Albert Mohler, Jr. 30th Anniversary, Prayers for Church Planters to Reach Portland & a Burden for Lost Souls
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary celebrated Albert Mohler, Jr.’s 30th Anniversary as President last week. Home to both hipsters and the homeless, Portland is recognized as the least religious city in America by the Public Religion Research Institute’s American Values Atlas. And, in a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, church leader Todd Gray writes, “I remember hearing someone describe Adrian Rogers, former pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, as a “weeper.”
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary celebrated Albert Mohler, Jr.’s 30th Anniversary as President last week. Mohler, a two-time graduate of the Seminary, returned to lead the institution in August of 1993 after being the editor of Christian newspaper in Georgia. Mohler is now well know far beyond the seminary’s campus as his books and daily podcast have reached millions.
Mohler said he continues to be motivated by his perceived urgency in the need for faithful seminary education and how it affects the greater evangelical world.
Home to both hipsters and the homeless, Portland is recognized as the least religious city in America by the Public Religion Research Institute’s American Values Atlas. Pray for more church planters to commit to reach Portland through creative ministry efforts. Pray for an abundance of sending and supporting churches to come alongside the planters in Portland. Researchers believe only 14% of the population of Portland has a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Would you pray that God would send church planters to the northwest? Ask him to send folks like Virgil and Kelsey Brown who planted Redemption Church in Portland.
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In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, church leader Todd Gray writes, “I remember hearing someone describe Adrian Rogers, former pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, as a “weeper.” Dr. Rogers was known for shedding tears over the lost condition and pending
judgment of those who, because of their own sin and rebellion, were alienated from God. He went on to say that when it comes to evangelism “weepers are reapers.”
This may seem like strange language. What he was saying is that Adrian Rogers, like many of his generation and many today, had a strong burden for the unsaved — one that led him to weep over people who were dead in their sins and on their way to hell.”
In the piece Gray encourages believes to pray that God would give them a burden for lost people and the courage to act on it. Then, looks for opportunities to befriend and talk with people who don’t know Jesus.
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