A consultant assisting IBSA with strategic planning recently challenged us with this question: “Why does Illinois need a Southern Baptist brand of disciple?”
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) – “The Wizard of Oz” is said to be the most watched film in history. Made in 1939, this classic production has certainly had more years than most to gain that notoriety.
Nate Adams reflects on the last days of Willy, adopted as a shelter puppy seemingly "made out of spare parts." When Willy went blind and later declined in health, he "somehow understood he was rescued by grace and therefore walked faithfully with his master."
Healthy churches, Nate Adams writes, value and utilize an older generation and a new generation of leaders side by side, both with the same beliefs and dedication to the church.
One's presence at a wedding or funeral, Nate Adams writes, reflects Christ's presence -- "God with us" -- in His incarnation.
Nate Adams recounts the change in his attitude about the SBC annual meeting from "Who cares?" years ago to "Who decides?" the direction of the convention's entities in the cause of Christ, their doctrinal positions and leadership.
Nate Adams suggests that the Lord's Supper -- optimally encompassing intimate fellowship and worship, confession of sin, gratitude for Christ's sacrifice and motivation to live for Him -- could kindle "a dramatic effect" on baptisms.
Nate Adams marvels at a flight attendant's cheerful demeanor, highlighted by her short exclamation spoken with childlike wonder and enthusiasm.
The dawn of a new year is a time for "fresh vision for the future and power for daily living," Nate Adams writes, noting the need for quality prayer that, just like love, takes time as "an expression of my love for God."
Nate Adams reflects on long walks and deep talks with family and with God -- times when "it's easier to remember that He really knows and loves me in my deepest, innermost parts … not just in the shallows of a busy life."