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LABOR DAY: More than summer’s end
Sep02

LABOR DAY: More than summer’s end

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)—We celebrated our nation’s 243rd birthday in July, and now we celebrate those who have worked to build our nation into what it is. While Labor Day may conjure good feelings of time off and laid back gatherings with friends and family at the end of summer, it actually is our country’s tribute to the American laborer and all that these workers have accomplished. This federal holiday, however, was not born...

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FIRST-PERSON: VBS road trip stirs childhood memories
Aug30

FIRST-PERSON: VBS road trip stirs childhood memories

FAIRVIEW, Texas (BP)—There is nothing more Southern Baptist than Vacation Bible School (VBS). Some of my earliest memories of church come from VBS. My mother was known in our church as “The Cookie Monster.” As summer approached each year, she would begin collecting cookies and Kool-Aid to feed the numerous kids who would come to our church for a week filled with Bible study, crafts, games… and cookies. When I was...

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IMB president: Your state convention helps churches reach your state and our world for Christ
Aug28

IMB president: Your state convention helps churches reach your state and our world for Christ

My first international mission trip took place on a farm in central Kentucky. As a new pastor in the community, I found myself interacting often with migrant workers from Central and South America. And I soon realized that most were spiritually lost. From conversations with farmers, I learned many of them were as concerned as I was about the eternal state of the souls of these (mostly) men who were so far away from their homes and...

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Seeing the results of giving to SMO
Aug14

Seeing the results of giving to SMO

Recently, I attended CrossTimbers with my daughter who just finished 3rd grade. We were excited to arrive to camp! After unloading our luggage and claiming a bunk bed in the dorms, we hiked up to the cafeteria for lunch. Setting down our lunch trays, we started a conversation with two campers across the table. Through the conversation, I learned how one of the camper’s father had been in prison most of her life. She was new to church,...

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Ten ways to involve women in church leadership (Part 2)
Aug13

Ten ways to involve women in church leadership (Part 2)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The first part of Kelly King’s article appeared recently on baptistmessenger.com.  6. Begin a thriving women’s ministry where mentoring and discipleship are focused. Titus 2 encourages older women to be a model of godliness for younger women in your church. Consider ways you are offering discipleship and mentoring relationships for women. Begin a women’s ministry where women of all ages can grow in their spiritual...

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Ten ways to involve women in church leadership (Part 1)
Jul30

Ten ways to involve women in church leadership (Part 1)

Much has been said in recent months about including women in church leadership. Boundaries, limitations and theological discussions surrounding this topic have left many a church leader confused or frustrated. For many women in the local church, the issue has raised questions like, “Are we valued in the church?” or “Does my voice matter?” I know I’ve personally benefited from pastors and church leaders who have affirmed my calling and...

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