Baptist Press Archive

Monday, May 15, 2017

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  • Prayerwalking lifts church's heart for its community

    by Julia Bell, posted Monday, May 15, 2017 (3 months ago)

    GREENWOOD, S.C. (BP) -- Members of Abney Memorial Baptist Church have prayerwalked every street within a five-mile radius of the church.

    The South Carolina congregation's two-year outreach has encompassed 2,000 homes and businesses, praying for the people living or working inside.

    It has become a meaningful ministry that affects residents and church alike in Greenwood, S.C., pastor Brent Bennett said. Read More

  • Her missions journey: from orphan to a doctorate

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Monday, May 15, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- Mary Ann McMillan never intended to earn a full degree when she enrolled at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She just needed 20-30 hours of course credit to go back to the mission field full-time.

    On May 12, McMillan received her doctorate in Christian education, adding on to her master's degree in intercultural studies that she received in 2013 after deciding it would prove useful for her future.

    The Lord was cultivating in McMillan a desire to go overseas to minister in closed countries, so she realized that having a doctorate in education would provide the platform for that goal. Read More

  • First Amendment upheld in Ky. Court of Appeals

    by Myriah Snyder/Western Recorder, posted Monday, May 15, 2017 (3 months ago)

    In an apparent victory for religious liberty in the marketplace, the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 on May 12 in favor of a Lexington, Ky., T-shirt company's refusal to print gay pride shirts in 2012. Read More

  • Life & death have value, Akin tells SEBTS grads

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Monday, May 15, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- As followers of Jesus, death and life hold great significance and allow for what Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, calls "the ultimate win-win scenario."

    Akin challenged 234 graduates from the seminary and The College at Southeastern with a message from Philippians 1:21 during the 65th SEBTS commencement ceremony May 12. The seminary commencement was held at 10 a.m. and the college commencement was held at 3 p.m. Read More

  • Credentials Committee for 2017 announced

    by BP Staff, posted Monday, May 15, 2017 (3 months ago)

    Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines has announced appointees to the Credentials Committee for the 2017 SBC annual meeting in Phoenix. Read More

  • 2 jailed Christians pardoned amid Sudan persecution

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, May 15, 2017 (3 months ago)

    Photo from Christian Solidarity Worldwide
    KHARTOUM, Sudan (BP) -- A pastor and another Christian unjustly imprisoned in Sudan are free after presidential pardons, but their release came just days after the government destroyed the last Christian place to worship in Soba al Aradi, a suburb of the capital Khartoum.

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    The May 11 release of Sudan Church of Christ (SCOC) pastor Hassan Abdelrahim Tawor of Omdurman and Christian activist Abdulmonem Abdumawla of Darfur ended 10-year prison sentences the two had been serving since December, 2015. The men were wrongly accused of espionage, causing hatred among communities and spreading false information, Morning Star News reported. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: 10 steps to finishing strong

    by Todd Gaddis, posted Monday, May 15, 2017 (3 months ago)

    Todd Gaddis suggests 10 practices that contribute to a strong finish for pastors in the latter half of their ministries. Among them: Stay relevant, speak positively, focus on the family, dig deeper in the Word. Read More