Archive for March, 2012

Obedient or Not?

Posted on March 30, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Jesus had a remarkable way of teaching and getting His point across. Sometimes it was  “in your face” confrontation, especially when it came to His intolerance of the pious, hypocritical religious leaders. He seldom gravitated to vague theological homilies though His listeners had difficulty grasping His references to His relationship with the Father. His remarkable […]

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Unplanned Encounters

Posted on March 26, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

We have always had a tendency to fill our schedule with planned commitments which tend to diminish flexibility and eliminate the margin needed for spontaneous activities. This is especially true in teaching four college classes each week and the preparation needed for each one. However, the last couple of weeks have been enhanced by several […]

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Mission and Missions

Posted on March 22, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

The meaning of “missions,” as with many other topics is contingent on how one chooses to define it. Most Christians would acknowledge being an advocate and supporter of missions. The Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 is as well known as any verse of Scripture next to John 3:16. But it is interesting how this activity […]

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Celebrating the Big “7-0”

Posted on March 19, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

The biblically allotted three score and ten years was finally attained last weekend, and I am now living in the bonus! The inevitable accumulation of years have been edging toward this decadal milestone. An age once considered ancient, I find that 70 is a liberating time of enjoying life more than ever with freedom to […]

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We are God’s Instruments

Posted on March 16, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“I have seen the affliction of My people and…am aware of their sufferings. So I have come down to deliver them….Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh so that you may bring my people out of Egypt” (Exodus 3:7-10) It is impossible to watch newscasts and read daily events without being impressed […]

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Return to Richmond

Posted on March 13, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Spring break from teaching assignments this week provided a window of opportunity to schedule the quarterly time of training with new missionaries at FPO (field personnel orientation). It was encouraging to see 120 preparing for their field assignments, the largest contingent since appointments began to be restricted a few years ago. Returning to Richmond is […]

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Great Commission Baptists

Posted on March 9, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

I was not surprised when the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, upon recommendation of a special task force, decided not to change the name of the denomination. This is an issue that emerges from time to time in the interest of re-branding and removing a provincial connotation to our identity. What was intriguing […]

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Having Fun Along the Way

Posted on March 5, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Many have commented on how busy we continue to be and question references to our current lifestyle as retirement. We are enjoying the journey and find idleness no attraction. Teaching college students this semester at Mississippi College and William Carey University is less demanding and more fulfilling than I had anticipated; teaching “Impact Your World” […]

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