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Miracle cardiologist cherishes 'power of prayer'ASHLAND, Ky. (BP) -- A cardiologist who had a miracle recovery from a grim cancer diagnosis this summer spoke emotionally Dec. 16 from the pulpit at Rose Hill Baptist Church.
After receiving a standing ovation from a packed house in Ashland, Ky., David Bush thanked a congregation who had lifted him up in prayer during a two-month stretch when doctors gave him little hope.
Nobody would have given him much hope to even be in the service nine days before Christmas, let alone delivering a Sunday morning message. Read More
'Lord protected us,' Baptist pastor says of gunmanVIDOR, Texas (BP) -- "The Lord protected us," a Texas pastor proclaimed after police arrested a masked gunman more than 250 miles away who cited the specific church as his destination.
"There is an overwhelming recognition that the Lord protected us and provided for us," Terry Wright of First Baptist Church in Vidor told Baptist Press today (Jan. 2).
Police in Seguin, Texas, 254 miles southwest of Vidor, contacted the pastor after arresting 33-year-old Tony Dwayne Albert II, whom police said was dressed in tactical style clothing, had a loaded gun and said he was headed to the church to fulfill an unspecified prophecy.
"We're very grateful that the man was caught," Wright told BP. "We also know that he needs help. He has some problems, evidently, and we ... pray for his well-being, that through this, somehow or another, there be a spiritual impact in his life. Read More
Rash begins 2019 as Alabama Baptist's new editorBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- When Jennifer Davis Rash was getting ready to graduate from the University of Alabama (UA) in 1993, Jim Oakley had a plan for her life.
"She was an ideal student for me to recommend because I knew she would do well and make me and our program both look good," said Oakley, then a career counselor and internship placement director for the College of Communication and Information Sciences at UA.
He had several publications ready to offer her jobs, including one prominent paper who wanted to hire her "very badly," Oakley said. Read More
SBU prof's firing, university's theology discussedBOLIVAR, Mo. (BP) -- As a former Southwest Baptist University professor appeals his termination for allegedly accusing faculty colleagues of deviating from theological orthodoxy, the university has commissioned an "external peer assessment" to include "evaluations regarding orthodoxy" on the Bolivar, Mo., campus.
In the month since SBU's Nov. 28 termination of Clint Bass, associate professor of theology, online discussion has included a petition calling for the university's administration and trustees to "exonerate" Bass. As of midday today (Jan. 2), the petition had garnered more than 1,300 signatures and was accompanied by letters supporting Bass from professors at two Southern Baptist Convention seminaries. Read More
Bill Tolar, prof who 'stands large' in SBC, diesFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Bill Tolar, a preacher-scholar who provided transitional leadership at key junctures for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and multiple Southern Baptist megachurches, died Dec. 29 following a battle with cancer. He was 90.
A faculty stalwart at Southwestern for more than 30 years, Tolar served as the seminary's acting president in 1994 after then-president Russell Dilday's departure amid the Southern Baptist Convention's Conservative Resurgence. As a biblical backgrounds and archaeology professor, his students included then-future SBC presidents Jimmy Draper, Charles Stanley, Morris Chapman, Jack Graham and Ronnie Floyd.
Among his more than 50 interim pastorates were First Baptist Church in Dallas, Houston's First Baptist Church and Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. Tolar preached his most popular sermon "Creation: Chance or Choice?" more than 100 times to thousands of Southern Baptists -- the last delivery apparently coming less than four months before his death. He also preached multiple times at the SBC Pastors' Conference. Read More
Jon Nelson: from atheist to 1st black Mo. Baptist VPJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) -- The Missouri Baptist Convention's first African American officer, Jon Nelson, is not only a husband, father and church planter. He's also a testimony to the grace of God that can take an adversary of faith, such as Nelson once was, and bring him into the service of the one he had hated.
Growing up in his parents' inner-city church in Kansas City, Nelson admits he often intellectually wrestled with Christians there.
"When I attended my parents' church, I would privately engage in debates to destroy others' faith by asking venomous and loaded questions," Nelson remembers of his effort to agitate doubt that anyone had about God, the Christian faith or the Bible. Having become a self-defined -- but not publicly identified -- atheist, he wanted others to taste and see the same freedom he felt by rejecting belief in any God. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: 2.8 billion lost people & you
Keith Shorter asks what you would do for two people who had never heard of Jesus in a country like Afghanistan, Pakistan or China. Read More
Cartoons to accompany LifeWay's January Bible Study
Speaker, author and longtime Baptist Press cartoonist Joe McKeever has created a series of cartoon panels inspired by the 2019 January Bible Study from LifeWay Christian Resources. Read More