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  • Gaines to EC: Do you see lostness?

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (yesterday)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Prayer and evangelism will enable the Southern Baptist Convention to abide and continue its work in an increasingly eclectic society, SBC President Steve Gaines told the Executive Committee during its 2017 fall meeting in Nashville.

    SBC leaders and laity must see and love the lost so much that it creates a burden that the lost be saved, Gaines said in his address Sept. 18 at the SBC Building. He exhorted the Executive Committee, other Southern Baptist leaders and SBC employees gathered before him, to understand and love the disadvantaged, and to show them the love of Christ. Read More

  • 'Christmas Code' kindles Advent-oriented evangelism

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Friday, September 08, 2017 (12 days ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- GuideStone Financial Resources President O.S. Hawkins had one goal for his new book, "The Christmas Code" -- providing pastors and churches a resource with short Advent devotionals as a church-wide evangelism tool during the holiday season.

    The new book, which released Sept. 5, already has tallied nearly 200,000 in preordered copies.

    Rob Zinn, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Highland, Calif., part of the fast-growing Inland Empire region, was stirred when he read the book while returning from a GuideStone trustee meeting.

    Like all of Hawkins' books, author royalties and proceeds benefit Mission:Dignity, GuideStone's ministry to retired Southern Baptist pastors and their widows in financial need. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: They took it

    by Kevin Parker, posted Friday, September 08, 2017 (12 days ago)

    Baptist state paper editor Kevin Parker chronicles his journey of sharing the Gospel through tract distribution. On hundreds of occasions, he writes, "they took it." Read More

  • Knocking on doors sparks attendance, yields baptisms

    by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today, posted Tuesday, August 29, 2017 (22 days ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- A Louisville pastor has busted the longstanding myth in the church world that door-to-door visitation is out of vogue and no longer effective.

    Mark Bishop has knocked on about 200 doors a week since he arrived six months ago at Highview Baptist Church – Valley Station Campus. In that time, the campus pastor has seen attendance triple to nearly 300 and baptized 37 new believers. Read More

  • Marijuana tourism site draws associations' focus

    by By David Roach, posted Friday, August 25, 2017 (26 days ago)

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    NIPTON, Calif. (BP) -- A cannabis company's plan to turn a Southern California town into a marijuana-focused tourism destination has prompted two local Baptist associations to make it a destination for missions too.

    This month, the cannabis company American Green Inc. announced it is purchasing the entire 80-acre town of Nipton, Calif., along the California-Nevada state line, some 60 miles southwest of Las Vegas. American Green says it will develop Nipton into a "first-of-its-kind eco-tourism experience for conscious cannabis consumers," CNN reported. Read More

  • Players & coaches gather for football & the Gospel

    by David Dawson/Baptist and Reflector, posted Wednesday, August 23, 2017 (28 days ago)

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (BP) -- It's not every day that a rendition of "Rocky Top" rings out from an orchestra in a church.

    But the University of Tennessee's signature song is how the evening began at Red Bank Baptist Church in Chattanooga where an energetic crowd -- including a large number of football players and coaches from the local area -- came together for "A Night of Orange and White."

    The July 27 event, which featured former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer, ... Read More

  • Eclipse offers 'tremendous opportunity' for witness, worship

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 21, 2017 (one month ago)

    Photo courtesy of Logan Merrick
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Distribution of nearly 7,000 Gospel tracts by a Wyoming church, an outdoor baptism service in Kentucky and a watch party on the roof of the Southern Baptist Convention Building in Nashville were among the ways Southern Baptists celebrated the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. since 1979.

    The eclipse -- whose 70-mile-wide "path of totality" was visible in 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina -- also led some evangelicals to theological reflections on God's faithfulness, sovereignty and coming judgment. Read More

  • Great Awakening theology cited as evangelism aid

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, August 17, 2017 (one month ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Christians who experienced America's First and Second Great Awakenings were united in their belief that sinners must trust Christ for salvation. But over a span of 100 years, they expressed varying ideas of how to lead nonbelievers to Jesus.

    Those evolving soul winning methods and the theology behind them are the subject of "Theologies of the American Revivalists," a book released in April by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary professor Robert Caldwell. Read More

  • SBC evangelism task force holds first meeting

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 (one month ago)

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- How to increase Southern Baptists' passion for personal evangelism and encourage preachers to include evangelistic invitations in every sermon were among the topics discussed Aug. 14-15 at the first meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention's task force on soul winning and evangelistic preaching.

    "I cannot remember a meeting that encouraged my heart as much as this one," task force chairman Paige Patterson said in a statement released to Baptist Press. "We had a large portion of the task force who were able to attend and they seriously and humbly pursued the convention-assigned task. Read More