DURHAM, N.C. (BP) – John Wesley famously said, “God does nothing in the world except in answer to prayer.” That’s probably an overstatement, but the apostles’ experience in Acts verifies at least the sentiment behind it. It was after a 10-day prayer meeting that God gave Peter the power to birth the church through his preaching in Acts 2.
The last year has revealed areas of weakness in our beloved convention of churches. Fissures and failures and fleshly idolatries. COVID-19 didn’t produce these crises, but it did expose them.
This November I am re-reading one of my favorite books, To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson. Not many books have truly changed my life, but this one has. After reading it in college, I resigned my law studies and went to serve God with the International Mission Board (IMB) as a missionary in Asia. I haven’t picked that book up in 30 years until just a few weeks ago. I’m glad that I did.
DURHAM, N.C. (BP) – By all accounts, this has been a strange year. So perhaps it shouldn’t surprise us that a presidential election has come (and gone) without us knowing the clear winner. In due time, we will learn the results of the vote. Until then, what should Christians do in the upcoming days and weeks?
In these uncertain, divisive and fearful times, I want to remind us of a sustaining vision we find in God’s inerrant, all-sufficient Word – a vision recorded by the apostle John in the midst of their own fearful and uncertain times. The church of the John’s generation had been scattered, hunted down, imprisoned and tortured. The apostle John himself was boiled in oil and socially distanced, by himself, on the island of Patmos.
For many people, the way to deal with difficult relationships is not to fix them, but simply to end them, J.D. Greear says. But the Gospel sends us into the world to love people who will sometimes offend us.
SBC President J.D. Greear says "it is time to retire the Broadus gavel," in use at SBC annual meetings since 1872 but named after a slaveholder and supporter of the Confederacy, because of the "mixed messages" it sends.
J.D. Greear calls on Southern Baptists to lament the downward trend in baptisms and to "ask God what He would have each us do about it."
J.D. Greear invites Southern Baptists to join him and other SBC leaders to pray and fast on the National Day of Prayer May 7 and outlines eight aspects of prayer to consider.
"The mission of your church hasn't changed," J.D. Greear says. "... But changing times call for changing strategies." Greear explains how his church reimagined ministry for this unusual time.