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  • 'WinTN' messages undergird Tennessee annual meeting

    by Lonnie Wilkey, posted Friday, November 16, 2018 (one month ago)

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    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- Tennessee Baptists gathered at West Jackson Baptist Church for the annual Summit with a focus on winning their state for Jesus Christ.

    The meeting, held Nov. 11-14, drew 929 registered messengers from 409 churches, along with 160 guests. Among the business conducted, messengers elected a new set of officers by acclamation for the coming year.

    “We had a strong turnout,” said Randy C. Davis president and executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board. “But it wasn’t just the numbers. There was a strong sense of unity among the messengers. I believe Tennessee Baptists are recognizing that if we are to reach Tennessee for Christ we must do it together.” Read More

  • High Court upholds Tenn. pro-life constitution change

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, October 02, 2018 (2 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge to Tennessee's Amendment 1 Monday (Oct. 1) by refusing to review a decision upholding the pro-life measure.

    On the first day of its new term, the high court announced it would not review a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion that sided with the state in a lawsuit against the amendment, which removed a right to abortion and a requirement for abortion funding from the Tennessee constitution. Opponents challenged the 2014 initiative approved by Tennessee voters on the basis of the way election officials counted ballots, not on the basis of a right to abortion.

    Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said the justices "made the right decision." Read More

  • State papers 'have a future,' Tenn. editor says

    by David Roach, posted Friday, March 09, 2018 (9 months ago)

    Photo by David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In an era of shrinking newspaper readership, Baptist state papers retain a viable path forward as "niche publications" with strong online and print presence, state paper editor Lonnie Wilkey told the Tennessee Baptist Historical Society (TBHS).

    "The newspaper industry is declining, but Baptist papers still have a future," said Wilkey, editor of Tennessee's Baptist and Reflector newsjournal. That's "mainly because we are niche publications ... If you want to read about Tennessee Baptists, the only source you really have is the Baptist and Reflector."

    Baptist papers in other states, he said, similarly serve as the main viable sources about Baptists there. Read More

  • TN fires: Churches reflect on God's grace 1 year later

    by David Dawson/Baptist and Reflector, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Joe Sorah
    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (BP) -- For pastor Kim McCroskey and his congregation, the odyssey appears to be nearly over.

    After spending nearly exactly one year in temporary venues, the members of Roaring Fork Baptist Church in Gatlinburg will soon be returning to their original location.

    "The light at the end of the tunnel is really bright," McCroskey said. "We know we are about to come back home."

    Roaring Fork Baptist was destroyed last November -- losing its sanctuary and family life center -- in the Great Smoky Mountain wildfires that swept through the region. But after a long and steady recovery process, aided by Tennessee Baptist disaster relief teams and Builders for Christ, the church is scheduled to start hosting services on its campus again within the next few weeks. Read More

  • Tenn. Baptists adopt resolution against racism

    by Lonnie Wilkey & David Dawson, posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (one year ago)

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    HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Messengers to the Tennessee Baptist Convention's annual meeting overwhelmingly spoke against racism during the Nov. 12-16 sessions of The Summit at First Baptist Church in Henderson.

    David Leavell, pastor of First Baptist Church in Millington in West Tennessee, was elected president during the meeting, which drew 993 messengers from 422 churches.

    The total did not include eight messengers from First Baptist Church in Jefferson City, as the convention voted overwhelmingly not to seat those from the church, which called a woman as senior pastor earlier this year. See Baptist Press story on Tuesday, Nov. 14 Read More

  • Church with a woman pastor declined by Tenn. conv.

    by Lonnie Wilkey, posted Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (one year ago)

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    HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Messengers to the Tennessee Baptist Convention annual meeting voted overwhelmingly not to seat messengers from First Baptist Church in Jefferson City, which has a woman as pastor, during the TBC's opening session Nov. 14.

    First Baptist attempted to register seven messengers, including new pastor Ellen Di Giosia, who has been in the position since Aug. 1.

    In mid-October, the TBC's Committee on Credentials met and agreed that a church with a woman pastor does not fit the definition of a "cooperating church" as defined by convention bylaws. The committee based its decision on Article VI of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 declaring that "the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture." Read More

  • As protests loom, TN Baptists denounce racism

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Baptist and Reflector, posted Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Corinne Rochotte, Baptist and Reflector
    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- With white supremacist rallies scheduled for this weekend in the state, a mix of ethnically diverse Tennessee Baptists gathered in a display of unity in Franklin on Wednesday (Oct. 25) to publicly denounce the white supremacist movement and racism.

    "We don't call press conferences very often but we believe it is impossible to stand silently by while the white supremacy movement plans to invade our state and perpetrate its evil Saturday (Oct. 28) in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro," said Randy C. Davis, president and executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Mission ... Read More

  • Tenn. board learns Carson-Newman Univ. accepts BF&M

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Tennessee Baptist and Reflector, posted Monday, September 18, 2017 (one year ago)

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    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- The Tennessee Baptist Mission Board has been informed that Carson-Newman University trustees have acted to "incorporate the 2000 Baptist Faith & Message and the Preamble as part of the standards and regulations concerning the operations of the university."

    The TBMB's board of directors, in their Sept. 12 meeting, also heard the response of the committee which has been in dialogue with C-N officials during the past year: "The Partner Ministries Committee of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board appreciates and receives the positive response of the Carson-Newman University ... Read More

  • Franklin Graham Decision tour targets small-town Tenn.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, May 09, 2017 (one year ago)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- It’s not often an evangelist with the following of Billy Graham’s son Franklin hosts Gospel events in communities as small as Jackson, Tenn., home to about 68,000 people.

    Fresh from the success of the 2016 Decision America Tour that drew a total of 230,000 people to prayer rallies in all 50 states, Franklin Graham is focusing on small and medium-sized towns in Tennessee in May as he continues his national call to prayer. Read More