ADF, state conventions partner on religious liberty

Partnership with the Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom was a recurring theme at Baptist state convention annual meetings this fall.

WEEK OF PRAYER: Students coming back changed

Pastor Keith said when he looks across his church and identifies the highest-impact individuals, the ones who are highly evangelistic disciple-makers, they have some unifying factors. One of them is that they've spent time in East Asia.

'No flying joke': Pastor's object lesson goes viral

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.
  • Who was the guy at the piano during the Bush funeral?

    by Steve Willis, posted Friday, December 07, 2018 (2 days ago)

    Screen capture from CBS News
    KENOVA, W.Va. (BP) -- As millions tuned in for President George H.W. Bush's funeral, one element of the service didn't quite fit with the formalism of the ceremony. Sandwiched between Baroque preludes and orchestral hymns was a Grammy-winning singer with a slight Appalachian twang.

    As evangelical mainstay Michael W. Smith sat at a piano and performed an emotional rendition of his timeless song "Friends," one of the hottest online questions asked around the globe was, "Where did this guy come from?" Read More

  • UPDATED: Felix Cabrera new Puerto Rico executive director

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, December 06, 2018 (3 days ago)

    ARECIBO, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Felix Cabrera is the new executive director of the Convention of Southern Baptist Churches in Puerto Rico, he confirmed to Baptist Press Thursday (Dec. 6). This story was revised earlier today to reflect that the new position is a volunteer, nonpaid, interim post.

    The executive board of the Convención de Iglesias Bautistas del Sur de Puerto Rico (CIBSPR) asked Cabrera to fill the executive post after the group met this week.

    "I think that the Lord is doing something special here, and I'm glad, honored, to be part of what the Lord wants to do here in the island," Cabrera told BP. "I think we are in a special moment. We have a special momentum." Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: IMB workers, Summit Church reaching Ukraine

    by IMB staff, posted Thursday, December 06, 2018 (3 days ago)

    IMB photo
    UKRAINE (BP) -- In Ukraine, Southern Baptist missionary Russell Woodbridge often encounters people who fled their homes in the eastern part of the country when war broke out a few years ago.

    And in the midst of that heartbreak, the International Mission Board worker and Ukrainian believers -- along with help from his home pastor J.D. Greear and The Summit Church -- want to help locals find a hope that transcends the uncertainty of war.

    "A year and a half ago with the help of Ukrainians we started a new church plant that specifically tries to reach these people who have been displaced and lost everything," Woodbridge said. "We've seen people come to Christ and be baptized." Read More

  • Lilly receives special Christmas gift from Chitwoods

    by Roger Alford/Kentucky Today , posted Friday, December 07, 2018 (2 days ago)

    Photo by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Sure, 6-year-old Lilly has the typical wish list for Christmas, including Barbie dolls and a dollhouse. But it was something much more meaningful that she longed for most: a family of her own.

    For the past three years, Lilly had been in foster care through Sunrise Children's Services, a Kentucky Baptist organization that ministers to abused and neglected kids. Her story is one that has become all too familiar to Kentucky authorities in a culture where drug addiction is rampant.

    As a toddler, Lilly faced tough times and was well acquainted with hunger while she was in the care of a drug-addicted birth mother. Read More