ERLC event: Gospel applies to race, politics, artNASHVILLE (BP) -- Speakers at a Southern Baptist-sponsored conference on cultural engagement provided guidance Thursday (Aug. 25) on how the Gospel of Jesus addresses issues from race relations to politics to the arts.
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's 2016 national conference attracted more than 900 attendees for the first of two days of considering how Christians can engage the culture while remaining faithful to the Gospel. The conference continued today (Aug. 26) with a full schedule of plenary and breakout sessions. Read More
Baptist DR volunteers witness power of communityBATON ROUGE, La. (BP) -- Jerry Ritter's Tuesday began at 4 a.m., but he was still brimming with enthusiasm as the sun slipped low, closing another day of flood relief in Baton Rouge, La.
Ritter, a member of Blackgum First Baptist Church in Vian, Okla., arrived in Louisiana last week with other members of a Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) kitchen crew. Though his body was tired, he considered the hard day's work to be a blessing. He gazed across the parking lot of Istrouma Baptist Church, watching as each trained volunteer fulfilled a vital role in getting supper -- hamburgers and baked beans -- to those in need. He had another mission for the evening -- accompanying the American Red Cross (ARC) on meal delivery. Read More
Promises fulfilled: IMB, churches & 27 missionariesRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- With white knuckles, Laekan Carter gripped the pew. She listened with her then-11-year-old ears when a college student shared how God was at work while he was on mission in Africa.
"One day you will walk those dusty dirt roads," Carter felt God promise her.
Years later, in fulfillment of that promise, Carter is being sent by her church, Calvary Baptist in New Orleans, to train college students to share the Gospel in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read More
Sturgis Bike Rally remains fertile soil for evangelismSTURGIS, S.D. (BP) -- Josh Mueller wasn't exactly sure what he was getting into when he drove to the annual Sturgis Bike Rally.
His brother Jeff is his pastor at Restore Church in their hometown of Yankton, S.D. Jeff had recruited Josh to volunteer at the Dakota Baptist Convention's Sturgis Bike Giveaway evangelism initiative.
During their first shift at the evangelism venue, Josh was too nervous to share his faith with anyone, much less a stranger. Like many Christians, Josh was nervous about personal evangelism. Unlike many Christians, Josh develops a stutter when he's nervous. Read More
TRUSTEES: ERLC board honors O.S. Hawkins, Barrett DukeNASHVILLE (BP) -- The trustees of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission honored two fellow Southern Baptists Thursday (Aug. 25) with their annual awards for religious freedom advocacy and Christian service.
In its annual meeting in Nashville, the ERLC board unanimously approved GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins for the John Leland Religious Liberty Award, which goes yearly to a person exhibiting a deep commitment to religious freedom. Read More
TRUSTEES: IMB announces new mobilization VPRICHMOND, Va. -- International Mission Board trustees approved the appointment of 27 new missionaries, welcomed 11 new board members, and announced a vice president of mobilization during their board meeting Aug. 23-24 near Richmond, Va.
Trustees also welcomed a visit from Steve Gaines, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, who serves as an ex-officio member of the board in his SBC role. Gaines is pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn. Read More
'Insanity of God' showing Aug. 30 across U.S.NASHVILLE, TN (BP) -- "The Insanity of God," the true story of missionaries Nik and Ruth Ripken and their work with the persecuted church, will be shown in 500 U.S. theaters Aug. 30 for a special one-night, feature event. The presentation will include International Mission Board President, author and speaker David Platt interviewing Nik Ripken, as well as a performance by music artist Todd Smith.
The film is based on the best-selling book, "The Insanity of God" (B&H Publishing Group), which tells the story of the Ripkens' journey from rural Kentucky to the Horn of Africa, where their faith was tested to the limit by the death of their 16-year-old son. The film also documents the stories of persecuted Christians from across the world, collected by the Ripkens after their time in Africa. Over the past 18 years, the Ripkens have interviewed more than 600 persecuted Christians in more than 72 countries. Read More