SWBTS interim pres. Bingham 'humbled' to serve

Historical theologian Jeffrey Bingham has accepted the interim presidency of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The position was offered to him May 23 in a 3 a.m. phone call from trustee chairman Kevin Ueckert after trustees named former president Paige Patterson as president emeritus.

Mohler confronts SBC's 'horrifying #MeToo moment'

R. Albert Mohler Jr. has labeled turmoil in the Southern Baptist Convention the SBC's "own horrifying #MeToo moment" and said it stems from "an unorganized conspiracy of silence" about sexual misconduct and abuse.

NOBTS prof: Ramadan beneficial to Christians, retailers

Christians in the U.S. can benefit from the hospitality Muslims extend during Ramadan, a Southern Baptist professor told Baptist Press, just as U.S. retailers are increasingly catering to the month-long celebration.
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    Church revitalization drives pastor despite paralysis

    by Grace Thornton, posted Friday, May 25, 2018 (3 hours ago)

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Face down on the floor of his hotel room, Dan Hall was fighting for every breath.

    In August of 2016, he had just gotten into Houston on a late flight, settled into his hotel after midnight and started getting ready for an early morning meeting. It was all routine. As a longtime Baptist pastor and church revitalization consultant, sleep deprivation was Hall's norm. He was used to solving churches' life-or-death crises.

    But this was different -- now he appeared to be having one of his own. He suffered a pulmonary embolism, passed out, fell down and woke up a quadriplegic. Read More

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    Billy Graham's last will and testament revealed

    by Joy Allmond, posted Friday, May 25, 2018 (3 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When Billy Graham died at age 99 in his North Carolina home on February 21, he left behind a legacy of service to his Lord through preaching the Gospel. But according to his will, recently made public, that's not all there is to his legacy.

    Graham left some parting words and assets to his family -- and some financial backing for his ministry, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA).

    The 16-page document begins with a charge to his family members who remain. Read More

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    Faith helps high school pitcher overcome adversity

    by Bill Sorrell/Baptist and Reflector, posted Friday, May 25, 2018 (2 hours ago)

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    BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- A senior at Haywood High School, Landon Wilson wrote as his farewell quote in the yearbook, "Like I have always said, four years at Haywood High School will cost me an arm and a leg."

    Classmates told Wilson that it was the funniest senior quote in the yearbook.

    Humor, faith, family, friends and baseball have helped Wilson not only cope with the loss of his left arm but remain positive.

    While running 200 yards from his home in Brownsville, Tenn., last Oct. 26, a pickup truck pulling a lawn mower trailer hit him from behind. His left arm was barely hanging, and his broken right leg was in danger of being lost, too. Read More

  • Bible Study: May 27, 2018

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, May 24, 2018 (23 hours ago)

    This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. Read More

  • Survey: VBS remains popular among American parents

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, May 24, 2018 (23 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Back in the 1890s, a pair of Sunday School teachers -- D.T. Miles of Hopedale, Ill., and Virginia Hawes of New York City -- both had the same idea.

    School kids were off for the summer.

    Why not invite them to church to study the Bible? And maybe sing a few songs and have some fun along the way?

    The idea was a hit. Read More

  • Trustees: Patterson move aims for 'benefit' of SWBTS

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (2 days ago)

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees say their decision to "move in the direction of new leadership" by making Paige Patterson president emeritus effective immediately was intended "for the benefit of the future mission of the seminary." Patterson's new role will come "with compensation" and was approved by a "majority vote."

    Patterson released a statement today (May 23) to Baptist Press in response to the trustee's decision. Read More