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The Biblical Recorder: A Compelling Vision for a New Century
Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer
July 26, 2010
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The Biblical Recorder: A Compelling Vision for a New Century

The Biblical Recorder: A Compelling Vision for a New Century
Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer
July 26, 2010

Since Thomas Meredith began
publishing The North Carolina Baptist Interpreter in 1833 and even when the
name was changed to the Biblical Recorder in 1835 this Baptist news journal has
served as an important source of information for North Carolina Baptists.

Regardless of their
viewpoint or stance on issues, editors of the Recorder have challenged readers
to examine their deepest held convictions as Baptists.

Not everyone who has read
the Recorder through the years has agreed with the position that the editors
have taken on certain issues.

I include myself in that
number.

However, the need for the
Recorder is greater now than ever before. With the scarcity of Baptist
news outlets, the Recorder continues to provide an important service to North
Carolina Baptists as we move further into the 21st century.

The necessity for Baptists
across our state to have a periodical devoted to missions and ministries from
an unapologetic Baptist perspective is of utmost importance.

Information has never been
more freely available: printed materials, e-zines, blogs, podcasts et.al.
are there for individuals who are seeking both information and opinion on
nearly any subject conceivable.

However, far too often
individuals read and embrace these ideas and opinions without considering the
philosophy, theology, or worldview of the author.

North Carolina Baptists both
need and deserve a news journal that provides analysis and commentary, from a
Baptist perspective, on events impacting us.

The Biblical Recorder has
the opportunity to provide this and more!

It is my hope that the
Recorder will take this convention’s news journal to a new level in this new
century.

By that I mean, that the
Recorder will not simply provide news and commentary, but challenge the
churches to examine their motivation for ministries as never before.

The Recorder can be the
incubator for new ministries while helping make current ministries more
effective.

The Recorder can bring the
events impacting Baptists around the world to our very door steps, and computer
screens, helping readers to see not only what God is doing, but how you and I
can join in His work around the world.

The Recorder can bring the
needs of the hungry, hurting, and hopeless across North Carolina to the
attention of the one institution commissioned by the Lord Jesus to truly meet
their needs: the local church.

The purpose of the Recorder
has never been to tell North Carolina Baptists what to think, but to bring to
our attention the issues of our day that require the very best of Baptist
consideration and contemplation.

It is when North Carolina
Baptists pray, give, and go that our long-held convictions about the value of
cooperation are most gloriously expressed for the entire world to see.

The Recorder is positioned
to help its readers accomplish all these things.

For all that the Recorder
has been and can be, it is worthy of our support.

Tell others why you believe
the Recorder is deserving of your support.