|September 8, 2014 by Baptist Press|
|S. Truett Cathy, founder and chairman emeritus of Chick-fil-A, died Sept. 8 at 1:35 a.m., according to an announcement from the Atlanta-based restaurant chain. He was 93.|
|September 9, 2014 by Michael McEwen, BR Content Editor|
The Aug. 27 election of David Platt as president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board brought praise and calls for prayer from Southern Baptists.
|September 9, 2014 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor|
What should a traditional, white Southern Baptist congregation do when they can no longer sustain their ministries or their facilities, and they know they are dying?
OTHER BR NEWS
K. Allan Blume
Church revitalization & planting
Although some churches will struggle to keep their doors open, it is becoming more common for a church to disband, and either sell the property or give it to a local association. This week’s Biblical Recorder tells the story of two churches who agreed to a unique arrangement. Read the story of how God worked through Emmanuel Baptist Church in Charlotte, a traditional white congregation, to give their property to Meeting Place, an African-American church plant. Their story demonstrates genuine kingdom vision. It shows how church leaders can unselfishly disengage themselves from possessing material property and humbly recognize God’s ownership of His church – the people and the property. You will be encouraged by this testimony.
Last weekend I attended Alex McFarland’s annual apologetics conference in Spartanburg, S.C. One particular speaker caught my attention with his message on the biblical perspective of homosexuality. Read my comments in this week’s editorial about Sean McDowell’s sermon, dealing with the important question, "Is homosexuality a secondary issue?"
Don’t forget the high value of the North Carolina Missions Offering. This month encourage your church family to give generously to impact lostness in North Carolina and beyond.
Last Sunday I enjoyed the privilege of preaching at Mountain View Baptist Church in Hickory. Dr. John Compton is giving great leadership to this growing congregation. The church blessed me with their genuine worship, gracious spirit and hunger for God’s Word! This is one more reason why it is exciting to serve with fellow Baptist churches in N.C.
Tell someone today that you love them enough to pray for them, and Jesus loves them enough to answer the prayer.