• new - 3 hours ago

    IMB leaders announce plan to balance budget

    by IMB Staff, posted Thursday, August 27, 2015 (3 hours ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va.(BP) -- International Mission Board leaders have outlined a plan to address IMB's revenue shortfalls and complete a reset of the organization in order to move forward into the future with "innovative vision, wise stewardship and high accountability."

    The plan was presented by senior IMB leadership, including President David Platt, during an Aug. 27 town hall meeting including missionaries and staff, who collectively attended either in person or through digital communication. IMB trustees ... Read More

  • NEW - an hour ago

    'War Room' resources now available

    by Aaron Earls, posted Thursday, August 27, 2015 (an hour ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources has partnered with filmmakers Stephen and Alex Kendrick to provide churches with resources to accompany their latest film, "War Room," which spotlights prayer, its power and purpose.

    The movie, releasing in theaters Aug. 28, tells the story of a prayer warrior grandmother (played by Karen Abercrombie) who mentors a young mom (Priscilla Shirer) facing a troubled relationship with her husband (T.C. Stallings). Read More

  • NEW - an hour ago

    'A long journey': Josh Duggar enters rehab

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, August 27, 2015 (an hour ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Former family values advocate and reality television star Josh Duggar entered a long-term treatment center days after he confessed marital infidelity as a customer of the Ashley Madison adultery service.

    Duggar checked himself into an undisclosed treatment center Aug. 25 for an unspecified amount of time, his mother Michelle Duggar blogged Aug. 26 at duggarfamily.com. Read More

  • NEW - 3 hours ago

    KATRINA 2005-15: NOBTS counts blessings, not losses

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Thursday, August 27, 2015 (3 hours ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is counting blessings rather than losses and leaning into the future with anticipation.

    "We are grateful that God was able to pull out of the rubble of Katrina a city of New Orleans that has more energy and has more vitality than it has had in a very long time," NOBTS President Chuck Kelley said. "And out of the rubble, the seminary is now strong, healthy and doing well." Read More

  • Kendrick film 'War Room' lauded by Baptists

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, August 27, 2015 (5 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- "War Room," the latest film by brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, is being applauded by Southern Baptist leaders and others as a picture of God's power and an effective tool for encouraging Christians in prayer.

    Starring noted Bible teachers Priscilla Shirer in a lead role and Beth Moore among supporting cast, the film opens in wide release Aug. 28 in the U.S., with advance showings a day earlier in limited cities. Read More

  • KATRINA 2005-15: Hurricane was 'defining moment'

    by Dianna L. Cagle/North Carolina Biblical Recorder, posted Wednesday, August 26, 2015 (yesterday)

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (BP) -- Hurricane Katrina was a "defining moment" for North Carolina Baptist Men, the missions organization's leader remembers.

    "It was amazing that that many people would give up so much time … and there were people who made 20-30 trips who drove every time," Richard Brunson, NCBM executive director, said. "They were taking people with them. It was just amazing … even our on-site coordinators. Some of them quit jobs and went down there and worked." Read More

  • KATRINA 2005-15: Gulf Coast church persevered

    by K. Allan Blume & Seth Brown/North Carolina Biblical Recorder, posted Wednesday, August 26, 2015 (yesterday)

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    GULFPORT, Miss. (BP) -- Shortly after 10 a.m. on a hot Sunday in August 2005, residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast heard the familiar tone of the National Weather Service’s radio warning.

    “Devastating damage expected,” the report said. Early the next morning, Aug. 29, Katrina made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane. Read More

  • Baptist leaders respond to Ashley Madison news

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 26, 2015 (23 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- With the potential affairs of millions exposed by a hack of the adultery-facilitating Ashley Madison website, Southern Baptist leaders have offered counsel to affected families, churches and individuals.

    "We are already hearing stories of families torn apart, of children terrified about what is happening to their dad, and of the tragedy of suicide," LifeWay Christian Resources President Thom Rainer wrote in an Aug. 26 blog post. "Church leaders cannot respond in their own power. God, however, can provide them all they need to respond in such a time of tragedy and hurt." Read More

  • SBC entities back GuideStone at high court

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, August 26, 2015 (22 hours ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Three Southern Baptist entities have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling against the convention’s health and financial benefits organization in a crucial religious freedom case.

    In a friend-of-the-court brief filed Aug. 24, GuideStone Financial Resources received support from other Southern Baptist Convention entities in its challenge to the Obama administration’s abortion/contraception mandate. The International Mission Board, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary -- as well as Southern’s president, R. Albert Mohler Jr. -- called in the brief for the high court to grant the appeal by GuideStone and other ministries. Read More

  • Seminary community mourns loss of John Gibson

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Wednesday, August 26, 2015 (22 hours ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- The first day of a new semester was marred by sadness as New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's Leavell College students learned of the death of John Gibson, professor of communication.

    Gibson, 56, died Aug. 24.

    A memorial service for Gibson, known for his acts of kindness within the seminary community, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, in Leavell Chapel on the seminary campus in a joint service with First Baptist Church in New Orleans where Gibson's wife Christi has served as minister of discipleship and missions. Read More

  • Children give to help those in need

    by Lily Jameson, posted Wednesday, August 26, 2015 (yesterday)

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    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- Through giving their pennies, nickels and dimes and more, kids at Circle Drive Baptist Church are seeking to help others through Baptist Global Response.

    “Children can make a difference right now by giving and by praying,” Circle Drive Children’s Ministry Director Kathy Routt in Colorado Springs, Colo., said. “But, they’re also future givers and … those who are going to care for people around the world.” Read More