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Latonya Chilcutt of Woodland Baptist Church, Brownsville, shares a testimony during a crusade in the Philippines.

Latonya Chilcutt of Woodland Baptist Church, Brownsville, shares a testimony during a crusade in the Philippines.

SOMERVILLE — A team of nine missions volunteers serving on the Cross Partners Ministry team recently returned from two weeks in the Republic of the Philippines where they served with about 40 churches in three different Baptist associations.  

The team participated in more than 100 evangelistic crusades with Filipino Baptists on Luzon Island and saw 8,663 professions of faith and more than 400 other decisions for Jesus Christ.    [Read more…]

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HELPING REFUGEES IN LIGHT OF U.S. POLICY

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Ilsa Nagel, a student at Belmont University, Nashville, tutors Sangolo Mtambala, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, during a tutoring session at Woodmont Baptist Church, Nashville. Mtambala is a member of the Swahili Baptist Church of Woodmont, which meets at Woodmont.

Ilsa Nagel, a student at Belmont University, Nashville, tutors Sangolo Mtambala, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, during a tutoring session at Woodmont Baptist Church, Nashville. Mtambala is a member of the Swahili Baptist Church of Woodmont, which meets at Woodmont.

NASHVILLE — Refugee resettlement is in the news.

President Donald Trump recently issued a revised policy on refugee resettlement in the United States which is being challenged in court.

Refugee resettlement agencies are downsizing and closing offices in Tennessee in response.

Tennessee became the first state in the nation to sue the federal government over refugee resettlement. The lawsuit filed on March 13 argues that the federal government has unduly forced states to pay for the refugee resettlement program, reported The Tennessean[Read more…]

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RALLY: TALK ABOUT JESUS AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY

By Nathan Handley
Union University

Steve Gaines speaks March 5 at the second annual West Tennessee Evangelism Rally in Union University’s G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel.  -Photo by Kristi Woody

Steve Gaines speaks March 5 at the second annual West Tennessee Evangelism Rally in Union University’s G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel.
-Photo by Kristi Woody

JACKSON — Steve Gaines, pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova and president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said evangelism should be the priority of every Christian.

“Heaven and hell are looming in the balance, and that’s a lot more important than anything else,” Gaines said March 5 at the West Tennessee Evangelism Rally at Union University.

Gaines was the featured preacher at the rally, sponsored by Union and the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board. He spoke to pastors and church members from churches across the West Tennessee area. [Read more…]

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TENNESSEE PASTORS SPOTLIGHTED IN UNION EVENT

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Steve Gaines

Steve Gaines

JACKSON — Four Tennessee Baptist pastors were front and center during the Festival of Preaching held March 8 at Union University.

The festival was held prior to Union’s REF500 Conference on the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The Festival of Preaching focused on the five central themes of the reformation. 

“Preaching played such a role in the Protestant Reformation,” said Ray Van Neste, director of the Ryan Center for Biblical Studies at Union University, which hosted both the Festival of Preaching and REF500. [Read more…]

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PHOTO GALLERY: 712 TEENAGERS ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS SAVIOR DURING ANNUAL YEC

Read the article here: 712 TEENS ACCEPT CHRIST AT YEC

All photos by Cari Griffith

  • Students across Municipal Auditorium in Nashville raise their hands to show their profession of faith during the Youth Evangelism Conference March 10-11. These students were among 712 teenagers who accepted Jesus Christ as Savior.
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712 TEENS ACCEPT CHRIST AT YEC

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Members of Tennessee Valley Community Church, Paris, worship at YEC 2017. From left are Dan Hassell, Haleigh Henegar, Hannah Henegar, Alayna Fuson, Michael Flowers, and Joey Craig. On the right is Shane Webb, youth director at Hamblen County Substance Abuse Coalition, Morristown, who brought a group of teens associated with the coalition. He is a member of Witt Baptist Church, Morristown. — Photo by Connie Bushey

Members of Tennessee Valley Community Church, Paris, worship at YEC 2017. From left are Dan Hassell, Haleigh Henegar, Hannah Henegar, Alayna Fuson, Michael Flowers, and Joey Craig. On the right is Shane Webb, youth director at Hamblen County Substance Abuse Coalition, Morristown, who brought a group of teens associated with the coalition. He is a member of Witt Baptist Church, Morristown.
— Photo by Connie Bushey

See also: YEC 2017 Photo Gallery

NASHVILLE — Youth Evangelism Conference 2017 drew about 7,383 participants to Municipal Auditorium here March 10-11. At least 712 teens made professions of faith during the Friday evening session.

In addition, 392 students recorded that they had been a lukewarm Christian but were ready to follow Christ as a dedicated disciple, 210 teens reported that they felt called by God to serve in missions and ministry, and 578 made other commitments.

Also, thousands accepted the “Oikos” challenge of YEC 2017. Kent Shingleton, coordinator of Youth Evangelism Conference for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, told the teens that “Oikos” (oiee-kahs), a Greek word, means extended family.  [Read more…]

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REF500 FESTIVAL CELEBRATES PROTESTANT REFORMATION’S 500TH ANNIVERSARY

By Nathan Handley
Union University

Union UniversityJACKSON, Tenn. — Union University celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with the REF500 festival March 9-11. The festival included lectures, music, theater, film, sermons, and a public reading of the entire Bible.

Ray Van Neste, professor and director of the Ryan Center for Biblical Studies at Union and organizer of the event, said the Reformation is something to be remembered, carefully thought about and celebrated. [Read more…]

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CHURCH GIVES FACILITY TO CHURCH PLANT

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Phil Young, left, director of missions, Knox County Association of Baptists, based in Knoxville, visits with Jim Florea, church planter, Forward Church, Knoxville, in the church’s new sanctuary, which formerly was Gayland Heights Baptist Church, Knoxville.

Phil Young, left, director of missions, Knox County Association of Baptists, based in Knoxville, visits with Jim Florea, church planter, Forward Church, Knoxville, in the church’s new sanctuary, which formerly was Gayland Heights Baptist Church, Knoxville.

KNOXVILLE — Phil Young hoped the meeting would go well. He was going to meet with Gayland Heights Baptist Church members to discuss options. The congregation had declined to a very small group of older members.

Young, director of missions, Knox County Association of Baptists, proposed several revitalization ideas, including sharing their facility with a church plant or beginning church. Of course, the church could close and give its property to the association.

Thankfully, the meeting went very well, he recalled. The small group was very open minded, said Young.  [Read more…]

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NASHVILLE NATIVE PENS AUTOBIOGRAPHY

By David Dawson
Contributing Writer, B&R

170313jim-henry-bookNASHVILLE — As those who have spent their lives in the ministry can attest, the phrase “retired pastor” is often a misnomer, perhaps even an oxymoron.

That is certainly the case for Nashville native and former Tennessee Baptist pastor (Two Rivers Baptist Church, Nashville) Jim Henry.

The former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of First Baptist Church, Orlando, Henry definitely hasn’t been sitting around with his feet propped up since his retirement in 2006 — unless it was sitting in airports or vehicles getting to his next assignment.  [Read more…]

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BELLEVUE GIVES $1 MILLION THROUGH COOPERATIVE PROGRAM

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Bellevue Baptist Church

Bellevue Baptist Church

BRENTWOOD – Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova has become the first church in the Tennessee Baptist Convention to send $1 million through the Cooperative Program over a 12-month period.

In early March, the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board received a check for $83,333 that brought Bellevue’s total giving through the Cooperative Program to $1 million since last April 2016. [Read more…]

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