Kenneth S. Hemphill

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A New Look at the EKG Initiative

  If you have been involved at any level in the Southern Baptist Convention over the last decade you have, no doubt, heard about EKG, which is short for Empowering Kingdom Growth. It is an initiative undertaken by the Southern Baptist Convention in June of 2002 that challenged individuals and churches to look at themselves […]

GCRTF VIEWPOINT (Ken Hemphill): The solution is more sacrificial giving

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–At first blush, the suggestion to provide Southern Baptists a new category for “Great Commission Giving” seems innocuous — allowing churches to total the various mission gifts to SBC entities to show a grand total for “Great Commission Giving.” Nonetheless, this aspect of the GCR Task Force’s Feb. 22 report seems to have […]

GCRTF VIEWPOINT (Kenneth S. Hemphill): Valuing the work of state conventions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–I am delighted to see that dialogue between the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force and the state convention executive directors continues to progress. I have had the privilege of working with a large number of our state leaders through my travels, first as a seminary president and now as the national strategist for […]

GCRTF Viewpoint (Kenneth S. Hemphill): Our need is deeper than structural changes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--I was privileged to hear the initial progress report of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Feb. 22 in Nashville, Tenn. I have great respect for the members of the task force and was interested to hear what they were thinking concerning the work of the SBC.

Sinners ~ In Desperate Need of Salvation

Salvation is God's provision for man's most desperate plight: sin.

FIRST-PERSON: The Spirit & the Kingdom

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--When the EKG initiative was still in the dreaming and planning stage ...

CHRISTMAS: Gifts for the King

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–When we think of Christmas one of the words that naturally comes to mind is the word “gifts.” People will frequently ask one another, “What gifts are you hoping to get for Christmas?” The giving and receiving of gifts is a wonderful part of the Christmas season. No doubt it reflects the presentation […]

FIRST-PERSON: Lessons from Tiger

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Just a few short weeks ago the title, "lessons from Tiger" would have been understood as the chance of a lifetime ...

Christmas Gifts

When we think of Christmas, one of the words that naturally comes to mind is the word "gifts." People will frequently ask one another, "What gifts are you hoping to get for Christmas?" The giving and receiving of gifts is a wonderful part of the Christmas season. No doubt it reflects the presentation of the […]

CP EMPHASIS (First-Person, Kenneth S. Hemphill): Efficiency worth celebrating

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--I doubt there is anyone who doesn't already know that it is Breast Cancer Awareness month.