Fla. school tragedy: Prayer enlisted as tears abound

Amid the pressing anguish from the school shooting that claimed 17 lives in Florida, Baptists nationwide can come alongside victims and families by interceding in prayer, key Baptist leaders said in sorrow-laden statements.

Reprint of ex-slave's book opens 'underexplored vista'

Reprinting a theology book by a former slave "offers a window into" the "underexplored vista" of African-American theology, says the Southern Baptist Convention officer who has rediscovered the work.

Olympic pin trading nurtures Gospel conversations

Two Olympic veterans -- Baptists Marty Youngblood and Sid Hopkins from Georgia -- use the popular pin trading tradition at the Winter Games to tell the Gospel story.
  • Kelly Clark & Maame Biney, at Olympics, not deflated

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, February 16, 2018 (yesterday)

    Photo by David McIntyre/Genesis Photos
    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (BP) -- Snowboarder Kelly Clark fell just short of adding to her Olympic medal collection, finishing fourth in the women's halfpipe competition earlier this week.

    Chloe Kim won gold for the U.S., while Clark's best run of 83.50 couldn't beat teammate Arielle Gold's score of 85.75.

    "I'm not done yet, but I don't think that many people get to stay around long enough to see what their legacy could look like," Clark, 34, said. "I'm extremely proud of these girls and I take a lot of pride in seeing them do well. It's been great to be a part of it for so long." Read More

  • They 'paid a big price' for racial reconciliation

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 16, 2018 (yesterday)

    Screen capture from YouTube
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Striving for racial reconciliation was costly for some Southern Baptist pastors in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. It cost Jack Kwok his property, Paul Turner a beating by angry segregationists and Thomas Holmes his pastorate.

    But Kwok, now executive director of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio, says the price pastors and other ministers paid was worth the result: Today, though more progress is needed, nearly one in five Southern Baptist churches is non-Anglo, and about half of North American Mission Board church plants are predominantly non-Anglo. Read More

  • UPDATE: Southern Baptist pastor Shane Hall dies at 46

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, February 15, 2018 (2 days ago)

    Photos submitted by church
    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Misty Hall thought her husband Shane was uncomfortable. Confined to bed in their Oklahoma City home in the presumed last days of his battle with stomach cancer, he asked her to raise his hands.

    "I'm worshiping Jesus," he explained. As the two of them listened to Charles Billingsley's "I'll Run to You," the 46-year-old pastor mouthed every word Billingsley sang: "Though my heart and flesh may fail, You're my very present help, My tower of strength, My portion evermore."

    Shane wept and began verbally thanking Jesus, his wife told Baptist Press on Valentine's Day. "And we just had that sweet, sweet time with the Lord, and he just worshiped," Misty said. "That was such a precious, precious gift to me from the Lord, and just [being] with the Lord." Read More

  • Baptists weigh in on Senate immigration/DACA debate

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, February 15, 2018 (2 days ago)

    Screen capture from video released by Sen. Lankford's office
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist voices are addressing the U.S. Senate's current effort to resolve the fate of undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children.

    Senators began yesterday (Feb. 14) moving toward votes on legislation to address the category of undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, as well as other parts of the tangled web of immigration that Congress has failed to address in recent decades. The Senate is expected to make decisions on a series of amendments in an attempt to agree before the Presidents' Day recess (Feb. 19-23) on a bill that will have the support of 60 senators and thereby overcome an effort to block passage under the chamber's rules. Read More