Baptist Press Archive

Monday, July 10, 2017

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  • Twin sisters discover 'above, beyond' foster care

    by Carrie Brown McWhorter/Alabama Baptist, posted Monday, July 10, 2017 (5 months ago)

    Photos courtesy of Michaela Sanderson Guthrie.
    GARDENDALE, Ala. (BP) -- When Michaela Sanderson Guthrie was 11 years old, a social services caseworker gave her an unimaginable choice -- live with a family member or enter foster care.

    "My sister looked at me and I said 'foster care.' What 11-year-old would say that? But looking back, I totally believe it was the Lord speaking through me," Guthrie said. "I knew nothing would change if we went to live with my grandmother and I didn't want that for us."

    For years, Michaela and her siblings -- twin sister Danielle, older sister Mary ... Read More

  • Archaeologists' discovery supports Bible's Gezer account

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 10, 2017 (5 months ago)

    SWBTS photo.
    TEL GEZER, Israel (BP) -- A discovery of ancient human remains by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary archaeologists has helped confirm Scripture's portrayal of the city of Gezer in southern Israel.

    The discovery, unearthed this summer by Southwestern's Tandy Institute of Archaeology, included remains of two adults and a child inside a building that appeared to have been violently destroyed by Egyptians in the 13th century B.C., according to media reports. Because the Egyptians in that period preferred to keep vanquished foes alive, "the heavy destruction suggests the Egyptian pharaoh ... Read More

  • Samford to withdraw from state conv. funding channel

    by Jennifer Davis Rash/The Alabama Baptist, posted Monday, July 10, 2017 (5 months ago)

    Birmingham, Ala. (BP) -- Samford University in Birmingham -- described by many as Alabama Baptists' "crown jewel" -- will no longer receive annual budget allocations from the Alabama Baptist State Convention (ABSC) after 2017.

    As of Jan. 1, 2018, the $3-plus million Cooperative Program allotment for Samford will be reduced from Alabama's CP budget, assuming the request to eliminate funding for Samford is approved by the State Board of Missions (SBOM) and convention messengers. This was a voluntary action taken by the school, Samford officials announced July 7. Read More

  • Jail ministry reaches out to inmates' children

    by Kendra Peek/Kentucky Today, posted Monday, July 10, 2017 (5 months ago)

    A new ministry at the Boyle County Detention Center in Kentucky is aimed not at those who are incarcerated, but at their children -- the ones who often suffer most when parents are behind bars. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Fruitful follow-up

    by David Frasure, posted Monday, July 10, 2017 (5 months ago)

    Friendly and frequent follow-up with those who visit a church, Sunday School or small group, David Frasure notes, "often determines if we will ever see them again." Read More