When the nation divided during the Civil War, Missouri found itself tugged in both directions as a ‘border state.’ In the war's aftermath, Baptists in Missouri experimented with a unique model of dual alignment.
The United States locks up more people in prison — in raw numbers and in percentage of the population — than any other nation in the world. With so many people in prison — or formerly in prison, is prison a mission field?
The Gateway Arch represented the westward expansion of the United States. For thousands of people from around the world, the Arch also welcomes them to their new home in the way the Statue of Liberty did for earlier generations of refugees.
Churchnet — also known as the Baptist General Convention of Missouri — elected officers, heard updates on its partnership with Guatemala, recognized retiring staff and trustees completing their service, among other business, during its annual gathering April 15-16 at First Baptist Church of Lee’s Summit, Mo.
By Brian Kaylor, Special to Word & Way|
April 4, 2016
Nearly 100 years after the end of the Missouri Plan of dual alignment, some Baptists today hope to see more of the spirit of Baptist cooperation. Jerry Cain, chancellor of Judson University (an American Baptist school in Illinois), loves the history of the Missouri Plan and views it as an inspiring model for futire Baptist work.
Given the circumstances of the time, the Missouri Plan was considered revolutionary. Leaders hoped it could become a model for Baptists in other states. Many hoped that one result of the plan might be for Northern and Southern Baptists to come back together once again.
In short, the plan was a way for Baptists who held different views to work together, particularly in missions.
In nearly every other area of our lives, curiosity is highly valued. Where would the world of information technology be without curious college dropouts working in their garages? Savvy entrepreneurs succeed because they invest in “what if?” So instead of shunning all this ambiguity and confusion, perhaps churches should embrace it.
Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., will close on Wednesday, March 30, at noon so that students and employees can attend a celebration of life service for First Lady Judy Taylor, who died March 26 in Bolivar at the age of 69.
I’m glad that Lent is a part of the Easter season experience at the Baptist church where I have been a member the last several years and many others, in part because it helps us see Easter as more than just a single-day commemoration. Because of what Christ’s death and resurrection mean to me, it makes sense to spend more time on the subject and more time with Christ.
Late January marked the 46th anniversary of the death of my 16-year-old brother, Dennis, in a car accident. Forty-six years. If you think all of the grief is gone and my heart has completely healed, think again.