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SBC DIGEST: Answering kids’ theological questions; MBCB hires men’s ministry director

Professor and ‘The Gospel Project’ answer kids’ theological questions

By Aaron Wilson

CEDARVILLE, Ohio – A video segment from “The Gospel Project” designed to answer some of kids’ most frequently raised theological questions will feature Kevin Jones, dean at Cedarville University.

Jones will host 108 videos, which will run for the next three years as a regular digital segment of the popular kids’ curriculum. The Gospel Project, produced by LifeWay Christian Resources, provides a Christ-centered, chronological journey through Scripture that explores how the Gospel unfolds from Genesis through Revelation.

“My church, Buck Run Baptist, has used “The Gospel Project” materials consistently, and I’ve really liked that curriculum for years,” said Jones, assistant professor of education and school dean at Cedarville. “That quality of content is so much of what made me excited to partner with them as a children’s pastor.”

Each week, kids will get to hear Jones answer a faith question submitted by a kid like Hunter in Park City, Utah, who asked, “If God made us, who made God?”

Jones, who has a background in elementary education, said he remembers getting asked questions such as, “How does the heart work?” as a public-school teacher. This experience taught him how to concisely explain large concepts on an appropriate, kid-friendly level. It’s a skill he plans to bring to this new video series. Only now, instead of describing how veins and arteries function, he’ll tackle subjects like how indwelling sin shapes the heart’s affections.

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Martin to head men’s ministry at MBCB

By William H. Perkins Jr.

Jon D. Martin has been selected as the next director of the Men’s Ministry Department at the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board (MBCB). The pastor of First Baptist Church in Union, Miss., was the unanimous choice of the board’s executive committee during its Dec. 1 meeting at Garaywa Camp and Conference Center in Clinton.

“I have been a Mississippi Baptist all of my life, and I am excited that God has now called me to invest in Mississippi Baptist churches,” Martin said. “I am excited to reach out to Mississippi Baptist pastors and laymen to see how we can assist them in ministering to the men in their congregations.”

MBCB Executive Director-Treasurer Shawn Parker said, “I look forward to Dr. Jon Martin joining the MBCB team as our men’s ministry director. He brings a strong background in the discipleship of men, extensive experience as a pastor, and a proven commitment to the work of the Mississippi Baptist Convention.

“If our churches are going to rebound from the COVID-19 impact, we need strong leadership from our men across the state. Dr. Martin will be spearheading this effort as we move forward. I’d like to encourage Mississippi Baptists to pray for Jon and his family as they make this transition and begin their strategic work.”

Martin, 40, has been pastor of First Baptist in Union since February 2010.

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