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Indonesian Reunion

Posted on June 24, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

We were appointed as missionaries to Indonesia in June 1970 and, following an extended time of orientation and visa delay, arrived in March 1971. After a year of language study we moved to our isolated outpost in East Java where for 14 years we raised our children and sought to share the gospel and plant churches among previously unreached people groups.

A large part of our success was due to being a part of a large, supportive mission family. Veteran missionaries mentored us and were always available to advise and encourage us. With numbers in those days between 120 and 160 personnel there was a lot of diversity and no lack of disagreement in group decisions relative to strategy, institutions …

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Another Annual SBC

Posted on June 17, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Non-Southern Baptists have trouble understanding that the Southern Baptist Convention only exists once a year when messengers representing member churches gather for its annual meeting. Boards and various entities carry on the work of what more than 45,000 rather independent and autonomous churches do together cooperatively. Another annual meeting has come and gone, this year in Houston, Texas, with attendance in radical decline.

Barely 5,000 messengers registered this year, a few more than the lowest attendance in modern times in Phoenix in 2011. That’s doesn’t even measure up to attendance at a single mega-church on any given Sunday morning and represents less than 5% of member churches. Though benign business went on as usual and administrators of various agencies droned …

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Blessings and Honors

Posted on June 10, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

We are on the road again after a delightful two weeks at home getting our yard and garden at a maintenance level before the extreme summer heat sets in. We are enjoying strolling the corridors at the Southern Baptist Convention in Houston, seeing friends and former colleagues without any platform responsibilities. Later in the week we are looking forward to a missionary reunion of those who served in Indonesia at Shocco Springs in Alabama.

Meanwhile, we continue to be blessed with health, a full social calendar and ministry opportunities. It was a privilege to be the commencement speaker at Columbia International University in South Carolina and to be awarded an honorary doctorate degree. I have been on the board of …

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