Adoption agency protection moves forward in Congress

Legislation to prohibit government from discriminating against adoption and foster care agencies over their religious or moral convictions has taken an initial step toward potential passage in Congress.

Colo. wildfires draw multi-state Baptist DR response

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams from several states are focusing on Colorado communities ravaged by fires that have consumed tens of thousands of acres and destroyed hundreds of homes.

Missouri DR deploys after 17 killed at Branson lake

Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief deploys after 17 people, including children, died when a sudden violent storm capsized a "duck boat" on Table Rock Lake near the tourist hotspot of Branson, Mo.
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    Seniors say 'yes' to VBS

    by Chris Doyle/Oklahoma Baptist Messenger, posted Monday, July 23, 2018 (an hour ago)

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    OKLAHOMA Okla. (BP) -- Demonstrating that no one is too old to learn, Portland Avenue Baptist Church hosted a senior adult version of Vacation Bible School (VBS), July 9-12. By midweek, the church had nearly 20 seniors saying, as the popular VBS song goes, "Y-E-S to VBS."

    Gina McKean, director of children's ministries at the church located in Oklahoma City, Okla., said a church member went to a senior adult VBS at nearby Cherokee Hills Baptist Church last summer and asked her if they could do one at Portland Avenue. Read More

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    At age 86, Pete knew someone would lead him to God

    by Michael Waters, posted Monday, July 23, 2018 (2 hours ago)

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    CONCORD, N.C. (BP) -- In the spring of 2016, I learned that Harvey "Pete" Overcash was in a nursing home for rehabilitation due to an accident with a garden tiller. He did not attend our church, but his wife Norma was a faithful member for more than 40 years and had recently become homebound with declining health.

    Norma was a children's Sunday School teacher while Pete showed no desire to attend church with her, but she faithfully prayed for him. Read More

  • Church's roll purge incites media 'circus'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 20, 2018 (2 days ago)

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    CAVE CITY, Ky. (BP) -- Kentucky Baptists are defending a church slammed in secular media outlets over its practice of church discipline.

    Cave City (Ky.) Baptist Church, some 90 miles north of Nashville, sent a letter July 16 to nearly 70 members it alleges were not attending "habitually," giving "regularly" or sharing in the congregation's "organized work" as required of members in the church's bylaws. The letter stated, "Cave City Baptist Church cherishes you as a member of this fellowship," but "your name has been removed from the membership roll," according to a photo of the letter published on Facebook. Read More

  • Labrador retrievers put their paws on the Gospel

    by Holly Jo Linzay/Baptist Message, posted Friday, July 20, 2018 (2 days ago)

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    DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (BP) -- Johnny Morgan's life has really gone to the dogs, and he couldn't be happier.

    "I'm getting to use a passion of mine for God. It's a blessing to use my Labrador retrievers to teach about obedience and present the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a unique way," Morgan, founder of the ministry Obedience 2 Death, said.

    The nonprofit organization, based in Denham Springs, La., uses dogs as visual illustrations and blends timeless biblical truths with humor to show the power of obedience in a believer's life. Morgan named his ministry after Philippians 2:8: "Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Read More

  • SBC seminaries: #MeToo is 'wakeup call for the church'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (4 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention seminaries long have sought to train ministers in personal integrity, but amid the #MeToo movement, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Daniel Akin said, they have "heightened the alert."

    From Southeastern in North Carolina to Gateway Seminary in Southern California, SBC seminaries are training students and faculty to recognize and deal with abuse, reemphasizing personal sexual morality and offering resources to those struggling with sexual sin.

    Southeastern has "raised the flag and heightened the alert," Akin told Baptist Press, "given the cultural trends that we're now encountering, given the technological world in which we live" where moral failings often are widely publicized. Read More

  • Still jailed in Turkey, Brunson gave 'bold' witness

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, July 19, 2018 (3 days ago)

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    ALIAGA, Turkey (BP) -- American pastor Andrew Brunson's continued imprisonment in Turkey following a July 18 court hearing is probably an act of political maneuvering rather than Islamic persecution, two Islamic studies professors say.

    Resurgent conservative Islam in Turkey is, however, part of the background, the professors say, that led to Brunson's October 2016 arrest and subsequent imprisonment over what religious liberty watchdogs have called unfounded charges of terrorism and espionage.

    "I am not in a position to speculate on why Brunson (as opposed to other Americans, who are permitted to practice their Christianity freely in Turkey) was arrested," said Ant Greenham, associate professor of missions and Islamic studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. "False accusations seem to have played a role. However, [Turkish] President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan is now in a position of greater strength, following the lifting of [a] state of emergency" July 18. Read More