Archive Monthly Archives: October 2013

Advice to a New Youth Pastor

October 27, 2013

by Walker Moore, president/founder
AweStar Ministries
a missions ministry placing thousands of people on the
mission fields around the world as volunteers for the sake of the Gospel.

It seems like only yesterday I got the call on a dingy, cream-colored rotary phone. A church wanted me to come and meet with the search committee as a candidate for youth pastor.

I came to the meeting with a heart full of excitement and a head full of ideas. It must have gone well because two weeks later, I was hired. And today, 40 years later, I’m just as excited about working with students. But as with any job, I wish I’d known back then what I know today. Continue reading

What Happened to Baby George in His Christening?

October 24, 2013

by Ron F. Hale

The official Church of England website explains the service of Christening in the following way:

First, at your baby’s Christening, water will be blessed and poured on the baby’s head – this is the baptism of your baby (the word ‘baptism’ means ‘to be immersed in water’). The baby will be signed with the cross and special oil may be used for this. A candle or other gift from the church may be given. Godparents and parents will make promises on behalf of the baby, and prayers will be offered for the baby and the family. There may also be readings and hymns, which you may be able to choose.” Continue reading

Theological Tributaries of Tennessee Baptists

October 23, 2013

by Ron Hale

Ron Hale 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 fourth quarter of ministry as minister of missions.

At the confluence of the Holston and French Broad Rivers near Knoxville, in East Tennessee, the Tennessee River begins its serpentine course of 652 miles. Its tributaries are too numerous to mention in this short article. In similar fashion, the beginnings of Baptists in Tennessee sprang forth in East Tennessee and flowed westward as two major theological streams mixed, mingled, and merged as the mainstream of the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Continue reading