Pastor Still Missing After Years, The Goal of Unify Project & Steps for Studying the Bible
Leavell College Dean Greg Wilton met Malaysian pastor Raymond Koh about a decade before police abducted Koh in an effort to quash his Christian ministry. An “authentic racial unity” in the Southern Baptist Convention that offers evidence to other sectors of American life of what is possible on the issue is a goal of the Unify Project, Fred Luter, the lone African American to serve as SBC president, told an online audience Thursday (Feb. 9). And, in a piece on the brand new Toolbox section of Baptist Press, author Trillia Newbill offers four steps for study the Bible.
Leavell College Dean Greg Wilton met Malaysian pastor Raymond Koh about a decade before police abducted Koh in an effort to quash his Christian ministry.
February 13 marked the sixth anniversary of Koh’s abduction. Wilton is among many praying and advocating for the pastor’s release.
Fifteen masked men pulled him away and stole his car He was 64 at the time. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since the abduction.
Koh ran a nonprofit ministry helping people living with HIV/AIDs, recovering addicts and single mothers and children. Islamic authorities once investigated him over allegations he was working to convert Muslims to Christianity, among other outreaches.
You can read the incredible story of his faith at our website.
An “authentic racial unity” in the Southern Baptist Convention that offers evidence to other sectors of American life of what is possible on the issue is a goal of the Unify Project, Fred Luter, the lone African American to serve as SBC president, told an online audience Thursday (Feb. 9).
The Gospel-centered work of racial unity begins with developing “meaningful relationships,” said Luter, senior pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans.
Launched in November, the Unify Project presents a three-part process for racial healing.
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In a piece on the brand new Toolbox section of Baptist Press, author Trillia Newbill offers four steps for study the Bible.
Step #1: Read the Passage Straight Through in One Sitting
The Bible is the inspired Word of God (1 Cor. 2:12–13, 2 Tim. 3:16–17), but it is also a book! Therefore, I encourage you to begin your study of any part of the Bible by simply reading it that way—like a book. Feel free to write down certain themes you see, repeated words, and key terms, but don’t get bogged down in the details at first.
Step #2: Clarify the Context
– Who wrote it?
– When was it written?
– Who was it written for (the audience)?
– Why was it written (its purpose)?
– What was going on with God’s people and the world in general when it was written?
– How does it relate to other parts of God’s Word?
Step #3: Consider What the Passage Says—and What It Means
Step #4: Apply the Text to Your Life
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