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DIRECTORS OF MISSIONS: VITAL SERVANTS

February 23, 2017

By Nathan A. Finn Dean, School Of Theology & Missions, Union University As Baptists, we believe that “ground zero” for the Great Commission’s advance is the local church. Ministries, kingdom-minded institutions, and even denominations come and go over time, but the local church will endure until Jesus returns. As such, we argue that being the […]

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REMEMBER THIS: IT’S NEVER WRONG TO PRAY

February 22, 2017

By Lonnie Wilkey Editor, Baptist and Reflector Chalk up another victory for political correctness. A school system in Tennessee has to go to the time and expense of providing training to employees on the constitutional law concerning “the application of the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses in public schools” (see story here). All of this […]

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WHY PLATT’S APOLOGY IS IMPORTANT

February 21, 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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NOT ALL ROCKS ARE EBENEZERS

February 21, 2017

By Chris Turner Director of Communications, TBMB There is an 80-pound rock in my flower bed that looks like a meteorite. I pried it loose from a mountaintop in North Carolina about 13 years ago. I then grunted, pushed, rolled, chucked, yelled at, and tripped over it trying to get it — and me — […]

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A PLEA FOR UNITY AND COOPERATION

February 15, 2017

By Randy C. Davis TBMB Executive Director There is a fog of divisiveness settling across the Southern Baptist Convention and it is spreading like a poisonous gas, and we must address it rather than allow it to linger and destroy our Great Commission calling. There is a litany of issues causing the increasing tension that […]

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BELIEVER’S BAPTISM – MUCH MORE THAN NUMBERS

February 14, 2017

By Nathan A. Finn Dean, School Of Theology & Missions, Union University As Baptist followers of Jesus Christ, we Southern Baptists have always emphasized the importance of believer’s baptism. As we see it in Scripture, believer’s baptism is: A public testimony of a new believer’s faith in Christ and the church’s recognition of that faith […]

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KEEPING LOVE IN MARRIAGE

February 13, 2017

By Carolyn Tomlin Contributing Columnist, B&R Recently a friend mentioned that she attended a class reunion with others who graduated from the same college. “I had not seen many of these people in years,” she said, “but like me, most of these couples had been married 45 years or more. With today’s high divorce rate, […]

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IS FACEBOOK FROM THE PIT OF HELL?

February 10, 2017

By Chris Turner Director of Communications, TBMB I was recently talking with a pastor and the conversation migrated to social media. It didn’t take long to understand his perspective.  “Facebook is straight from the pit of hell,” he said. “All it does is cause problems.” He’s not the only person who feels that way, and […]

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 2-9-17

February 9, 2017

Supports Haun I felt a great deal of sadness and a broken heart when I read the article “Tennessee Pastor Resigns As IMB Trustee” in the Baptist & Reflector. I have known Dean Haun since 1985 when he was pastor of First Baptist Church, Sparta. I am a retired pastor and have had many conversations […]

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AVOIDING THE PROLIFERATION OF FAKE NEWS

February 8, 2017

By Lonnie Wilkey Editor, Baptist and Reflector Fake news is a big deal today, but it is not “new.” Fake news has been around forever. Those of us who have been in Baptist journalism for decades can remember the countless news stories we have had to produce assuring Baptists that the Madalyn Murray O’Hair and […]

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KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL

February 7, 2017

By Randy C. Davis TBMB Executive Director It’s been said the hardest thing to do in sports is to hit a baseball. It’s a tough point to argue. Take a guy like Nolan Ryan, one of the greatest fastball pitchers to ever play the game. Ryan unbelievably had a 27-year career and was still throwing […]

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ARE WE REALLY SURPRISED?

February 1, 2017

By Lonnie Wilkey Editor, Baptist and Reflector The Boy Scouts of America announced Jan. 30 that the organization would begin accepting transgender members. In other words, what’s on the birth certificate doesn’t matter anymore. The BSA stated: “Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the […]

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