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Adoptee's first act of love: aiding his homelandCHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (BP) -- People huddled in blankets near Ha Tsolosa, Lesotho. The January rain drizzled around them, a sign the recent drought was ending. The lack of rain had lasted two years and had devastated crops so badly many villagers had run out of food.
Soon, aid workers -- both foreign and local -- started unloading relief items including bags of mealie (corn meal), oil and beans from trucks.
But one worker looked a little different to the crowd. Read More
SBC evangelism task force holds first meetingFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- How to increase Southern Baptists' passion for personal evangelism and encourage preachers to include evangelistic invitations in every sermon were among the topics discussed Aug. 14-15 at the first meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention's task force on soul winning and evangelistic preaching.
"I cannot remember a meeting that encouraged my heart as much as this one," task force chairman Paige Patterson said in a statement released to Baptist Press. "We had a large portion of the task force who were able to attend and they seriously and humbly pursued the convention-assigned task. Read More
Tillerson's religious liberty stand draws praiseWASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist and other religious freedom advocates praised Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's defense of religious freedom -- especially his unequivocal labeling of the crimes of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria as genocide -- upon the release of an annual report Tuesday (Aug. 15).
In introducing the International Religious Freedom Report for 2016, Tillerson said he was removing "any ambiguity from previous statements or reports by the State Department." Read More
Amid Charlottesville turmoil, Baptists active in outreach
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) -- As alternative-right white supremacists and others flooded Charlottesville, Va., to protest the removal of a Confederate statue, Southern Baptists were already actively promoting racial harmony in the small community where former mayor Alvin Edwards has pastored 36 years.
Edwards, pastor of Mount Zion First African Baptist Church and a member of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV), had already organized the multidenominational Charlottesville Clergy Collective to build unity among faith leaders in the city and Albermarle County region. Read More
Market volatility: GuideStone offers tips, new fundDALLAS (BP) -- As the U.S. stock market continues to eclipse all-time highs -- the S&P 500 Index has recorded 43 new all-time highs between November 8 and August 11 -- analysts with GuideStone Financial Resources caution that the markets may be set for a period of extended volatility.
GuideStone also announced Tuesday (Aug. 15) they have launched a new fund that offers diversification aiming to address increased market volatility. Read More