Spiritual leaders hear sobering word about child sexual abuse within church

Research suggests at least 60 million Americans are survivors of sexual abuse. Concerned churches must be proactive in protecting children in their care from predators. That was the message of the MinistrySafe Conference held at Canaan Baptist Church, Bessemer, on Sept. 19. The event was jointly sponsored by the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions [...]

‘Stick to what Jesus told us to do;’ Gandy urges daily discipleship

There’s a lot out there that’s not true discipleship. Malachi Gandy has seen it, he’s heard it and he’s been a part of it. But he wants others to learn from his experiences. A few years ago Gandy, a member of Bush Memorial Baptist Church, Troy, and co-owner of Deloney & Gandy Timber Inc., was [...]

Discipleship more than ‘upgrade’ on Christianity

The word “Christian” appears three times in the New Testament. The word “disciple” appears 176 times in Matthew, John and Acts alone, Derek Gentle said. So then, obedience to God’s Word should naturally place us on the trajectory of discipleship. But what does it mean to “be a disciple”? “There seems to be a widespread [...]

Time is ticking second by second; use your time to make disciples, Davidson says

When you read the Bible from cover to cover, a lot of themes may jump out. But Stuart Davidson says one truth you can’t miss is this — time is fleeting. “The most precious resource you have isn’t what’s in your wallet, it’s what’s on your wrist,” he said. “Our time is ticking by second [...]

Never live easily in sin, Thweatt urges

John Thweatt says his biggest fear is that he will be so comfortable in his own sin that he will step into the pulpit one day and find that the anointing of God has left. “We live in a day and an age of tolerance,” said Thweatt, pastor of First Baptist Church, Pell City. “But [...]

Put eternity of others first, Sherri Burgess challenges

As Sherri Burgess looked out over the crowd gathered for dinner, she posed a question: “What’s it going to take?” Burgess, author of “Bronner: A Journey to Understand” and wife of syndicated radio host Rick Burgess of “The Rick & Bubba Show,” said her young son’s death was what it took for her to realize [...]

Burgess challenges Alabama Baptists to focus on transforming society by making disciples

In his popular tell-it-like-it-is style, syndicated radio host Rick Burgess of “The Rick & Bubba Show” laid his message out plainly — a transformed society begins with making disciples. Burgess, the featured speaker for the Tuesday evening session, drew the largest crowd of the Nov. 14–15 annual meeting of Alabama Baptists at Whitesburg Baptist Church, [...]

Alabama Baptists tapped for service

During the 195th annual meeting of the Alabama Baptist State Convention, Baptists from across the state were elected to serve on the governing boards of convention-related entities. Also approved by messengers were individuals to serve on the committees of the convention. The Committee on Boards and Commissions nominates members to serve on the executive committee, [...]

Messengers adopt racial reconciliation, pro-life resolutions

Alabama Baptists joined the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and five other state conventions in adopting a resolution condemning racism and white nationalism and promoting racial unity. Messengers to the Alabama Baptist State Convention (ABSC) passed Resolution No. 7, “On Condemning Racism and Promoting Gospel Unity for All Races and Ethnicities in Alabama,” on Nov. 14. [...]

Convention messengers hear details of ‘new relationship’ with Samford

Messengers to the Alabama Baptist State Convention (ABSC) annual meeting, held Nov. 14–15 in Huntsville, heard the full and final report of the ad hoc Samford Relationship Study Group. Bottom line: Samford University in Birmingham and ABSC plan to continue in partnership but without two traditional aspects — funding and board member affirmation. The report, [...]