• From Zen Buddhism to church planting

    by Keila Diaz/Florida Baptist Witness, posted Monday, October 12, 2015 (21 hours ago)

    Photo courtesy of Aldo Leon
    MIAMI, Fla. (BP) -- Aldo Leon, a self-described Cuban-American Miami boy, recently moved back to Miami from Los Angeles to plant Reconcile Church Miami with the purpose of reaching the lost in south Dade County.

    Leon, 33, married and a father of two, wasn't always so passionate about the Gospel. He says that he grew up in a home that was very "unreligious," and in college he had very liberal ... Read More

  • In Ukraine: He lifts church's resolve to stay open

    by Tom Long, posted Monday, October 12, 2015 (19 hours ago)

    Photo by Tom Long
    UKRAINE (BP) -- Life along the road to the war front seemed normal -- gardens surrounding every home, villagers taking their cows out to pasture, huge sunflower fields dotting the landscape nearby. It didn't look like we were less than 13 miles from a war zone.

    I met Victor* last summer. At that time, the 30-something believer was helping evacuate people from Ukrainian towns and villages ... Read More

  • Joining SBC draws focus in 2015

    by Roger S. Oldham, posted Monday, October 12, 2015 (18 hours ago)

    Photo by Bill Bangham.
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- Becoming part of the Southern Baptist family, both as a church and as an individual, has been on display in 2015.

    In his address to the Executive Committee during its February meeting, SBC President Ronnie Floyd challenged the Convention to invite other churches "to come into our family and cooperate ... Read More

  • In his own words: parliamentarian Barry McCarty

    by Barry McCarty, posted Monday, October 12, 2015 (17 hours ago)

    Photo courtesy of Baptist Press.
    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- I have moved to Fort Worth, Texas, to begin a new season of ministry as professor of preaching and rhetoric at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. This move is not just a change of ministry or a change of city; it is a change in my church affiliation.

    My wife Pat and I have been received as members of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., and I will be teaching in a seminary ... Read More

  • U.S. actions could benefit persecuted overseas

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, October 09, 2015 (3 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Oppressed Christians and other religious adherents around the world stand to benefit from recent actions by the United States government.

    The House of Representatives approved reauthorization of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in a voice vote Oct. 6. The Senate passed the same legislation without opposition Sept. 30. Read More