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  • First a tornado, now theft strike New Orleans church

    by Louisiana Baptist Message Staff, posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017 (20 hours ago)

    Photo by Jeffrey Friend
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Just a few months from completing a renovation of its buildings heavily damaged by a tornado in February, a New Orleans church has suffered yet another setback -- theft from its worship center.

    Multiple times over a six-day period, burglars have broken into the worship center of Suburban Baptist Church and stolen office and construction equipment, pastor Jeffery Friend reported in a story published July 25 by the Baptist Message. Read More

  • Houseparents sow spiritual seeds at children's home

    by Hannah Hanzel, posted Tuesday, July 25, 2017 (yesterday)

    Photo by Hannah Hanzel
    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- "When we first came, the Holy Spirit just kept saying over and over again, 'This is your home.' It still feels like home to this day. This is where God wants us to be," Lieschen Saale said while rocking back and forth in her living room.

    Lieschen and her husband David left their ministry and home in New Mexico nearly 14 years ago to begin a new season of life with Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children in Oklahoma City. Read More

  • Africa missionaries embrace children's home ministry

    by J. Blake Ragsdale/North Carolina Biblical Recorder, posted Tuesday, July 25, 2017 (yesterday)

    THOMASVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Kim and Jay Smith spent 26 years sharing the Gospel as missionaries in West Africa. Today, they continue to share Christ's love as cottage parents with the Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina where they care for as many as 12 girls at BCH's Mills Home in Thomasville.

    "It's still a mission field but a different mission field," Kim says. Read More

  • Landscaping & maintenance show his joy & servanthood

    by Hannah Hanzel, posted Monday, July 17, 2017 (10 days ago)

    Photo by Hannah Hanzel
    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- As a 16-year-old, Larry Goodman never found himself thinking of God, let alone attending church. But one certain Sunday was different. One of Goodman's high school friends invited him to come to church with him.

    It was that Sunday that Goodman felt the Lord's presence during the sermon. Down the aisle with his buddy in tow, he gave his life to the Lord.

    "It was the best day of my life," Goodman said. "From then on, I just wanted to get Read More

  • Sam Porter named national director for disaster relief

    by Josie Bingham, posted Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (15 days ago)

    The North American Mission Board has named Sam Porter as the new national director for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. Porter will replace Mickey Caison, who officially retires Aug. 31. Read More

  • Twin sisters discover 'above, beyond' foster care

    by Carrie Brown McWhorter/Alabama Baptist, posted Monday, July 10, 2017 (16 days ago)

    Photos courtesy of Michaela Sanderson Guthrie.
    GARDENDALE, Ala. (BP) -- When Michaela Sanderson Guthrie was 11 years old, a social services caseworker gave her an unimaginable choice -- live with a family member or enter foster care.

    "My sister looked at me and I said 'foster care.' What 11-year-old would say that? But looking back, I totally believe it was the Lord speaking through me," Guthrie said. "I knew nothing would change if we went to live with my grandmother and I didn't want that for us."

    For years, Michaela and her siblings -- twin sister Danielle, older sister Mary ... Read More

  • CBF seeks direction amid diverse views on LGBT issues

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 07, 2017 (19 days ago)

    Screen capture from CBFblog.com
    ATLANTA (BP) -- A committee charged with recommending how the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship can "strengthen [its] unity" despite "differing beliefs and practices in matters of human sexuality" has said it hopes to propose in the next six months "a more faithful path forward" in the CBF's discussion of homosexuality.

    The six-member Illumination Project Committee was appointed in June 2016 by then-CBF moderator Doug Dortch to, among other tasks, recommend whether the CBF Governing Board should amend the Fellowship's hiring policy. The policy currently "does not allow ... for the purposeful hiring of a staff person or the sending of a missionary who is a practicing homosexual." Read More

  • Serve Day catches community's attention

    by Daniel Woodman , posted Friday, July 07, 2017 (20 days ago)

    Photo courtesy of Tammy Seimears/ Madison News.
    TOPEKA, Kan. (BP) -- An outreach effort in Topeka, Kan., has utilized local media coverage to publicize the ministry of Kansas Baptists and to share the love of Christ in America's heartland.

    The one-day ministry, called "Serve Day," is put on by the local Flint Hills Baptist Association. Each year churches that cooperate with the association join together to repair homes, install smoke alarms and meet other physical needs in the community. Laying a foundation for churches to share the Gospel is the ministry's first priority. Read More

  • New initiative to generate funds for Ky. churches

    by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today, posted Wednesday, June 28, 2017 (29 days ago)

    Is your church raising money for a planned building expansion, mission trip, or summer camp? A new initiative through the Kentucky Baptist Convention could soon help churches with that. Read More

  • Evangelists aim for greater international reach

    by Daniel Woodman, posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (one month ago)

    Increasing international evangelism and diversity were the focus of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists when it gathered in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix. Read More