By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector
By Rick Elsey
Pastor, West End Baptist Church, Columbia
At the start of the legislative session on April 18, 1947, Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall made the following request to God: “Give to us a clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for — because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.” Another writer states, “You’re only as good as your character and what you stand for.” What we stand for comes down to our personal convictions and how strongly we support them. [Read more…]
Union University News Office
JACKSON — Christians must ask everyone to follow Jesus and willingly associate with those who don’t follow Jesus, Georgia pastor James Merritt said at Union University March 4 during the West Tennessee Evangelism Rally.
“The business of the church, and the business of every follower of Jesus Christ, is to find missing people and invite them to follow Jesus,” said Merritt, pastor of Crosspointe Church in Duluth, Georgia. “If we are not in that business, we are out of business.”
Merritt was the keynote speaker at the third annual evangelism rally that drew more than 800 people to the Union campus for a worship service, dinner and breakout sessions. The event included for the first time a women’s track and a student track. [Read more…]
By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector
HENDERSON — Being a Marine, a cop, and then a Sheriff’s Department supervisor isn’t easy, said Larry Rose. Then there was the burden of being a Christian who felt called by God to the ministry. Thankfully, he did experience satisfaction “serving the public” and helping desperate people who truly needed help, he noted.
Should he quit to enter the ministry? he thought often over the years. Now his struggle is over. Rose, who is 75 years old, was ordained to the ministry by Deanburg Baptist Church, Henderson, on March 19. [Read more…]