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Metro L.A.'s daunting challenge to church plantersLOS ANGELES (BP) -- God called D.J. Jenkins to a community with a population of around 40,000. In the midst of a mostly upper middle-class neighborhood full of young families, Jenkins set out to plant a church in a place where there were no evangelical churches. In many ways Studio City is like a thousand other communities of around 40,000 people throughout North America. Read More
Prof: Christianity heads back to its rootsMILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP) -- Vibrant colors of flags representing several nations paraded down the chapel aisle before history professor Philip Jenkins from Baylor University described the consequences of the movement of Christianity toward the Global South from its predominant foundation in North America and Europe since 1900.
"Christianity is a religion that was born in Africa and Asia and, in our lifetimes, has decided to go home," Jenkins said at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary's 10th annual Intersect conference. Read More
Cancer survivor completes marathon, returns overseasRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Gena Wilson can personally attest to the power of prayer.
Last year, Wilson was featured for her ministry in Glasgow, Scotland, in the 2013 Week of Prayer for International Missions stories released by the International Mission Board. The story shared she was recovering in South Carolina from her second journey with cancer, a recurrence of the non-Hodgkin lymphoma she faced in 2011. See related story. Read More
Missionaries blow past LMCO goalPUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic (BP) -- Facing what some called a "God-sized" challenge, a group of IMB missionaries far exceeded their offering goal of $100,000 for international missions.
More than a quarter of a million dollars -- $277,217.92 -- was collected at a gathering of 240 IMB families serving among American people groups around the world. Of the total, $125,000 came from outside donations while $152,217.92 came from IMB missionaries. Read More
FAYETTEVILLE: When an LGBT ordinance comes to town
Douglas Falknor, pastor of First Baptist Church in Fayetteville, recaps lessons learned from the Dec. 9 vote to repeal an LGBT ordinance adopted by the city council in August. Key points: Work with others. Recognize the important role of activists. Money is helpful; people are essential. Lead in your own church family. Stay focused on your purpose. Read More
Bible Study: December 14, 2014
NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. Read More