Hello again, Alabama Baptist. Let me take this last opportunity to invite you to participate in our state convention meeting November 15-16 at Shades Mountain Baptist Church. The day before on the 14th is the Pastor’s Conference and putting all of this together, we’re going to be able to celebrate. In fact, that’s our theme based on Psalm 100.
This year we have our friend Dr. Robert Smith, who will come and help us do this celebration. There’s not a greater opportunity for us to be able to come together and look forward to what God is going to do in the future, and yes, reflect upon the past.
We’re glad also to have Dr. Willie McLaurin, who is the acting CEO of the SBC Executive Committee, a person that I admire and respect, and I think Alabama Baptist do as well. He’ll be with us to help us celebrate together.
Our convention sermon this year is Dr. Joel Carwile, First Baptist Church Athens. Now, he too has a unique perspective on what it means to be a pastor of a local church and be in cooperation with the Baptist family in Alabama and beyond.
Then of course, our convention president Buddy Champion. Buddy has an opportunity to help us look toward the future and give us guidance as from his own view of what Alabama Baptist can be like, not only now, but in the future.
We have much to celebrate. We know that we have this as an opportunity for us to set the stage for the 200th anniversary. This is what this is all about as we look toward it in 2023. There are only two other conventions older than the Alabama Baptist Convention. South Carolina was formed in 1821, and Georgia in 1822. Also you’ll hear from your sexual abuse task force and other reports. This is an opportunity of inspiration and information. Again, I invite you to be a part of the family reunion on November 15-16 and the Pastor’s Conference of November 14th. I look forward to seeing you.