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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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  • Hurricane Harvey: TX So. Bapt. ready for 'long-term' work

    by Bonnie Pritchett/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Tuesday, August 29, 2017 (2 months ago)

    National Guard photo by Lt. Zachary West
    HOUSTON (BP) -- Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) Disaster Relief units have begun deployment for what could be the largest relief effort the state of Texas has seen. With destruction from Hurricane Harvey covering almost a quarter of the state, DR leaders said their greatest need will be people and finances.

    Calls for help have come from Corpus Christi, where the storm made landfall, and up the I-35 corridor to San Antonio, Austin, Waco and back down to the greater Houston area, which is floundering under as much as 25 inches of rain in places. Read More

  • Knocking on doors sparks attendance, yields baptisms

    by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today, posted Tuesday, August 29, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Robin Cornetet
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- A Louisville pastor has busted the longstanding myth in the church world that door-to-door visitation is out of vogue and no longer effective.

    Mark Bishop has knocked on about 200 doors a week since he arrived six months ago at Highview Baptist Church – Valley Station Campus. In that time, the campus pastor has seen attendance triple to nearly 300 and baptized 37 new believers. Read More

  • Evangelicals counter 'agree to disagree' sexuality

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, August 29, 2017 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A coalition of evangelical leaders, including about 70 Southern Baptists, has issued a statement on biblical sexuality countering the idea that Christians "should agree to disagree" in their views of homosexual practice and transgenderism.

    The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) announced today (Aug. 29) the release of The Nashville Statement, which consists of 14 affirmations and denials consistent with the church's long-held teaching on human sexuality. Read More

  • Pastors jailed in Sudan as gov't muscles church control

    by Morning Star News/Sudan Correspondent, posted Tuesday, August 29, 2017 (2 months ago)

    OMDURMAN, Sudan (BP) -- Police arrested and interrogated seven Christian church leaders in Omdurman, Sudan Aug. 23 for refusing to turn over leadership of their church to the government, sources said.

    The Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) leaders were interrogated for six hours and released on bail, charged with refusing to comply with an order to turn over leadership of their congregation to a committee appointed by Sudan's Ministry of Guidance and Religious Endowments. Read More

  • Iron Stream Media acquires WMU's New Hope Publishers

    by Julie Walters, posted Tuesday, August 29, 2017 (2 months ago)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.(BP) -- Iron Stream Media will acquire New Hope Publishers, Woman's Missionary Union's publishing arm, effective Sept. 1, in an effort to allow more readers to engage in relevant, contemporary issues with a missional focus.

    "With each book published by New Hope, we pray the content will transform the lives of believers and inspire them on their spiritual journey," said Sandy Wisdom-Martin, executive director/treasurer of national WMU and publisher of New Hope. "Because of Iron Steam Media's success in publishing and delivering solid, web-based Bible studies, we believe they are poised to position New Hope books and Bible studies for exponential impact for kingdom growth." Read More

  • BP LEDGER: Aug. 29, 2017

    by BP Staff, posted Tuesday, August 29, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Today's BP Ledger contains information from the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Baptist World Alliance, FamilyLife and First Priority of America Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Weddings are best in a church

    by Gerald Harris, posted Tuesday, August 29, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Gerald Harris lists seven reasons why he believes Christian weddings, whether large or small, should be held in a church to clearly signify that "Christ will become the centerpiece of the new home." Read More