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Jimmy Nettles, Pioneer Evangelist

Soul-Winners who have Influenced Me: Jimmy Nettles, Pioneer Evangelist

by 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.


Jimmy Nettles was as pastor in Texas and Illinois whose churches grew rapidly in evangelism. Jimmy was a tremendous personal witness whom God thrust into evangelism. Before Jimmy entered full-time evangelism he was struck down with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  He was in the hospital for months and the Doctor’s said he would never walk again. He did recover though and entered evangelism with this severe condition he lived with the rest of his life. Each day of his life he had to soak in a bath to relieve the pain. It did not stop him however. He did more than many with no physical difficulties. Those who were around him knew he never complained about his condition.

He and his wife Patsy made a commitment to pioneer missions and conducted only five Revival meetings a year in the Bible belt. The other meetings were in the Northeast, Midwest and primarily in California and Northwest. Jimmy had 3 meetings with the one church I served as Pastor of in Burney and the last two in Camarillo in my present church. We had over 250 professions of faith in all 3 meetings. I learned valuable lessons from Jimmy about soul-winning in all these meetings.

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Debt: The Spiritual Side

by Ronnie Rogers

Ronnie Rogers is senior pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Norman, Okla., a university city cited by the North American Mission Board in 2006 as the most unchurched in the state. Pastor Rogers’ expositional sermons draw large collegiate crowds during the school year as he preaches and teaches (and writes) from a biblical perspective that boldly challenges popular culture.

I do not believe that Scripture teaches that financial debt is necessarily sin or evil. I do believe that it is probable that some choices, and maybe all, that lead to unmanageable debt are sinful, and the end result is that the borrower becomes a slave to the lender (Proverbs 22:7). Our nation is drowning in unmanageable debt, and so are many Americans. Unfortunately, many Christians lose their testimony and joy because they practice the same money management techniques as the rest of America and find themselves in the same financial bondage.

Although extraordinarily popular, it seems to strain credulity beyond imagination to attribute all of the financial woes of our day solely to economic factors or to imagine that Americans simply cannot add and subtract. Additionally, the major cause is not merely spending too much or making too little, all asseverations to the contrary notwithstanding. While there are certainly some people in the bowels of financial bondage or upheaval because of circumstances beyond their control, that does not seem to be the case most of the time.

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Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today and forever.




Dr. Tom Elliff was born Feb. 21, 1944, in Paris, Texas, and is a third generation Southern Baptist pastor with both his father and grandfather having served as pastors and associational director of missions. Elliff has a D. Min. from Southern Seminary, an M. Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a B.A./Major: from Ouachita Baptist University.

Currently the president of the International Mission Board, Elliff previously served the IMB as senior vice president for Spiritual Nurture/Church Relations. From 1985-2005 he was pastor of  First Southern Baptist Church, Del City, Okla; from 1983-1985 was pastor of Applewood Baptist Church, Lakewood, Colo.; from 1981-1983, was a missionary to Zimbabwe with the (then) Foreign Mission Board. Dr. Elliff served as pastor of churches in Okla., Ark., and Texas. He also served the Southern Baptist Convention is various roles, including: chairman, Southern Baptist Council on Family Life; president, Southern Baptist Convention; president, SBC Pastors’ Conference; chairman, SBC Order of Business Committee; member, SBC Committee on Boards. The author of several books, Elliff was a contributor to: MasterLife, The Disciples Study Bible, The Family Worship Bible and various other publications.


This morning I want to address a matter of crucial significance . . . a matter upon which our very future as Southern Baptists rests . . . a matter which will define the scope of our future effectiveness, our usefulness to the Lord.  I want to speak on the importance of “Charting Our Course By The Unchanging Christ.”

My text is the same as the theme text for this convention:  “Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today and forever.”

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Social Media for Grandparents

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.



Today I want to share with my beloved older generation of readers the latest news on the cultural shift. I wish I could explain to you why today’s teenagers walk around with spiked hair in all the colors you might find on the Las Vegas Strip. But I can’t. I wish I could explain to you why some of these same teenagers walk around exposing half their underwear, the waistline of their pants resting somewhere around their knees. But I can’t do that, either.

Like many of you, I’ve been caught between two worlds. I was born in the age of outhouses and I’ll die in a bathroom with a motion-sensing toilet flusher. It won’t be long before our grandchildren won’t believe toilets once came with handles.

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Why I am changing Bible translations

Dr. Bob Rogers has been pastor of First Baptist Church, Rincon, Ga. since 1999.He earned a B.A. from Mississippi College, and an M.Div. and Th.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an avid cyclist and regularly writes blogs at


The New International Version (NIV) of the Bible was published in 1979, the same year that I became pastor of my first church. Immediately, I liked how it was easy to read, yet more accurate than other popular, easy-to-read Bibles of the time, like The Living Bible and the Good News Bible. The NIV went through a minor revision in 1984, and I have been preaching primarily from the NIV ever since then, although I often quote other translations. However, beginning in the summer of 2012, I will change to the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB). Why the change, after all these years? The answer is simple: I’m changing, because the NIV changed.

In 2011, the NIV went through a major revision, and the 1984 edition will no longer be sold in stores. If you buy a new NIV Bible, it will be the 2011 edition. The revision is more accurate in many places, correcting some translation errors of the old edition. However, the 2011 revision also chose to use gender-neutral language when referring to people, following the model of the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), a translation that is owned by the liberal National Council of Churches. In some cases, the gender-neutral language is justified, as when the word “man” refers to all of humanity or when Paul addresses the “brothers” but clearly means all believers, “brothers and sisters.” But the 2011 revision of the NIV goes much farther than this, consistently using gender-neutral language even when the context does not necessarily call for it.

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