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Millennial & bivocational: church's intentional DNABATON ROUGE, La. (BP) -- As both a crew member at Trader Joe's and a minister at Progression Church in Baton Rouge, La., Joe Handy essentially gets to pastor two locations -- his "Trader Joe's campus" and his "Progression Church campus."
At Trader Joe's, a grocery store chain, Handy rubs shoulders with nearly 85 coworkers from a wide range of social, cultural, political and spiritual backgrounds, most of whom have little to no interest in visiting a church. Read More
Trump admin. cuts target contraceptive-based sex ed.WASHINGTON (BP) -- Teen pregnancy prevention programs that advocate the use of contraceptives have been notified by the Trump administration their federal funding will be cut by more than $200 million annually.
Ascend, formerly the National Abstinence Education Association, lauded the cuts as appropriate given the "controversial and explicit" nature of some sex education programs used in public schools. Read More
Africa missionaries embrace children's home ministryTHOMASVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Kim and Jay Smith spent 26 years sharing the Gospel as missionaries in West Africa. Today, they continue to share Christ's love as cottage parents with the Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina where they care for as many as 12 girls at BCH's Mills Home in Thomasville.
"It's still a mission field but a different mission field," Kim says. Read More
Houseparents sow spiritual seeds at children's homeOKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- "When we first came, the Holy Spirit just kept saying over and over again, 'This is your home.' It still feels like home to this day. This is where God wants us to be," Lieschen Saale said while rocking back and forth in her living room.
Lieschen and her husband David left their ministry and home in New Mexico nearly 14 years ago to begin a new season of life with Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children in Oklahoma City. Read More
Newcomers, young adults embrace black church conf.
RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Ryan Littlejohn of Wichita, Kan., attended his first Black Church Leadership and Family Conference July 17-21 after hearing a glowing report of the previous year's gathering.
"I came because my pastor (Tarrance C. Floyd) and first lady (Jacqueline Floyd) came last year, and they just really, really loved what this place offered and everything they learned," Littlejohn told Baptist Press on the grounds of Ridgecrest Conference Center, the site of the annual event. "And they shared it with the congregation, and a group of eight of us came here, based on just what they said. We came and it's been everything and more thus far. I'm just excited and really learning a lot here." Read More
FROM THE STATES: Mo., Texas and N.M. evangelism/missions news; '... [G]et back to what Jesus taught us on the Sermon on the Mount'
Today's From the States features items from: The Pathway (Missouri); Southern Baptist TEXAN; Baptist New Mexican Read More