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Baltimore violence shows need for 'a better way'NASHVILLE (BP) -- Racial turmoil in Baltimore commanded the nation's attention April 27-28.Screen capture from CNN.com
"While we watch on the screen and read what is happening in Baltimore," Southern Baptist Convention Ronnie Floyd said, "we need to pray for our pastors and churches in Baltimore as they rise up together, calling Baltimore to a better way to live personally and collectively. Read More
Court readies for arguments over definition of marriage
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two and a half hours of arguments Tuesday (April 28) as the next step toward a long-awaited decision that will determine if marriage in all 50 states is expanded beyond the definition it has held since the beginning of time. Read More
Nepal's quake prompts prayer; Baptists respondNEPAL (BP) -- Notes of a praise song carried from one end of the field to another. As the song ended, another started from a different direction. The two singing churches provided a sense of peace amidst the screams of neighbors sitting in open fields seeking a safe place from the aftershocks and tremors a day after Nepal’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake.IMB Photo
The quake hit April 25 just 50 miles outside the capital city of Kathmandu and reached as far as India, Bangladesh and the Chinese region of Tibet. It was the strongest in the region in more than 80 years, killing more than 4,000 people, injuring more than 7,000 and leveling buildings and homes. The death toll continues to rise as rescue efforts expand from the cities to the countryside. Read More
Platt simulcast moved
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- A "security threat" against International Mission Board President David Platt's Secret Church event April 24 forced Platt's Radical ministry to move the simulcast from The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., to an undisclosed alternate location just hours before it began.
The threat was a small taste of what "our brothers and sisters in Christ experience in other countries," Platt, former pastor of The Church at Brook Hills, said as the event opened according The Alabama Baptist. Threats cannot stop God's church and His Word from accomplishing their purposes, Platt noted, and that all attempts to hinder the church ultimately help spread the Gospel more. Read More
Christians pray for peace, unity in S. AfricaJOHANNESBURG, South Africa (BP) -- While anti-immigrant violence was tearing their city apart, 150 believers at a small Baptist church stood together to ask God to bring peace to their country.Photo courtesy of Stephen Haber
An elder at the church in Johannesburg, South Africa, called out the ethnic groups by name: white South African, Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana, Mozambican, Zimbabwean and a dozen more. Everyone stood -- black and white, young and old, joining hands across the aisles and singing together, "We are one in the spirit." Read More
MBTS website to encourage & equip the churchKANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has launched the website FTC.co providing Gospel-centered resources to engage, encourage, and equip those ministering within the local church.
The FTC.co site, to be overseen by managing editor Jared Wilson, will host blogs, articles, practical application tools and other resources to assist current pastors, ministry leaders, and lay men and women in their ministry roles. Read More
Kevin Parker to succeed N.M. editor John LoudatALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BP) -- Kevin G. Parker has been named as the 15th editor of the Baptist New Mexican, succeeding John Loudat, whose April 30 retirement after 21 years of service caps the longest tenure in the newsjournal's history.
Parker, 49, has been pastor First Baptist Church in Aztec, N.M., the past 10 years. He also will serve as the Baptist Convention of New Mexico's director of media services encompassing social media and video production. Read More