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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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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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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B&R’S CONNIE BUSHEY TO RETIRE AFTER 32 YEARS

Baptist and Reflector

Connie Davis Bushey

BRENTWOOD – Connie Davis Bushey will retire May 31 after 32 years on the staff of the Baptist and Reflector and the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.

Bushey joined the B&R in 1985 as assistant editor. She was promoted to news editor in 1998 after the election of Lonnie Wilkey as editor. She also served under editors Al Shackleford, Wm. Fletcher Allen, and Charlie Warren (interim).

A native of Oklahoma and graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Norman, and Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Bushey formerly served as managing editor of Crusader and Crusader Counselor magazines for the former Brotherhood Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, based in Memphis. [Read more…]

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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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