Archive for June, 2011

The Call is to Faithfulness

Posted on June 29, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Returning to places of ministry in Southeast Asia have brought to mind the nagging sense of failure with which I left each place of responsibility. Okay, “failure” may be too strong a term; however, when God moved us to new responsibilities and places of service we followed in obedience, but always with a sense we […]

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Amazing Singapore

Posted on June 27, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Our sense of being back home hit us broadside when we arrived at Changi International Airport in Singapore after an 11-hour flight from New Zealand. The cleanliness and orderliness defies one’s typical concept of an Asian city. Orchids cascaded down the middle of the baggage carrousel. Within 15 minutes we had processed immigration, picked up […]

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Spontaneous Witness

Posted on June 24, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

It has been a wonderful experience to spend this past week in retreat at a beautiful lodge near the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand training global leaders from Crossover International in a strategic approach to church planting. It has refreshed the memory of many personal experiences from our 23 years on the field, and […]

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Accountability Group

Posted on June 22, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

One of the highlights of the Southern Baptist Convention was a dinner and fellowship with the six men (and their wives) who serve as my accountability group. The group has evolved over the years, but they are all prominent pastors and leaders who know and love me. The have a passionate devotion to missions and […]

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Traveling as Lifestyle

Posted on June 20, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

We have been traveling for a long time–lots of travel. I have always been under the illusion it would diminish, but the last 30 years it has become our lifestyle. Once I moved into a regional leadership role on the field it became a necessity to fly to 15 countries from India to the South […]

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The Gates of Hell

Posted on June 17, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

It seems the church is on the defensive, scrambling for survival in a humanistic world that is attacking Christian values and the advance of God’s kingdom. Society is increasingly hostile to our Christian witness. We seem to be intimidated by a pervasive cynicism and influenced by hedonistic, carnal behavior. The Southern Baptist Convention bemoans a […]

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Experiencing the Convention

Posted on June 16, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

The heat hit 107 degrees in Phoenix this week so no one wasted time in seeking refuge in the air conditioned comfort of hotels and the convention hall. It was strange to have no responsibilities or speaking engagements after 17 years of attending the Southern Baptist Convention as president of the IMB. It was delightful […]

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Children: Our Legacy

Posted on June 13, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Spending a week with five of our rapidly growing grandchildren, each with their unique personalities and interests, impressed me with the incredibly challenging task of nurturing them in the Lord.  Their knowledge of the Bible, frequent talk about how they love involvement in their churches and readiness to vocalize prayers in our devotional times were […]

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Grandkids Week!

Posted on June 13, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

This has been a busy spring of travel and diverse activities.  Bobbye had the privilege of participating in a mission trip to Moldova to speak at conferences for pastors’ wives in March, and Jerry led an 8-week study on mission strategy at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison through April. We embarked on a 12-day road […]

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