BGAV Blog

Ed Jordan: Is healing available in the land?

How have the events of two hurricanes and the Las Vegas attack affected you? I think most of us are reeling from those devastations and feeling sorrowful for those who experienced them firsthand. On the upside, those impacted by the hurricanes, the people of Las Vegas, and many of the people at the concert were amazing in assisting one another. This is one of our finer qualities as humans.

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John Upton: In the Midst of Storms 

What a season of life we are in! As I write, BGAV Disaster Response teams are heading south to help with hurricane recovery. Virginians are still trying to assess what happened in Charlottesville with racial tensions and trying to find ways to speak to the anger and hate in our society. As if that is not enough, the U.S. and North Korea are exchanging hostile words with one another, pushing ever closer to open conflict. With all these storms pressing us, it is no wonder our anxieties are high. When we add the anxiety that comes with daily challenges of life and church, it can all seem almost insurmountable.   

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Tony Brooks: Sunday School and Evangelism Revisited

For Sunday School to move forward in evangelism it is about building non-judgmental relationships with people in our community, understanding their reality and helping them see a God who loves them and wants to provide an abundant life.

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Ed Jordan: Honoring a Wonderful Life

Each of us gets wounded in life by circumstances or people. Pastors are not immune from this. In fact, they often have heavier loads to bear, because they also deal with the burdens and problems of others. Wounds multiply. Healing time is rare. They are like medics on the battlefield, scurrying from one wounded soldier to another while their own wounds have to wait until later.

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Virginia Baptist Disaster Response SitRep – Week of September 25

Puerto Rico. Texas. Florida. Mexico. There are so many needs, and we're working to help meet needs alongside our partners. Catch up with the latest in our SitRep.

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Religious Liberty Committee Spotlight: The 1925 Baptist Faith and Message

The 1925 Baptist Faith and Message was an effort on the part of the Southern Baptist Convention to share a statement of faith with the world.  The 1833 New Hampshire Confession provided a framework for the new document. Southern Baptists added ten sections to the Confession, one being the final section on religious liberty, which has remained largely unchanged through revisions in 1963 and 2000.

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Tony Brooks: 4 Ways to Prevent Dropouts from Sunday School/Small Groups

One of the challenges facing Sunday School and Small Groups is dropouts. How do we keep people engaged in the group?

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Alma Hunt Offering Countdown: Say “Yes” to GraceInside

Virginia is unique in that its prison chaplains are not state employees. They are not compensated by the state (i.e. no federal or state taxpayer monies are utilized) and they receive no state benefits such as health insurance or retirement.

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