The Southern Baptist Convention has an extended history and rich heritage of biblical preachers, but some are warning that "the character and centrality of preaching in the church" is currently being debated and challenged.1 The fact that a debate is even taking place is tragic, but the tragedy is compounded by the urgent need today […]
I recently celebrated my thirty-fifth anniversary in the gospel ministry. Shortly after surrendering to God's call upon my life I accepted my first assignment as a pastor. I was a nineteen-year-old college student who had a passion to serve God and to be obedient to His call upon my life. Although my knowledge of the […]
In 1973, I married my high school sweetheart. At the time, I was a college student and was in my third year of pastoral ministry. Looking back at those days, I realize that I knew very little about ministry and even less about marriage. But as my bride and I embarked on a journey as […]
His was no ordinary life. In fact the extraordinary happenings that seemed to characterize his life and ministry began when he was still in his mother's womb. Stephen Olford was born to missionary parents, Fredrick and Bessie Olford, on March 29, 1918. Fredrick Olford's basic knowledge of medicine and the experience he had gained on […]
BOAZ, Ala. (BP)--His was no ordinary life. In fact, the extraordinary happenings that seemed to characterize his life and ministry began when he was still in his mother's womb.
It happened at a Christian Life Convention in Birmingham, Alabama. Stephen Olford was the keynote speaker. I was eighteen years old and had just surrendered to God's call upon my life seven months earlier. My knowledge of preaching or any other aspect of ministry was limited. In fact, it would be safe to say that […]