SALVATION COMES TO THE FOOD LINE

By Mike Stover
Camp Pastor, Journey Camp

Mike Stover

On the last day of Journey Camp 2016 at Linden Valley I was serving food to our campers during the first lunch serving. There are two serving times for each meal of the day, both with four lines, and camp staff serve the campers as they come through the line. As you can imagine, there is usually a steady stream of boys and girls coming through to get their meal, and it is an extremely busy time.   [Read more…]

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THE BOTTOM LINE — CAMP IS FOR THE CAMPER

By Tim Bearden
Senior Manager, TN Baptist Conference Centers

Tim Bearden

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 camp. I attended different camps several times after that.  Each experience changed my life just a little.

The summer after my high school graduation is still one of the primary spiritual markers in my life. That summer I became a camp staffer in that first camp I attended as a boy. During the staff training week, I was taught a statement I have never forgotten. “Camp is for the camper.” The interpretation of that phrase for the staff was simply, it’s not about you, it’s about the experience for the camper. [Read more…]

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CAMPS — IN THE BUSINESS OF TRANSFORMATION!

By TBMB Conference Centers Team

Carson Springs and Linden Valley are places of spiritual significance designed to provide a transformational experience for all who visit. Whether it is the 8-year-old away from home for the very first time or the high school senior who is enjoying her 10th annual summer camp, every one that attends Journey Camp or Impact Camp realizes that just being away from the busyness of life and in a place of quiet refuge creates an environment where the Holy Spirit can bring about transformation. [Read more…]

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DAY OF PRAYER SET FOR CONFERENCE CENTERS

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Enjoying the setting at Linden Valley Baptist Conference Center is a group from Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Bradford. From left are Theresa Kay Stone, Annalee Bratton, Macy Johnstone, Ava Anglin, Emma Cook (standing), and Alyssa Anglin.

BRENTWOOD — Sunday, May 28, will be observed as a day of prayer for the conference centers owned and operated by the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.

The day of prayer is for both Linden Valley Baptist Conference Center in Linden and Carson Springs Baptist Conference Center in Newport. The theme for the day is “Pray For Them All,” taken from I Timothy 2:1, NKJV.

“We have had days of prayer for both camps from time to time,” said Tim Bearden, senior manager of the conference centers for the TBMB. [Read more…]

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CAMP – MY STORY!

By William F. Maxwell
Administrative Director, TBMB

William Maxwell

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 an invitation from my best friend in the fourth grade to go to camp with his church. We went to Camp Maranatha, which is located just off state highway 98 between Ila and Danielsville, Ga.  It was a rustic camp.  Boys stayed in a converted loft of an old barn in bunk beds. I remember we had Bible study and other learning activities in the morning and then, in the afternoon, we enjoyed the swimming hole in the creek. It had a rope swing over the hole that you would grab to swing out over the water and drop. There was horseback riding and I’m sure many other activities that have faded from my memory. [Read more…]

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TBCH PARTNERS WITH TENNESSEE FOSTER CARE

By David Roach
Baptist Press

NASHVILLE — Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services has found a valuable partner to help improve the state’s foster care system: faith-based organizations like the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes.

Since December, TBCH has participated in a collaboration of government and the private sector to encourage foster parenting. Known as TN Fosters, the collaboration seeks to unite state government, faith groups, nonprofit organizations and businesses in recruiting foster parents and supporting foster families. [Read more…]

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CAPTURE THE NEXT GENERATION: ED GAMBLE

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Tennessee Baptists visit with leaders of a breakout session of Summit on Christian schools. From left are Walter Grubb, president, Harrison-Chilhowee Baptist Academy, Seymour; Wesley Scott, Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools; Larry Reagan, pastor, Adams Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Dresden, and headmaster, Central Christian Academy, Martin; and Ed Gamble, SBACS.

Tennessee Baptists visit with leaders of a breakout session of Summit on Christian schools. From left are Walter Grubb, president, Harrison-Chilhowee Baptist Academy, Seymour; Wesley Scott, Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools; Larry Reagan, pastor, Adams Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Dresden, and headmaster, Central Christian Academy, Martin; and Ed Gamble, SBACS.

SEVIERVILLE — “Ninety percent of America’s evangelical kids attend a school where it is illegal to teach the full truth, ” said Ed Gamble in a breakout session of Summit which includes the annual meeting of the Tennessee Baptist Convention.

“Why is it so important that the church take ownership of the weekday?” he asked in the Nov. 14 session, “Christian Schools and Beyond: Capturing the Next Generation.” 

Christians should be “passing our faith from one generation to the next,” however “in America we’re not getting it done.” said Gamble, retired executive director, Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools. [Read more…]

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SAY A SPECIAL PRAYER FOR SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS

By Erich Bridges
Freelance Writer, Richmond, Va.

school-bus-childrenMy heart aches for the six young lives lost in the crash of school bus No. 366 in Chattanooga.

I think about their families, now facing Christmas without beloved children. I think about the kids on the bus who survived. Some of them suffered critical injuries; all of them experienced the horror of seeing friends die.

And I think about the tens of thousands of school bus drivers across the United States. Their noble — and challenging — calling has been overshadowed by the actions of 24-year-old driver Johnthony Walker. [Read more…]

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PRAY FOR AND LOVE STUDENTS: SRO OFFICER

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Officer Joseph Rigsby, left, school resource officer for the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department, based in Murfreesboro, stands with Matt Harris, pastor, Holly Grove Baptist Church, Lascassas. Harris is a bivocational pastor who works at a middle school as an educational assistant with Rigsby.

Officer Joseph Rigsby, left, school resource officer for the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department, based in Murfreesboro, stands with Matt Harris, pastor, Holly Grove Baptist Church, Lascassas. Harris is a bivocational pastor who works at a middle school as an educational assistant with Rigsby.

LASCASSAS — School Resource Officer Joseph Rigsby of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department asked members of Holly Grove Baptist Church here to pray for and show love to students — at his middle school and in all schools and communities.

Rigsby, who works at a middle school, spoke during the church’s morning worship service Sept. 11.

He sees many children in dire circumstances and the society “in tough times,” he explained.

He told of being approached by a student at his middle school, which is for students in grades 6-8. The boy told Rigsby some information about his family. As a result, that same day the child was removed from his family, said the SRO. [Read more…]

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A GREAT SCHOOL YEAR

By Carolyn Tomlin
Contributing Columnist, B&R

Carolyn Tomlin

Carolyn Tomlin

As parents, we aren’t perfect. And yes, we make mistakes while thinking we are doing what is right. In conversation with a grandmother, she related this story.

“When our little girl was in elementary school, we thought that eating a good wholesome breakfast was the best preparation for the school day. Therefore, I made sure she had a balanced meal to start the morning. However, my child didn’t want to eat that early. But, we insisted. There were many mornings our 6-year-old left in tears. As a mom, this is one of those things that I wish I could do over. How much better it would have been for her to leave home happy and smiling! Also, I could have let her choose something she liked — instead of traditional breakfast food.” [Read more…]

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