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Jess Moody, pastor with education & movie sway, diesWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (BP) -- Jess Moody, a visionary evangelistic pastor who influenced the fields of education and the film and TV industry, died Friday, Dec. 7, in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 93.
Moody was the founder of Palm Beach Atlanta College (now University) in West Palm Beach in 1968 and later, in the Los Angeles area, a witness to Hollywood.
He also was one of three nominees for Southern Baptist Convention president in 1992. He served as the 1965 president of the SBC Pastors' Conference and addressed its sessions ... Read More
ADF, state conventions partner on religious libertyNASHVILLE (BP) -- Partnership with the Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) was a recurring theme at Baptist state convention annual meetings this fall.
Of the 41 state and regional conventions that maintain cooperative relationships with the Southern Baptist Convention, at least a dozen have forged partnerships with ADF through its Church Alliance program. Additional state conventions are considering such partnerships, which help churches and state ministries protect themselves from infringement of their religious liberty.
ADF partnerships were discussed at state annual meetings from New Mexico to Pennsylvania/South Jersey. Read More
'No flying joke': Pastor's object lesson goes viralSOUTHAVEN, Miss. (BP) -- Southern Baptist megachurch pastor Bartholomew Orr's object lesson, flying to the pulpit on a zip line to signify Jesus' return, caused a viral sensation on social media and major network talk shows.
Despite both negative and comical comments from an estimated 200 million hits a week after a brief video clip of his entrance was posted, Orr told Baptist Press it was a "win-win."
"God took the negativity and turned it into an opportunity," said Orr, pastor of Brown Missionary Baptist Church in Southaven, Miss. "Because the unique thing was, that little clip alone, just a minute, the message was real clear: Read More
'Good Ol' Boy' drinking truck thrives on new pathGORDO, Ala. (BP) -- A couple of years ago, Terry Billings saw his old truck sitting in the field, weeds growing up through it. Then he heard God whisper that He could take that old truck and make something new out of it.
"At that point, it was worthless," Billings said.
He had spent a lot of years in that truck going mudding and drinking out on the farm. He'd lived a lot of his life far from the shadows of any church, except maybe to ... Read More