• new - an hour ago

    TRUSTEES: Church planting personal, NAMB reports show

    by Mike Ebert, posted Monday, February 08, 2016 (an hour ago)

    NAMB photo by John Swain
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- As North American Mission Board trustees gathered for dinner on the eve of their Feb. 2 meeting, the entity's president, Kevin Ezell, called on several to share how their churches are involved in planting churches and sharing Christ.

    "I am excited to say that we have trustees who are not only serving as trustees, they are actually out there doing the ministry," Ezell said.

    During trustees' Feb. 2 meeting, they also heard reports of church planting and chaplaincy ... Read More

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    WMU search committee named; prayer requested

    by Julie Walters, posted Monday, February 08, 2016 (an hour ago)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- National WMU President Linda Cooper has named the search committee for identifying the woman God would have as the missions organization's next executive director and requested prayer for the committee's work.

    On Jan. 11, Wanda Lee, who has served as executive director since 2000, announced to the WMU board her intention to retire, providing ample notice for a search committee to be formed and seek a new leader. Read More

  • new - 2 hours ago

    Charles Couey, advocate for the blind, dies

    by Art Toalston, posted Monday, February 08, 2016 (2 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Charles Couey, who labored in behalf of blind Southern Baptists for more than 30 years, died Jan. 31 after an accident at his Nashville home. He was 69.

    Couey also labored for sighted Southern Baptists to be involved with the blind.

    “We need church staff persons, parents, spouses and others who work with blind persons in your church,” Couey said in a Baptist Press article prior to the 2009 meeting of the Southern ... Read More

  • new - 3 hours ago

    'Where were the lost people in my life?'

    by Laurie Register, posted Monday, February 08, 2016 (3 hours ago)

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) -- I never expected a trip to northern Europe to change me. Not like this, anyway. I had been on many mission trips, and this wasn't my first vision trip. It was, however, my first mission trip to somewhere other than a Third World country.

    Just prior to leaving, I panicked a little. My thoughts were, "We're not going to build anything, we're not doing a medical clinic or a Vacation Bible School, we're not cleaning or repairing. How will we engage people? How will we share Jesus?" Read More

  • Amid Scandinavians, believers look for 'bridges'

    by Charles Braddix, posted Monday, February 08, 2016 (5 hours ago)

    IMB Photo
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (BP) -- What's the most embarrassing thing you can talk about in your city? Discussions that include God, said a Scandinavian pastor.

    The pastor in Denmark told this to sociologist Phil Zuckerman, who spent 14 months interviewing nearly 150 Scandinavians, according to The New York Times.

    This can pose a dilemma for Christian workers trying to evangelize and plant churches in countries like Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. The key, however, is not ... Read More

  • Bay area's big need for new churches

    by Tobin Perry, posted Friday, February 05, 2016 (3 days ago)

    Photo courtesy Brett Butler
    FRESNO, Calif. (BP) -- As the nation prepares for the first Super Bowl in the Bay Area in nearly three decades, Southern Baptists will turn their eyes to a changing mission field -- but one with a consistent need for new churches.

    "Things are booming economically in the Bay Area," said Rich Johnstone, the North American Mission Board's (NAMB) Send North America city missionary for San Francisco. "At the same time, there's not a corresponding boom spiritually -- just yet. However, we are starting to see some momentum." Read More

  • Carolina Panther finds identity outside spotlight

    by Shawn Hendricks, posted Friday, February 05, 2016 (3 days ago)

    Photo by Shawn Hendricks/BP
    SAN FRANCISCO (BP) -- It's safe to say Carolina Panther J.J. Jansen won't make headlines if his team wins the Super Bowl this weekend.

    He's in the starting lineup and he will touch the football every time he's on the field. But when the game is over and the confetti settles on the field for the Panthers or Broncos, the only way most people who watch the game will know who Jansen is will be if he makes a mistake. So goes the life of a long snapper in the National Football League. Read More

  • LifeWay celebrates Thom Rainer's 10th anniversary

    by Aaron Earls, posted Friday, February 05, 2016 (3 days ago)

    Photo by Kent Harville
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In a special chapel service on Wednesday (Feb, 3), LifeWay Christian Resources recognized Thom S. Rainer for 10 years of service as president and CEO.

    Rainer was praised for his commitment to Christ and his family, as well as leadership during tumultuous cultural and business changes.

    Gary Richardson, LifeWay Board of Trustees chairman, spoke of Rainer as a selfless, transparent and courageous leader. Before presenting Rainer with a gift, he relayed a fellow ... Read More

  • Campus outreach in 'emerging regions': 'less is more'

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Friday, February 05, 2016 (3 days ago)

    Photo by The Salt Company
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Collegiate ministry groups outside the South are as unique and diverse as regions in which they are located.

    When the Emerging Regions State Collegiate Leaders working group met at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, the 25 participants traveled from places like Alaska, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and West Virginia as well as Canada. Read More

  • Michigan campus team grateful for core group of 11

    by Alex Sibley, posted Friday, February 05, 2016 (3 days ago)

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (BP) -- When Brett Luker joined Christian Challenge's three-person pastoral team at Michigan State University, its outreach among dorm residents was at a crossroads.

    Although 30 international students were connecting to the Baptist student ministry, all of the American students had graduated.

    So, Luker was tasked with restarting the component of Christian Challenge's dorm-based Read More

  • Indonesia's religions and the 'Gospel truth'

    by Elaine Gaston, posted Friday, February 05, 2016 (3 days ago)

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    INDONESIA (BP) -- Indonesians must declare which of the seven state-sanctioned religions they follow, but there appears to be a big difference between what they say and what they do.

    While more Muslims live in Indonesia than in any other country in the world, it isn't an Islamic state. Its 1945 constitution guarantees freedom of religion; however, Indonesians are required to declare which one of the state-recognized religions they follow so that it can be stated on their national ID card. Read More

  • SUPER BOWL: Broncos, Panthers discuss sportsmanship, faith

    by Shawn Hendricks, posted Thursday, February 04, 2016 (4 days ago)

    Photo by Shawn Hendricks/BP
    SAN FRANCISCO (BP) -- While underinflated footballs aren't dominating Super Bowl headlines this year, the National Football League still had its share of unsportsmanlike conduct calls, concussions and doping allegations this season. But rules do matter and those who don't follow them must pay the consequences, players say.

    Team members from the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers weighed in on the importance of sportsmanship and their Christian faith during Opening Night of Super Bowl 50 with the media at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., Feb. 1. Read More

  • The Super Bowl: Does God care who wins?

    by Bob Smietana, posted Wednesday, February 03, 2016 (5 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An old gospel hymn says God's eye is on the sparrow, but what about panthers and broncos?

    When it comes to the ones from Carolina and Denver matched up for Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, most Americans are skeptical about divine intervention on the football field, according to a new survey from LifeWay Research.

    A phone survey of 1,000 Americans found nearly 9 out of 10 respondents (85 percent) said "no" when asked, "Does God determine winners and losers in the Super Bowl?" About 1 in 10 (11 percent) said "yes." One in 25 (4 percent) didn't know. Read More