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N.C. pastor dies while cleaning gunCHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- A prominent Southern Baptist pastor in North Carolina died Aug. 29 in an accidental shooting in his home, according to news reports.
Phillip M. Davis, founder and senior pastor of Nations Ford Community Church in Charlotte, reportedly was cleaning his pistol at the time of the incident in Weddington, N.C. The pistol fired, hitting his chest, the Charlotte Observer reported. In the story, the Union County sheriff's office said there were no signs of foul play. Read More
KATRINA 2005-15: Storm lifted hearts toward God
NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Raw emotions bubbled to the surface as people struggled with the losses brought about by Hurricane Katrina. As Southern Baptists faithfully offered care to those suffering from the storm, hearts warmed to the Gospel. Read More
KATRINA 2005-15: Faithfulness, courage prevailedNEW ORLEANS (BP) -- A decade ago, it was difficult to see anything more than the devastation that accompanied Katrina as she swept across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. But looking back now, it's possible to see the triumph that emerged from the tragedy.
After passing over the Florida panhandle as a moderate Category 1 hurricane, then weakening to a tropical storm, Katrina grew in ferocity fueled by the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, growing in intensity to a 200-mile-wide Category 5 tempest. Read More
Jesus myths need correction, Darling writesNASHVILLE (BP) -- Even evangelical Christians can believe in a mythical Jesus, and that needs to be corrected, says Daniel Darling.
"I've seen a tendency among evangelicals, including myself, to create a Jesus in our own image rather than surrendering to the Spirit's work of creating us in Christ's image," Darling told Baptist Press in an email interview. "The Scriptures present one Christ, the Christ of history, the Christ who is. I think chasing down a Jesus who looks just like us ends up with disappointment and disillusionment. The Jesus who is is infinitely better than the Jesus we create." Read More
KATRINA 2005-15: Disaster training proved its worth
GULFPORT, Miss. (BP) -- Dionne Williams opened the large French doors that led into his Gulf Coast home and couldn't believe what five and a half feet of Hurricane Katrina's storm surge had done.
Clothes were ruined. Books destroyed. Tools unusable. Photos, memorabilia, priceless family mementos gone forever. Read More
KATRINA 2005-15: Winds of change for disaster reliefGULFPORT, Miss. (BP) -- "We've shared the Gospel with so many people in this community, I don't know if there is anyone else we can share with," Randy Corn thought to himself six months after Hurricane Katrina when he arrived in Gulfport, Miss., one of the many Gulf Coast cities devastated by the historic hurricane 10 years ago.
"I don't know if there's anyone else who hasn't heard the Gospel," Corn thought in beginning a week of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief construction projects through his church, Biltmore Baptist in Arden, N.C., which had served in the area multiple times and seen many give their lives to Christ through SBDR ministry. Read More
42 IMB missionaries appointed; Platt addresses trusteesFREDERICKSBURG, Va. (BP) -- Growing up in Brazil, Thiago Montanher de Queiroz came to know Christ at 10 years old and early on felt God calling’s to follow Him into international missions.
As an adult while attending a local seminary, Montanher had a professor of missions and church planting -- an International Mission Board missionary -- who helped confirm and encourage his calling.
“[The missionary’s] love for the nations was contagious, and I have never seen anyone so passionate about the Gospel,” Montanher said. Read More
Iorg: Golden Gate embarking on historic yearMILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP) -- An academic year "like no other in the history of American seminaries" awaits faculty, staff and students of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, President Jeff Iorg said in a convocation address Aug. 27.
"We are currently moving the primary campus of one of the 10 largest seminaries in the United States 400 miles to Southern California, while at the same time building a secondary campus in the Bay Area -- all while remaining fully operational," Iorg said in an address titled "A Great Adventure." Read More
'Post-worship war' counsel offered by Page & GrayNASHVILLE (BP) -- Breaking the paradigm of age-segregated services, navigating a "post-worship war culture" and fostering multicultural praise gatherings are among the topics addressed in a book by Frank S. Page and Lavon Gray on worship challenges for 21st-century churches.
Worship "has become a big claim in the twenty-first century church; but, based on the reality of people's lives, the worship that we claim to be experiencing is not truly affecting the quality of our lives, our families, and our witness," Page, president of ... Read More
Should we watch murders on social media?NASHVILLE (BP) -- I watched a video that I'm ashamed to say I viewed.
No, it wasn't pornography -- at least not the kind of pornography we typically think of. The video was the live shooting of two television journalists as they were reporting in Virginia. At the time, I saw the post on Twitter, which noted "unexplained shooting noises."
When I watched the clip, I assumed there was gunshots around them and that the journalist and her interviewee had ducked for cover. It wasn't until later that I learned that what I had seen was a cold-blooded murder streaming across my Twitter feed. Read More
Platt: No Gospel drawdown despite personnel cuts
RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- A reduction of 600-800 International Mission Board staff and field personnel should not decrease the board's Gospel impact worldwide, IMB President David Platt told members of the media during an Aug. 27 conference call.
"Even if our income from churches were to double over the next year ... we would still have a cap on our ability to send a certain number of full-time, fully supported church planters," Platt said. IMB leaders "want to take that cap off" and "consider all ... Read More