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Friday, September 29, 2017

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  • Green light given for Puerto Rico as FL, TX relief persists

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (19 days ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- The North American Mission Board's Send Relief ministry has been asked to manage the disaster response on behalf of the Convention of Southern Baptist Churches in Puerto Rico.

    "We have officially requested Send Relief to coordinate the disaster relief response in Puerto Rico," said Jorge Alvarez, who leads the Puerto Rican convention. "The needs here are unprecedented, and we need our entire Southern Baptist family to help Puerto Rico during this tragic time." Read More

  • Churches moving forward on massive 'Texas Rebuild'

    by Bonnie Pritchett/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (19 days ago)

    HOUSTON (BP) -- In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Southern Baptist churches and ministries in Texas and outside the state are planning the next phase of recovery -- getting people back into their homes and church buildings.

    And they are depending on God to move in hearts across the nation to accomplish the impossible.

    Estimates of the damage are hard to comprehend, Terry Wright, pastor of Vidor First Baptist Church, told the TEXAN. Just in Orange County, where his church is located, 80 percent of the homes went under water -- some up to the eaves. ... Read More

  • So. Baptists, others release letter on 'alt-right' to Trump

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (19 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A letter drafted by a group of Southern Baptists and others has called on President Trump to denounce clearly the racism of the "alt-right."

    The letter -- titled a "Call for Unifying Leadership" and first reported by CNN today (Sept. 29) -- urges Trump to go beyond his previous comments and actions to rebuke a movement that "gained public prominence" during his presidential campaign. It commends the president for signing a joint congressional resolution Sept. 14 rejecting white nationalism and supremacy, but it tells him the country "needs your voice and your convictions to defeat racist ideologies and movements in every form that they present themselves." Read More

  • COOPERATIVE PROGRAM: A lifelong journey

    by Paul Kim, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (19 days ago)

    Paul Kim recounts how Southern Baptists' Cooperative Program has been a key part of his lifelong journey as a pastor and church planter. Read More

  • NCAA scandal spurs warnings against sports idolatry

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (19 days ago)

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    PLANO, Texas (BP) -- Amid news of an NCAA basketball scandal involving alleged illegal payments to recruits, two Southern Baptist-linked high schools known for producing elite players have underscored the need for a God-focused perspective in athletics.

    "We've got a couple of young men that are being actively recruited" by college basketball programs, said David Conrady, boys basketball coach at Prestonwood Christian Academy, a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. "I expressed to them [that] it all starts with your foundation of what you believe in. Read More

  • CP a timely lifeline & calling for Fermín Whittaker

    by Erin Roach, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (19 days ago)

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    MENIFEE, Calif. (BP) -- Fermín Whittaker was a lonely seminary student in Canada, far from his home in Panama, when God used the Cooperative Program to hook his heart and set in motion a lifetime of support for unified Southern Baptist missions and ministry.

    Whittaker, executive director emeritus of the California Southern Baptist Convention, told Baptist Press he was saved at age 12 in a Baptist church in Panama, discipled by a Southern Baptist missionary and later made his way to Canada to enroll at a Baptist seminary. Read More

  • COOPERATIVE PROGRAM: A matter of love

    by Randy L. Bennett, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (19 days ago)

    Among the things Randy Bennett loves are his wife and children, ice cream, his pickup truck and, all the more, the Lord and Southern Baptists' Cooperative Program. "I am part of a body of believers who are taking seriously God's command to go the ends of the earth to tell people about Jesus," he writes. Read More

  • The Cooperative Program -- then & now

    by Randy L. Bennett, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (19 days ago)

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    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (BP) -- It failed. Then it worked out far better than anyone could have imagined.

    Here's the story of what befell Southern Baptists in the 1920s, yet ultimately emerged in a different form and succeeded as the Cooperative Program.

    Back in the mid-1980s Southern Baptists tried an interesting but questionable stewardship campaign called "Planned Growth in Giving." Instead of challenging believers to tithe -- the biblical practice of giving 10 percent of their income to the local church -- the campaign suggested that new givers start with a lesser percent and gradually move toward 10 percent. After only a few years the campaign was dropped. Pastors and members alike simply did not believe that advocating anything less than a tithe was biblical. Read More

  • Dakotas raise CP percentage, welcome new pastors

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (19 days ago)

    PIERRE, S.D. (BP) -- A healthy increase in financial support, new pastors and denominational recognition highlighted the 2017 annual meeting of the Dakota Baptist Convention.

    Known in the two-state convention as its "Baptist Gathering," the Dakota annual meeting took place Sept. 21-22 at the Ramkota Pierre Hotel in Pierre, S.D. Its theme -- "Building up the body of Christ together: revitalizing our churches" -- was drawn from Ephesians 4:11-13.

    "I thought it was very uplifting, very good," said Debby Bogart, wife of Capitol Heights Baptist Church's pastor Bob Bogart in Pierre. "One of the things that was really good for me was hearing all the different messages. As a pastor's wife you're busy in the church so it was good to sit back and be fed. We heard a lot of useful messages to take back to our churches." Read More

  • PASTORS: What causes a man to take a job like this?

    by Jeff Iorg, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (19 days ago)

    Most pastors, in their profound sense of God's call, cannot imagine doing anything else, Jeff Iorg writes. "They serve selflessly, motivated by an inner compulsion to preach, teach, counsel and lead." Read More