Chinese police disrupt weekend worship

Members of Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, China, tried to meet together for Sunday worship (Dec. 16) only to reportedly have police detain about 60 people and shut down outdoor services. Several small groups found spaces to meet and worship without incident.

Pastors' Conf.: MacDonald out, Andrew Brunson added

Chicago pastor James MacDonald has withdrawn from his speaking slot at the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference in Birmingham, Ala. Meanwhile, Andrew Brunson, the American pastor released in October from imprisonment in Turkey, was added last month to the lineup of speakers.

Kelley to NOBTS grads: Let 'Yes' be your guide

The "one word" that brought students to seminary must now guide them as graduates, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Chancellor Chuck Kelley told them, Dec. 15, at NOBTS' Leavell Chapel.
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    99-year-old pastor receives Green Beret status

    by Tim Tune, posted Wednesday, December 19, 2018 (an hour ago)

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    PEARLAND, Texas (BP) -- After World War II, decorated Army veteran Jesse Whitley returned home and became a soldier for the Lord, serving as a Baptist pastor and preacher for more than 45 years.

    "Sgt." Whitley, who celebrated his 99th birthday Dec. 14, received renewed recognition on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, with Green Beret status for his service in a special forces unit nicknamed "the Devil's Brigade."

    It came as a surprise to Whitley, who faced combat action with the First Special Service Force against the Japanese in Alaska's Aleutian Islands and against the Germans in Europe. Read More

  • Market volatility called 'return to historic norms'

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Tuesday, December 18, 2018 (21 hours ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Stock market volatility has increased in recent weeks, but GuideStone Financial Resources analyst David S. Spika cautions retirement investors to focus on their long-term investment objectives and avoid impulsive decisions, even as the news of the day can appear alarming.

    The recent sell-off in financial markets is a needed correction but does not signal the onset of a near-term economic recession, Spika, GuideStone's chief strategic investment officer, noted.

    "Economic growth is still too strong to indicate a recession is on the horizon," Spika said. "As we've been saying for many months, the increased volatility we're experiencing is warranted. What we're seeing is to be expected at the tail end of the longest bull market in history, now more than a decade long." Read More

  • Dining room table: where her missions passion began

    by Trennis Henderson, posted Tuesday, December 18, 2018 (yesterday)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- "I learned missions at my dining room table," Joy Bolton often has said, recounting that "my mother and dad were passionate about missions."

    Not surprisingly, Bolton has been a missions leader, participant and advocate throughout her ministry career. Following her recent retirement as executive director of Kentucky Woman's Missionary Union after 19-plus years, she will serve in a volunteer consulting role with national WMU as lead strategist for churchwide and associational WMU.

    Bolton's WMU career harkens back to the summer of 1978 when she served as national WMU's first summer intern after graduating from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Read More

  • Ancient extinction: Climate change or Noah's flood?

    by David Roach, posted Monday, December 17, 2018 (2 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Research published in the journal Science ties an ancient mass extinction to global warming and predicts a similar doomsday scenario for modern humans if they don't curb climate change. But an evangelical paleontologist says the data researchers examined actually evidences Noah's flood.

    There was an ancient mass extinction, said Kurt Wise, a paleontologist who teaches at Truett McConnell University in Cleveland, Ga. "But it was not only millions of times worse and quicker than [secular researchers] have modeled, it was an event God promised never to repeat." The fossil records under consideration "do not in any way carry a warning about global warming, but they do carry a warning about forgetting God." Read More

  • Christmas, nativity spotlight Baptist racial unity

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, December 18, 2018 (20 hours ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- One-month-old Luke Molette was the nativity centerpiece, an African American baby portraying Jesus in the arms of his mother as a white "Joseph" sat at their side, flocked by an interracial chorus.

    The 2018 Christmas parade float was the latest collaboration between Nashville First Baptist Church, a majority white congregation led by senior pastor Frank Lewis, and nearby First Baptist Church Capitol Hill, a majority black church led by senior pastor Kelly Miller Smith Jr. The longtime friends point to a shared church history predating the Civil War, when Nashville First established Capitol Hill as a mission congregation.

    At a college dinner announcing two scholarships in honor of their leadership in racial unity, the pastors explained the Christmas float's creation. Molette is Smith's grandson, born in November to Smith's daughter Valerie Hayes. Read More