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‘GO AND DO’ EVANGELISM NEEDED FOR MILLENNIALS

March 24, 2017

Editor’s note: You can listen to Benjie Shaw discuss ministry to millennials during Episode 6 of Radio B&R, the official news podcast of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board. By Benjie Shaw, BCM Director, University Of Tennessee Health Science Center I couldn’t help but fake a smile and cringe. After spending two Wednesday nights sharing about […]

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GOD DOESN’T SETTLE FOR THE STATUS QUO

March 23, 2017

By Kevin Ezell President, North American Mission Board, Alpharetta, Ga. Have you noticed that God does not settle for the status quo? There is no place in the Bible where He says, “There, that’s good enough. You can take a break now.” Even nature, which He created, is constantly shifting, changing, and moving in order […]

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IT’S OKAY TO ADMIT MISTAKES; THEN MOVE ON

March 21, 2017

By Lonnie Wilkey Editor, Baptist and Reflector I have been officiating sports for more than 35 years. I probably couldn’t have chosen a more difficult hobby or side job than umpiring baseball or refereeing basketball. Officiating is the only profession where you are expected to be perfect when the game begins and get better as […]

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THE REFORMATION AND BAPTISTS TODAY

March 14, 2017

By Ray Van Nest Dir., Ryan Center for Biblical Studies, Union University Around the world this year, multiple celebrations and events are marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Germany’s tourism board is working overtime, advertising the land of Martin Luther and anticipating a flood of pilgrims. Union University is hosting the largest celebration […]

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DEAR ABSENT CHURCH MEMBER

March 14, 2017

By Daryl Cornett Pastor, First Baptist Church, Hazard, Ky. Today I saw your empty seat as I stood to welcome the people to worship. I wondered to myself what it was this week that had kept you away once again from gathering with other believers on the Lord’s Day. I love being your pastor, but […]

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TENNESSEE BCMS REACH INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

March 13, 2017

By Thom Thorton Campus Ministry Specialist, Vanderbilt University, Nashville The final words from Jesus to us before the ascension, as recorded in Acts 1:8 commands us, “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (HCSB) For centuries, our primary missions initiative has been to […]

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THE KEY TO REACHING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

March 10, 2017

By Stefani Varner Church Initiatives Team, International Mission Board During my senior year of college, I was invited to join more than 500 Chinese students and their families to celebrate Chinese New Year. I spent several hours eating authentic food, watching talent shows and videos from celebrations around the world, and learning about various customs […]

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THE SHAKINESS OF ‘THE SHACK’

March 9, 2017

By Todd Brady Vice President for University Ministries, Union University Based on the wildly popular best-selling book, The Shack, the movie by the same title hits theaters March 3.  While all that glitters is not gold, The Shack proves that all that is spiritual is not trustworthy. Pastor Eugene Peterson outrageously claimed that the book […]

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WHY DAVID PLATT’S APOLOGY IS SO IMPORTANT

March 9, 2017

By Chris Turner Director of Communications, TBMB “I’m sorry.” Two words that carry profound meaning and trigger acts of reconciliation. They admit a wrong, communicate humility, express a desire for forgiveness, and move people toward a unified future. And that’s precisely why David Platt, president of the International Mission Board, needed to say he was […]

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Phyllis Bates, who has served as executive assistant to four executive directors of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, retired Feb. 28 after 43-and-a-half years on the staff of the TBMB. She stands outside the Phyllis S. Bates Executive Leadership Suite which was named in her honor on her 40th anniversary with the staff. 
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ONE OF GOD’S HUMBLE SERVANTS STEPS DOWN

March 8, 2017

By Lonnie Wilkey Editor, Baptist and Reflector Talk about the best-laid plans of mice and men going awry (to paraphrase poet Robert Burns). Phyllis Bates, a 43-plus year member of the staff of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board (formerly Executive Board) retired on Feb. 28. My plan was to write an extensive feature story and […]

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INTENTIONAL ACTS OF COURAGE

March 7, 2017

By Randy C. Davis TBMB Executive Director You’ve probably never heard of Thomas Hart Benton. Benton was a U.S. senator from Missouri who served with distinction for 30 years, but whose political career crashed to an inglorious end in 1851 because of his opposition to the westward expansion of slavery. Benton, a Democrat and representative […]

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CHOOSING YOUR NEIGHBOR

February 27, 2017

By Terry Sharp International Mission Board From time to time I receive a postcard boasting the headline, “Choose Your Neighbor!” It’s from a local realtor sending listings of houses for sale in my neighborhood. The idea is for me to tell my circle of friends and acquaintances about the available houses, thus allowing me to […]

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