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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

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  • Man dumps retirement, launches new career in ministry

    by Roger Alford/Kentucky Today, posted Wednesday, August 08, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Roger Alford/Kentucky Today
    WINGO, Ky. (BP) -- With his walking cane firmly in hand, pastor Forrest Ivy strides intentionally into his church, a new knee still tender from replacement surgery.

    A few aches and pains won't keep this 66-year-old from preaching the Gospel.

    At a stage in life when most people are settling into retirement, Ivy is launching out on a whole new career as a Kentucky Baptist pastor.

    "This world needs the Gospel, and I'm not going to allow my age to stop me from sharing it," Ivy said. "I'd hope no one would ever use age as an excuse for not serving Jesus. The need for pastors has never been greater than now, so, instead of quitting at Social Security age, we need to be doubling down." Read More

  • On the road for missions: Hendersons share WMU story

    by Caleb Yarbrough/Arkansas Baptist News , posted Wednesday, August 08, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Caleb Yarbrough
    ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (BP) -- The rumble of the on-board generator lent a muffled, but noticeable, undertone as Trennis and Pam Henderson gave a tour of their new home.

    Outfitted with all the modern comforts and conveniences expected in a 21st century home -- if not in somewhat smaller proportions -- the Hendersons' new home is a 24-foot-long Winnebago RV.

    Since Aug. 1, the couple has been taking their RV across the country, working together to share the stories of Woman's Missionary Union's (WMU) various ministries with a new generation of Southern Baptists. See related Baptist Press story.

    Trennis now serves as WMU's national correspondent, and Pam will conduct administrative and production services, including planning their itineraries and taking photographs. A former editor of the Arkansas Baptist News, Trennis has served as vice president for communications at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia since 2008. Read More

  • New Billy Graham tributes launched

    by Joy Allmond, posted Wednesday, August 08, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- On Aug. 20, the permanent Sirius XM channel dedicated exclusively to messages from "America's Pastor," who preached over the decades in hundreds of venues around the globe, will launch.

    The Billy Graham Channel began a series of limited runs last November, beginning with Graham's 99th birthday, and included a temporary tribute channel in conjunction with his passing earlier this year.

    Since his death, ministry supporters and Sirius XM subscribers have steadily contacted his ministry, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), as well as the broadcast company, to petition for more inspiring messages from the world-renowned evangelist. Read More

  • Central Asian believers struggle -- but seek truth, faith

    by IMB Staff, posted Wednesday, August 08, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    CENTRAL ASIA (BP)-- Melisa* and her university-aged daughter Ada* came to faith and were baptized in their hometown in Central Asia a few years ago. They later moved to another city for Ada's education and got connected with the local church. Their attendance at church, however, has deteriorated into periodic participation in informal church events.

    Ada often prioritizes an English class on Sundays over church fellowship. Melisa, only 16 years older than her daughter, prefers to stay home from church if Ada isn't with her. Their relationship resembles that of siblings more than it does a parent-child relationship. Read More

  • Univ. of Iowa sued again over religious liberty

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 08, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    IOWA CITY, Iowa (BP) -- For the second time in less than a year, a Christian student group has sued the University of Iowa to protect its right to select leaders who hold traditional Christian beliefs.

    The InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship filed a lawsuit in federal court Aug. 6 after the university revoked the fellowship's status as an official student organization for requiring group leaders "to share the group's faith and exemplify its Christian values," according to the complaint filed by the nonprofit Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. The university told InterVarsity Graduate via email it would not even be permitted to state in its constitution that leaders were "strongly encouraged" to hold the Christian faith. Read More

  • Bible Study: August 12, 2018

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Wednesday, August 08, 2018 (4 months ago)

    This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Can you spiritually multitask?

    by David Jeremiah, posted Wednesday, August 08, 2018 (4 months ago)

    David Jeremiah sets forth a contrast between "spiritual multitasking" and "spiritual 'monotasking,'" drawing from Jesus' words in the Sermon on the Mount, "No one can serve two masters." Read More