Religious liberty law in Miss. upheld on appeal

A law allowing Mississippians to refuse a variety of business transactions violating their religious beliefs was allowed to take effect by a federal appeals court June 22, but the court did not address the law's constitutionality.

Spurgeon collection launched online

A website expected to hold the largest digitized collection on the internet of writings by famed British pastor Charles H. Spurgeon is now available. Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in partnership with B&H Academic, launched a website on June 21.

Knowing somebody cares buoys Mission:Dignity retiree

His faith and knowing somebody cares has helped comfort retiree Robert Baker of Cobbs Creek, Va. Baker, 91, is among 1,800 retired ministers, workers and their widows assisted by the Mission:Dignity ministry of GuideStone Financial Resources.
  • 'For the Church Phoenix' seeks to encourage, edify

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Friday, June 23, 2017 (yesterday)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- Midwestern Seminary hosted "For the Church Phoenix," its third in an annual series of micro-conferences, at the Phoenix Convention Center during the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.

    The event featured leaders from across the SBC presenting on featured topics in a seven-minute TED Talk-like format.

    "Our aim at For the Church Phoenix was to give attendees the very best encouragement and instruction that Midwestern Seminary could possibly provide through these brief presentations," Midwestern president Jason Allen said during the June 13 event. "Existing for the church is what this school stands for, and our desire is that everyone has departed here more edified to carry out their ministries." Read More

  • Study spotlights Hispanic Christians' views on Israel

    by Bob Smietana, posted Friday, June 23, 2017 (yesterday)

    NASHVILLE (BP) – Hispanic Christians -- evangelicals, mainline Protestants and Catholics -- are more likely to say the nation of Israel has the right to exist than the average American, a new study released Thursday (June 22) shows.

    They worry about the fate of Christians in the Palestinian territories and sympathize with both Palestinians and Israelis.

    But the Bible, most say, has little to do with how they see Israel. Read More

  • 'Stage is set,' Platt tells Baptists at IMB dinner

    by Julie McGowan, posted Friday, June 23, 2017 (yesterday)

    Photo by Matt Jones
    PHOENIX (BP) -- How many missionaries could be sent from just a fraction of all Southern Baptist churches today? At the International Mission Board dinner June 12 in Phoenix, IMB President David Platt and the crowd of approximately 1,350 Southern Baptists estimated that their congregations, right now, have a combined potential of 28,551 missionaries.

    Those in attendance compiled the number of students, singles, husbands, wives, moms, dads, kids and grandparents in their churches who might take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the billions of people who have yet to hear it. Read More

  • Scripture in discipleship focus of LifeWay event

    by Aaron Earls, posted Friday, June 23, 2017 (yesterday)

    Photo by Maggie Mae Everett
    PHOENIX (BP) -- A standing-room-only crowd gathered for a discussion about the essential role of Bible reading in the process of discipleship during the LifeWay Christian Resources breakfast held in conjunction with the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.

    The event, titled "Discipleship Through the Word," began with Christian music artists Keith and Kristyn Getty leading the audience in worship, including their classic modern hymn "In Christ Alone." Read More

  • Gaines: Pray 'fervently' in light of Phoenix SBC

    by David Roach, posted Friday, June 23, 2017 (yesterday)

    Photo by Matt Jones
    PHOENIX (BP) -- With messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix pledging to pray for matters ranging from evangelism to racial reconciliation, SBC President Steve Gaines has called Southern Baptists to intercede "more fervently and frequently than ever before."

    Gathered around the theme "Pray! For such a time as this," messengers to the June 13-14 annual meeting urged prayer or committed to ask God for specific requests in at least five separate resolutions. In addition, annual meeting attendees received specific prayer requests from the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board. Read More