Fire burns older part of First Baptist Bossier City

A pre-dawn fire heavily damaged the older sanctuary and nearby areas of First Baptist Church of Bossier City today (Dec. 10), pastor Brad Jurkovich told Baptist Press as firefighters battled the blaze for hours.

Churches help keep Tanzania hospital running

Ben Hale, missions pastor at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., walked into a Baptist hospital in Tanzania several years ago to see how his church could help. Learn how they and other Southern Baptist churches help keep it running.

Coach Freeze to 'enjoy' football again at Liberty

Overcoming past failures and finishing life well were repeated emphases of former Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze when he was presented Dec. 7 as Liberty University's new coach.

  • Jess Moody, pastor with education & movie sway, dies

    by Art Toalston, posted Monday, December 10, 2018 (15 hours ago)

    WEST 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 liberty

    by David Roach, posted Friday, December 07, 2018 (3 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (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 viral

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, December 07, 2018 (3 days ago)

    Screen capture from YouTube
    SOUTHAVEN, 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 path

    by Grace Thornton/Alabama Baptist, posted Monday, December 10, 2018 (18 hours ago)

    The Alabama Baptist photo
    GORDO, 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