. Anna Marie Jarvis, an activist and social worker. Mrs. Jarvis desired that some day, someone must honor all mothers, living and dead, and pay tribute to the contributions made by them. On May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. [Read more…]

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THE IMPACT OF AN ORPHAN

By Randy C. Davis
TBMB President/Executive Director

Randy C. Davis

Wilkerson V. Jones would’ve turned 100 this coming July 4th. He was well known all over Mobile, Ala. It seemed as if he knew everybody and everybody knew him.

He is a member of the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame, was active in his church, and was tall, handsome and distinguished. A southern gentleman in every way, married to the same woman for well over half a century, and together with Ms. Juanita, they raised nine children. [Read more…]

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SIMPLE STEPS FOR HIGH IMPACT MISSIONS TRIPS

By Brian Frye
National Collegiate Strategist, North American Mission Board

If you’ve grown up in the church, you’ve likely been on and heard about all kinds of missions trips. If you’re new to following Christ, missions trips are a great way to grow in your faith, to develop confidence in sharing Christ, and to grow deeper in community with other believers. Here are a few pointers on planning and leading a high-impact missions trip. [Read more…]

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POWER STRUGGLES

Scott Patty
Pastor, Grace Community Church, Brentwood

We often view the city as a place of political, cultural, and economic power struggles. We know this is the case. But the book of Acts shows us that there is a more fundamental struggle going on. This is the struggle between light and darkness, between Christ and His enemies. The power struggle in the city is spiritual in nature.

Acts 19 is the account of the Apostle Paul’s two-year ministry in the city of Ephesus. During this time, he reasoned daily in the local lecture hall. The result was that people from the whole region heard the Word of the Lord, and many came to faith in Christ. [Read more…]

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BCMs ASSIST IN TRANSITIONS TO COLLEGE

By Ben Maddox
Collegiate Ministry Specialist, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville

Graduating from high school is an exciting moment for students!  They have spent 13 years working toward this goal.  The next step for many graduates is to head off to college.  For these students, there is a great anticipation for this next chapter of life.  Students look forward to making new friendships, memories, and academic adventures.  For parents and youth ministers, this is a proud, yet somewhat nervous time of expectancy of wondering how their students will live their college lives.  A common question for many is: Will my child grow in his or her faith in Jesus Christ during these college days? [Read more…]

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WHY COLLEGIATE MINISTRY IS SO IMPORTANT

By Stacy Murphree
Collegiate Ministry Specialist, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville

Stacy Murphree

Currently there are more than 20 million college students in the United States. More than 345,000 of those attend college and universities here in our own state, creating a tremendous opportunity for Tennessee Baptists to reach this collegiate generation. In his book, Reaching the Campus Tribes, Benson Hines shares the necessity of viewing our college campuses and universities as missions fields in our own community. In reference to collegiate ministry, he elaborates on the great William Carey quote to say, “We should expect great things from the God who loves these college students even more than we do. And we should attempt great things for the God who has placed these missions fields before us.” Here are five reminders of the importance of attempting great things for God as we reach college students today. [Read more…]

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