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FIRST-PERSON: Making evangelism good news again

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--Part of the joy of serving in the evangelism group at the North American Mission Board is working with the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists (C.O.S.B.E.). Bobby Britt is one of those vocational evangelists who happened to be a member of the church I pastored in Alabama. In 2001 I asked Bobby to preach for me, and he readily agreed. He also was dying after being diagnosed with a rare kidney illness called Wegener's Disease. Without a kidney transplant he would soon die.

FIRST-PERSON: Making evangelism good news again

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--True heroes are hard to find these days. While some may look toward athletes or musicians, some of today’s heroes of the faith may be found among the thousands of bi-vocational pastors serving in Southern Baptist churches around our convention.

FIRST-PERSON: Making evangelism good news again

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--Once upon a time in Southern Baptist life we spoke of “foreign missions” and typically thought of going to some far-off place to reach people from different ethnic backgrounds. If you grew up in a strong mission-minded church like I did, you surely have fond memories of the visiting missionary speaking (usually praying in some foreign language to open the meeting) and then sharing the obligatory slide show. My, how things have changed. Of course, we still send missionaries through our International Mission Board, but in many ways, the world has come to us.