Archive for March, 2013

Going Home

 

By Walker Moore

Walker Moore founded AweStar Ministries, a missions organization that has put thousands of teens on fields ‘white unto harvest’ around the world.


They say home is where the heart is. And if you asked me where my home is, I’d have to say, “Chillicothe, Missouri.” Chillicothe isn’t a very big place, but it is a very special one. First of all, it’s the home of sliced bread. The first commercial bread slicer was installed in the Chillicothe Baking company in 1928, and our town sold the first loaf of sliced bread ever. Our fair city’s renown as the home of sliced bread even made it as an answer to a Jeopardy question.

Chillicothe’s second claim to fame is that it is one of only two cities named in the world-famous song “Hooray for Hollywood” that opens the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards (The Oscars). I doubt many people can sing past “Hooray for Hollywood, hooray for Hollywood,” but my hometown is mentioned in that song.

Chillicothe is the place where I once got up early in the morning and rode my bicycle across town, throwing  the “Kansas City Star” newspaper in the morning and the “Chillicothe Tribune” in the evening. It’s the place where our family lived three houses away from the high school football stadium. It’s the place where I had my first kiss, first dance, first car, first job and first bank account. And it’s the place where I first became aware of God’s calling on my life.

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TEAR DOWN THAT WALL!

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by Ronnie Rogers

Ronnie Rogers is senior pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Norman, Okla.


It is important to recognize that the phrase ‘a wall of separation’ does not appear in the Declaration of Independence[1] or the Constitution.[2] As is rather well known, it is a phrase used by Thomas Jefferson in his 1802 missive responding to the Danbury Baptists’ congratulatory letter. The first time Jefferson was quoted in a Supreme Court case was in the 1878 case of Reynolds v. United States. However, the first time it was applied to states and expanded by the wording of the decision, which we have now come to know as the religious guillotine of “separation of church and state” or “the wall of separation” was in the 1947 Everson v. Board of Education case (1947 – 330 U.S.1), in which the Supreme Court applied the establishment[3] clause to the states. Justice Hugo Black wrote the majority opinion conflating the First and Fourteenth amendments and thereby jurisdictionally established the mechanism for marginalizing religious expression in every hamlet in America.

Jefferson’s use of the phrase did not appear in a historical vacuum. The following will help to set the record straight.

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Soul Winner: Dexter Truesdale

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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.


When I arrived at William Carey College in the fall of 1971, I was anxious to know who my roommate would be, who I discovered upon arrival was another ministerial student who came from more of a country place that I had in Agricola, Miss. Dexter Truesdale, hailed from Bogia, Fla., which was east of Pensacola, near Century. Dexter was engaged and later married the next year. That year was a memorable year for me because God had given me a fellow ministerial student who was a soul winner as a roommate.

Our first mission field was the athletic dorm at Carey called Polk Hall. Most of the athletes there were not Christians, and were recruited for their athletic ability. And although we didn’t see much  results among the athletes, at least they knew that to preachers were available to talk with them about Jesus.  

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Täuferjäger: Anabaptist Hunters

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.


Early Anabaptists upset the apple cart of medieval — early modern Europe as they contended for believer’s baptism, the conviction that only confessing adults could turn from their sinful lifestyle and consciously follow the path of discipleship with the first step: faith in Christ. This radical idea challenged the prevailing “church and state” mindset that assumed Christianity to be more of a birthright than a born-again experience leading to a separated life.

This tension wedded church authorities with the power of the state in using drastic means and measures in protecting Christendom from the perceived religious disorder and deviance of the Anabaptists. Persecution and prosecution were handy tools for an authoritative state-run church.

Refusing to pay tithes to state-run church jurisdictions only hastened the deep animosity toward Anabaptists. They were not just challenging a denomination, as we would think of it in America; these radical reformers were challenging a state or jurisdiction that had the laws of government and religion on their side. This institution had the authority to baptize you as a baby and burn you at the stake as an adult. In fact, not having your infant baptized and/or getting re-baptized as an adult was usually against the law. Each jurisdiction regulated their religion similar to how my Volunteer state regulates distilleries; moonshiners will be hunted and prosecuted.

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A Child’s View of the Marriage Vows

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by Dr. Bob Rogers

 


Eight-year-old Tad (not his real name) watched with wide-eyed amazement as his parents renewed their marriage vows.

Tad’s mom and dad were not alone. I had been preaching a series of sermons on marriage, so I concluded the last sermon on commitment to a lifelong covenant by inviting husbands and wives to stand up, join hands, and renew their marriage vows en masse. Men and women all over the building stood and faced one another, as their children and others looked on, some with tears in their eyes. But Tad had no tears. The grin across his face could not have been wider if somebody had taken their fingers and tried to stretch the corners of his mouth.

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