Greg Laurie on censored ad: 'Hold the Bible high'

After promotional materials for the SoCal Harvest crusade were taken down from two Southern California malls because they showed pastor Greg Laurie holding a Bible, Laurie is asking attendees of the event to hold up their Bibles in a show of support for God's Word.

Vision team to help implement SBCAL recommendations

An 11-member vision team will study the best way to help Southern Baptist associations implement recommended changes including a new name and system-wide professional proficiencies for directors of missions (DOMs).

'Queen of soul' Aretha Franklin rooted in Gospel

From the submissive surrender of her "Amazing Grace" to the womanly exclamations of "Respect" and other provocative hits, the late queen of soul Aretha Franklin is widely remembered for the gospel music foundations she learned at her father's Baptist church.
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    SBC DIGEST: New book conveys Gospel-shaped human dignity; LifeWay offers shared office space; Bob Smietana to lead RNS

    by ERLC, LifeWay & BP Staff, posted Monday, August 20, 2018 (an hour ago)

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    In today's SBC Digest: New book by ERLC's Daniel Darling conveys Gospel-shaped view of human dignity; @LifeWay offers Christian professionals shared office space; Bob Smietana named RNS editor-in-chief.

    New book sets forth Gospel-shaped view of human dignity

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Daniel Darling seeks to unite "two seemingly disparate strands of the Christian life" in a new book, "The Dignity Revolution: Reclaiming God's Rich Vision for Humanity," released by The Good Book Co. on Aug. 14. Read More

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    Stranded flood victims in India prompt Bapt. response

    by Grace Thornton, posted Monday, August 20, 2018 (2 hours ago)

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    INDIA (BP) -- Local partners with Baptist Global Response are responding to stranded flood victims in southern India's Kerala state, an area facing its "worst flooding in recent memory."

    Tim Patterson, BGR area director for Central and South Asia, said BGR responders face immense challenges as they try to get aid to two isolated districts that are currently unassisted.

    "The roads and bridges there have been washed away," Patterson said, "and ... Read More

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    Mentoring initiative nurtures churches & seminarians

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Monday, August 20, 2018 (4 hours ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Noah Madden chose New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, in part, due to the lostness in the city. After spending his formative years in Canada, Madden wanted to be involved in Gospel witness outside the Bible Belt.

    Madden planned to immerse himself in the city, study at NOBTS and apply the practical aspects of ministry in a local church setting.

    Through a unique residency initiative at Lakeshore Church, Madden not only ... Read More

  • Backpack ministry helps plant 'foundational worldview'

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Monday, August 20, 2018 (6 hours ago)

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    CLARKSTON, Ga. (BP) -- While growing up in Clarkston, Ga., Sam Abebe could count on getting his backpack full of school supplies every year from Clarkston International Bible Church (CIBC) through its annual back-to-school event. Today, years later, Abebe serves as CIBC's student pastor.

    "Those seeds planted my foundational worldview of who I believed God to be," Abebe said. "When I was 18, because of that foundation, I knew that Jesus died on the cross for me." Read More

  • Satanists erect statue outside Ark. Capitol

    by Grace Thornton, posted Friday, August 17, 2018 (3 days ago)

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) -- A group from The Satanic Temple temporarily erected a goat-headed, winged statue on the Arkansas State Capitol grounds on Thursday (Aug. 16) to protest the Ten Commandments monument already placed there.

    "If you're going to have one religious monument up then it should be open to others, and if you don't agree with that then let's just not have any at all," said Satanic Arkansas cofounder Ivy Forrester, a rally organizer, according to AP.

    The 7.5-foot-tall statue of Baphomet, which features the devil in goat form seated and surrounded by smiling children, was removed later that day because of a 2017 state law that requires legislative sponsorship for a monument to be considered. Read More

  • Argentina Senate thwarts abortion rights effort

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, August 17, 2018 (3 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Argentine Senate's refusal to legalize abortion in that South American country has dealt a setback for the time being to the effort by activists to expand the right to the lethal procedure internationally.

    The Senate defeated in a 38-31 vote Aug. 9 a bill that would have permitted elective abortions during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Argentina currently prohibits abortions, although it allows exceptions when the life or health of the mother is threatened or the pregnancy is the result of rape. Argentina's Chamber of Deputies had approved the legislation in a 129-125 vote in June. Read More

  • Tim Tebow to produce upcoming film, 'Run the Race'

    by Michael Foust, posted Friday, August 17, 2018 (3 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Tim Tebow -- the Heisman Trophy winner, football and baseball player, and television broadcaster -- now has another title to add to his resume: movie producer.

    Tebow and brother Robby Tebow are executive producers of an upcoming faith-based film, "Run the Race," that tells the fictional story of two brothers who are high school athletes and see their relationship tested when they seek different paths.

    A release date has not been set for the film, which is in post-production. It was directed by Chris Dowling, who has been involved in other faith-based films including "Where Hope Grows" (producer, 2014) and "Priceless" (writer, 2016). LifeWay Films hosted a screening of "Run the Race" last year following the Southern Baptist Convention's annual Pastor's Conference in Phoenix. Read More

  • Kelleys' 'Great Dakota Adventure' more than vacation

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Friday, August 17, 2018 (3 days ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- The Dakota Badlands, a barren stretch of land once described as "a place with a long list of secrets," doesn't typically receive top billing as a vacation destination.

    But for Chuck Kelley, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and his wife Rhonda, a trek across North and South Dakota is one they wished they had taken sooner.

    Taking their cue from the NOBTS centennial challenge to go on a mission trip this year, the Kelleys decided on a mission trip/vacation this summer, encouraging church planters with a listening ear alongside Chuck Kelley's goal to visit all 50 U.S. states. The trip allowed him to visit states 49 and 50.

    Dubbing it the "Great Dakota Adventure," the Kelleys set out to find and encourage church planters and their wives serving in out-of-the-way places. Over a meal at each stop, the Kelleys heard stories of blessing and God's faithfulness and of trial and difficulty as church planters told of what God is doing in the Dakotas. Read More

  • Love Life group seeks more prayer, fewer abortions

    by Dianna L. Cagle/Biblical Recorder, posted Thursday, August 16, 2018 (4 days ago)

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    NEWTON, N.C. (BP) -- A group of pro-life advocates in North Carolina believes God can end the abortion industry, and they are working with people across the state to make it happen.

    "We really can do something about it," said Josh Kappes, director of city development at Love Life, a non-profit that leads people to pray and rally near abortion clinics in three regions of North Carolina. "It's our modern-day slavery."

    Kappes, who is also pastor of biblical counseling at Vertical Life Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Newton, networks with pastors and local church leaders, recruiting believers to gather for one-hour prayer journey meetings to explain the ministry of Love Life. The outreach initially focused on Charlotte, but recently expanded to include other areas. Read More