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Historic East Texas church is experiencing growth through evangelism, community connections

LONGVIEW, Texas (BP) -- Mulberry Springs Baptist Church, about 15 miles northeast of Longview, doesn’t see a lot of traffic on a typical day. Yet the rural congregation—founded in 1892—is building a new worship space to seat nearly 800 people.

Barber: Holy Spirit guides churches in difficult decisions

NASHVILLE (BP) – Jesus has promised His presence, His answer and His concurring action when any valid, New Testament church is deliberating over weighty matters, SBC President Bart Barber reminded Executive Committee trustees Monday night (Feb. 19) in Nashville during his address.

Heroic pioneer missionary forgotten over mental illness

NASHVILLE (BP) – Thomas Jefferson Bowen was the first Southern Baptist missionary to focus on winning Muslims to Christ and the first missionary sent by the convention to Central or South America, but generations have not known his name.

Exoneration points to need for accuracy in criminal justice

SAN ANTONIO (BP) – One year ago today (Nov. 17), Raymond Flanks was exonerated of a 1983 murder in New Orleans and was released from prison after nearly 39 years. He serves as an example of the need for criminal justice reform that reflects biblical justice, a Southern Baptist attorney said.

Caring Well Sunday ‘opportunity to minister’

NASHVILLE (BP) – Caring Well Sunday, Sept. 24, is on the SBC Calendar this year for the first time, giving churches an opportunity to acknowledge the emotional toll of sexual abuse and commit to ensuring congregations are safe places.

Barber: ‘Vision of cooperation’ can offset SBC’s hindrances

NASHVILLE (BP) – SBC President Bart Barber reminded Executive Committee members that Southern Baptists have been this way before, threatened by “monetary shortfalls, leadership scandals, doctrinal conflict and political humiliation,” but the vision of cooperation that united them prevailed a century ago and can prevail now.

Motion to amend BF&M passes, task forces approved

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – Messengers voted to amend the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, the statement of faith of the Southern Baptist Convention, to clarify the role of pastor Wednesday, June 14, at the 2023 SBC Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

Ministers’ wives honor Mary Mohler’s service

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – Mary Mohler, wife of Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, was honored with the Willie Turner Dawson award at the Ministers’ Wives Luncheon Tuesday, June 13, at the 2023 SBC Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

CP-funded medical care ‘very reassuring’ to missionaries

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – Johnny and Bonita Kron had been serving as missionaries in South Asia for about 10 years when she needed emergency medical care, including being airlifted to another region. In retrospect, Johnny Kron says his wife is still alive because Southern Baptists provide for their missionaries.

‘We know how blessed we are,’ former IMB missionary says of CP

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – Glenn Creech served in Asia for 30 years through the International Mission Board and doesn’t recall encountering any workers from other missions organizations who received the kind of steady, generous financial support he received from Southern Baptists.