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May 20, 2015

Native Americans built association's strength

May 18, 2015 by Jim Burton, Baptist Press
Burnt Swamp Baptist Association was established in 1881 by Native Americans. From its humble beginnings, the association now includes 70 churches.

Merger gives new church, old church new life

May 18, 2015 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor
Is it possible for a new church and an old church to merge? Michael Ester believed the time was right for First Baptist Church of Thomasville to take such a bold step.

Military chaplain remembers 'fearless' soldier

May 19, 2015 by Rudy Gray, Baptist Courier
After five tours overseas, and numerous Bible studies in combat, Lt. Col. Derrick Riggs said he had “never really wondered if someone in our group would not return because of death.”

Caraway dedicates new auditorium

May 19, 2015 by Chad Austin, BSC Comm. and K. Allan Blume, BR Editor
Caraway Conference Center has opened the doors of a new auditorium and meeting space named that allows an enhanced experience by guests who use the facility each year.

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Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
BR Editor

Churches find new life

There are too many examples of dysfunctional and dying churches. So it is very refreshing to talk to a pastor, an associate pastor and an associational missionary who share the passion of revitalizing a 155-year-old congregation through a merger with a 5-year-old fellowship. Read the exciting story of First Baptist Church in Thomasville and Centerpoint Church in Lexington. I pray that many other churches will allow God to bring this kind of spiritual victory to many churches across North Carolina. I appreciate the visionary role of Mike Ester, associational missionary of the Liberty Baptist Association in this effective merger.
The work of another associational missionary is highlighted in this week’s Biblical Recorder, also. The story of the Burnt Swamp Association and Mike Cummings is being told across the Southern Baptist Convention. We have tremendous respect and appreciation for the brothers and sisters of this fellowship of Native American churches. Read this great story right away.
I am writing this article from Caraway Conference Center where the convention’s board of directors gathers for their scheduled May meeting. A highlight of the event was the opening and dedication of a long-anticipated, much needed auditorium. Click here to read about the new building.

You have likely been following the excitement surrounding the International Mission Board’s announcements last week. The Biblical Recorder published IMB president David Platt’s personal commentary about the announced policy changes. Please read Platt's explanation.
Finally, we honor those who have served and are serving in the military, especially those who paid the ultimate price of giving their life for the freedoms we enjoy every day. Read this Memorial Day article and be encouraged that God is using our military chaplains to impact lives for eternity.

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