• NEW - 2 hours ago

    Turning to Christ, teen heals from anger & abuse

    by Karen Pearce, posted Friday, September 04, 2015 (2 hours ago)

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    LONGVIEW, Texas (BP) -- Seventeen-year-old Justin Spencer was with a team of Texas Baptists when an unexpected thing happened. Standing on the front porch of a house in Chalmettte, La., listening as his teammate Hailey gave a Gospel presentation, his heart quickened.

    When Hailey asked the resident if he wanted to pray to receive Christ, he said no. But Justin said yes. Read More

  • new - an hour ago

    IMB's Platt sends open letter to SBC family

    by IMB staff, posted Friday, September 04, 2015 (an hour ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- International Mission Board President David Platt released an open letter to Southern Baptists Friday (Sept. 4), related to the organization’s financial plan announced Aug. 27.

    In the letter, Platt addresses several concerns and criticisms raised related to the plan, specifically the announcement that IMB will reduce its missionaries and staff by 600-800 people over the next six months. Read More

  • NEW - 3 hours ago

    Labor Day: Biovocational pastors known for work ethic

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 04, 2015 (3 hours ago)

    Photo courtesy of Jon Church
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When Rick Lazor pastored Nuuanu Baptist Church in Honolulu with its six weekend worship services in four different languages, he never imagined he would one day join the ranks of bivocational pastors.

    But each Sunday as he walked through the transitioning Kakaako neighborhood to meet his family for lunch, he felt burdened that the area had no evangelical churches. So he left Nuuanu nearly a decade ago to plant a congregation called OlaNui!, Hawaiian for "abundant life." ... Read More

  • Judge sends Kentucky county clerk to jail

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, September 03, 2015 (yesterday)

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    ASHLAND, Ky. (BP) -- A federal judge jailed Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis Thursday (Sept. 3) for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

    In finding her in contempt of court, Judge David Bunning rejected the option of fining Davis, instead ordering federal marshals to take her into custody until she agrees to abide by his earlier order to provide licenses to gay couples, according to The Louisville Courier-Journal. ... Read More

  • Student team befriends Bangkok 'ladyboys'

    by Paige Turner, posted Thursday, September 03, 2015 (yesterday)

    THAILAND (BP) -- They walked a couple of blocks to escape the crowds and loud music, gathered in a quaint coffee shop while local musicians practiced below and took turns telling about conversations with friends during the past hour of outreach.

    The five college students retold conversations with excitement because they'd met with friends, yet their words were also marked by heartache at the weightiness of their friends' struggles: low self-esteem, loneliness, family problems, unhappiness at work and financial issues. Read More

  • Heroes honored for service; 53 profess faith

    by Alex Sibley, posted Thursday, September 03, 2015 (yesterday)

    BOSSIER CITY, La. (BP) -- First Baptist Church of Bossier City, La., hosted "Honor our Heroes Sunday," a special day devoted to doing just that: honoring the first responders and military service personnel in and around the city.

    The church formally invited all police officers, firefighters and paramedics from the city, as well as individuals in active military service, particularly those stationed at nearby Barksdale Air Force Base. Read More

  • Video highlights market volatility

    by Timothy E. Head , posted Thursday, September 03, 2015 (yesterday)

    DALLAS (BP) -- GuideStone Financial Resources has produced a video outlining the nation's current market volatility and responses that long-term investors should consider, including remaining calm in the face of daily news, keeping a long-term focus on investments and maintaining diversification in age- and risk-appropriate investments.

    David S. Spika, CFA, global investment strategist for GuideStone Capital Management, LLC, narrates the ... Read More

  • Students in Vt. get Calif. music resources

    by Sarah Carr, posted Thursday, September 03, 2015 (yesterday)

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    BENNINGTON, Vt. (BP) -- Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary worked with Northeastern Baptist College during the first half of August to pack up a 2,200-volume collection of music references, antique hymnals and books on music from the seminary's Mill Valley campus in California and deliver it safely to Vermont at NEBC's Hogue Library in Bennington.

    "At creation God gave us the gift of music," said James Mancuso, NEBC vice president of library services. "Through this donation, He's given us the gift of music ... Read More

  • National CP YTD 1.13% over projection

    by BP Staff, posted Wednesday, September 02, 2015 (2 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are $174,276,734.99, or 1.13 percent above the year-to-date budgeted goal, and are 1.42 percent ahead of contributions received during the same time frame last year, a news release from SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page reported. The total includes receipts from state conventions and fellowships, churches and individuals for distribution, according to the 2014-15 SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget. Read More

  • New book showcases Baptist history

    by Aaron Earls, posted Wednesday, September 02, 2015 (2 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Three Baptist history scholars were not completely satisfied with the textbook options in their field, so they decided to write their own.

    In "The Baptist Story," Michael Haykin, Nathan Finn and Anthony Chute sought to produce a more narrative story that spans four centuries of Baptist history of this diverse group, but is approachable for students and laypeople. Read More