Ky. Baptists cut ties with dually aligned churches

The Kentucky Baptist Convention will cut ties with a small group of churches that remain dually aligned with a missions network that took steps earlier this year to allow the hiring of LGBT staff members.

Women urged to be 'Confident' amid cultural issues

The theme for this year's LifeWay Women's Leadership Forum was "Confident." Professional and lay leaders from 30 states and 14 denominations gathered at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn.

Hankins announces retirement plans

David Hankins, executive director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, announced his plans to retire during the pre-convention meeting of the convention's Executive Board in Ruston, La., Monday (Nov. 12).
  • NFL's Watson aids life through Psalm 139

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (11 hours ago)

    Photo by Shawn Powers
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- National Football League player Benjamin Watson has again joined with the Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity to provide an ultrasound machine for the benefit of women in crisis pregnancies.

    Watson, a veteran tight end with the New Orleans Saints, and his wife Kirsten donated a machine through the Psalm 139 Project for a center that is part of Baptist Community Health Services (BCHS) in New Orleans, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) announced Nov. 5. Psalm 139 is the ERLC's ministry to help place ultrasound machines in pregnancy resource centers across the country. Read More

  • N.M. Baptists partner with Union, Ramsey

    by Danny Porter/Baptist New Mexican, posted Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (7 hours ago)

    Photo by Kevin Parker/Baptist New Mexican
    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (BP) -- New Mexico Baptists approved a 2019 budget, elected new convention officers, emphasized the importance of Cooperative Program giving and introduced new convention partnerships during the Baptist Convention of New Mexico's 2018 annual meeting.

    They also announced partnerships with Union University and personal finance expert Dave Ramsey.

    Two hundred sixty-nine messengers and 89 guests from 93 of the BCNM's 338 cooperating churches attended the Oct. 22-24 meeting hosted by Mesilla Park Community Church in Las Cruces, N.M. The 2018 theme was "God's Unshakeable Kingdom" derived from Hebrews 12:25-29, in which the author states God's promise that, through Jesus, people can enter into "a kingdom that cannot be shaken." Read More

  • #GivingTuesday gifts to double for Mission:Dignity

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (8 hours ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- #GivingTuesday gifts to Mission:Dignity's ministry to retired Southern Baptist ministers and their widows near the poverty line will be doubled thanks to donors who have offered $250,000 in matching gifts.

    #GivingTuesday fosters gifts to charities on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving as a way to give back following Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping days.

    All gifts are utilized for Mission:Dignity recipients; an established endowment covers administrative and overhead costs for the ministry. Read More

  • 800 enter 'adulting' from Kansas collegiate ministry

    by Sue Sprenkle, posted Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (11 hours ago)

    Submitted photo
    HAYS, Kan. (BP) -- This is probably the last thing any of Bethany Wood's college friends would guess she's doing in her "grown up" years: mother of five, foster parent, direct sales business owner, photographer, arts council, community Bible study, 4-H and a lay leader in her local church.

    "That's a lot of adulting," Wood jokes. She didn't enter Fort Hays State University heading this direction. "I started living a life that was not pleasing to my Savior."

    Wood grew up in a Christian home. But like many who go off to college, she got swept up in parties and pushing the limits of her early adulthood at the Kansas university, 180 miles west-northwest of Wichita. Read More