Ala. elects Jones to Senate amid faith appeals

Democrat Doug Jones' election to the U.S. Senate in Alabama last night (Dec. 12) over controversial social conservative Roy Moore capped a campaign in which both sides appealed to faith and values.

Pro-lifers applaud DOJ's probe into Planned Parenthood

Pro-life advocates hope a new U.S. Department of Justice investigation into Planned Parenthood marks a turning point for the nation's largest abortion provider.

Pew: Christmas celebrations, beliefs less religious

Most Americans believe society is increasingly abandoning the religious aspects of Christmas, according to new Pew Research Center findings, but most Americans are not troubled by the trend. Concurrently, Pew said a religious appreciation of the season is declining among individuals themselves.
  • Gospel's power underscored by Allen to MBTS grads

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Wednesday, December 13, 2017 (20 hours ago)

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- With the spirit of the Christmas season as a backdrop, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary celebrated the culmination of 135 students' hard work and dedication in its 62nd commencement exercises Dec. 9.

    President Jason Allen delivered the keynote address as the graduates joined a new generation of pastors, missionaries and ministry leaders in Kingdom service.

    Allen challenged the graduates from Romans 1:16-17 to never take the Gospel for granted. After all, he said, the Gospel had been the focus of their studies for an extended period of time, and they would now employ it in their various ministry contexts. Read More

  • SBC DIGEST: Charles Stanley succession plan at First Baptist Atlanta; SBC This Week's #MyLottieStory videos; Kay Coles James to address Rose Day pro-life rally

    by Christian Index, Baptist Messenger & BP Staff, posted Wednesday, December 13, 2017 (23 hours ago)

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    ATLANTA (BP) -- First Baptist Church in Atlanta approved a succession plan presented by senior pastor Charles Stanley in both morning services on Dec. 10, formally naming the church's senior associate pastor, Anthony George, as Stanley's future successor.

    Although the succession plan does not include a fixed date, it does officially provide for the transition to George "at such time in the future, known only to God," when Stanley, 85, ceases to be First Baptist's senior pastor, according to a report in The Christian Index, newsjournal of the Georgia Baptist Convention. Read More

  • Cookie ministry provides comfort

    by Pam Horne, posted Wednesday, December 13, 2017 (20 hours ago)

    Photo by Brandy Blanton
    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- The simplicity of a single homemade cookie. Could it be a source of sustenance for those mourning the death of a loved one?

    Six and a half years and more than 50,000 cookies later, the answer is most definitely yes.

    When Evelyn Pearson first asked herself that question she was a longtime member of Oak Valley Baptist Church in Franklin, Tenn. She had experienced the deaths of her father-in-law and then her mother. Coping with the pain of loss led Pearson to attend a non-denominational ministry held at Oak Valley called GriefShare. Read More

  • Small-town church says 'come as you are' & 300 do

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (yesterday)

    Photo by Jane Rodgers/TEXAN
    LINGLEVILLE, Texas (BP) -- As keyboardist for country music legend Johnny Lee, Ryan Hurt played "Lookin' for Love" with Lee's band in a whole lot of places across Texas and the U.S. in the early 2000s -- until a drunk driving accident led him back to a place where love never runs out.

    Called in 2015 to be the pastor at Lingleville Baptist Church, the tattooed and bearded Hurt has seen the congregation grow from around 50 to more than 300, remarkable in a central Texas town with a population of 91.

    Hurt grew up Baptist, playing music from a young age. Proficient at the piano, he became a professional musician rather than go to college, learning some painful life lessons along the way. Read More