• Floyd releases ebook for prayer, revival

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, November 20, 2014 (16 hours ago)

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd has released a motivational tool book to help pastors and churches across the SBC engage in concerted prayer for the next great awakening in advance of the 2015 annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio.

    Floyd announced the release of his ebook in a press conference call Wednesday (Nov. 19), joined by Southern Baptist editors, writers and state convention leaders. The announcement also marked the release of the annual meeting theme, "Great Awakening: Clear Agreement, Visible Union, Extraordinary Prayer," based on Romans 13:11, for the June 16-17 gathering. Read More

  • Duggars targeted by pro-gay petition

    by David Roach & Art Toalston, posted Thursday, November 20, 2014 (15 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Nearly 100,000 people have signed an online petition asking the TLC network to cancel the popular reality show "19 Kids and Counting," contending that its stars, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, use their fame "to promote discrimination, hate, and fear-mongering against gays and transgendered people." Read More

  • 'Giving Tuesday' & Mission:Dignity

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Thursday, November 20, 2014 (15 hours ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- "Giving Tuesday," a global effort to support charitable giving following "Black Friday," "Small Business Saturday" and "Cyber Monday," can be an special opportunity to support Mission:Dignity, officials of GuideStone Financial Resources say. Read More

  • LifeWay among stores honoring Thanksgiving

    by Aaron Earls, posted Thursday, November 20, 2014 (15 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) –- The ever-escalating commercialization of Thanksgiving will get no support from LifeWay Christian Stores.

    LifeWay is among retail outlets maintaining a commitment to give employees -- and customers -- the day off. Read More

  • Rappin' grandma had missions heart

    by Shawn Hendricks, posted Thursday, November 20, 2014 (15 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Remembered by many for her tough-talking, missions-focused rappin' grandma character in numerous promotional videos for the International Mission Board, those who worked closely with Eloise Dieker also recall her servant heart.

    Dieker, an IMB staff member for 44 years, died Nov. 11 at age 87. During her stint with the video segment "Words from Eloise" in the late '90s to mid-2000s, Dieker's character was part of "The Task" video series that promoted missions among thousands of high school and college students. Read More