Young pastors encouraged to engage SBC

Now is an excellent time to become more involved in the Southern Baptist Convention, SBC entity heads told a gathering of young pastors. The presidents of the International Mission Board, North American Mission Board and Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission encouraged greater participation in Southern Baptist life during an event with about 125 pastors and […]

ALS gripped him with life’s ‘big questions’

Jim Burton had no idea some odd footsteps were the first sign of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). “Normally when you walk, you have a heel to toe cadence. It’s no big deal,” said Burton, who has spent his career in Baptist work. “But I was walking like a horse. My right foot was hitting the […]

Have you been blessed by giving to someone else?

Courier editor Rudy Gray tells the story of when he was a youth director at his home church and took a group of kids out for an evening of miniature golf and hamburgers at McDonalds.  Even though he’d told the teens to bring enough cash for the outing, one of the girls did not, and […]

Thanksgiving: Gratitude completes the circle

I was trained to write thank-you notes. Whenever someone gave me a gift or showed me an act of kindness, my mother would sit me down and watch as I wrote my thank-you note. The penmanship had to be up to standard; the wording precise and sincere. Now, if someone gives me a gift, I […]

Desperate prayer leads ‘Miracle’ to trailer park

EDITOR’S NOTES: This year’s Week of Prayer for International Missions in the Southern Baptist Convention is Nov. 30-Dec. 7 with the theme of “One Sacred Effort — Find your place in God’s story” from Matthew 28:19-20 (HCSB). The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions in tandem with Cooperative Program gifts from Southern Baptist churches support […]

Believers in trailer park ‘give everything they have’

EDITOR’S NOTES: This year’s Week of Prayer for International Missions in the Southern Baptist Convention is Nov. 30-Dec. 7 with the theme of “One Sacred Effort — Find your place in God’s story” from Matthew 28:19-20 (HCSB). The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions in tandem with Cooperative Program gifts from Southern Baptist churches support […]

Hardened marine ‘rocked’ by loss, surrenders to Christ

As a drill instructor, Brandon Graham barked orders, broke recruits and turned out battle-ready Marines. He was fierce, tough and fearless, with crass language and harsh treatment all part of the package. That all began to change, though, when driving to work one day Graham had what he calls a “Damascus Road experience” that left […]

Platt: ‘God saved you to send you’

The reality of more than 2 billion unreached people living in more than 6,000 people groups is “totally intolerable,” IMB President David Platt told an overflow crowd during an appointment service for 63 new IMB missionaries. Abha Perdew*, who was born in the United States and raised by Hindu parents, agreed with Platt’s assessment during […]

Trustees: IMB’s Platt unfolds five-point strategy

IMB president David Platt outlined his five-point strategic plan while presiding over his first trustee meeting as head of the mission agency. In a plan based on five biblical goals which have led to four practical steps and three initial recommendations, Platt offered two important reminders to reach one all-consuming goal: glorifying God. Platt’s five […]