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'The woods exploded' amid pastor's fire rescueMAGALIA, Calif. (BP) -- When one of the deadliest wildfires in state history struck the Northern California town of Magalia, pastor Doug Crowder didn't get to preach his Veterans Day sermon about risking death to save others. But he got to live it.
With the Camp Fire speeding toward Magalia in the early hours of the morning Nov. 9, Crowder, pastor of Magalia Pines Baptist Church, was loading into vehicles about 30 people who had been unable to evacuate the town. They had taken shelter at the church building with him and four other church members. "We were in the driveway planning to leave," Crowder told Baptist Press through tears, "and the entire world erupted." Read More
Hankins announces retirement plansRUSTON, La. (BP) -- David Hankins, executive director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, announced his plans to retire during the pre-convention meeting of the convention's Executive Board in Ruston, La., Monday (Nov. 12).
"At the close of this annual meeting, I will be giving Dr. Bailey, president of the Executive Board, official notice of my intention to retire," said Hankins.
His retirement will be effective June 30, 2019.
"The theme of this year's annual meeting is 'Marking the Next Generation,'" Hankins told the board. "I have great confidence in the future generation of leaders God will choose to lead Louisiana Baptists." Read More
Faith, technology, innovation explored at conf.NASHVILLE (BP) -- In the future, could a machine lead a human to faith in Christ? Actually, it's already been done, said data scientist Daniel Whitenack.
At Faith Leads Tech, a conference hosted Nov. 9 at LifeWay Christian Resources' corporate headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., Whitenack described a chatbot that uses artificial intelligence (AI) software to tell people about Jesus. To date, more than 400 people have interacted with the bot and made professions of faith, Whitenack reported.
Using AI technology for redemptive purposes was just one of many topics discussed at Faith ... Read More
Logan Carson, SEBTS' first African American prof, diesANGIER, N.C. (BP) -- Logan Carson, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary's first full-time African American professor, died Nov. 3 at age 86.
Carson, who taught theology at SEBTS from 1994-2009, will be remembered for his zeal for life, love for teaching Scripture to his students and his humility in serving others.
Danny Akin, Southeastern's president, noted, "The thing I remember most about Dr. Carson is that he said he didn't want his sight back in this life because 'the first thing I want to see is Jesus' face.'" Read More
'Jesus is worth it,' Greear tells W.Va. BaptistsPARKERSBURG, W.Va. (BP) -- Obeying Jesus' command to spread the Gospel is worth the changes His mission often entails in our lives, Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear told West Virginia Baptists at the group's 2018 annual meeting.
"If you're really serious about following Jesus, obedience to him is going to take you 180 degrees opposite of the direction you want to go," Greear said, "and in that moment the only thing that will compel you forward is the belief that Jesus is worth it!"
Greear, a West Virginia native and current pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., focused on four convictions of people who transform the world during the meeting, ... Read More
Pa./S. Jersey increases CP, eyes futureYORK, Pa. (BP) -- Messengers to the 2018 annual meeting of the Baptist Resource Network (BRN) of Pennsylvania/South Jersey heard challenges on "Kingdom Compassion" from Luke 4:18-19, increased their Cooperative Program giving to SBC causes and elected a new slate of officers, among other business.
This year's meeting, attended by 148 messengers and 89 guests representing 105 of 330 active BRN churches, was held Nov. 1-2 at BRN's property in York, Pa.
Executive director's report
In his report to the network, BRN executive director Barry Whitworth recapped the BRN's ... Read More