Archive Monthly Archives: January 2013

Interpreters for God

January 27, 2013


By Walker Moore

As a missionary, I’ve spent half my life using interpreters. One time in China, I had to wait for my words to go through five different dialects before I could continue. I’d say, “Hello” and hear an echo five times in five different tones and sounds. I got so caught up listening to my translators that I forgot my turn. I wondered why all five of them were leaning forward and staring at me. All of a sudden, I realized they were waiting for my next sentence.

Some people have a hard time learning to use an interpreter, but it came naturally to me. In case you ever find yourself in that situation, here are some tips: Continue reading

The Third Baptism of Felix Manz

January 24, 2013

by Ron Hale

He has served as Pastor, Church Planter, Strategist (NAMB), Director of Missions, and Associate Executive Director of Evangelism and Church Planting for a State Convention, and now in the 4th quarter of ministry as Minister of Missions.


“He who dips shall be dipped” was the cruel catchphrase of the Protestant Reformers of Zurich, as Felix Manz (the Anabaptist) was sentenced to death by drowning.  I write this short essay on the day of his martyrdom, January 5, 1527 – 486 years ago.[i]

Manz and the small group that he associated with referred to themselves as the Swiss Brethren.  However, the Protestant Reformers of Zurich contemptuously called them the Anabaptists or the re-baptizers (“ana” meaning “again”).  The Anabaptists believed that a person is saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ with baptism following their profession of faith. They saw infants as incapable of these spiritual conditions unto salvation. Continue reading

Soul-Winner Howard Ramsey

January 23, 2013

PastorDanNelsonby Dan Nelson

For 28 years, Dan Nelson has served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Camarillo, Calif. Pastor Nelson will submit a series of posts to SBCToday about people who influenced him for the sake of evangelism.

Howard Ramsey was my mentor in Portland, Ore., in the Northwest Baptist Convention. For two years I was his associate in the Evangelism Division there. My primary job was to assist him, but to also work with Youth Evangelism in training youth groups to witness. I supervised college students who came out to the Northwest and served on what we called Evangelism teams. They would go into churches and conduct revival meetings. I was also out preaching about every weekend somewhere in the Northwest.

Howard later went to the then Home Mission Board in Atlanta, Ga., where he developed the Continued Witness Training system for Southern Baptist. He was also the Director of Personal Witness Training for about a decade.

I used to go visiting for our church with Howard when we were in town together. We traveled places together, and without fail I always saw him try to go as far as he could with people in sharing he gospel with them. Whether in the home or on a plane or a bus, he would start talking with people, finding out where they were from and what they did. Continue reading