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Georgia’s J. Robert White announces plans to retire

DULUTH, Ga. (BP) -- Georgia Baptist Mission Board Executive Director J. Robert White signaled his intention to retire after more than 25 years in the position in a letter he read to the GBMB executive committee today (March 13). White, 71, announced his retirement would become effective Dec. 31, 2018, when he has completed 26 years as the mission board's executive director. Although White grew up in Florida and Alabama, he had served as pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Carrollton, Ga., in the 1970s and early 1980s ...

FIRST-PERSON: Despite wind, rain & floods, what can we learn?

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, though causing massive destruction and sorrow, Gerald Harris writes, can teach crucial life lessons about matters of faith.

FIRST-PERSON: Weddings are best in a church

Gerald Harris lists seven reasons why he believes Christian weddings, whether large or small, should be held in a church to clearly signify that "Christ will become the centerpiece of the new home."

99-year-old ready for more world track records

Orville Rogers, 99, holds 16 age-group world records in individual and relay running events and plans to continue competing when he reaches his 100th birthday in November.

FIRST-PERSON: TobyMac & me

At a concert headlined by TobyMac, Gerald Harris was stirred by "how moved and enraptured my grown sons, daughter and grandchildren were over the music." He's thankful, Harris writes, that "the next two generations in my family are blessed and spiritually strengthened by it."

Frank Gillespie remembered by Clemson’s Dabo Swinney

VILLA RICA, Ga. (BP) -- Frank Irvin Gillespie's last year playing football at Clemson was 1949 -- 20 years before Dabo Swinney, coach of the university's national championship football team, was born. However, Coach Swinney called Gillespie's son Frank the day after his dad died to offer his condolences -- a call evidencing that Frank Irvin Gillespie's influence at Clemson is legendary and still being felt nearly 70 years after his last football game.

FIRST-PERSON: GCR myths and transparency

DULUTH, Ga. (BP)--When Southern Baptist pastors huddle together, whether at Starbucks or Cracker Barrel, the conversation these days generally gravitates toward the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force and the work it has undertaken.

FIRST-PERSON: A strong home front is essential

DULUTH, Ga. (BP)--Earlier this year U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates addressed the Senate Armed Services Committee to emphasize that "the National Guard's domestic responsibilities must not suffer."

FIRST-PERSON: Business meetings & Half Nelsons

DULUTH, Ga. (BP)--One church sign revealed, "Today's sermon: What is hell like?" Underneath the sermon title were the words, "Church business meeting tonight."

Ga. Baptists vote overwhelmingly to sever ties to Mercer Univ.

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Georgia Baptist messengers vote to sever ties with Mercer University, an action requiring a second vote at the 2006 annual meeting. Photo courtesy of the Georgia Baptist Convention
COLUMBUS, Ga. (BP)--The Georgia Baptist Convention by an overwhelming majority voted Nov. 15 to sever its 172-year-old relationship with Mercer University.
      The vote was based on years of mistrust between the GBC and Mercer and was inflamed by the discovery in October of a student-led gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender organization that had existed since 2002.
      The group’s “coming out day” on Oct. 11, sponsored by the Mercer Triangle Symposium, galvanized Georgia Baptists to cast a vote of no confidence in the ongoing relationship.