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  • 'WinTN' messages undergird Tennessee annual meeting

    by Lonnie Wilkey, posted Friday, November 16, 2018 (2 months 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Grief & prayer after Tenn. school bus tragedy

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, November 22, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (BP) -- When police chaplain and Southern Baptist pastor Anthony Baker arrived at the hospital hours after an elementary school bus accident killed five and injured 32 others, he picked up crayons and joined distraught children coloring scenes on paper.

    A school bus driver himself for the past 16 years, Baker was uniquely positioned to minister to those awaiting word on their loved ones at the T.C. Thompson campus of Erlanger Children's Hospital Nov. 21 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Do you 'get' the Cooperative Program?

    by Randy C. Davis, posted Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (2 years ago)

    "Since its genesis in 1925, the Cooperative Program has been the financial backbone of Southern Baptists' Great Commission efforts and it is as relevant today as when our predecessors launched it by faith. Its impact is profound," writes Randy C. Davis, executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Read More

  • Razor wire & steel door give way to layman's heart

    by Chris Turner/Tennessee Baptist and Reflector, posted Thursday, September 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (BP) -- It is a familiar routine. First there is the sound of an obnoxious buzzer, then the sudden firing of a heavy deadbolt that unlocks the gray steel door separating freedom from incarceration. The closing slam reverberates down the gray cinderblock hall sending an authoritative reminder that freedom is not an option. Read More

  • Bullet in head relates to 'everything I preach'

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Baptist and Reflector, posted Tuesday, September 13, 2016 (2 years ago)

    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) -- Just looking at Ternae "T.J." Jordan Jr., one would never suspect he once was in a hospital with a bullet in his head, fighting for his life.

    Jordan still has the bullet in his head more than 23 years later but has no visible scars at its entry point.

    He now serves as assistant pastor at Mount Canaan Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn., where his father, Ternae Jordan Sr., is pastor.

    T.J., then 15, was hit by a stray bullet fired during a fight outside a local YMCA in Indiana, where his father was a pastor at the time, as he and his sister Dejuan were waiting to be picked up by their mother after piano lessons. Read More

  • Love God by loving others, NAAF symposium urges

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, March 10, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo courtesy of Kenecia Harris, Life Through Lens Photography
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- A cross-cultural group of Southern Baptist pastors and denominational leaders received spiritual edification and practical knowledge about racial reconciliation, politics and personal holiness at the National African American Fellowship's Kingdom Symposium in Memphis, Tenn.

    The March 2 meeting at Kingdom Center Ministries, the pastorate of Robert West, Sr., sought to encourage pastors and leaders in personal holiness and equip them to deal with contemporary issues from a Gospel perspective. Read More