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FIRST PERSON: 4 actions to help reach younger generations

BURLINGTON, Ky. (BP) – One of the strategic action goals of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Vision 2025 is to “turn around the ongoing decline in the SBC in reaching, baptizing and discipling those under the age of 18.” I think most pastors, churches and church members recognize the need to reach and disciple young people and are supportive of all such efforts. There is a difference between being supportive of an effort and being intentional about taking steps to make progress towards kingdom-minded objectives. 

FIRST-PERSON: The honor and privilege of serving

NASHVILLE (BP) – I was reminded this past weekend of these words from Scripture which have moved me for many years. From Isaiah the prophet, “Look to the rock from which you were cut, and to the quarry from which you were dug.” Isaiah 51:1

Georgia initiative aims to help students heed ministry call

SNELLVILLE, Ga. (BP) – Teenagers exploring a call to ministry can get the guidance they need to make sense of what can be a confusing time in their lives under a new initiative from the Georgia Baptist Mission Board.

Called Conference reaches 400-plus Oklahoma students

SHAWNEE, Okla. (BP) – Moses, Gideon, Isaiah, Paul. The Bible is full of examples of people who were directly called to ministry leadership by God. Oklahoma Baptists’ annual Called Conference aims to help young people who feel that same call.

FIRST-PERSON: Champion your pastor in October

NASHVILLE (BP) -- The month of October is Pastor Appreciation Month. This is the time to champion your pastor.

FIRST-PERSON: Have we forgotten?

NASHVILLE (BP) – On Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, America will observe the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. On this day, it seemed the world stopped as all eyes and hearts observed the horrific events that were occurring before us on live television.

FIRST-PERSON: We need extraordinary prayer and cooperation

NASHVILLE (BP) – The current challenges across America and the world are extraordinary. Together, we need to respond with a commitment to extraordinary prayer and cooperation.

FIRST-PERSON: Through it all, God Is still working

NASHVILLE (BP) – Over the past 10 days, I have been ministering, speaking, preaching and leading with Southern Baptists in multiple settings in Texas, California, Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio and Mississippi. After being in each of these locations, I want to assure you God is working, moving and actively engaged in every way in everything we do. Through it all, God is still doing great things.

FIRST-PERSON: All about what God is doing through local churches

NASHVILLE (BP) – When you want to know what is really happening in and through Southern Baptists, you need to look at what God is doing in and through our churches. This is the only place to get the true look, the accurate description and the real story of what God is doing.

FIRST-PERSON: Do not let your heart be troubled

NASHVILLE (BP) – Jesus’ words are instructive and inspiring. Never miss them and do not let your familiarity with these words lose their impact for your life.