• Bay area's big need for new churches

    by Tobin Perry, posted Friday, February 05, 2016 (yesterday)

    Photo courtesy Brett Butler
    FRESNO, Calif. (BP) -- As the nation prepares for the first Super Bowl in the Bay Area in nearly three decades, Southern Baptists will turn their eyes to a changing mission field -- but one with a consistent need for new churches.

    "Things are booming economically in the Bay Area," said Rich Johnstone, the North American Mission Board's (NAMB) Send North America city missionary for San Francisco. "At the same time, there's not a corresponding boom spiritually -- just yet. However, we are starting to see some momentum." Read More

  • Carolina Panther finds identity outside spotlight

    by Shawn Hendricks, posted Friday, February 05, 2016 (2 days ago)

    Photo by Shawn Hendricks/BP
    SAN FRANCISCO (BP) -- It's safe to say Carolina Panther J.J. Jansen won't make headlines if his team wins the Super Bowl this weekend.

    He's in the starting lineup and he will touch the football every time he's on the field. But when the game is over and the confetti settles on the field for the Panthers or Broncos, the only way most people who watch the game will know who Jansen is will be if he makes a mistake. So goes the life of a long snapper in the National Football League. Read More

  • LifeWay celebrates Thom Rainer's 10th anniversary

    by Aaron Earls, posted Friday, February 05, 2016 (yesterday)

    Photo by Kent Harville
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In a special chapel service on Wednesday (Feb, 3), LifeWay Christian Resources recognized Thom S. Rainer for 10 years of service as president and CEO.

    Rainer was praised for his commitment to Christ and his family, as well as leadership during tumultuous cultural and business changes.

    Gary Richardson, LifeWay Board of Trustees chairman, spoke of Rainer as a selfless, transparent and courageous leader. Before presenting Rainer with a gift, he relayed a fellow ... Read More

  • Campus outreach in 'emerging regions': 'less is more'

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Friday, February 05, 2016 (2 days ago)

    Photo by The Salt Company
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Collegiate ministry groups outside the South are as unique and diverse as regions in which they are located.

    When the Emerging Regions State Collegiate Leaders working group met at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, the 25 participants traveled from places like Alaska, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and West Virginia as well as Canada. Read More

  • Michigan campus team grateful for core group of 11

    by Alex Sibley, posted Friday, February 05, 2016 (yesterday)

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (BP) -- When Brett Luker joined Christian Challenge's three-person pastoral team at Michigan State University, its outreach among dorm residents was at a crossroads.

    Although 30 international students were connecting to the Baptist student ministry, all of the American students had graduated.

    So, Luker was tasked with restarting the component of Christian Challenge's dorm-based Read More

  • Indonesia's religions and the 'Gospel truth'

    by Elaine Gaston, posted Friday, February 05, 2016 (yesterday)

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    INDONESIA (BP) -- Indonesians must declare which of the seven state-sanctioned religions they follow, but there appears to be a big difference between what they say and what they do.

    While more Muslims live in Indonesia than in any other country in the world, it isn't an Islamic state. Its 1945 constitution guarantees freedom of religion; however, Indonesians are required to declare which one of the state-recognized religions they follow so that it can be stated on their national ID card. Read More

  • SUPER BOWL: Broncos, Panthers discuss sportsmanship, faith

    by Shawn Hendricks, posted Thursday, February 04, 2016 (2 days ago)

    Photo by Shawn Hendricks/BP
    SAN FRANCISCO (BP) -- While underinflated footballs aren't dominating Super Bowl headlines this year, the National Football League still had its share of unsportsmanlike conduct calls, concussions and doping allegations this season. But rules do matter and those who don't follow them must pay the consequences, players say.

    Team members from the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers weighed in on the importance of sportsmanship and their Christian faith during Opening Night of Super Bowl 50 with the media at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., Feb. 1. Read More

  • The Super Bowl: Does God care who wins?

    by Bob Smietana, posted Wednesday, February 03, 2016 (3 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An old gospel hymn says God's eye is on the sparrow, but what about panthers and broncos?

    When it comes to the ones from Carolina and Denver matched up for Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, most Americans are skeptical about divine intervention on the football field, according to a new survey from LifeWay Research.

    A phone survey of 1,000 Americans found nearly 9 out of 10 respondents (85 percent) said "no" when asked, "Does God determine winners and losers in the Super Bowl?" About 1 in 10 (11 percent) said "yes." One in 25 (4 percent) didn't know. Read More