• new - 4 hours ago

    Angola prison church joins Baptist association

    by Mark H. Hunter/Louisiana Baptist Message, posted Tuesday, November 24, 2015 (4 hours ago)

    Photo by Mark H. Hunter
    ANGOLA, La. (BP) -- It may be the first time a local Baptist association has accepted a prison church into its fellowship.

    Washington Baptist Association now counts among its members Grace Baptist Church of the Main Camp in Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. The association encompasses 38 churches in Washington and St. Tammany parishes. Read More

  • Pro-marriage prof. faces possible dismissal

    by Benjamin Hawkins, posted Tuesday, November 24, 2015 (8 hours ago)

    NORTHRIDGE, Calif. (BP) -- A tenured, Southern Baptist professor at a university in California could face dismissal for allegedly "retaliating" against a student who complained about his support for traditional marriage.

    "If I were to use legal terms -- even though this is not a legal proceeding -- I've been convicted but not sentenced," Robert Oscar Lopez, an associate professor of English and classics at California State University-Northridge (CSUN), told Baptist Press. "They said that I was guilty of retaliation, which is a serious charge in academia" -- punishable at CSU by demotion, suspension without pay or dismissal. Read More

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    Meeting needs key to church's ministry

    by Tobin Perry, posted Tuesday, November 24, 2015 (4 hours ago)

    Photo courtesy The Branch
    CORVALLIS, Ore. (BP) -- "Is this a Jesus thing?" a homeless man asked Charity Brown.

    That day Brown and a team of volunteers from The Branch church in Corvallis, Ore., were making it their mission to serve those most in need in the community. And one of the ways the team was doing that was through washing feet. Read More

  • new - 3 hours ago

    Mich. Baptists adopt new constitution, bylaws

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, November 24, 2015 (3 hours ago)

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (BP) -- Michigan Baptists adopted a new constitution and bylaws designed to allow the convention to function in harmony and unity, Executive Director Tim Patterson told Baptist Press.

    "How good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters dwell together in unity," Patterson said, paraphrasing Psalm 133:1. "It is a new day in Michigan." Read More

  • Mont. Baptists to sell site, stay in Billings

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, November 24, 2015 (8 hours ago)

    MTSBC photo
    BOZEMAN, Mont. (BP) -- Montana Baptists are downsizing from their Billings headquarters for a building to better accommodate their smaller, less centralized staff, messengers voted at their 2015 annual meeting.

    Fred Hewett, Montana Southern Baptist Convention (MTSBC) executive director, said the current site is too large, as the office staff has decreased from about 12 to three since 2008. Read More