The first is an article regarding "Unity in the Southern Baptist Convention". It was written by Dr. David Crosby, pastor of First Baptist Church of New Orleans. Dr. Crosby is a godly man who was a candidate for President of the SBC this past Summer. He is a godly pastor, who most certainly believes in the inerrancy of scripture, and also understands and practices compassion in ministry and evangelism, while working in one of the great mission fields in North America, "The Big Easy". Dr. Crosby understands the need for cooperation among those of us who profess to follow Christ - even when we may not totally agree on every little point of doctrine, but we can come together under the broad umbrella of our Baptist Faith and Message. We Southern Baptists will never have uniformity, but we most certainly need to practice unity! Dr. Crosby's article appears on the New Orleans Baptist Association's website. It can be seen by clicking here.
The second article is by Joe Carter and appears on The Gospel Coalition's website. This article is entitled, " Why We Should Be Grateful For Flourishing Evangelical Seminaries". Carter makes the point that new data reveal that the largest seminaries in America are the most orthodox and evangelical. It's an encouraging read for those of us who value the worth of quality and doctrinally sound theological education. Without exception, it is the conservative evangelical seminaries that are growing and flourishing in these days when our culture is spiraling downward. Having just finished 10 years of serving on the Board of Trustees of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, I have had the blessing to see, up close, the dedication, discipline and hard work that goes on in providing a world class theological education to students through various and constantly changing delivery methods. Carter's article is a good read, and can be accessed by clicking here.
The third article is of personal interest to me, as it involves my youngest brother, Carl Adkins. It comes from the "Atlanta Journal and Constitution" website. There are big doin's coming up in Atlanta over the next few years that will take the spotlight in the sporting world, and my little bro is right in the middle of it. After going 3-for-3 in bids to host marquee sporting events over the next few years — the College Football Playoff national championship game in January 2018, the Super Bowl in February 2019 and the Final Four in April 2020 — Atlanta sports and hospitality officials are assembling organizations to plan and manage the events locally. Carl has been named executive director of the local host committees for both the college-football title game and the Final Four.
Carl is no stranger to hosting big events. As long time General Manager of the Georgia Dome, he has been heavily involved with hosting the Olympics, Super Bowls, Final Fours, Atlanta Falcons home games, concerts, and other large events.
We are all very proud of Carl, who began his arena management career as a Huntington East High School student, working at the Huntington Civic Center (Now the Big Sandy Superstore Arena) as a door guard and usher at it's opening event, a concert by Frank Sinatra. His career path has taken him through moving up the ladder at the old Civic Center to progressive "upward moves" into supervisory and management positions at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, the Nashville Convention Center in the Music City, on to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, and eventually across the street to the Georgia Dome.
I invite you to read more about the big events coming to Atlanta and my brother's role in two of them. Article can be accessed by clicking here.