Archive for February, 2013

Along for the ride

February 25, 2013

A few weeks ago I attended a Baptist state paper editor’s meeting in Oklahoma City. While there we visited the corporate offices of Hobby Lobby.

Little did I expect that we would actually get to meet with Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby.

Hobby Lobby has been in the news recently. The company has acquired an impressive collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts and plans to open a Bible museum in the near future near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Hobby Lobby also is on front lines of a religious liberty battle. The company has publicly stated that it will not obey a federal mandate to provide employee health insurance that covers abortion-causing drugs. For more information, read a Baptist Press article by Art Toalston.

During our time with Green I was impressed with his candor and open Christian witness. Despite the looming legal battle and fines his company faces, Green is optimistic.

As he told the state editors, “God’s up to something. We’re just along for the ride.”

That’s a philosophy all Christians would do well to adopt.

A true professional

February 20, 2013

Just read a story in the Feb. 19 posting of Baptist Press about the death of Don Rutledge.

Most Southern Baptists probably do not recognize his name, but long-time Southern Baptists with an interest in missions would recognize his work.

Don Rutledge, a Tennessee native, was without question the best photographer who ever worked for Southern Baptists. He was employed for years with first the Home Mission Board (now North American Mission Board) and later the Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board), where his photos made The Commission magazine one of the best publications of its kind. Prior to that Rutledge established his reputation as a secular photographer having been published in magazines such as LIFE and LOOK.

Rutledge brought missions to life with his images.

As a young journalist getting established in SBC life, one of my first roles at SBC annual meetings was helping in the darkroom at the SBC meetings, processing film and writing cutlines. Don Rutledge would come into the darkroom area and made photography come alive just through talking with him. It was a highlight and honor to have met and gotten to know him.

At one time Rutledge wanted to be a preacher. It turned out that he was a minister. He just used a camera and lens as his pulpit.