|February 24, 2014 by Joe Conway, North American Mission Board|
|Patrick Coats was raised by his grandfather, the first African-American pastor to affiliate with the Florida Baptist Convention in 1968. While in a rebellious run in his life, Patrick Coats remained...|
|February 21, 2014 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor|
In a called meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina board of directors on Feb. 20, new officers were elected for 2014. The meeting was at Pleasant Garden Baptist Church near Greensboro.
|February 21, 2014 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press|
Pastor Ronnie Floyd will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) at the SBC annual meeting this June at Baltimore. He has pastored Cross Church in northwest Arkansas for 27 years.
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K. Allan Blume
America: the dark continent
Africa was been called "the dark continent" because it was such a dark mystery to the Europeans who explored it. They knew little about the vast expanse of the continent, but they understood the land to be dangerous, harsh and challenging. Only the brave dared to enter.
Has North America become the new dark continent? The spiritual darkness is heavy. The challenges of church planting, evangelism and disciple-making are immense. Only the spiritually brave are embracing the assignment.
This weekend Southern Baptists will launch the annual offering that is designed to confront the spiritual darkness of our homeland. Your church will be distributing the prayer guide for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® (AAEO) for North American missions. When you receive your prayer guide Sunday, don’t lay it aside. Please read it every day to learn how your gifts to this offering are impacting lostness in North America.
In his column in this week’s edition of the Biblical Recorder, Milton Hollifield said North Carolina Baptists gave $5.8 million to missions through AAEO last year. This is outstanding!
My editorial this week is titled, The problem with missions. Please take a few minutes to read it and share it with someone else. North Carolinians are heavily invested in doing missions in North America. We are sending laborers into the harvest like Tanner Turley and Dennis Conner, who I mentioned in the article. We must step up the pace if we want to see the gospel impact our nation and Canada.
You can count on the Biblical Recorder to deliver stories about our missionaries like this story about Patrick Coats in this week’s edition. Please give generously to AAEO.
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