Annie Armstrong offering reaches all-time high

The North American Mission Board has announced that the 2017 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering totaled an all-time high: $59,648,377. The offering for North American missions beat the previous 2007 high by $185,096.

Kidnapped Chinese Christian lawyer details persecution

A kidnapped Chinese Christian attorney held in Beijing chronicles China's religious persecution in a book smuggled from the country and published in the U.S., even as Chinese President Xi Jinping pledges a ramped up crackdown on freedoms there.

Send Relief 'pastor packs,' SBDR help Puerto Rico

Send Relief 'pastor packs' full of needed supplies and SBDR volunteers serve those impacted by Hurricane damage in Puerto Rico.
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    Amid drug crisis, sheriff lets faith guide him

    by Mark Maynard/Kentucky Today , posted Monday, October 23, 2017 (an hour ago)

    Photo by Mark Maynard/Kentucky Today
    CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (BP) -– For Bobby Jack Woods, a 37-year veteran lawman, it isn't easy being the sheriff in drug-ravaged Kentucky, where 1,404 people died from overdoses in 2016.

    But his faith in God helps him handle the heart-wrenching plague of drug abuse he encounters on a daily basis.

    In recent years, more Kentuckians have been dying from drug overdoses than from car crashes. Heartache, grief and brokenness are rampant. Read More

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    The Reformation & Baptist life

    by David S. Dockery, posted Monday, October 23, 2017 (2 hours ago)

    DEERFIELD, Ill. (BP) -- The Lord blessed me with the wonderful privilege of growing up in a Christian home -- a faithful, Baptist home. Sundays included Sunday School, church services, afternoon choir practice as well as Bible Drill, Discipleship Training and Sunday evening after-church fellowship. It was generally a very busy day. Wednesdays included church suppers, prayer meetings, mission organizations, committee meetings and choir practice.

    During the week there were opportunities for outreach visitation, WMU and other activities. Summer calendars were built around Vacation Bible School, church camps and other church-related events. My family planned weeks and seasons around church activities. Our heroes were Lottie Moon, Annie Armstrong and Bill Wallace of China. Read More

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    TRUSTEES: MBTS celebrates Allen's 5th anniversary

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Monday, October 23, 2017 (an hour ago)

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Amid a grand celebration of Jason Allen's fifth anniversary as Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's president, trustees, friends and the seminary community gathered Oct. 16 to mark the occasion and praise God for Allen's accomplishments during that tenure.

    Additionally, trustees approved a campus renovation project and received news of record enrollment, faculty re-elections and promotions.

    Following a full day of trustee work sessions and committee meetings, the institution turned to commemorating the fifth anniversary of Allen, who officially took office on Oct. 15, 2012. Read More

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    SBC DIGEST: Youth porn use spurs webinar; Hannibal-LaGrange earns perfect NAIA character score

    by BP Staff, posted Monday, October 23, 2017 (an hour ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- How to counter teen pornography use within faith communities is the subject of a webinar to be hosted twice in November by the Religious Alliance Against Pornography.

    Among the webinar's presenters is Dean Inserra, pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, Fla. At least two Southern Baptists serve on the alliance's advisory board: K. Marshall Williams, pastor of Nazarene Baptist Church in Philadelphia, and Dan Darling, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's vice president for communications. Read More

  • ETCH conference: teach whole Bible

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (2 days ago)

    Photo by Harrison Hughes/LifeWay
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- "Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian." This famous quote by pastor A.W. Tozer served as inspiration behind the theme -- "Nothing Less" -- of the 2017 ETCH family ministry conference.

    More than 1,000 ministry leaders gathered Oct. 16-18 in Nashville for the event hosted by LifeWay Christian Resources. ETCH stands for equipping the church and home.

    ETCH 2017 offered attendees more than 50 breakout session options, a concert event, and worship led by the Stephen Cole Band. Experts on children's and student ministry, including LifeWay's Eric Geiger, Jana Magruder, Ben Trueblood and others, spoke during the main conference sessions. Read More

  • Orville Griffin, former Ohio exec, dies at 85

    by Art Toalston, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (3 days ago)

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- Orville H. Griffin, former executive director/treasurer of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio, died Sept. 18 at age 85 after several months of illness, according to a report from the Ohio convention.

    Griffin was the convention's executive director from 1992-1997 during 43 years of ministry in Ohio.

    "The legacy of Orville Heath Griffin is one rooted in the Great Commission and devoted to the Lord Jesus he loved and served so faithfully," said Jack Kwok, who succeeded Griffin. "He set a high mark for those who follow." Read More

  • TRUSTEES: NOBTS centennial funding challenge embraced

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (2 days ago)

    Photo by Boyd Guy/NOBTS
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Trustees of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary joined with the rest of the seminary community in the celebration of the seminary's first 100 years during their fall meeting Oct. 2-4.

    Trustees voted last spring to reschedule the fall meeting so it could be held during the launch of the centennial celebration Oct. 3. Board members participated in Founders' Day chapel services led by Kelley and an evangelism-focused centennial kickoff on the evening of Oct. 3 featuring evangelist Junior Hill. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: Capital campaign tops SEBTS fall meeting agenda

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (2 days ago)

    Photo courtesy of SEBTS
    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- During their Oct. 15-17 meetings, both trustees and supporters of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary were updated on institutional developments -- namely the seminary's capital campaign being launched in the spring of 2018 to enhance the on-campus experience by adding a welcome center and dining hall.

    The campaign is a four-year plan to raise $20.5 million. In addition to these new buildings, plans include renovations for Stealey Hall and the library as well as the addition of a campus center as a primary location for the college. Read More

  • Patterson-Humphreys atonement debate remembered

    by David Roach, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (2 days ago)

    Photo courtesy of the Baptist Message
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A 1987 debate on Christ's atonement between Paige Patterson and then-New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary theology professor Fisher Humphreys may have had "greater significance" in the Southern Baptist Convention's Conservative Resurgence than some have thought.

    That's the conclusion of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary provost Jason Duesing, who has published an essay to commemorate the debate's 30th anniversary in the Midwestern Journal of Theology. Read More