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  • Evangelists to pick up Billy Graham's 'torch'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (yesterday)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Following Billy Graham's death, his fellow Southern Baptist evangelists "are ready to pick up the torch" of evangelistic ministry in the 21st century, said David Stockwell, president of Southern Baptist Evangelists, also known as the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists.

    They will discuss how to do that at an evangelists retreat and business meeting June 8-9 in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas. The retreat's theme is "Go Tell!" based on Mark 5:19.

    In addition to the retreat, cosponsored by the Conference of Texas Baptist Evangelists, Southern Baptist Evangelists will host a Sunday worship celebration service June 10 at First Baptist Church in Grapevine, Texas. A "Southwest Supper Sing-A-Long" June 11 will give pastors an opportunity to connect with evangelists.

    Pastors and other church leaders are invited to attended all slated activities. Read More

  • 'Fragments of Truth' film shows Bible's reliability

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, April 19, 2018 (2 days ago)

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    DENVER (BP) -- Detailed examination of the earliest New Testament manuscripts in the upcoming "Fragments of Truth" documentary proves the reliability and viability of the Gospels, evangelical scholar and lead film commentator Craig Evans told Baptist Press.

    "The documentary concludes rightly with a lot of support that the manuscripts are very old, and they are well done, they're reliable, they do preserve the original wording of the Greek New Testament," said Evans, professor of Christian origins at Houston Baptist University. Read More

  • 350-plus baptized in 'One GRAND Sunday' in Illinois

    by Illinois Baptist Staff, posted Thursday, April 19, 2018 (2 days ago)

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    STAUNTON, Ill. (BP) -- Volunteers carried a livestock feeding trough April 8 into the high school gymnasium where NET Community Church meets each Sunday.

    The trough had a lofty purpose as 11 people were baptized during morning worship, each wearing T-shirts with the words "going public."

    "Their life stories were all very different, but their life conversion was the same," said Derrick Taylor, pastor of NET Community. "It was so exciting to witness each one 'going public' with their new lives in Christ, thus declaring 'I'm not ashamed of the Lord Jesus Christ!'" Read More

  • Sutherland Springs expresses accountability to donors

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, April 13, 2018 (8 days ago)

    Image by Myrick Gurosky and Associates, provided by the North American Mission Board
    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- Donors supporting First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after the mass murder of 26 worshippers there can be assured of the church's integrity in handling donations, the church said in an April 12th open letter.

    The statement comes after concerns related to the use of funds for victim relief have been raised, a spokesman for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) confirmed to Baptist Press today (April 13). Read More

  • Church experiments with online video, chat

    by Brian Koonce/Missouri Pathway , posted Tuesday, April 10, 2018 (11 days ago)

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (BP) -- Watching a church's worship service online can be a way for those who are sick to still participate and feel like they are part of church. But Crossway Baptist Church is among those congregations taking streaming video to another level in an effort to harness social media for the Gospel.

    Using a service called Church Online Platform, Crossway will not only broadcast its services over the internet, but the church's media team can chat privately back and forth with viewers while the service is taking place. Chris Rhodes, the church's media director, said ideally it should help them connect with viewers who are not yet believers. It is similar to Facebook Live, but it is available on the church's website and is available to non-Facebook users. The new service was scheduled to launch at the Springfield, Mo., church on Easter Sunday. Read More

  • Colo. increases 80% in reported baptisms

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, April 04, 2018 (17 days ago)

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    DENVER (BP) -- Colorado Baptists are celebrating an 80 percent increase in reported baptisms for 2017 and the highest reported total for the Colorado Baptist General Convention (CBGC) since 2014.

    CBGC executive director Nathan Lorick announced a 73 percent increase April 2 via Twitter and told Baptist Press today (April 4) additional baptism reports have improved the percentage. Possible factors contributing to the reported baptism surge are evangelism among churches, strong church planting and an emphasis on submitting reports for the Southern Baptist Convention's Annual Church Profile (ACP), Lorick said. Read More

  • Longtime Ala. Baptist editor announces retirement

    by Alabama Baptist staff, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (one month ago)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- After 50 years of serving Baptist newspapers -- 43 of those years in the lead editor role -- Bob Terry is retiring Dec. 31.

    Terry, an Alabama native who became editor of The Alabama Baptist (TAB) in 1995, has repeatedly led the paper to rise to the top among its peers. For more than two decades, it has been named annually in the top three regional Christian newspapers.

    He also has won numerous personal awards for his editorials and news writing. Read More

  • After bridge collapse, Baptists dispatched to help

    by Nicole Kalil/Florida Baptist Convention, posted Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (one month ago)

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    MIAMI (BP) -- Classes resumed Monday (March 19) after the collapse of a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University in Miami left six people dead.

    The 950-ton structure was undergoing final safety testing and repairs when it plummeted to the ground, crushing cars that were traveling busy SW 8th Street, also known locally as Calle Ocho. One FIU student and a construction worker were among the dead.

    The $14.2 million bridge was to connect the campus with the neighboring Sweetwater community, home to thousands of FIU students. One student was struck last year and killed crossing the street. Read More

  • EDUCATION DIGEST: Stan Norman named Williams College president; Danny Akin underscores Scripture at SBTS chapel

    by Arkansas Baptist News, Southern Seminary & BP Staff, posted Monday, March 19, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo courtesy of the Arkansas Baptist News.
    In today's Education Digest: Oklahoma Baptist University's Stan Norman named Williams College president; Danny Akin underscores Scripture at SBTS chapel.

    WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (BP) -- Stan Norman has been named as Williams Baptist College's seventh president after serving the past nine years as Oklahoma Baptist University's provost and executive vice president.

    The March 16 announcement by the college, which is transitioning to university status this summer, caps a five-month search process for a successor to Tom ... Read More

  • Collegians in NYC witness 'the sadness, the lostness'

    by Grace Thornton, posted Friday, March 16, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NEW YORK CITY (BP) -- Reagan Grisham said she's visited nine countries in her lifetime and left a piece of her heart in each one.

    But when she landed in New York City for Passport New York, she said God did something unexpected -- He gathered all of those pieces up.

    "I thought it would be just another short-term trip," said Grisham, a senior at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. "But it turned out to be life-changing. There are people here from all of those countries that I visited. And God affirmed a call for me to stay and plant my life here." Read More