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  • 'Jesus Saves' focus of associational leaders

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, April 21, 2017 (3 days ago)

    PHOENIX (BP) -- The salvation assured only through faith in Jesus will be the focus of the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders as they meet June 11–12 in Phoenix in advance of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting. Read More

  • Evangelists to focus on 21st-century ministry

    by David Roach, posted Friday, April 21, 2017 (3 days ago)

    PHOENIX (BP) -- Equipping evangelists to minister in the 21st century will be the focus when the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists gathers in Phoenix in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting.

    An evangelists' retreat and business meeting June 9-10 at the Arizona Biltmore will be followed by a Sunday worship service hosted by Southern Baptist evangelists June 11 at First Southern Baptist Church in Phoenix. A "Southwest Supper Sing-A-Long" June 12 will give pastors an opportunity to connect with evangelists. Read More

  • Chinese focus on 2020 goal of 600 church plants

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, April 21, 2017 (3 days ago)

    PHOENIX (BP) -- Ministry updates from church planters are on tap when the Chinese Baptist Fellowship of the United States and Canada gathers June 13 during the Southern Baptist Convention 2017 Annual Meeting in Phoenix. Read More

  • Baptists partner with Tenn. foster care system

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, April 20, 2017 (4 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Tennessee's Department of Children's Services has found a valuable partner to help improve the state's foster care system: faith-based organizations like the Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes.

    Since December, TBCH has participated in a collaboration of government and the private sector to encourage foster parenting. Known as TN Fosters, the collaboration seeks to unite state government, faith groups, nonprofit organizations and businesses in recruiting foster parents and supporting foster families. Read More

  • 7 Baptist distinctives amid Reformation's milieu

    by Mark H. Ballard, posted Thursday, April 20, 2017 (4 days ago)

    Felix Manz, an Anabaptist martyred in 1527, reflects a long Baptist heritage of "bold, New Testament believers," college president Mark Ballard writes amid this year's celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Read More

  • Ky. puts focus on Bible with new laws, executive action

    by Tom Latek/Kentucky Today, posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (11 days ago)

    Having declared 2017 the Year of the Bible, Gov. Matt Bevin has now signed two bills into law to make clear to teachers and administrators that Scripture is welcome in Kentucky public schools. Read More

  • TX foster care ministry accused of sexual abuse

    by David Roach, posted Monday, April 10, 2017 (14 days ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- A $7 million lawsuit alleges children were "serially sexually abused" and neglected at a Baptist children's home in Texas.

    The Texas Baptist Home for Children (TBHC) -- an “affiliated ministry” of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention -- did not respond specifically to the suit but told Baptist Press it maintains the highest standards of safety for children in its care.

    The lawsuit, filed April 5 in Tarrant County civil court, claims seven siblings under age 14 suffered sexual and physical abuse as well as "serious medical and other ... Read More

  • Mo. attorney general targets human trafficking

    by Brian Koonce/Missouri Pathway, posted Wednesday, April 05, 2017 (19 days ago)

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    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Missouri's attorney general has drawn support from Southern Baptists for issuing regulations enforcing consumer protection laws to target human traffickers.

    In April 3 comments made at an undisclosed human trafficking rescue site in the St. Louis area, Joshua Hawley likened human trafficking to modern day slavery, noting that each year, thousands of young women and girls are forced into commercial sexual exploitation -- forced to provide sex for money. Read More

  • Pastor takes community involvement to another level

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Wednesday, April 05, 2017 (19 days ago)

    Photo by Jane Rodgers
    LEFORS, Texas (BP) -- Since coming to First Baptist Church of Lefors in March 2014, pastor Ken Houston has done many things for the first time: shot a buck, responded to EMT calls, fought grass fires, and was elected mayor. "Preacher," as locals call him in the Texas panhandle town of 500, is making a difference.

    Outside Lefors, oil rigs and windmill farms dot the dry, grassy countryside west toward Pampa. First Baptist is the largest church in town, growing from 30 in attendance when Houston arrived to around 60-70 each Sunday. Read More

  • Healing is pastor McLean's plea after TX bus tragedy

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, April 04, 2017 (20 days ago)

    Screen capture from of Austin
    NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (BP) -- Healing has just begun at First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas, pastor Brad McLean told the congregation April 2 in the first Sunday worship service since the loss of 13 members in a bus accident days earlier.

    "We gather as a church family who has suffered the loss of 13 of our family members, and so we gather with a heavy heart this morning," McLean said during the service, according to the church's April 3 press release. "It is important for us to recognize that our pain is real, our loss is real, our grief is real, and as a church family we will have to work through these losses together. It will not be done in one Sunday. It will not be done after one week of memorial services -- it will take time." Read More