May 22, 2019
|May 21, 2019 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor|
|Milum Oswell “M.O.” Owens Jr., 105, died May 20 after many years of service to North Carolina Baptists. |
|May 21, 2019 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS|
Southeastern's Jamie Dew has been nominated as the next president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
|May 21, 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press|
The senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Orlando will be nominated for
president of the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference in June.
Honeycutt admits personal, moral failure in resignation
Multiplying missions efforts: Training short-term trip leaders
Refugee crisis: IMB’s Chitwood goes to Capitol Hill
House passes expansive LGBT bill
‘Holy moments’: Floyd commissions son as successor
K. Allan Blume
Some paid the ultimate price
Since 1868 our country has reserved Memorial Day to honor those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Prior to 1970 the date was May 30, but since that time the nation has observed the holiday on the last Monday in May. The day is different from Veteran’s Day when all military veterans are honored, and July Fourth, when we celebrate the birth of our country in 1776.
If your church plans to remember Memorial Day with special recognitions this weekend, take note of the specific meaning of this holiday. Most military personnel know the difference in national holidays, but sometimes those who did not serve in a branch of our armed forces tend to treat the different holidays equally.
It is appropriate to honor these deceased men and women. They paid a very high price for our liberty. In the same way a funeral service honors a life well lived and ministers to a grieving family, remembering those who died in service to America can minister to many families.
On my way to Caraway Conference Center Tuesday morning, I received word that a giant in Baptist life crossed the ultimate finish line. M. O. Owens Jr. died after more than 105 years of life and ministry. It is impossible to measure the mighty impact of this faithful preacher and teacher of the Bible. He became a great friend and mentor to me when I was a 30 year-old pastor. He was a man of dignity, conviction and grace. No one can fill his shoes, but we pray that God will raise up other godly leaders like M.O. Owens.
Keep praying for the coming annual convention of Southern Baptists. Birmingham, Alabama becomes the focal point of much SBC news over the next few weeks. Know that the Biblical Recorder will be on location to cover the convention for you.
Congratulations Jamie Dew! He is an excellent choice for the next president of New Orleans Seminary. Pray for him and his family!