INTENTIONAL ACTS OF COURAGE

By Randy C. Davis
TBMB Executive Director

bridge-wooden-dangerousYou’ve probably never heard of Thomas Hart Benton.

Benton was a U.S. senator from Missouri who served with distinction for 30 years, but whose political career crashed to an inglorious end in 1851 because of his opposition to the westward expansion of slavery. Benton, a Democrat and representative of a slave state, stood in staunch opposition to his party, the majority of the constituents in his state, and the powerful John C. Calhoun, a South Carolina senator whose influence and political views eventually led to South Carolina’s secession from the Union.  [Read more…]

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A DAY AT THE ZOO AFFIRMS CREATION

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Former Tennessee Baptist Convention staffer Jennie Rhodes spies a monkey in a tree at the Nashville Zoo with her husband, Justin. The Rhodes, who were attending the TBC Apologetics Conference, live in Clarksville.

Former Tennessee Baptist Convention staffer Jennie Rhodes spies a monkey in a tree at the Nashville Zoo with her husband, Justin. The Rhodes, who were attending the TBC Apologetics Conference, live in Clarksville.

NASHVILLE — On a recent Saturday some folks viewing the giraffes at the Nashville Zoo could hold their smart phone up to the area sign and view via video Brent Porter, associate pastor of students, Springfield Baptist Church, Springfield, say, “God created the giraffe on day six and created it as the tallest animal in all of the world. …

“The giraffe has one of the strongest hearts of any animal because it has to have the pressure to push the blood all the way to the brain. …” The giraffe also has very high blood pressure which seems like it would damage his brain when he lowers his head, he explained. [Read more…]

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SBHLA’S SUMNERS HONORED UPON RETIREMENT

By David Roach
Baptist Press

Bill Sumners, director of the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, was honored Wednesday, June 15, during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis for his 33 years of service. Sumners is retiring in July. -Photo by Jim Veneman

Bill Sumners, director of the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, was honored Wednesday, June 15, during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis for his 33 years of service. Sumners is retiring in July. -Photo by Jim Veneman

ST. LOUIS (BP) — In 1979, Bill Sumners visited Nashville for a meeting of the Society of American Archivists and paid a visit to Southern Baptists’ denominational archives while he was in town.

As he stood in the Baptist Sunday School Board’s Dargan-Carver Library, the precursor to today’s Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, he remembers thinking, “This is really where I want to be” professionally. There was no job opening at the time. But eventually his dream was fulfilled.

Now, 37 years later — and after 33 years of service to Southern Baptists — Sumners is retiring effective July 29 as the longest-tenured director of the Southern Baptist Convention’s library and archives since its establishment in 1953.

The SBC’s Council of Seminary Presidents, which oversees SBHLA, honored Sumners June 15 at the SBC annual meeting in St. Louis, giving him and his wife Donna a certificate of appreciation along with a trip to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons. [Read more…]

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REPURPOSED

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Lonnie-WilkeyFor the past few years I have dabbled in the junk and antique business, buying and selling items. It’s fun to see how people will buy antique and vintage items to “repurpose” them so they can be used today.

Two years ago when the Baptist Center was sold and Tennessee Baptist Convention offices (including the B&R) were moved to a temporary location, many items either had to be stored or given away due to lack of space.

Among those items was the desk that was used for more than 40 years by four men who served as editor of the Baptist and Reflector. The desk was huge and though I enjoyed using that desk for more than a decade, it honestly was too big although I never had any trouble keeping it covered with papers and other “stuff.” [Read more…]

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