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BGAV Formalizes Strategic Partnership with Missio Alliance

As part of the executive director report at the BGAV annual meeting, John Upton announced a recent, formal partnership with Missio Alliance, a centrist group whose mission is to resource churches and individuals who share the belief that diversity of thought within denominations is a strength.

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BGAV Ministerial Scholarship Recipient: Joel Elmore

Through Cooperative Missions offerings, the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) provides scholarships and ministerial education funds for eligible Virginia Baptist students who need aid in financing their education. BGAV Scholarships and Ministerial Education Funds can help students earn an undergraduate degree, pursue undergraduate or graduate education in preparation for vocational ministry, or access training and continuing education opportunities.

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Ed Jordan: Facing God, or Turning Our Backs?

Most of us are fascinated by watching an analysis of a person’s body language. It seems that while a person is giving one message verbally, their body language is conveying their true feelings or attitude about the subject.

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Tony Brooks: The Second Half of Life and Sunday School Revisited

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6 NIV) I am very thankful for a mom who believed in this proverb. She began teaching me in the cradle about God’s love, God’s word, and living for God. Many Sunday School teachers, pastors, family members, and other church leaders did as well.

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Will Cumbia, Venturer: Reflections on the BGAV Annual Meeting

A Romanian, an Austrian, a Scotswoman, and a Virginian walk into a room. No, it’s not the beginning of a joke, it was the reality of the BGAV Annual meeting a few weeks ago. I am so thankful to have been present at this year’s annual meeting helping to represent the missions development team. It was particularly special to be present there with some of our missions partners from around the world.

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Ed Jordan: To Laugh Again

In Psalm 126, the psalmist is addressing the feelings that people had upon returning back to their homeland from exile. Exile had been a very difficult time for the people of Israel. It had changed most of them forever. After seventy years, God made it possible for them to be freed from their captivity and return home.

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Tony Brooks: Four Ways to Discover Advent With Your Class

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to go to Quantico along with our team to learn more about leadership. On this trip our lessons were from a retired Colonel Joseph Shusko in the United States Marine Corps. He was instrumental in changing the training for US Marines and martial arts at Raider Hall and around the world as he included training in body, mind, and spirit.

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Ed Jordan: Walk Together, Children

I just returned from participating in the 2018 annual meeting of the Baptist General Association of Virginia. It was an amazing time, as we heard how God is working in so many different churches and in the lives of different people.

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Tony Brooks: The Parable of the Pencil

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to go to Quantico along with our team to learn more about leadership. On this trip our lessons were from a retired Colonel Joseph Shusko in the United States Marine Corps. He was instrumental in changing the training for US Marines and martial arts at Raider Hall and around the world as he included training in body, mind, and spirit.

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Ed Jordan: Having Ears But Not Hearing

There is a great saying by Jesus in Mark 8:18 (ESV) where he confronts the disciples, saying: “Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember?”  This saying is full of irony but also spiritual truth. There are at least three layers of background to this saying which influence its meaning. Three? Really? Yes, really. We were discussing how we would recognize the correct city bus, when a blind man with a white cane asked where we were trying to go. We told him, and he said that we were at the correct stop.

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BGAV College Scholarship Recipient: Eliza Green

Through Cooperative Missions offerings, the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) provides scholarships and ministerial education funds for eligible Virginia Baptist students who need aid in financing their education. BGAV Scholarships and Ministerial Education Funds can help students earn an undergraduate degree, pursue undergraduate or graduate education in preparation for vocational ministry, or access training and continuing education opportunities.

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Ed Jordan: Learning from the Blind

Some years ago we were in the St. Paul/Minneapolis airport waiting for our return flight to Europe. It was running seven hours late, so we decided to go visit the Mall of America by catching a bus that departed right outside the airport. We were discussing how we would recognize the correct city bus, when a blind man with a white cane asked where we were trying to go. We told him, and he said that we were at the correct stop.

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