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  • Kansas meat plant, ethnic influx reshape First Baptist

    by Sue Sprenkle, posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Sue Sprenkle
    LIBERAL, Kan. (BP) -- Voices sing out -- first in English and then Spanish. The transition is smooth as the congregation easily goes back and forth between the languages.

    "The precious blood of Jesus Christ; Ve ane su trono El Padre te recibirá."

    The worship leader, Jonathan Zamora, closes his eyes, relishing multiple cultures praising God together. He looks out and sees no less than 10 countries and four languages represented among the 150 or so people. Some wear ear buds that relay a translation from a nearby booth. Others squeeze next to a friend whispering a translation. Read More

  • First Indian Baptist aims for multi-tribal reach

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, August 01, 2017 (8 months ago)

    Photo provided by First Indian Baptist Church
    PHOENIX (BP) -- When pastor Shaun Whitey asked First Indian Baptist Church in Phoenix to write down their tribal affiliation, people from nearly all of Arizona's federally-recognized tribes were represented in the congregation that Sunday, 22 people groups in all, which Whitey described as typical.

    The church reaches a broad cross-section of tribal groups in its aim to carry the Gospel to all the state's reservations, Whitey said, yet faces an ongoing challenge of adequately preparing disciples who multiply other Christians. Read More

  • Why I'm staying in the Southern Baptist Convention

    by Gabriel C. Stovall, posted Friday, July 28, 2017 (9 months ago)

    ATLANTA (BP) -- Almost 24 hours after the back-to-back deaths of Alton Sterling and then Philando Castile by the trigger hand of police officers last summer, my Facebook inbox lit up.

    Nearly a dozen people, who I called brothers in Christ, were saying they had had enough.

    They were tired of watching black men get cut down by policemen's bullets. They were nauseous, they said, of seeing white people scratch their collective heads trying to figure out why people of color were so traumatized by these deaths. ... Read More

  • NY Times op-ed spurs discussion of race & the SBC

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 28, 2017 (9 months ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A black Oklahoma minister's New York Times op-ed "renouncing [his] ordination in the Southern Baptist Convention" has drawn responses from a range of African Americans who say they will continue to cooperate with the convention as it pursues racial reconciliation.

    Meanwhile, the op-ed's author, Lawrence Ware, explained his views in an interview with Baptist Press, noting he does not believe Southern Baptists by and large are intentionally racist. He also said he likely would have "softened" some of his language against the SBC if given an opportunity to rewrite the op-ed. Read More

  • Newcomers, young adults embrace black church conf.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, July 25, 2017 (9 months ago)

    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Ryan Littlejohn of Wichita, Kan., attended his first Black Church Leadership and Family Conference July 17-21 after hearing a glowing report of the previous year's gathering.

    "I came because my pastor (Tarrance C. Floyd) and first lady (Jacqueline Floyd) came last year, and they just really, really loved what this place offered and everything they learned," Littlejohn told Baptist Press on the grounds of Ridgecrest Conference Center, the site of the annual event. "And they shared it with the congregation, and a group of eight of us came here, based on just what they said. We came and it's been everything and more thus far. I'm just excited and really learning a lot here." Read More

  • Black church conference: nurture, fellowship & praise

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (9 months ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Southern Baptist African American pastor Ryan Rice, founder and leader of Life Church in New Orleans, is experiencing the first Black Church Leadership and Family Conference of his 30-some years.

    "To see other pastors who look like me ... and have flourished in their families and their ministries -- that's been a huge blessing and an encouragement," Rice told Baptist Press July 18 on the second day of the conference scheduled through July 21 at the Ridgecrest Conference Center near Asheville, N.C. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Churches that 'blossom & thrive'

    by Gabriel C. Stovall, posted Thursday, June 01, 2017 (11 months ago)

    Regardless of their ethnic makeup, churches can "blossom and thrive," Gabriel Stovall writes, through "intentional concerted efforts to look more like the communities we're planted in." Read More

  • Anglos, Koreans, Hispanics gather through Open Door

    by Arkansas Baptist News, posted Friday, May 19, 2017 (11 months ago)

    ROGERS, Ark. (BP) -- What might be described as "a little taste of heaven on earth" happens every Sunday for Anglos, Koreans and Hispanics at Open Door Baptist Church.

    There, the church's Anglo congregation worships at the same time as Open Door Korean Baptist Church while Iglesia Bautista Oikos holds its Sunday School followed by worship. Read More

  • Persecution readied him for South Sudanese church

    by Grace Thornton, posted Friday, April 28, 2017 (one year ago)

    MINNEAPOLIS (BP) -- When Philip Nache was growing up in Nigeria, the young Christian had plenty of friends among the majority Muslim population in his hometown.

    "Boko Haram wasn't there yet," he said of the militant Islamist group that has ravaged the central African country in recent years. "Most of my friends were Muslims. They would come to our house to sleep. We had that family relationship." Read More