July 2010

The Biblical Recorder: A Compelling Vision for a New Century

July 26 2010 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

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.
7/26/2010 6:38:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments

Reflections from Orlando

July 12 2010 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

It has been about a month now since the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) met in Orlando. I, like many of you, have spent time reflecting on the meeting. One of the things that always excites me about the SBC is the Crossover event held prior to the meeting.

This year about 1,200 volunteers poured into Orlando to participate in this evangelism outreach, and as a result, 1,505 people received Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Reports of lives changed with the gospel — nothing should delight us more than that. This year recorded the highest SBC attendance since the 2006 meeting in Greensboro. About 11,070 messengers attended this year, up from last year’s 8,790. Included in this year’s messenger count were many more younger pastors and leaders than in recent years. One younger pastor is Eric Moffett of First Baptist Church in Sparkman, Ark. Moffett, who is only 26 years old, was named the new SBC second vice president.

Some people say it’s the younger generation that needs to step up and do more to support the Cooperative Program. Eric is proof that we should not be so quick to stereotype younger pastors. Eric is a supporter of the Cooperative Program, so much so that First Baptist received the M.E. Dodd Award for significant achievement in Cooperative Program missions support.

The Cooperative Program was a much talked about topic during the SBC. The Cooperative Program is getting more attention here lately than it has in a long time. I believe, as I told our Board of Directors not long ago, that the Cooperative Program is the centerpiece for how we do missions. I agree with my friend Dr. John Sullivan in Florida who calls the Cooperative Program “God given and mission driven.”

I hope that as a result of what took place in Orlando more churches will discuss the importance of the Cooperative Program and the vital role it plays as we seek to fulfill the Great Commission. The report from the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force helped us all start thinking more about what must change in order to get the gospel to those who have never heard. I pray that their report will challenge each of us to consider what must change in our own hearts in order for us to be most effective as ambassadors for Jesus Christ.

SBC messengers clearly showed their support of the GCR Task Force recommendations. This means we are entering a new beginning as the SBC. Time will tell how committed we really are to fulfilling the Great Commission. I pray we will prove faithful to sharing the gospel and to supporting the Cooperative Program.

The future of the SBC is dependent upon a fresh movement of the Holy Spirit in revival. Please join me in praying for God to do a mighty work in our hearts.

“And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.” Acts 5:32
7/12/2010 9:19:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments