August 21, 2014


SOUTH ASIA (BP) -- There was little in life to predict that Cebrián Bolívar* would one day become a missionary in one of South Asia's most populated cities. He grew up on a farm high in South America's Andes Mountains where his parents and siblings still scratch out a living from the soil.

But that was before he met Sam Cordell.*

Cordell was a Southern Baptist missionary with a plan. In less than a decade he trained a cadre of 200 Quichua Indian believers to plant churches among the scattered mountain villages of their people. And Bolívar was one of the best; he planted 26. Read More

Action urged against Internet firewalls of Iran, China, other repressive regimes
WASHINGTON (BP) –- Southern Baptist ethicist Russell D. Moore and other human rights
"[Reform] will allow millions of isolated residents to scale the 'great fire walls' erected by their governments."
-- Russell D. Moore and others
advocates have urged congressional leaders to prioritize efforts to breach Internet firewalls established by repressive regimes. Read More
CP undergirds ministry to local community
HARRISBURG, Pa. (BP) -- The 190 people who worship
on Sunday mornings at East Shore Baptist Church are spread pretty thin.
      They minister at a halfway house, truck stop, school, race track ... Read More
CP at 94.15% of budget goal
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are $30,050,253.40 or 94.15 percent of the year-to-date SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget goal, and are 1.75 percent below contributions received during the same time frame last year.
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Brewton-Parker elects Ergun Caner president
MOUNT VERNON, Ga. (BP) -- Ergun Caner has been elected as the 16th president of Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Ga., a four-year coeducational college affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention.
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Prof revives Patterson inerrancy debates
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- During the tumultuous period of the 1980s and 1990s within the Southern Baptist Convention, Paige Patterson, then-president of the Criswell College, was at the forefront of the struggle over biblical inerrancy between theological conservatives and moderates. Read More
Ark. Baptists address medical marijuana push
ROGERS, Ark. (BP) -- Messengers to the 160th annual meeting of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention approved a Cooperative Program budget of $22 million and, among four resolutions, encouraged voters to reject all attempts to legalize medical marijuana in the state in next year's general election. Read More
Ariz. Baptists aim 'to make disciples'
TUCSON, Ariz. (BP) -- Arizona Southern Baptists have adopted new mission and vision statements to guide their work for the next 15 years. Read More
FROM THE STATES: Okla., Texas, Ga. evangelism/missions news; '... God used it to change my life. This is the place I want to be.'
Today's From the States features items from:
The Baptist Messenger (Oklahoma)
Southern Baptist TEXAN
The Christian Index (Georgia)
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First Person
Johnny Hunt
FIRST-PERSON: Pastors, let's move Lottie beyond $175M
Former SBC President Johnny Hunt challenges Southern Baptist pastors to lead their churches to meet this year's $175 million goal for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions.



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