|First-timers reflect on SBC annual meeting|
June 22, 2012 by Melissa Lilley, BSC
|Students from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary share impressions of their first Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting. |
|N.C. Baptists take part in Baptist21 discussion |
June 21 2012 by Tim Ellsworth & Keith Collier, Baptist Press
|The Conservative Resurgence within the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in the 1980s and ’90s and its implications for the future of the denomination were discussed at the Baptist21 luncheon June 19 in New Orleans. Two key leaders of the movement – Paige Patterson and Paul Pressler – were honored.|
|Adoption about more than 'sad pictures,' N.C. pastor says |
June 22 2012 by Shawn Hendricks, BR Managing Editor
|When it comes to being “doers of the Word,” Tony Merida, pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, contends part of the challenge involves caring for orphans. He was a panelist at a discussion on adoption and orphan care June 20 in New Orleans.|
|OTHER BR NEWS|
SEBTS equipping students for local, global outreach
Unofficial New Orleans total: 7,868 messengers
N.C. Bapt. Aging Ministry plans ministry to ministers
Messengers OK resolution on 'Sinner's Prayer'
'Great Commission' descriptor approved
Hollifield: Bivocational ministry crucial to Kingdom
Ezell: Bivocational pastors are SBC's 'Iron Men'
African American pastor imparts missions vision
K. Allan Blume
|It's not about us|
I want to ask you to stop whatever you are doing for just a moment and consider the glory of God.
You’re in the middle of a busy, summer week and you may be facing more than you can handle. Your work is overwhelming. Last week you were focused on the SBC, IMB and NAMB. This week VBS may be running you ragged. Next week you are praying for REST.
I have discovered that busy times can put me in a self-centered mode. At that point, I lose perspective on who God is and who I am. Everything centers around me, my comfort, my happiness and my desires.
That’s not spiritually healthy. Am I serving God or just trying to please myself? It’s time to listen to this Psalm of David, "Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness" (Psalms 29:2, NKJ).
The world does not revolve around me. Everything is about the glory of God. His glory is the eternal focus of all things. That’s why Paul reminded the Corinthian church, "...whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31, NKJ).
Concern for the glory of God is the ultimate motive for Christian living. Let’s grow into a Biblical perspective. This might deliver us from the trivial and put the emphasis of our activities on the glory of God.
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