PORN DEEMED HEALTH HAZARD IN TENNESSEE

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NASHVILLE — At least five states have officially declared pornography a public health crisis or harmful to the public, and at least one other is considering a similar measure, according to bill updates filed on state legislature websites.

A resolution passed by the Tennessee Legislature declaring pornography a public health hazard was awaiting Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature April 21. Days earlier, Tennessee became the fourth state to adopt such a resolution, joining Utah, South Dakota, and Arkansas. [Read more…]

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APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR BHET GRANTS

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submit, button, online, form, computer, keyboardBRENTWOOD — Applications are now being received for grants from the Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee Medical Missions Fund.

The Baptist Healthcare System of East Tennessee was begun by Tennessee Baptists soon after the end of World War II. More than $2 million was contributed by 800 churches in 32 counties of East Tennessee. The hospital began service on Nov. 30, 1949. [Read more…]

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NOT HALF THE MAN HE USED TO BE

Pastor leads church members to lose 1,200 lbs. in 2016

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

These members of Mary’s Chapel Baptist Church, Ripley, lost at least 30 lbs. and kept it off during 2016. They were challenged to do so by their pastor, Ryan Culpepper, who lost about 222 lbs. in two years, nearly half of his original weight. Culpepper was motivated to begin a health program by the “Chubby Challenge” of Randy C. Davis, president and executive director, Tennessee Baptist Mission Board. A total of about 100 people participated in the church’s 2016 health challenge. The church draws about 150 to Sunday morning activities. — Photo by Mackenzie O’Kelley

These members of Mary’s Chapel Baptist Church, Ripley, lost at least 30 lbs. and kept it off during 2016. They were challenged to do so by their pastor, Ryan Culpepper, who lost about 222 lbs. in two years, nearly half of his original weight. Culpepper was motivated to begin a health program by the “Chubby Challenge” of Randy C. Davis, president and executive director, Tennessee Baptist Mission Board. A total of about 100 people participated in the church’s 2016 health challenge. The church draws about 150 to Sunday morning activities. — Photo by Mackenzie O’Kelley

RIPLEY — “I’m not half the man I used to be,” sang the Beatles, in the song, “Yesterday.”

Pastor Ryan Culpepper can claim the statement literally and with joy. Culpepper lost nearly half of his body weight, or 222 lbs., in two years!

In addition, about half way through his odyssey he challenged members of his church, Mary’s Chapel Baptist Church, Ripley, to become fit and lose 1,000 lbs. in 2016. Members lost about 1,200 lbs., he proudly reported.

All of these accomplishments can be traced back to the “Chubby Challenge” issued by Randy C. Davis, president and executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, in January of 2015. Davis challenged people to become fit by losing at least 10 percent of their body weight so “we’ll be living healthier lives and be better witnesses for Christ.” [Read more…]

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BAPTIST MINISTRY RECEIVES NEW RESOURCE

Wallace Memorial’s healthcare ministry receives ultrasound machine from ERLC

By Tom Strode
Baptist Press

Dan Darling of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, speaks to the congregation of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church. Looking on, from left, are Mike Boyd, pastor; Sandy Bolton, director of missions for Wallace Memorial; John Swisher, president, Wallace Mobile Healthcare; Joe Sorah, compassion ministry specialist, Tennessee Baptist Convention; Phil Young, director of missions, Knox County Association of Baptists; and Tom Hodges, director, Montgomery Village Baptist Center, Knoxville.

Dan Darling of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, speaks to the congregation of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church. Looking on, from left, are Mike Boyd, pastor; Sandy Bolton, director of missions for Wallace Memorial; John Swisher, president, Wallace Mobile Healthcare; Joe Sorah, compassion ministry specialist, Tennessee Baptist Convention; Phil Young, director of missions, Knox County Association of Baptists; and Tom Hodges, director, Montgomery Village Baptist Center, Knoxville.

KNOXVILLE — An East Tennessee ministry has a new resource provided by Southern Baptists for its mission to serve the needy — in this case, underprivileged, pregnant women.

Wallace Mobile Healthcare, based in Knoxville, received an ultrasound machine March 6 from the Psalm 139 Project of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. The gift — the latest made by the ERLC to centers across the country — occurred during the morning worship service of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church in Knoxville.

The ERLC is “honored to work with Wallace Mobile Healthcare (a ministry of Wallace Memorial Baptist) to provide hope for pregnant women in crisis,” said Dan Darling, the ERLC’s vice president for communications, after making the presentation.

“Wallace Memorial has such a wonderful legacy, inspired by the great missionary Bill Wallace, of providing gospel hope to the most vulnerable,” Darling said in a March 7 news release. “This ultrasound machine is just one more way the heroes working here every day can serve the community with a holistic, pro-life ethic.” [Read more…]

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BEING FIT MORE THAN DIET AND EXERCISE

Carson Springs camp manager offers tips on being physically and spiritually fit

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Despite the snow, Kevin Perrigan gets his running in during a recent meeting at Linden Valley Baptist Conference Center in Linden.

Despite the snow, Kevin Perrigan gets his running in during a recent meeting at Linden Valley Baptist Conference Center in Linden.

BRENTWOOD — Being fit involves more than eating healthy and exercising, says Kevin Perrigan.

In the world’s eyes, fitness is more about maintaining a certain body shape or weight, observed Perrigan, manager of Carson Springs Baptist Conference Center in Newport.

From the Christian perspective, the reason to be totally fit is to “fulfill God’s purpose for your life,” said Perrigan who teaches a course entitled “Balance Fit” at First Baptist Church, Dandridge, where he is a member. [Read more…]

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PASTOR LOSES 165 POUNDS IN 2015

Health issues, Chubby Challenge encourage pastor Ryan Culpepper to lose weight

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Pastor Ryan Culpepper of Mary’s Chapel Baptist Church, Ripley, embraced the Chubby Challenge made by TBC Executive Director Randy C. Davis and lost 165 pounds. — Photo by Corinne Williams

Pastor Ryan Culpepper of Mary’s Chapel Baptist Church, Ripley, embraced the Chubby Challenge made by TBC Executive Director Randy C. Davis and lost 165 pounds. — Photo by Corinne Williams

RIPLEY — As 2015 winds to a close, pastor Ryan Culpepper is not nearly the man he was when the year began. And, for that he is grateful to the God he worships and serves. At the start of 2015, the 6-foot, 7-inch former college football player, weighed 460 pounds. “I was miserable,” he recalled.

As of Dec. 17, Culpepper tipped the scales at 295 pounds. His goal is to lose at least 50 more pounds during 2016. “I’ve still got a ways to go,” acknowledged the pastor of Mary’s Chapel Baptist Church, Ripley. [Read more…]

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‘FIT FOR LIFE’ EQUATES TO ‘FIT FOR HIM:’ MCLAURIN

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Willie McLaurin, special assistant to the executive director/treasurer of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, led a breakout session on fitness at the Summit in November. — Photo by Corinne Williams

Willie McLaurin, special assistant to the executive director/treasurer of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, led a breakout session on fitness at the Summit in November. — Photo by Corinne Williams

MILLINGTON — As a new year is set to begin, thousands upon thousands of people make that traditional New Year’s resolution to lose those extra pounds gained during the past year.

For most, it is easier said than done, says Willie McLaurin, special assistant to the executive director/treasurer of the Tennessee Baptist Convention.

McLaurin led a breakout during the November Summit at First Baptist Church, Millington, entitled “Fit for Life, Fit for Him.”

The TBC staffer speaks from experience. He once weighed 384 pounds, but over the past eight to nine years, he has lost 165 pounds and has maintained that weight loss. [Read more…]

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