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'Jesus is worth it,' Greear tells W.Va. BaptistsPARKERSBURG, W.Va. (BP) -- Obeying Jesus' command to spread the Gospel is worth the changes His mission often entails in our lives, Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear told West Virginia Baptists at the group's 2018 annual meeting.
"If you're really serious about following Jesus, obedience to him is going to take you 180 degrees opposite of the direction you want to go," Greear said, "and in that moment the only thing that will compel you forward is the belief that Jesus is worth it!"
Greear, a West Virginia native and current pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., focused on four convictions of people who transform the world during the meeting, ... Read More
Pa./S. Jersey increases CP, eyes futureYORK, Pa. (BP) -- Messengers to the 2018 annual meeting of the Baptist Resource Network (BRN) of Pennsylvania/South Jersey heard challenges on "Kingdom Compassion" from Luke 4:18-19, increased their Cooperative Program giving to SBC causes and elected a new slate of officers, among other business.
This year's meeting, attended by 148 messengers and 89 guests representing 105 of 330 active BRN churches, was held Nov. 1-2 at BRN's property in York, Pa.
Executive director's report
In his report to the network, BRN executive director Barry Whitworth recapped the BRN's ... Read More
Annual Church Profile & more of the SBC storyNASHVILLE (BP) -- Long-standing patterns continued to dominate the 2017 Annual Church Profile report released in June. The number of congregations cooperating with the Southern Baptist Convention increased over 2016 totals, while reported membership and baptisms continued their year-over-year decline.
But that's not the whole story, noted Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, which compiles the ACP data in cooperation with Baptist state conventions.
The 2017 ACP totals released in June counted all 51,920 congregations affiliated with ... Read More
Appreciating Disaster ReliefALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Michael, numerous reports described the devastation in the Florida Panhandle, Georgia and Alabama in terms of warfare -- bombs going off and missiles launching into buildings. After traveling to the affected areas and writing an article of my own, these analogies certainly did fit.
Another way I've tried to explain it is that visiting the sites was like being on the set of a disaster movie. The damage was so surreal to see that it seemed unreal -- as if some director in a chair somewhere could have yelled, "cut," and everything would go back to normal. Read More
'The woods exploded' amid pastor's fire rescueMAGALIA, Calif. (BP) -- When one of the deadliest wildfires in state history struck the Northern California town of Magalia, pastor Doug Crowder didn't get to preach his Veterans Day sermon about risking death to save others. But he got to live it.
With the Camp Fire speeding toward Magalia in the early hours of the morning Nov. 9, Crowder, pastor of Magalia Pines Baptist Church, was loading into vehicles about 30 people who had been unable to evacuate the town. They had taken shelter at the church building with him and four other church members. "We were in the driveway planning to leave," Crowder told Baptist Press through tears, "and the entire world erupted." Read More