February 2007


It’s Convocation Time!

Mainstream Baptist Convocation
in the Dallas area on
February 23-24, 2007

The Mainstream Baptist Network
(made up of organizations similar to TBC)
will be meeting with us for the first time in Texas!

We have planned a special program centered around the theme
of “Voices of Hope: Why I’m Still a Baptist.”

We will meet at the Marriott Hotel and Resort, DFW Airport,
8440 Freeport Parkway, Irving, TX.
Registration is $60 per person
(everyone has to register), which covers both Friday night’s banquet and
Saturday morning’s breakfast. The regular rate is $249, but we have a
block of rooms reserved for $99, which is a super price.

Please call the TBC office today at 325-659-4102 to reserve your room by February 15th to get this special rate and register for the convocation.

(see Convocation Schedule below)

Baptists from across North America will convene in Atlanta early next year to emphasize their compassion rather than the racial, theological and social conflict that has divided them for decades.

In 1957, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began covert surveillance of Dr. Henlee Barnette, Professor of Christian Ethics at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

ATLANTA (ABP) — Advocates of the “New Baptist Covenant” championed by former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton predicted it will help heal the racial divide that has separated Baptists in America since before the Civil War.

Balance Your Mission Giving
By Rick McClatchey

Churches today are discovering the importance of direct mission engagement on global missions.

This world desperately needs what we have to offer. Those who watch us are confused about why anyone remains a Baptist, given what they hear in the media and too often see for themselves.

Many historians believe that advocating the separation of church and state is the brightest light that Baptists have shed upon the advance of civilization.

The newspapers just never seem to get it right when it comes to Baptists.

(RNS) A female professor of Hebrew denied tenure at a Southern Baptist seminary says she was told by the seminary president that her gender was the reason for her dismissal.

For The Record
By Michael Bell

I’m thankful for a new year. The road ahead is filled with hope and promise.



1:30 p.m. Welcome and Invocation—Bob Stephenson
1:45 p.m. Theme Interpretation—David Currie
2:30 p.m. Joe Lewis—“Why I am Still a Baptist? A Virginia Pastors Perspective”
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m Bruce Prescott—“Why I am Still a Baptist? Religious Liberty”
3:45 p.m. What is the New Baptist Covenant?
A Dialogue with Bill Underwood, Tyrone Pitts and David Currie
4:45 pm. Adjourn Afternoon Session
6:00 p.m. Banquet
Special Music—George Gagliardi
Hall of Fame Introductions
7:15 p.m. Bill Underwood—“Why I am Still a Baptist? Baptist Principles”
Special music and offering
8:00 p.m. Tyrone Pitts—“Why I am Still a Baptist? The African-American Baptist Experience”


8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 a.m. Suzii Paynter—“Why I am Still a Baptist? The Baptist Voice on Ethics”
9:30 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. Scott Walker—“Why I am Still a Baptist? A Texas Pastor’s Perspective”
10:30 a.m. Closing Concert—George Gagliardi
11:00 a.m. Adjourn Convocation

Note: George Gagliardi will sing throughout the convocation between speakers.




2006 Religious Liberty Essay Contest— First Prize

The Wall of Separation: Its Distinguished Past and Questionable Future
By James Walker Gorsuch
Arden, N.C.

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