National CP 4.13% under projection
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee in November were 5.07 percent below the second month of last year's SBC fiscal year, and 4.13 percent below the projected budget for the first two months of the current fiscal year, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and CEO Frank S. Page. Read More
WEEK OF PRAYER: Gospel confronts witch doctor in MozambiqueNACALA, Mozambique (BP) -- Believers traveling by boat, sharing the Gospel. In the book of Acts it was the Apostle Paul on the Mediterranean. In Northern Mozambique today it is International Mission Board missionary Brian Harrell steering his small wooden vessel through coastal waters.
He and his family live on the water's edge solely to reach the approximately 300,000 Makhuwa Nahara people with the Gospel, whether that means venturing to unreached villages accessed best by water, or sharing Gospel stories with a local witch doctor or women as they sit in a circle and make rag rugs. Read More
Amendment loss disappoints religious liberty advocates
WASHINGTON (BP) -- Religious freedom advocates have expressed deep disappointment about congressional leaders’ failure to protect the rights of faith-based organizations in a national defense bill. Read More
Imprisonment under Castro recalled by missionaryHAVANA (BP) -- As the world reflects on the legacy of late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, a former Southern Baptist missionary imprisoned by the Castro regime in the 1960s is remembering what Castro could not do: kill the church.
David Fite, 82, was arrested in Havana in 1965 on what he calls fabricated charges of "trafficking in foreign currency" and "ideological diversionism." Then a Home Mission Board (now the North American Mission Board) missionary and the father of three young boys, including a one-month-old, Fite was incarcerated for three and a half years before being released in Nov. 1968. Read More
Deputy fatally shoots suspect after church break-in
SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- A Kentucky sheriff's deputy fatally shot a robbery suspect early Friday morning (Dec. 2) at Simpsonville Baptist Church. Read More
CP helps church 'love others as God has loved us'FRUIT COVE, Fla. (BP) -- As international missionaries are going into difficult places around the globe, Fruit Cove Baptist Church pastor Tim Maynard said the least his congregation can do is support them. But that's just where the church's commitment to missions begins.
"I've seen it," Maynard told Baptist Press. "I've seen our missionaries in action … and I tell them, 'If you're willing to go and put your life on the line, the least I can do is hold the rope.'" Read More
HGTV stars 'hounded' for pastor's marriage stanceWACO, Texas (BP) -- Media reports criticizing HGTV personalities Chip and Joanna Gaines for attending a church whose pastor believes homosexuality is a sin have drawn criticism from Southern Baptist commentators as illogical and "unbecoming of the term 'news.'"
The Gaines, who star in HGTV's popular series "Fixer Upper," were the subjects of a Nov. 29 article on the news and entertainment website BuzzFeed which classified their pastor and Waco, Texas, church as holding a "severe, unmoving position ... on same-sex marriage." Read More