Harvey anniversary to be marked by prayer

One year later, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Executive Director Jim Richards and other SBTC leaders plan to commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey with prayer and fellowship gatherings scheduled for Aug. 25-27.

House candidate stands firm amid sermon scrutiny

The sermons of a North Carolina pastor turned congressional candidate have become fodder for political attacks and reports in national media outlets -- especially his preaching on the family and gender roles.

U.S. advocates for persecuted pastors in Turkey & Iran

In longstanding cases of Christian persecution, American pastor Andrew Brunson remains under house arrest in Turkey as the U.S. government ramps up efforts for his release, while pastor Youcef Nadarkhani begins a 10-year prison term in Iran's notorious Evin Prison.
  • 22 baptized, overflow room used as church adds campus

    by Sarah Davis/Arkansas Baptist News, posted Tuesday, August 21, 2018 (13 hours ago)

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    JONESBORO, Ark. (BP) -- Twenty-two people were baptized, and an overflow room was used during the launch service of a new campus of Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro, Ark., at Greene County Tech High School in Paragould.

    "This was our first Sunday. We were in an auditorium that seats 999 people, and we had 1,055 people there," said Breck Freeman, administrative pastor of Central Baptist Church and former associate missions team leader at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. "We had an overflow room.... That was one of the most amazing things."

    "We had 15 people scheduled for baptism, but seven people who had already been saved came forward to be baptized," Freeman said of the Aug. 12 launch. Read More

  • Former slave sees God's answer to his prayers

    by Grace Thornton/The Alabama Baptist, posted Tuesday, August 21, 2018 (9 hours ago)

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    MOBILE, Ala. (BP) -- The dirt road snaked long and lonely out to Cudjo's cabin on the outskirts of Mobile as Mary Ellen Caver tried to mentally prepare to meet the former slave.

    Caver had lived as a single missionary among a tribe in Nigeria before coming home to Alabama. For years, she had been accustomed to the unusual; this time, she had been told it would be a crazy man.

    The day before, as Caver had walked out of a church in south Alabama, she had met a group of black men waiting in the parking lot. They knew she had been a missionary to Africa, and they wanted her to put some of their questions to rest. Read More

  • Backpack ministry helps plant 'foundational worldview'

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Monday, August 20, 2018 (yesterday)

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    CLARKSTON, Ga. (BP) -- While growing up in Clarkston, Ga., Sam Abebe could count on getting his backpack full of school supplies every year from Clarkston International Bible Church (CIBC) through its annual back-to-school event. Today, years later, Abebe serves as CIBC's student pastor.

    "Those seeds planted my foundational worldview of who I believed God to be," Abebe said. "When I was 18, because of that foundation, I knew that Jesus died on the cross for me." Read More