Baptist Press Archive

Friday, August 03, 2018

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  • Couple with 10 kids joins adoption/foster care reform

    by Tom Latek/Kentucky Today , posted Friday, August 03, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Submitted photo from Gov. Bevin's office
    FRANKFORT, 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 projection

    by Staff, posted Friday, August 03, 2018 (6 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (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't

    by Bob Smietana, posted Friday, August 03, 2018 (6 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (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. church

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, August 03, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Photo submitted by First Baptist Church
    BROKEN 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

  • Trucker who killed family of 5 finds mercy

    by David Roach, posted Friday, August 03, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Tammy Bain, North Platte Telegraph. Used by permission.
    OGALLALA, 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

  • EDITORIAL: ¿Cuál es tu sabor?

    by Oscar Fernandez, posted Friday, August 03, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Alguien una vez me dijo que las iglesias eran como los helados: Esencialmente estaban compuestas por los mismos ingredientes, tenían sabores diferentes y las personas preferían unos a otros. ... Read More