MAKING A DIFFERENCE THROUGH GOTM

By Randy C. Davis
TBC Executive Director

Randy C. Davis

Randy C. Davis

I love Tennessee.

It is my adopted home and home to all of my immediate family. I believe our state is the most beautiful and unique of the 50 states. From the Smoky Mountains to the majestic and mighty Mississippi River, I stand in awe that the providential hand of God led me here decades ago to invest the best — and rest — of my life to serve Him in saturating Tennessee with the gospel.

And it is that last statement that fuels my drive. As much as I love the geographic diversity of Tennessee, I especially love the demographic diversity. Tennessee is home to more than 145 global people groups. Those red, yellow, black, and white who are precious in Jesus’ sight, we have them by the thousands. [Read more…]

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HOPE BEYOND THE RAZOR WIRE

By Chris Turner
Director of Communications, TBC

Dale Lusk, right, baptizes Anthony (last name withheld) during a service at Swannsylvania Baptist Church, Dandridge. Volunteers from Swannsylvania and New Market Baptist Church, New Market, invest more than 180 hours per month ministering to boys detained for various crimes. More than 30 boys have been baptized in three years and more are scheduled for baptism this fall.  Assisting is prison team member Lonnie Cloninger, also from Swannsylvania Baptist.  — Photo by David LaMar

Dale Lusk, right, baptizes Anthony (last name withheld) during a service at Swannsylvania Baptist Church, Dandridge. Volunteers from Swannsylvania and New Market Baptist Church, New Market, invest more than 180 hours per month ministering to boys detained for various crimes. More than 30 boys have been baptized in three years and more are scheduled for baptism this fall. Assisting is prison team member Lonnie Cloninger, also from Swannsylvania Baptist.
— Photo by David LaMar

DANDRIDGE — It is a familiar routine. First there is the sizzling sound of an obnoxious buzzer, then the sudden firing of a heavy deadbolt that unlocks the gray steel door separating freedom from incarceration. The closing slam reverberates down the gray cinderblock hall sending an authoritative reminder that freedom is not an option. Freedom was forfeited three felonies ago.

Buzz. Fire. Open. Slam.

Buzz. Fire. Open. Slam.

All day. Buzz. Fire. Open. Slam.

The blast of the buzzer has no effect on Dale Lusk, however. He doesn’t even flinch at its sound. The process is routine after hundreds of visits. Lusk’s focus lies beyond the door. Like the certainty of God’s own mercy, he knows there is a boy waiting for him to enter a world secured by the looping coils of concertina wire. [Read more…]

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MINISTRY MEETS HUNGER NEEDS

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Children from rural Hawkins County get in line to get a noonday meal compliments of The Lunch Box.

Children from rural Hawkins County get in line to get a noonday meal compliments of The Lunch Box.

ROGERSVILLE — Hunger is a reality across the United States and Tennessee is no different. Some people view hunger, however, as a need found only in the larger cities in the state.

That’s simply not true.

According to Feeding America, one in six people in Tennessee struggles with hunger. In the state there are 1,103,580 “food insecure” people. The food insecurity rate for Tennessee is 16.9 percent, according to 2014 statistics. Food insecurity refers to the United States Department of Agriculture’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods, according to Feeding America, a network of food banks across the country that leads in the fight against hunger in communities nationwide. [Read more…]

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I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY

By Randy C. Davis
TBC Executive Director

Randy C. Davis

Randy C. Davis

I love a good story and I love good storytellers and that may be one of the reasons I love the Bible. Talk about good stories. Begin at Genesis and read all the way through and you have real people living lives of suspense, drama, espionage, intrigue, romance, comedy, and more. However, the greatest story in the Bible is the overarching story of God’s activity in history culminating in the crucifixion and resurrection of His Son to save His enemies, to save us. What a story.

My friend and state missionary, Paul Clark Jr., and I share a favorite hymn: “I Love to Tell the Story.” I really love telling God’s story and I especially love sharing it with my grandkids. That’s exactly what the Bible tells us to do. Psalm 145:4 says, “One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.” [Read more…]

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TDAC TO CEASE OPERATIONS

Baptist and Reflector

Roger Stacy

Roger Stacy

BRENTWOOD — The Tennessee Drug Awareness Council is closing its doors, effective Dec. 31.

Originally formed as the United Tennessee League to promote alcohol abstinence decades ago, the name was officially changed to Tennessee Drug Awareness Council about 15 years ago to promote drug awareness and drug prevention education, said Roger Stacy, chairman of the TDAC board of directors and director of missions for Gibson Baptist Association, based in Trenton.

Due to several factors, TDAC has come to the decision that it cannot continue to sustain its ministry, Stacy said. [Read more…]

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TBC STAFF REALIGNS AROUND FIVE OBJECTIVES

Five Objectives 5 ObjectivesBRENTWOOD – The staff of the Executive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention has been realigned in order to assist churches in accomplishing the Five Objectives.

The Five Objectives were adopted by messengers at the Summit in 2014 at Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood as long-range goals for the convention. [Read more…]

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Rising to a ‘Golden’ Opportunity

By Randy C. Davis
TBC Executive Director

Randy C. Davis

Randy C. Davis

I can imagine W.C. and Mildred Golden sitting at a candlelit table over 114 years ago working tirelessly to write letter after letter to Tennessee Baptists. The flicker of light probably danced across the materials spread out before them waiting to be slid into an envelope and sent out with the following day’s mail.

The Goldens wrote hundreds of letters and mailed hundreds of packages containing promotional materials calling Tennessee Baptists to pray for Great Commission work across our state. Can you imagine being so passionate about accomplishing a God-sized vision that you’d be willing to do whatever it took to see the task through? There were no typewriters, no computers, no Facebook accounts or Twitter feeds; just a desire to mobilize Tennessee Baptists to see God’s Kingdom come to Tennessee. [Read more…]

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