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Couple with 10 kids joins adoption/foster care reformFRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- A former Florida pastor and his wife have been named by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin to help implement reforms to the state's adoption and foster care system under legislation approved by the 2018 General Assembly.
Chris and Alicia Johnson will work closely with the Department for Community Based Services, part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, to support the department's ongoing adoption and foster care initiatives, including the transformative efforts required under House Bill 1. See related Baptist Press story. Read More
Nat'l CP 3.06% ahead of projectionNASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 3.06 percent above the year-to-date budgeted projection and 0.36 percent below contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from D. August Boto, SBC Executive Committee interim president and executive vice president for convention policy.
The total includes receipts from state conventions and fellowships, churches and individuals for distribution according to the 2017-18 SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget. Read More
Why Americans go to church -- and why they don'tNASHVILLE (BP) -- Americans who attend religious services and those who skip them may be looking for the same thing -- a connection with God, according to a new survey from Pew Research.
The most common single reason for attending services is that people want to be close to God. And the most common single reason for skipping services is that people found some other way to practice their faith.
Eighty-one percent of those who attend services at least once a month say becoming closer to God is a very important reason they attend services. Read More
Prayer, tithing, missions strengthen Okla. churchBROKEN ARROW, Okla. (BP) -- Valuing prayer, tithing and missions, First Baptist Church of Broken Arrow, Okla., led 20 mission trips last year alone and has helped plant more than 60 churches in the past decade.
At the heart of its outreach is First Baptist Broken Arrow's support of the Cooperative Program, giving 10 percent of the congregation's undesignated gifts while supporting a $16.5 million, 142-acre campus debt-free, according to senior pastor Nick Garland.
"This church has always been a missions-minded people," Garland said. He has led for 31 years the church that began in 1904 with nine people meeting in a railroad car. Today, the church draws 2,800 to Sunday morning worship and is on track to give more than $1 million to missions this year. Read More
ERLC video: Malaysian liberty burdened by I.D. cardsWASHINGTON (BP) -- Malaysia's religious registration requirement is a heavy burden to their freedom, non-Muslims say in a new documentary produced by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
The ERLC premiered the nine-minute video -- "Malaysia: A Fight for Freedom and Identity" -- during a July 26 Capitol Hill discussion of religious liberty in Southeast Asia. The Southern Baptist entity co-hosted the conversation as a side event on the third and final day of the State Department's first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington. Read More
Trucker who killed family of 5 finds mercyOGALLALA, Neb. (BP) -- A grieving father's Scripture-laden plea for mercy led to a lenient 180-day jail sentence for the truck driver who killed a missionary family of five in an auto accident last year.
Cedric Pals told Keith County (Neb.) District Judge Richard Birch he has experienced "unrelenting anguish" since learning July 31, 2017, that his son Jamison Pals had been killed in an automobile collision along with his wife Kathryne, both 29, and their three children Ezra, Violet and Calvin, ages 3, 2 and 2 months. Read More
SBC DIGEST: FBC Dallas celebrates its 150th; ASBP honors retiring editors Terry & Harris, names Colson as exec. directorIn today's SBC Digest: First Baptist Church in Dallas celebrates its 150th anniversary; the Association of Baptist State Publications honors Bob Terry & Gerald Harris, taps Margaret Colson as executive director. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: My first years of marriage
Melody Schmidt recounts practices that have helped her "do my part in making the early years of our marriage great." Read More