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  • 'Dunk 'n Dine' offers unique baptism celebration

    by Lucy Oliver/Arizona Portraits, posted Monday, March 13, 2017 (11 days ago)

    TUCSON, Ariz. (BP) -- An Arizona church has created a memorable and successful way to mark the spiritual occasion of baptism that includes an opportunity for the church family to serve their community at the same time.

    Members of S.O.B.E.R. Project church in Tucson trim the 15-foot hedges around a residential pool property twice a year in exchange for free use of the pool and the surrounding lawn, volleyball courts and barbeque grills when they host special baptism events. Read More

  • Post-flood ministry yields church's wave of baptisms

    by Brian Blackwell/Louisiana Baptist Message, posted Friday, February 24, 2017 (28 days ago)

    WELSH, La. (BP) -- The waters may have receded several months ago but the excitement at First Baptist Church hasn't subsided.

    First came the rain to Welsh, La. -- nearly 24 inches in a 24-hour period during widespread flooding in the southern part of the state.

    Soon after, the congregation began ministering to those hurting in its own area, paving the way for a spiritual harvest. Not only have they seen 13 baptisms since the flood of August 2016 but attendance has not waned, reaching 100 on an average Sunday morning for worship. Read More

  • Washington & Lincoln baptism claims debated

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 20, 2017 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Claims that George Washington and Abraham Lincoln both underwent secretive baptisms by immersion have drawn scrutiny from Baptist historians surrounding Presidents Day.

    Washington is said to have received baptism from Baptist army chaplain John Gano during the Revolutionary War while both Baptists and members of the Stone-Campbell tradition have claimed Lincoln sought and received baptism by immersion.

    Immersion claims about both presidents have received a mixed reception from ... Read More

  • Baptisms, outreach to military, draw church's focus

    by Brian Blackwell/Baptist Message , posted Monday, February 06, 2017 (one month ago)

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    LEESVILLE, La. (BP) -- Sherry Slaydon gave her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren a priceless gift -- the opportunity to celebrate her new life in Christ by being present at her baptism.

    "I pray watching their grandma proclaim her love for God was an inspiration to them," said Slaydon of her baptism that took place at East Leesville Baptist Church in Louisiana shortly before Christmas this past December. "I had people tell me I had a glow afterward … words can't describe the feeling." Read More

  • Child finds victory physically, spiritually

    by Brian Blackwell/Baptist Message, posted Wednesday, January 11, 2017 (2 months ago)

    SHREVEPORT, La. (BP) -- Just two years ago, little Hayden Heaberlin was facing the fight of his life, one that no 4-year-old should have to face -- a battle with cancer.

    But family and friends affirm those days of darkness were pierced by the light of God's mercy and provision.

    There was the time when 50 people from his church surrounded his home in a prayer circle while his family was with him in Memphis, Tenn., where he was receiving treatments; and there were countless times when his family relayed to him text messages, phone calls and letters of encouragement. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Baptisms -- more than numbers

    by Nathan A. Finn, posted Thursday, January 05, 2017 (2 months ago)

    The importance of baptism stems not only from the teachings of Scripture but, for Southern Baptists, it also is a key measure of evangelistic fruitfulness, Nathan Finn notes. They point toward "reaching men, women and children who are created in God's image, who Christ died for, and who God loves and wants to save," Finn writes. Read More

  • It's 'never too late': 94-year-old gains new life

    by Brian Blackwell/Louisiana Baptist Message, posted Tuesday, November 01, 2016 (4 months ago)

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    RUSTON, La. (BP) -- Wearing a shower cap only moments from entering the baptismal waters, Ophelia White was beaming with excitement.

    With the encouragement of friends gathered in the Cook Baptist Church worship center, the 94-year-old new believer was baptized, answering the prayers of those closest to her.

    "I want people to know it's never too late," White said. "Get with it." Read More

  • Urban church embraces creativity, holds outdoor baptism

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, May 16, 2016 (10 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When Mosaic Nashville church baptized 40-year-old Paul Ramsey, he found it fitting that he should slip and hit his head on the rim of the aluminum horse trough that was his baptismal pool.

    "I've made a lot of bad choices in my life," he told Baptist Press, "and it's just taken me a lot of knocks and a lot of bumps on my head to get on the right path." Read More

  • 'Special' call leads to 'special' baptism

    by Marilyn Stewart/Baptist Message, posted Monday, May 09, 2016 (10 months ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- The phone call Alexis Leslie received from Calvary Baptist School in New Orleans last year began with words every parent loves to hear.

    "I have awesome news," Leslie said the principal told her. But when Leslie heard her 11-year-old son Liam had made a commitment to follow Christ, she was not sure she understood.

    "I'll be honest with you, I don't know a whole lot about the Baptist religion. I'm Catholic," Leslie said. "I really wasn't quite sure what 'saved' meant." Read More

  • Pastor baptizes son, several hundred others

    by Barbara Denman/Florida Baptist Convention, posted Monday, March 07, 2016 (one year ago)

    CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (BP) -- When David Hughes was called as pastor of Church by the Glades in 1998, 470 was the average weekly attendance. Now nearly 18 years later in just one weekend, the Florida church stirred the baptismal waters with 470 new believers in Christ.

    The correlation of numbers was "catalytic," Hughes said. "It was very organic. It was one of these 'trust God moments and see God at work.'"

    Leading the baptismal candidates was a child, as Hughes baptized his 7-year-old son Zane, ... Read More