• Migrants desperate; easy prey for smugglers

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, April 24, 2015 (yesterday)

    Photo from UNHCR/F. Malavolta
    CYPRUS (BP) -- Unable to survive in their war-torn or impoverished homelands, migrants are easy prey for illegal smugglers who charge as much as $5,000 for passage to what is touted as paradise. But paradise is rarely found.

    More than 800 migrants were killed when the smugglers' boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya on April 18. The 2015 death toll from failed passages could top 30,000, nearly 10 times the 2014 total of 3,279, the International Organization for Migration has warned. Read More

  • SBC COLUMBUS: Praying for next Great Awakening

    by Shawn Hendricks, posted Friday, April 24, 2015 (yesterday)

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- As this year's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting approaches, SBC President Ronnie Floyd urges fellow Baptists to gather June 16-17 in Columbus, Ohio, to cry out to God and expect great things to follow.

    This year's annual meeting theme is "Great Awakening: Clear Agreement, Visible Union, Extraordinary Prayer," based on Romans 13:11. Floyd hopes Southern Baptists of all ages and ethnicities will attend and "rise to this moment in our nation calling out to God for the next Great Awakening in our nation." Read More

  • Carson to withdraw as Pastors' Conf. speaker

    by David Roach, posted Friday, April 24, 2015 (yesterday)

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- Likely Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference have "mutually agreed" that Carson will not address the Pastors' Conference in Columbus, Ohio, as previously scheduled.

    "We didn't want this to become a distraction for our convention," Pastors' Conference President William Rice told Baptist Press. ... Read More

  • Pastors' Conference to spotlight Christ, not fads

    by David Roach, posted Friday, April 24, 2015 (yesterday)

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- Though this year's Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference will feature a diverse array of speakers -- in terms of both race and age -- conference president William Rice hopes they won't be the gathering's focus. Read More

  • SBC women's events to share 'Radiant' focus

    by Shannon Baker, posted Friday, April 24, 2015 (yesterday)

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- Ministers' wives attending the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention are invited to a trio of women's events based on the theme, "Radiant." These events include a Pastors' Wives Conference, a Ministers' Wives Luncheon and a Women's Expo. Read More

  • Revival, spiritual awakening NAAF aim

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, April 24, 2015 (yesterday)

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- Revival for the church and spiritual awakening for the U.S. culture are the focus of the National African American Fellowship as it holds its annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio, June 14–15, according to NAAF President K. Marshall Williams Sr. Read More

  • AVANCE to hear plans for Hispanic network

    by Art Toalston, posted Friday, April 24, 2015 (yesterday)

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- Hispanic Southern Baptists' AVANCE will continue in 2015 prior to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, with SBC President Ronnie Floyd as this year's featured speaker. Read More