Pressler sexual abuse claims dismissed

A Texas court has dismissed several defendants and multiple counts in a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by retired Texas state district judge Paul Pressler.

TRUSTEES: SWBTS 'pressing on' with 'refreshed orientation'

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's board of trustees affirmed the institution's presidential search committee, approved actions of the trustee executive committee and conducted other business during their fall meeting Oct. 15-17.

TRUSTEES: MBTS dedicates Mathena Student Center

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary celebrated a landmark in its history with the dedication of the 40,000-square-foot Mathena Student Center in conjunction with the fall trustee meeting Oct. 15-16 at the Kansas City, Mo., campus.

  • NEW - 3 hours ago

    5 stats about global, domestic hunger

    by Joy Allmond, posted Friday, October 19, 2018 (3 hours ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- People see the commercials with pleas for financial help. The man or woman lingers on the street corner with a homemade cardboard sign that says they need food.

    Whether through the distance of the television screen or the closeness of someone asking vehicular passersby for help, there are hints of hunger all around.

    But are they real? According to stats from Global Hunger Relief, the answer is "yes," both in faraway places and in our own cities and towns. Read More

  • NEW - 4 hours ago

    Evangelize 91 counties, Kan.-Neb. Baptists urged

    by Eva Wilson/Baptist Digest, posted Friday, October 19, 2018 (4 hours ago)

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    PRATT, Kan. (BP) -- Start new ministries in 91 area counties that have no Gospel witness, attendees of the 2018 Kansas Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists (KNCSB) were urged.

    The meeting was held Oct. 8-9 at First Southern Baptist Church in Pratt, Kan., with the theme "Leading through Change," based on Joshua 1-3.

    KNCSB Executive Director Bob Mills told of counties that don't have a Southern Baptist witness -- 31 counties in Kansas and 60 in Nebraska. Many of these ... Read More

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    Ministry breakthrough stories are new podcast's focus

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Friday, October 19, 2018 (4 hours ago)

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    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BP) -- In Philippians 4:8, Paul tells the church to dwell on what's commendable and praiseworthy. With a new podcast, Christians can now apply Paul's advice during their daily commute.

    Hosted by Bryan Rose, "My Ministry Breakthrough" is dedicated to telling the stories of churches experiencing key moments of vision clarity and alignment.

    "Many of our guests may not make conference stages with their stories or be featured in big magazines, but that's the beauty of the podcasting medium," ... Read More

  • Appalachian church boosted by Ky. congregation

    by Kentucky Today staff, posted Friday, October 19, 2018 (5 hours ago)

    BOONEVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- A small church outside the Appalachian town of Booneville has received a huge boost from a fellow Kentucky congregation five hours away in the far western part of the state.

    Lerose Community Church, which serves one of the most impoverished communities in the U.S., needed a church bus to get local residents to and from services. Pastor Adam Stall and his congregation had been praying, asking God to meet that need. Read More

  • Sexual abuse, grief & hope focus of ERLC panel

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, October 19, 2018 (6 hours ago)

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    GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) -- Women are grieving and male church leaders should join them in their grief over the sexual abuse and assault so many have suffered, panelists said Oct. 12 during the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's annual national conference.

    A panel of lawyers and female Christian leaders addressed sexual abuse and assault during a main session of the conference at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. About 950 people attended the three-day event -- titled "The Cross-shaped Family" -- that ended ... Read More

  • TRUSTEES: SEBTS adds student ministry partnership

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Thursday, October 18, 2018 (yesterday)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- A new student ministry degree and the announcement of a record enrollment increase were among the highlights of the biannual trustee and Southeastern Society meetings at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Oct. 15-16 at the Wake Forest, N.C., campus.

    Trustees approved a master of arts in student ministry in partnership with Student Leadership University (SLU) in Orlando, Fla., to continue fulfilling Southeastern's call to equip students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. Read More

  • Dakota celebrates Cooperative Program giving

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, October 18, 2018 (yesterday)

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (BP) -- With "Together We Can Because He Can" as its annual meeting theme, and a Cooperative Program dinner to start things off, messengers to the Dakota Baptist Convention (DBC) voted again to increase Cooperative Program giving next year by 2 percent.

    This was in addition to the $25,000 it sent in extra funds to Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries earlier this year, for the second year in a row, because of increased giving by DBC churches. Read More

  • No single artist dominated 2018 Dove Awards

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 18, 2018 (yesterday)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Cory Asbury's "Reckless Love" ballad garnered the worship pastor three wins at the 2018 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, but no single artist dominated the night that recognizes work in 40 categories.

    Reckless Love was named Song of the Year, Worship Song of the Year and Worship Album of the Year at the 49th annual event in Nashville Oct. 16.

    "Isn't it just like the Lord to take our failures and our overall jacked-upness and ... Read More

  • Bible Study: Oct. 21, 2018

    by BP staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, October 18, 2018 (23 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.

    This week's Bible study is adapted from the Bible Studies For Life curriculum.

    Bible Passages: Matthew 6:9, Psalm 96:1-9 Read More