Do Baptists have a 'doctrine of comfort'?
Last weekend I was encouraged to witness the mission vision of Corinth Baptist Church and pastor David Turner in Elizabeth City. The church is highly invested in missions. Their annual missions conference included a challenge from Milton Hollifield, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, and two convicting messages from Tom Elliff, president of the International Mission Board. Several things they said shaped the theme of my editorial in this week’s Biblical Recorder.
I hope my thoughts will challenge Baptists to evaluate any practices that promote a "doctrine of comfort" and find ways to advance the value of sacrifice and suffering. Tom Elliff was on target when he said, "We have created in our nation something that is foreign to God. ... It is a suffering-less brand of Christian faith." Read the full editorial here.
Everyone knows Super Bowl XLVIII is this Sunday. The hype is increasing as the big game approaches. Believers, we are not simply interested in the sport. We know that God is at work in the lives of many coaches and athletes. That is the reason the Recorder has Roman Gabriel on site at the Super Bowl, reporting about the way God is working in people’s lives. Follow Roman’s reports this week at BRnow.org/SuperBowl.
Pray for the witness of the gospel at the Super Bowl, and remember to pray for the great witness that is happening at the Winter Olympics. The opening ceremonies are only a few days away on Friday, Feb. 7. Ask God to show His glory through the witness of every Christian and to protect everyone from the destructive forces of evil. Some stories about the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, are in this week's Biblical Recorder.
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