Category Archives: International Mission Board

CP and ‘The Insanity of God’

I recently read The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken (pseudonym) and found it to be a tremendously impacting book. I have known the Ripkins for nearly 20 years, having served as pastor to members of Nik’s family. I also assisted with the memorial service when their teenage son died unexpectedly from an asthma attack […]

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Reports of Our Death are Greatly Exaggerated

The 2013 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting kicked up very little Texas dust. Other than a resolution about the gay agenda finding a home in Boys Scouts of America, the biggest news coming out of Houston was the scarcity of Southern Baptists who showed up in Houston. Low messenger registration, along with reports about declining […]

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Doing the Math

With lostness growing in our state and Kentucky Baptist Convention agencies and institutions always in need of additional funds, are we investing too much in mission work overseas? Let’s consider the math. The average KBC church gives 6.75 percent of undesignated receipts through the Cooperative Program. That means the average church spends 93.25 percent of […]

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Embracing the Unengaged

The Psalmist declared, “Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done” (1 Chronicles 16:8). When Jerry Rankin announced his retirement after 17 years as president of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, I was serving as trustee chairman of the IMB. Consequently, I […]

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