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MEMORIAL DAY: THOSE WHO BECAME SOLDIERS

May 26, 2017

By Jake McCandless Baptist Press MOUNT VERNON, Ark. (BP) — Attendance numbers, professions of faith, baptisms and sexual purity commitment cards showed I was leading a successful student ministry years ago, yet I’m not sure I prepared my students for what was ahead. In the process of planning a family outing over Memorial Day weekend […]

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THE PUBLIC SQUARE — LAID BARE BY INTOLERANCE

May 18, 2017

By Kevin Shrum Pastor, Inglewood Baptist Church, Nashville We live in interesting days, do we not? With hostile adversaries overseas and serious divisions at home, most of us are looking for a more reasonable and peaceful civility that seems to have escaped us. Cultural unity eludes us. The public square is now naked, laid bare […]

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TRANSITION — A PART OF EVERYDAY LIFE

May 17, 2017

By Lonnie Wilkey Editor, Baptist and Reflector “Change” is a “four-letter word” for most Baptists, so I’m going to use the word “transition.” Life is a series of transitions, both personally and professionally. For the past three years or so, your state newspaper has been in transition and it continues. In this issue is a […]

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THE BOTTOM LINE — CAMP IS FOR THE CAMPER

May 16, 2017

By Tim Bearden Senior Manager, TN Baptist Conference Centers My camp experience began when I was about 10 years old. A group of boys from a small town in Georgia was loaded up in cars and driven to Camp Glynn in Brunswick, Ga., to attend Royal Ambassador Camp. That trip began my lifelong love for […]

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CAMP – MY STORY!

May 16, 2017

By William F. Maxwell Administrative Director, TBMB I love Carson Springs and Linden Valley Baptist Conference Centers and Camps!  I love the locations and I love the ministry. But then, camps and conference centers have been special to me since I gave my life to Jesus at camp as a nine-year-old boy. It started with […]

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IN HONOR OF MOTHERS

May 12, 2017

By Carolyn Tomlin Contributing Writer, B&R The history of Mother’s Day goes back to ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. But the official date of the U.S. holiday is just over 100 years old. Miss Anna Jarvis is recognized as the founder of Mother’s Day. Jarvis never married or had children, but wanted to honor her […]

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THE IMPACT OF AN ORPHAN

May 11, 2017

By Randy C. Davis TBMB President/Executive Director Wilkerson V. Jones would’ve turned 100 this coming July 4th. He was well known all over Mobile, Ala. It seemed as if he knew everybody and everybody knew him. He is a member of the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame, was active in his church, and was tall, handsome […]

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SIMPLE STEPS FOR HIGH IMPACT MISSIONS TRIPS

May 10, 2017

By Brian Frye National Collegiate Strategist, North American Mission Board If you’ve grown up in the church, you’ve likely been on and heard about all kinds of missions trips. If you’re new to following Christ, missions trips are a great way to grow in your faith, to develop confidence in sharing Christ, and to grow […]

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POWER STRUGGLES

May 9, 2017

Scott Patty Pastor, Grace Community Church, Brentwood We often view the city as a place of political, cultural, and economic power struggles. We know this is the case. But the book of Acts shows us that there is a more fundamental struggle going on. This is the struggle between light and darkness, between Christ and […]

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BCMs ASSIST IN TRANSITIONS TO COLLEGE

May 8, 2017

By Ben Maddox Collegiate Ministry Specialist, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville Graduating from high school is an exciting moment for students!  They have spent 13 years working toward this goal.  The next step for many graduates is to head off to college.  For these students, there is a great anticipation for this next chapter of life.  […]

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WHY COLLEGIATE MINISTRY IS SO IMPORTANT

May 5, 2017

By Stacy Murphree Collegiate Ministry Specialist, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville Currently there are more than 20 million college students in the United States. More than 345,000 of those attend college and universities here in our own state, creating a tremendous opportunity for Tennessee Baptists to reach this collegiate generation. In his book, Reaching the […]

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TENNESSEE BAPTISTS: CALLED TO BE MISSIONAL

May 4, 2017

By Michael Sams Chair, TN Baptist Mission Board Following last week’s meeting of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, I drove to Bardwell, Ky., to be with my 85-year-old father who was at the point of death.  Thankfully, I made it in time to spend the last few hours of his time on earth with him. […]

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