State conventions denounce racism, white supremacy

Southern Baptists in at least five state conventions have approved resolutions decrying racism or white supremacy.

'Must-see' Bible museum opens to public

Protestant, Catholic and Jewish leaders from the U.S. and Israel gathered alongside Museum of the Bible board chairman Steve Green to dedicate the eight-story attraction today (Nov. 17) in advance of this weekend's public opening.

Longtime Billy Graham photographer Russ Busby dies

Russ Busby, who traveled the world as evangelist Billy Graham's photographer for six decades, died Nov. 14 at age 86 after a long illness.
  • Anthony Jordan delivers final address as BGCO exec

    by Chris Doyle, posted Friday, November 17, 2017 (yesterday)

    Baptist Messenger photo
    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Anthony Jordan delivered his final address as executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma during the Nov. 13-14 annual meeting at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

    Jordan, who will retire next April after 22 years of leading the convention, also announced a new ministry opportunity for Oklahoma Baptists, reporting that the BGCO will be given the 199-acre Tulakogee Camp and Conference Center in eastern Oklahoma. Read More

  • BGCT 'compelled' theme underscores living for Christ

    by Kalie Lowrie, posted Friday, November 17, 2017 (yesterday)

    BGCT photo
    WACO, Texas (BP) -- More than 1,700 messengers and visitors attended the 132nd Texas Baptists Annual Meeting in Waco with a theme of "Compelled" in being equipped and encouraged to live for Christ.

    Messengers adopted a 2018 total budget of more than $37 million for Baptist General Convention of Texas missions and ministries; passed resolutions on such topics as sexual harassment and assault; and, through speaking, worship, workshops and fellowship, were urged to live out the Great Commandment and the Great Commission in every aspect of their lives. Read More

  • Platt, IMB welcome 32 new missionaries

    by Julie McGowan, posted Friday, November 17, 2017 (yesterday)

    Photo by Roy Burroughs/IMB
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- As a preschooler in Mission Friends, new Southern Baptist missionary Amy Jones learned about God's desire to gather people from every nation, tribe, people group and language by His grace and for His is glory.

    "It became real when my mother returned from England with stories and a tea set," Jones recalled during a Sending Celebration Nov. 16 that marked the appointment of 32 new International Mission Board personnel at the IMB's office in Richmond, Va. "Europeans are fascinating peoples, but too few follow Christ. So I began to pray for them." Read More

  • Puerto Rico relief needs ongoing volunteers, funding

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (3 days ago)

    Photo courtesy of Sam Porter/NAMB
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Southern Baptists continue to serve Puerto Rico's residents after Hurricane Maria's devastation in September, creating a nationwide response from the ground up.

    Sam Porter, national director for disaster relief for the North American Mission Board, has spent several days in Puerto Rico in two separate trips to assist disaster response coordinator Jack Noble in facilitating the large-scale response by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) and Send Relief. Read More