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    WEEK OF PRAYER: Missions -- 'whatever it takes'

    by Jim Burton, posted Friday, March 06, 2015 (4 hours ago)

    Photo by Hayley Catt/NAMB
    CHICAGO (BP) -- Gabriel Revilla recalls a "Nike moment" when his college pastor in Miami approached him with a question.

    "What do you think about recruiting an actual team of students and allowing them to come to Miami to reach lostness here?" Gus Hernandez, collegiate pastor at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, asked Revilla.

    The question was neither small nor random. Hernandez knew Revilla's heart and potential for leadership in ministry. Read More

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    Kendrick brothers: fight battles through prayer

    by Shawn Hendricks, posted Friday, March 06, 2015 (27 minutes ago)

    Photo courtesy of AFFIRM Films/Provident Films; Photo by Kevin Peeples
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick will tell you they believe prayer can change America.

    The Southern Baptist duo, of Kendrick Brothers Productions, acknowledged they picked a good time to promote and release their latest film, "War Room," focusing on the power of prayer. Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd has been urging prayer for revival around the country since his election last June, and this year's annual meeting theme is "Great Awakening: Clear Agreement, Visible Union, Extraordinary Prayer." Read More

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    SWBTS at 2/3 mark for college-missions building

    by Staff, posted Friday, March 06, 2015 (an hour ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Funding for a new building for the College at Southwestern and the Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has reached the two-thirds mark for the cost of construction.

    The seminary received a $12 million lead gift from Harold and Patricia Mathena of Oklahoma City in October and a $1 million challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation in February. An additional $3 million in gifts and pledges place the overall total at $16 million raised thus far. Read More

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    Kenneth Ridings, former Fruitland president, dies

    by Dianna L. Cagle/Biblical Recorder , posted Friday, March 06, 2015 (25 minutes ago)

    HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Kenneth Ridings, 78, a longtime professor and past president of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute (now college), died March 5.

    "Throughout his ministry, Dr. Kenneth Ridings was a living legend among Baptist preachers," David Horton, current president of Fruitland in Hendersonville, N.C., said. Fruitland is a ministry of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Texas roots now planted in South Dakota

    by Jim Burton, posted Thursday, March 05, 2015 (yesterday)

    Photo by John Swain/NAMB
    SIOUX Falls, S.D. (BP) -- "I guess it's in our blood," church planter Jonathan Land said.

    More than 180 years ago, as Stephen F. Austin led the effort for Texas independence from Mexico, a friend of his, Josiah H. Bell, was equally resolute in a different way. Bell helped form the first Protestant church in Texas.

    Bell started a family tradition that today reaches to the Dakotas: Land is Bell's great, great, great, great grandson.

    "I was born in Texas," Land said of his Texas roots. "There's a reason people don't like people from Texas. They are just so arrogant about being from Texas. I used to be that guy." Read More

  • Ala. Supreme Court halts same-sex marriage licenses

    by Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, March 04, 2015 (2 days ago)

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) –- The Alabama Supreme Court has ordered a halt to same-sex marriage licenses in the state, posing a direct challenge to a federal court in Mobile that overturned the state's marriage laws.

    The Alabama court, in a March 3 decision, stated: Read More

  • Floyd on CNN: We can't be silent amid ISIS

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, March 04, 2015 (2 days ago)

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (BP) -- Southern Baptist leaders are imploring President Obama to act against ISIS not only for global security, but to enable themselves to give a proper account before the Lord on Judgment Day, Southern Baptist President Ronnie Floyd said (March 4) on CNN. Read More

  • Netanyahu: Iran's threats parallel OT Esther story

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, March 04, 2015 (yesterday)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A genocidal chapter in the ancient relationship between Israel and Iran could be the result of a nuclear agreement the United States may sign with Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a joint meeting of Congress March 3. Read More

  • Discovery of Spurgeon's Psalter a 'treasure'

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Wednesday, March 04, 2015 (2 days ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Scholars at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary have discovered, within the institution's Spurgeon Library collection, a Psalter that 19th-century Baptist pastor Charles Spurgeon used in the compilation of his commentary on the book of Psalms, "The Treasury of David."

    "One of the purposes for the existence of the Spurgeon Library at Midwestern Seminary is to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the church and the academy by preserving the personal library of Charles Haddon Spurgeon ... Read More

  • ERLC endorses Tenn. bill to deter animal fighting

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, March 04, 2015 (2 days ago)

    "The incestuous relationship between animal fighting, gambling and organized crime continues to grow."

    -- Russell Moore

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity has endorsed a Tennessee bill designed to deter animal fighting.

    In a March 2 letter, Russell Moore told Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission strongly supports a proposal that would increase penalties for participation in cockfighting and for attendance at an animal fight. Moore is president of the ERLC. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER GenSender intersects with world in NYC

    by Jim Burton, posted Wednesday, March 04, 2015 (2 days ago)

    Photo by Gibbs Frazeur/NAMB
    BROOKLYN, N.Y. (BP) -- Austin Coleman has spent each of the last two summers in New York City looking for intersections.

    If ever there was a city where finding an intersection would be inevitable, America's largest city would be that place with its blur of 24-hour activity, endless maze of intersections populated by yellow taxicabs, limousines, delivery trucks and personal vehicles. But through a special internship opportunity, Coleman has navigated the city he loves in hopes of intersecting with people to tell them about Jesus. And he has a desire eventually to return there to live and plant churches. Read More

  • CP 4.81% ahead of projection

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, March 03, 2015 (3 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 4.81 percent above the year-to-date budgeted projection, and are 2.97 percent above contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to SBC Executive Committee President and CEO Frank S. Page. Read More