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IMB chairman & Okla. trustee report accountability dialogue
ROGERS, Ark. (BP)--“Constructive conversations appear to be bearing fruit” in the conflict between the International Mission Board’s trustees and an Oklahoma pastor, chairman Tom Hatley told Baptist Press Feb. 16. Read More
IMB officers seek withdrawal of request to remove trustee
RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--The executive committee of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board’s trustees has decided to ask the full board of trustees to consider a motion that would reverse the motion passed at its January meeting to recommend the removal from office of trustee Wade Burleson of Oklahoma. Read More
Newspaper story criticizes NAMB; entity calls story inaccurate
ATLANTA (BP)--A Baptist state newspaper's critical analysis of the North American Mission Board's operations has drawn a pointed response from the entity, which calls the newspaper's report inaccurate and unprofessional. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: In India, using the 7 senses
Water buffalo wander the streets of India, causing people and cars to give them the right-of-way. Photo by Mark Weather
INDIA (BP)--Taste, smell, sight, sound and touch -– there is such an explosion of the senses here in India that at least seven senses are needed to cover everything!
Smell is one of the first senses that bombard a person. Just think in your mind what it would be like to step off a plane and smell a multiplicity of scents. The first odd smell was that of mothballs. Yes, that’s right. Apparently, the Indian people use mothballs as a form of air freshener.
Outside a Hindu temple in India, an elderly woman begs for money from those visiting the shrine.Photo by Melissa Alexander
The next smell is that of the pollution. There is no EPA here; therefore, there is much black smoke coming from vehicles, especially auto rickshaws. It was quite an adjustment to get used to, but now we barely notice it.
Now, the good smells –- garlic, ginger, curry, hot chilies and a myriad of spices. The smells draw you to vendors selling all kinds of authentic Indian cuisine. Tea is another fragrant smell. Indians love to mix tea, milk and sugar together and serve it to guests. It is called chai, and it is delicious. They serve it hot and can’t fathom drinking cold “iced” tea.
Sight is the next sense that overwhelms you. There is so much beauty here amidst the dirt and dust. Tropical flowers are like an oasis among the dusty, dirty streets. Read More
Too many church guests are ignored, DOM says
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP)--When Thomas Hammond led a workshop eight years ago on how churches can become more visitor friendly, he had no idea he would stimulate an ongoing series of sessions that continue today. Read More
Experts: Churches must focus more on connecting with guests
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--While Southern Baptists have long been known for their missions support, an official with LifeWay Christian Resources said they must become “missional.” Read More