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Bivocational pastors 'not alone,' Page saysHANNIBAL, Mo. (BP) -- "Bivocational pastors are my heroes" said Frank S. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, as he addressed the annual session of the Bivocational and Small Church Leadership Network, May 13-14, at Hannibal-LaGrange University.
"You are not alone," Page told the 55 pastors and wives gathered at the auditorium of the university in Hannibal, Mo., repeating a message he often shares as he speaks around the nation. Read More
Longtime faculty Melicks stay focused in retirementMILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP) -- Class began promptly as Shera Melick, associate professor of educational leadership, asked her students to take their seats. She expressed her joy in teaching them, prayed over them, and then began the last in-classroom session she would conduct at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.
Changes are in store at the seminary, with the relocation of its main campus from the San Francisco area to Southern California. Some are bittersweet, such as last year's decision by longtime faculty members Shera and Rick Melick to retire. Read More
Transgender debate continues over Obama directive
WASHINGTON (BP) -- Legal, policy and pastoral responses are continuing regarding the transgender controversy that reached an apparent peak with the Obama administration's directive to public schools.
Officials with the Departments of Education and Justice directed public school districts, as well as colleges and universities, May 13 to permit transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms of their gender identity instead of their biological sex. The guidance is not legally binding, but it implies noncompliance could result in the loss of federal aid. Read More
'But seriously folks': Humor's role in pulpit assessedNASHVILLE (BP) -- The legendary British preacher Charles Spurgeon was once rebuked by a woman in his congregation who felt he used too much humor in his sermons. As Baptist historian Michael Haykin recounts the story, Spurgeon replied, "Well, madam, if you knew the number of things that I refrain from saying, you would give me more credit."
Humor abounds in the human mind, but the question for preachers is how often, if ever, to employ it in sermons.
Chris Osborne, a Texas pastor who is writing a Ph.D. dissertation at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary on the use of humor in preaching, told Baptist Press there are three general views on the subject. Read More
Midwestern Seminary grads charged to "finish well"KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- As Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's academic year concluded May 13 with its 59th commencement exercises, Jason Allen urged graduates to not merely finish their ministry work, but finish well.
"My desire is not for you to limp across the ministry finish line; rather, aspire to finish well, having faithfully pursued and faithfully completed God's call on your life," the seminary president told graduates, families and friends gathered together in Midwestern's Daniel Lee Chapel in Kansas City, Mo. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Be a faith-walker
Faith is a "moment-by-moment" venture with God not a "going-through-the-motions" effort, David Jeremiah writes. The biblical heroes listed in Hebrews 11, he writes, "were risk-takers, mold-breakers and system-shakers but, most of all, they were faith-walkers." Read More
FROM THE STATES: Okla., Calif., La. evangelism/missions news; '... [T]he last time I heard, more than 60 members of his family had come to Christ'
Today's From the States features items from: The Baptist Messenger (Oklahoma); California Southern Baptist; The Baptist Message (Louisiana) Read More