Billy Graham's impact praised by Baptist leaders

Billy Graham's abiding influence is evident among Baptist leaders' comments upon the famed evangelist's death today (Feb. 21).

Study shows far-reaching impact of Billy Graham

About 80 years after he began his ministry, Billy Graham continued to impact the faith of millions with nearly half of all Protestant churchgoers saying they have watched one of his sermons on television, a recent LifeWay Research study shows.

WRAP-UP: EC considers DC convention, mission board merger

The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee has given the District of Columbia Baptist Convention 90 days to "secure" the "the removal of any churches from its fellowship that have demonstrated a faith or practice affirming, approving or endorsing homosexual behavior," according to a recommendation adopted by the EC Feb. 20.
  • BGCT: CBF decision driven by 'biblical truth'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (11 hours ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- The Baptist General Convention of Texas' decision to stop forwarding churches' contributions to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship reflects a commitment to the biblical view of marriage, say the convention's president and executive director.

    "I am very grateful for the consistent, steady way in which the BGCT has held to God's Word," BGCT President Danny Reeves said according to a news release from the convention. "We lovingly say to all people the truth that marriage is to be between one man and one woman." Read More

  • Pastor, sports ministry share God's love to Olympians

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (9 hours ago)

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    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (BP) -- Pastor. Chaplain. Olympic dog sitter.

    That's Ryan Schneider, pastor of Saranac Lake Baptist Church in upstate New York near Lake Placid. Lake Placid is home to the Olympic Training Center where elite athletes come to train as they pursue their Olympic dreams.

    In addition to his role as the church's pastor, Schneider ministers in a variety of ways to the athletes in Lake Placid. Because of his role there, he's working as a chaplain at the Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. His family is keeping U.S. skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender's dog while she competes in the Olympics. Read More

  • FROM THE COLLEGES: Merritt to headline 3rd West Tenn. Evangelism Rally; Finn named N. Greenville provost

    by Baptist College & BP Staff, posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (11 hours ago)

    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- James Merritt, lead pastor of Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, Ga., will be the keynote speaker for the third annual West Tennessee Evangelism Rally March 4 at Union University.

    Ernest Easley, professor of evangelism at Union and organizer of the event, said the rally aims to strengthen and equip churches in evangelism and outreach.

    "My hope is that, through this rally, people in our churches across West Tennessee will become more soul-conscious, better equipped than they were before to share the Gospel and will be encouraged and inspired to do it," Easley said. Read More

  • Bible Study: Feb. 25, 2018

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (9 hours ago)

    This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. Read More

  • Billy Graham, 99, now in 'the presence of God'

    by Baptist Press Staff, posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (15 hours ago)

    MONTREAT, N.C. (BP) -- Legendary evangelist Billy Graham -- whose preaching may have been heard by more people than anyone in Christian history -- died today (Feb. 21). He was 99.

    During 80 years of ministry, Graham's down-to-earth, homespun sermons filled stadiums across the world, leading to the salvation of untold millions. Ordained a Southern Baptist minister, he was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Dallas before joining First Baptist Church in Spartanburg, S.C., in 2008. Graham preached in person to more than 210 million people in 185 countries and in all 50 U.S. states, according to ministry statistics. Read More