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Rite of Passage Parenting:
That’s Not Right

By Walker Moore

Too often, I take a look at something and the first thought that comes to mind is … that’s not right. I don’t know why, but I shake my head from side to side whenever that thought reaches my consciousness.

Not long ago, a friend sent me a picture from a store that features souvenirs from the city of Tulsa. On the rack of knickknacks, he found a series of small shot glasses. (Since I’m a Baptist, I’ve only seen these in places like Stuckey’s.) Each shot glass contained the words, “Tulsa, Oklahoma” inscribed in a circle. At the center of the circle was a drawing of the praying hands statue at Oral Roberts University. After one look at these little glasses adorned with praying hands, all I could think was … that’s not right. But I seem to have that thought often.

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Introducing Walker Moore

This year marks the 19th anniversary of Awe Star Ministries as well as the 39th ministry anniversary of Walker Moore, president and founder of Awe Star Ministries.

During these years of service, God has used Walker and the thousands of teens he has taken overseas to dozens of countries – 40 to be exact – to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These efforts have seen countless people commit their lives to Jesus.

During my tenure as a staff writer for the IMB’s Commission magazine, it was my privilege to travel on a coverage to Hungary with Walker and about 20 teens who, through a Gospel-centric street drama, proclaimed effectively the saving message of our Lord. I saw people of all ages confess their sins and trust in Christ.

Were I a name-dropper, I could cite numerous notable churches in our Southern Baptist Zion who have enjoyed Walker’s communications skills as a preacher of the Gospel and a motivator for missions. Walker also has preached in many churches whose town names don’t even appear on the map. Having been blessed to hear his preaching several times, I can unequivocally say that a pastor and church could hardly do better than to have Walker keynote a missions conference, or provide pulpit supply.

And if your church needs a leader who can organize and even lead your mission team: www.awestar.org.

For more than 10 years, Walker’s popular “Rite of Passage Parenting” column has appeared every week in the Oklahoma Baptist Messenger. In recent years, other state Baptist papers have begun publishing his column. He is also the author of Rite of Passage Parenting: Four Essential Experiences to Equip Your Kids for Life (book and workbook, Nelson Books, 2007).

SBCToday is pleased to have Walker writing for us, and we hope you will enjoy his unique take on life, ministry and parenting as scores of thousands of Southern Baptists have been doing for years.

Norm Miller,

SBCToday editor/moderator

 

Ralph Green Interview Postponed

The interview portion of Pastor Ralph Green’s post will be delayed one day due to unforeseen and urgent responsibilities of SBCToday staff. We appreciate your patience in this regard, and we hope you will enjoy today’s post.

 

Southern Baptist Identity:
An Evangelical Denomination Faces the Future

David S. Dockery, Ed., Southern Baptist Identity: An Evangelical Denomination Faces the Future. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books 2009. Pp. 304. $19.99. Paperback.

It has often been said that, thanks to the battles of the last generation in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) to return the convention to a commitment to biblical inerrancy, we can be grateful that theological discussions in the SBC can be conducted on that basis. We do not spend our time debating and arguing the veracity of the creation narrative or whether the teachings of Paul on gender roles and homosexuality are culturally conditioned. We have been set free to have robust theological debate on the basis of a firm reliance on scripture, and our disagreements are family ones among brothers and sisters in Christ. David Dockery has contributed greatly to the family discussion in this presentation of essays, compiled from two conferences held at Union University, where he presides. The topics addressed are the ones we ought to be discussing, not allowing less important issues to sidetrack us. The present writer was privileged to attend the second of these conferences, and is grateful for the opportunity to review this important book.

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Coming tomorrow…

Ronnie Rogers responds to selected comments from his recent posts.