Archive for April, 2012

Celebrating Family

Posted on April 30, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

A week ago our schedule was punctuated by several nostalgic events that reminded us of how blessed we are by family and friends, the legacy of our missionary experiences and the joy of new relationships and ministry. Most prominent was gathering with Bobbye’s family to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her sister and brother-in-law, Bettye […]

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Aware of Jesus’ Presence

Posted on April 27, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him.” (Luke 24:31) On Easter Sunday the focus of our Bible study group was on the account of the two men on the road to Emmaus. These, identified as Cleopas and his companion, were disciples of Jesus. Though not included among the twelve, they had been with […]

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NAMB Deserves Support

Posted on April 26, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

It is the season of the year when Southern Baptist churches collect the Annie Armstrong Offering for support of the North American Mission Board. Some include their designated gift to the work of NAMB as a part of a Global Missions campaign at other times of the year or from a proportion of year-round missions […]

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Traveling Hwy 49 South

Posted on April 23, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Teaching at William Carey University this spring has entailed commuting the 95 miles to Hattiesburg on Highway 49 South each week. This prominent highway that runs diagonally across Mississippi from Memphis to the Gulf Coast, is the primary thoroughfare for getting from Jackson to points southeast. I well remember the trek years ago when my […]

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William Carey University

Posted on April 17, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

It has been a delightful experience to re-connect with William Carey University and friends in South Mississippi through teaching a missions course on Tuesday nights this spring. Founded in 1906 as Mississippi Women’s College, it became co-educational in 1954 as did Blue Mountain, Mississippi Baptist’s other women’s college in North Mississippi. Women’s College kept its […]

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The Blessings of Easter

Posted on April 9, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

What a week! The blessings of celebrating our Lord’s death and resurrection just kept building in emotional worship experiences through the weekend. Maybe its a matter of slowing down and refraining from personal travel and speaking to fully participate in passion week programs, but it also has something to do with the focused way our […]

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What Do We Leave Behind?

Posted on April 6, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

It has been encouraging to see more and more churches become involved in missions. The trend of short-term volunteer teams going overseas has escalated in the last 30 years with tens of thousands from our churches taking vacation time, raising funds and cashing in savings to go on a mission trip. Obviously, this mobilized resource […]

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Spring Routine

Posted on April 2, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Although I am often perceived as a compulsively organized person, my life has never been one characterized by a “normal routine.” With all the travel, meetings, administration, writing, speaking, public relations events, church and family, it would be impossible to describe a typical day or week at any point over the last 40 years. I […]

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