August 22, 2014


GLASGOW, Scotland (BP) -- If you listen to Gena Wilson imitate the Scottish brogue, you'll think she was born in Glasgow. After 17 years, the woman from Beaufort, S.C., can speak in a Scottish accent that even the locals mistake as their own. She used to stick out as "the American" who for some inexplicable reason chose to live in one of the city's poorest areas.

Now, she's just known to them as Gena -- a friend, a mentor, a follower of Jesus.

She's led assemblies at the local high school, but most teenagers there have gotten to know her over a basketball or volleyball game, hamburgers at a café or Bible study in her apartment. Read More

Egypt: Militants, criminals extort Christians
"If you hurt a Christian, no one is going to do anything to you."
-- Mina Thabet, Egyptian Christian
CAIRO (BP) -- Islamic extremists and criminals are extorting Christians in Egyptian towns, while trouble brews over the country's new protest law and constitution. Read More
NAAF chooses YOU as official curriculum
NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's National African American Fellowship has chosen the culturally relevant YOU Bible study as its official adult curriculum, NAAF has announced.
      With the designation, NAAF will encourage African American, urban and multicultural churches to use YOU ... Read More
SEBTS Ed Young Chair installed
WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary celebrated the installation of the Dr. Ed Young Sr. Chair of Preaching, which will be filled by seminary president Daniel Akin. Read More
Okla. Baptists mark 40 years of disaster relief
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (BP) -- A sea of yellow shirts greeted those attending the opening session of the 107th annual meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma at First Baptist Church in Broken Arrow as the 40th anniversary of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief was celebrated.
      The celebration was marked with hundreds of disaster relief volunteers dressed in their trademark yellow shirts, vests and jackets on hand, with a portion of the BGCO's DR fleet of trucks and vehicles on display in the parking lot for the community to tour and see. Read More
BGAV governance aims for 2015 implementation
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (BP) -- The Baptist General Association of Virginia adopted a far-reaching governance proposal Nov. 13 which leaders said would position the network of 1,400 churches to more effectively meet the challenges of the 21st century while maintaining broad representation from its diverse constituency. Read More

First Person
Judy Woodward Bates
FIRST-PERSON: Giving by the pound
Columnist Judy Woodward Bates shares a story of successfully saving for a large item by breaking down the cost into manageable portions.
Gene C. Fant Jr.
FIRST-PERSON: God remembers forgotten prayers
Columnist Gene C. Fant Jr. tells how God reminded him that though we may forget what we pray for sometimes, He remembers and answers -- even decades later.



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