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Explosions of Fear or Love

Explosions of Fear or Love by Terry Maples, CBFVA Field Coordinator Rachel Platten was going through a tough time in her life when she penned the words to her big hit “Fight Song.” Apparently, this song was never intended to be heard by anyone else but the writer as a...

The Price Families Pay

The Price Families Pay Greg Smith, LUCHA Ministries and CBF Global Missions Before traveling to El Salvador on our Mission Immersion Experience, our group of BTSR seminarians – five students and two adjunct instructors – was well aware of the immigration conversation...

Bearing Witness

By Mark Snipes, CBFVA Missions Coordinator “Bearing Witness to Jesus Christ” was CBFVA’s theme for this past year. While there are many stories about how this theme was embodied in the last twelve months, there is one in particular that I would like to highlight. In...

Rethinking Mission Engagement, Part 2

By Mark Snipes, CBFVA Missions Coordinator In Part 1 of this blog I talked about giving dignity and choice back to those we serve. You can find it on the CBFVA Blog. Today I want to think through the next step in missional faithfulness in light of understand the need...

Rethinking Mission Engagement, Part 1

By Mark Snipes, CBFVA Missions Coordinator In reconsidering CBFVA’s 2018 missions focus, we came up with three statements that help us wrestle with new ways of talking about missions: 1) changing the scorecard for evaluating success, 2) reconsidering the equation, and...

Dangers of Clinging to the Shore

Sailing into the Deep by Terry Maples I recently read the book Sailboat Church – Helping Your Church Rethink Its Mission and Practice by Joan S. Gray. A local congregation used the book to help members discern next steps on their journey of faith; they asked me to...

Forming Faith During Advent

Forming Faith During Advent By Terry Maples I’m privileged to participate in a non-traditional study group at Central Baptist Church in Richmond. Our class is called Crossing Borders because of our willingness discuss beyond traditional Sunday school class lines....

Invitation to Join the Conversation

Reclaiming and Re-Forming Baptist Identity By Terry Maples, CBFVA Field Coordinator Because I invested 27 years of my life in congregational education, I was extremely pleased with the phrases coming out of CBF’s 2015 branding campaign:  forming together and...