Today (Sept. 11) I attended a meeting of the directors of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board in Franklin. [Read more…]
TN WMU Executive Director-Treasurer
Tennessee Missions Emphasis month is set to kick off on Sept. 1 For Tennessee Baptists, September brings the opportunity to observe and participate in the Week of Prayer for State Missions and the Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions. And while the offering is taken year-round, and the ministries happen throughout the year, September is the month we spotlight how together we support missions and ministries in Tennessee.
In 1902 W.C. and Mildred Golden challenged Tennessee Baptists to pray for and give to missions within the state and initiated the offering. The offering was named after them in 1943. Today, churches are still encouraged to learn about, pray for, give to and serve in missions and ministries in Tennessee.
By Phil Young
Director of Missions, Knox County Association of Baptists
I have always been fascinated by the image of a potter’s wheel. Something about the way a master potter takes a lump of clay and molds it into a beautiful and useful vessel appeals to me. I think it may be that each piece of pottery is unique. Because it is not “mass-produced” on a machine, no two pieces are the same. Each piece is carefully shaped into what the potter desires it to be. [Read more…]
By David Leavell
President, Tennessee Baptist Convention
I have to admit, I’m not much of a fisherman. I’m a wannabe at best. Generally, I’m unwilling to take the time to become a fisherman — enough time to break away from the daily grind, enough time to purchase the equipment, enough time to know where the good fishing holes are found and enough time to even know what kind of fish I like to catch, clean, and consume (although, I usually don’t discriminate when it comes to eating!). You may feel that way about golf or hunting, football or baseball. You just don’t think it is worthy of your time and pursuit as a hobby. [Read more…]
TBMB Evangelism Team
In one of the most celebrated passages of the Bible, Jesus said to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28: 19). Although celebrated, the command has not been without different perspectives. The process of disciple making has been debated ever since Jesus spoke the command.
Religion in America has become so consumeristic that some have hijacked the process of discipleship as a mode only for self-improvement. Others have hijacked it as a sales pitch for eternal life. Not often enough can a healthy balance be found. [Read more…]
I was afraid to breath for fear that the virtual silence of exhaling would shatter the tranquility of the motionless lake. There wasn’t a ripple, not a single one. It was like the entire scene spread out before my kayak — the lake, the surrounding hills, the pre-dawn sky — was sealed in a vacuum.
Suddenly, a bass jumped exploding the serenity. I exhaled and began to paddle. Stroke. Stroke. It’s about a mile-and-a-half to the spillway from here. [Read more…]
By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector
Many Tennessee Baptist churches are observing Baptist and Reflector Day on Sunday, Aug. 26. As a result, hundreds of Tennessee Baptists may be seeing their state paper for the first time. We hope it won’t be your last.
This issue of the B&R is filled with stories of some of God’s choice servants — people you probably have never heard of or maybe only recognize their name.
In this issue, you will meet Miss Dixie (see story here). Miss Dixie is no bigger than a minute but she’s a giant in her love for the Lord and her willingness to serve Him. You will meet or perhaps be reintroduced to Walter Grubb. Walter is an unsung hero among Tennessee Baptists. He led The King’s Academy (also known as Harrison-Chilhowee Baptist Academy) for 22 years as president before he retired in July. [Read more…]
Last week my wife, Joyce, and I made my long-awaited trip to Mayberry. Actually, it was to Mount Airy, N.C. As we all probably know, Mayberry is the fictional North Carolina town that was home to The Andy Griffith Show for eight seasons.
As a kid and an adult, I have watched that show so many times I can actually carry on some of the dialogue. It’s a timeless classic of simple times, long before computers, the Internet, cell phones, and every other communications device known to man.
The only way to communicate in Mayberry was face to face conversation or hopefully that Sarah (the never seen phone operator) could get you through to the person you needed to speak to. After all, they were on a “party line.”
Mount Airy is the boyhood home of Andy Griffith. Many of the names and places used on The Andy Griffith Show are actual names and places in or near Mount Airy. We visited the Andy Griffith Museum and even got to meet Betty Lynn, the actress who played Thelma Lou (Barney Fife’s girlfriend on the show).
While waiting in line to meet Thelma Lou and get my photo made with her and an autograph (yes, I was the typical starry-eyed tourist), I visited with other fans. Betty Lynn only signs once a month normally so the museum had a greater number of visitors that day than I could have imagined. I stood in line with probably more than 100 people. Included among them was a family of five from Maryland. The mother was in her 40s and she had two daughters (probably about 12 and 13) and a younger son of about 8 or 9. They had been in town the entire week and had taken in all the sights, including the tour of the town in a Mayberry replica police car.
Their love for the show is amazing. None of them (the mom or dad and certainly not the kids) were even born when the show first aired in 1960. I was only 2 years old myself. But it has become an iconic show for people of all ages.
I think it is because deep down inside we yearn for the simpler times of life — where you could sit on the front porch in a rocking chair and truly relax and have meaningful conversations, a place where everybody knows everybody and they actually care for each other, a place where your kids could roam the neighborhood and you didn’t have to worry about their safety.
We yearn for the “security” that small-town atmosphere provided. In those days, most families never locked their doors. You could walk down the street without fear of being robbed or mugged.
Mayberry was not perfect. Townspeople had their squabbles and fights. It had a town drunk, jaywalkers (a no-no in Barney’s world), gossipers, and even a bank robbery on occasion. But in the end, everyone co-existed in harmony for the most part.
Deep down, we all want a Mayberry lifestyle whether we admit it or not. But most of us are realistic enough to know that Mayberry, after all, never really existed. But we can dream and long for such a place.
We will never find Mayberry on this earth, but I can’t help but feel heaven will seem a lot like Mayberry. Andy and Barney won’t be there, but Jesus will be. How better could it be than to spend eternity with Him in heaven?
If I could enjoy a trip to a town that never even existed, think how much more I will enjoy
heaven — a place that is real and is for eternity.
By Randy C. Davis
TBMB President & Executive Director
Everybody has their love language. Granny Tate expressed hers by twisting your ear.
Granny Tate was a tiny lady, but she was a giant to me. She really did twist your ear as an expression of love. I wouldn’t have minded if she had been a hugger. She was my Sunday School teacher at Shiloh Baptist Church, Saraland, Ala., when I was 11 years old. Even as a 6-foot plus senior in high school, I’d bend down so she could twist my ear. If Granny wasn’t twisting your ear, you weren’t cool. We loved that woman. [Read more…]
By Carolyn Tomlin
Contributing Columnist, B&R
Summer vacation is almost over. No longer may students sleep late on week days. And for parents, getting back into a routine may be as difficult as for children. Do you wonder, “How can I get my children out of bed, catch the school bus on time, and not forget their belongings?” If this is a problem at your house, could the following suggestions work for your family? [Read more…]