Baptist Press Archive

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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  • 88-year-old retired pastor fulfills collegiate goal

    by Caleb Britt, posted Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (12 days ago)

    Donna Flournoy Photography
    ROME, Ga. (BP) -- As Shorter University's class of 2017 walked across the stage to receive their diplomas, one graduate received a standing ovation for his long journey.

    Horace Sheffield, now 88, first enrolled at Shorter in 1961 and left with 115 credit hours because his own daughters were soon to enter college.

    "I didn't care about having a diploma back then, but I'm getting my degree this time," the retired pastor said. Read More

  • Christ-centered parenting focus of ERLC efforts

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (12 days ago)

    Christ-centered parenting will be the focus of a two-pronged effort by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission in August, when it will hold its annual national conference and debut a new, small group study. Read More

  • Live to 'give glory to God,' Kelley tells NOBTS grads

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (12 days ago)

    Photo by Gary D. Myers
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- God's holiness, sovereignty and glory were underscored to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary graduates for their new chapters in ministry by President Chuck Kelley during commencement May 13.

    "You are to so live your lives that those who see you will give glory to God because of the way you are living," Kelley exhorted the seminary's 144 graduates. Read More

  • From prison to praise, NOBTS grad sees God's hand

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (12 days ago)

    Photo by Boyd Guy
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Standing in front of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's Leavell Chapel on graduation day, Tara Garcia looked back with fondness on her undergraduate experience. But unlike the graduates lined up beside her, Garcia earned her degree inside prison walls.

    Garcia completed every class except one prior to her release in January from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel. Read More

  • Embrace Gospel's 'foolishness,' MBTS grads exhorted

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (12 days ago)

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's academic year concluded in celebratory fashion May 12 as graduates, families and friends gathered for the 61st commencement, launching theologically-trained Gospel ministers into service.

    The seminary's largest-ever graduating class of 135 students received 31 undergraduate, 82 graduate and 19 doctoral degrees and three diplomas from Midwestern Women's Institute. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: What's your handicap?

    by Randy Covington, posted Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (12 days ago)

    Handicaps aren't just physical, Randy Covington writes, with an exhortation to "think for a moment of anything you may be choosing to ignore that is seriously handicapping your ability to be all that God wants you to be." Read More