SCRIPTURE READING MARATHON CONTINUES AT UNION UNIVERSITY

By Tim Ellsworth
Associate VP for Communications, Union University

Union graduate Erin Mount takes part in the Scripture reading marathon under Miller Tower. -Photo by Kristi Woody

Union graduate Erin Mount takes part in the Scripture reading marathon under Miller Tower.
-Photo by Kristi Woody

JACKSON, Tenn. — Despite drenching rain and forceful winds, the Scripture reading marathon at Union University went on as scheduled.

About 500 volunteers from Union and the broader Jackson and West Tennessee communities are participating in the five-day public reading of the Bible from start to finish. The event was designed as a kickoff and wrap-up of sorts for REF500, a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, from March 9-11 on the Union campus. [Read more…]

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FORGET THE RESOLUTIONS; OBEY SCRIPTURE

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

new-years-resolutions-notesAs January gets into full swing, people are excited about a new year and new opportunities. No doubt Tennessee Baptists are among the millions who made “resolutions” for the new year, ranging from losing weight to reading your Bible daily to countless other things that individuals deem important.

Hopefully, those who made resolutions will be able to keep them. I don’t make many resolutions anymore. I have a standard resolution that my doctor keeps before me every time I go visit him — lose weight. Haven’t been very successful on that one so I decided to limit my resolutions until I can meet the one I most need to meet.

During worship service on Jan. 1 at Tulip Grove Baptist Church in Old Hickory, Gerald Bontrager offered a novel idea. Instead of making resolutions, follow Scripture. Pastor Gerald provided a “spiritual reference guide for living out the gospel” in 2017. [Read more…]

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‘I AM BIBLE’ HIGHLIGHTS SPOKEN WORDS OF GOD

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

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Terry Kirby, pastor of Alpha Baptist Church, Morristown, holds a copy of his new ‘I Am Bible’ which became available in LifeWay Christian Stores and from other Christian booksellers on Oct. 1.

MORRISTOWN — “Put My words in a different color.”

Though it’s been about five years since he heard those words, he cannot forget them because the words came from the same voice Terry Kirby heard when God called him to preach.

Kirby, pastor of Alpha Baptist Church, Morristown, listened to God when he answered His call and he did so once again.

The result of hearing that voice the second time? A new Bible — the “I Am Bible,” which highlights the spoken words of God and Jesus throughout the Bible. [Read more…]

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CAN I TRUST THE BIBLE?

By Ken R. Speakman
Member, Tulip Grove Baptist Church, Old Hickory

Ken Speakman

Ken Speakman

When invited to join the staff of The Gideons International in 1968, I had been a member of the Gideons for only one year. I had been very successful in my business career and leaving my business to take a job with the Gideons was a major step for me and my young family. I would be taking a considerable cut in income.

Before I could accept the call to leave my position and join the staff of the Gideons, I had to be sure I believed the Bible to be the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God. This would be a life-call on my life, not just a job change. I had to determine in my own mind and heart that the Bible was in fact the Word of God and that it was worth investing my life in and giving up a promising career. I settled in my heart and mind that the Bible is in fact God’s inspired Word to man and I can trust the Bible to be true and God to look after my needs. With that settled, I accepted the offer. [Read more…]

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TN GOVERNOR VETOES BIBLE BILL

Editor’s Note: At press time on Monday, no date or time had been established for legislators to override the Governor’s veto of the Bible bill.

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Bible-Tennessee-flagNASHVILLE — Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam vetoed a bill April 14 that would have made the Bible the official state book of Tennessee.

The bill was approved earlier this month by both the state Senate and House of Representatives.

According to The Tennessean, Gov. Haslam cited an opinion issued in 2015 by Attorney General Herbert Slatery that the bill could violate the state and federal constitutions.

“In addition to the constitutional issue with the bill, my personal feeling is that this bill trivializes the Bible, which I believe is a sacred text,” Haslam wrote in a letter to House Speaker Beth Harwell, The Tennessean reported. [Read more…]

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A MENU FOR BIBLICALLY MALNOURISHED CHRISTIANS

By Johnnie Godwin
Contributing Columnist, B&R

Johnnie Godwin

Johnnie Godwin

When I was a Bible curriculum editor, an outside guest led us to play “Baldicer” in a work retreat. The leader of the game explained most of the rules and what “Baldicer” stood for. The word itself stands for “Balanced Diet Certificates.” The overall object of the game is to deal with world hunger and how a leader from rich and poor countries might work together in an informal United Nations to feed the world. However, sparse rule explanations left us individual participants and team members in a quandary. We tended to use our given certificates to feed our own country and competed with other countries until our country won and wiped out the other country. [Read more…]

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DOES SATAN KEEP YOU OUT OF THE BIBLE?

By R.T. Kendall
Member, First Baptist Church, Hendersonville

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R.T. Kendall

A melancholy fact: Most Christians do not have a Bible reading plan. Most Christians do not read their Bibles regularly. And some church leaders do not read their Bibles. I happen to know more than I care to reveal about how many famous Christians and leaders have not read the Bible through at all.

Bethan Lloyd-Jones, wife of the late Martyn Lloyd-Jones, made a gripping observation about C.S. Lewis’ book The Screwtape Letters, a brilliant satire that includes among other things how the devil tempts new Christians. She lamented that one huge thing Lewis left out was how the devil wants to keep people from reading their Bibles. I agree; it would have been so helpful had Lewis put that in. [Read more…]

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