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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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  • Church rallies after hurricane to serve Fla. community

    by Josie Bingham, posted Wednesday, September 27, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    IMMOKALEE, Fla. (BP) -- Inside a gym with yellow walls, 200 volunteers form an assembly line. These helpers from First Baptist Church of Immokalee, Fla., are bagging food and cleaning supplies in the church's gym because it's one of the few buildings left standing after Hurricane Irma reduced the already-impoverished area to even less.

    "Our awesome volunteers are inside and outside the church manning all kinds of stations from bagging to distribution so that when people's cars pull up, they can get everything they need," said Jessica Pigg, wife of senior pastor Timothy Pigg. ... Read More

  • Student-led prayer weathering the storms

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, September 27, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Catastrophic hurricanes in the U.S. and the Caribbean impeded planning for an annual student-led prayer event held this morning (Sept. 27), but likely did not daunt desires to pray, organizers told Baptist Press.

    In Texas, Hurricane Harvey killed an estimated 82 people or more and extensively flooded several communities just as training for the prayer event, See You at the Pole (SYATP), would have begun in late August, SYATP greater Houston metro coordinator John Butler said. Read More

  • Newbell helps children put diversity in Gospel focus

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, September 27, 2017 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Trillia Newbell required only one experience from teaching a Sunday school class to be convinced she should write a children's book about God's view of diversity.

    She had taught a children's class on "the image of God and racial harmony" about a year before, Newbell told Baptist Press Tuesday (Sept. 26) in an email interview. "It was such a joy for me to watch the kids think through what it meant to be equally created by God to reflect His image, that God ... Read More

  • MOVIES: Steve McQueen film more than 'celebrity salute'

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Wednesday, September 27, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- "Steve McQueen: American Icon" premieres theatrically nationwide for one night only, Sept. 28. Why do I mention it?

    My reason has to do with the fact that this documentary isn't just another celebrity salute. Rather, it's a revealing biography of a tormented man seeking and ultimately finding redemption -- through Jesus Christ. Viewing it, one can see God's guiding hands at work.

    The new film about screen idol Steve McQueen ("Bullitt," "The Towering Inferno," ... Read More

  • Roy Moore wins GOP Senate primary

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, September 27, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- Roy Moore, the former Alabama chief justice known for his stands on same-sex marriage and a Ten Commandments monument, has won the Republican primary in a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

    Moore, a Southern Baptist, referenced God frequently during the campaign and his victory speech, according to media reports. His election night party Sept. 26 in Montgomery, Ala., included the singing of hymns like "How Great Thou Art." Read More

  • FROM THE SEMINARIES: SBTS to strengthen apologetics focus; SWBTS family leads teen to faith in Christ

    by SBC Seminary & BP Staff, posted Wednesday, September 27, 2017 (2 months ago)

    In today's From the Seminaries: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to strengthen apologetics focus; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary family leads teen to faith in Christ.

    SBTS to strengthen apologetics focus

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has created a single master of divinity degree in apologetics in its Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry, consolidating two current apologetics programs. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Can God love me if I hate myself?

    by Cody Glen Barnhart, posted Wednesday, September 27, 2017 (2 months ago)

    "God designed the Gospel for us unworthies," Cody Barnhart reminds of times when doubt or self-hate creep in. "Instead of being antithetical to God's salvation, your sickness and shame actually pave the way for it." Read More