September 14, 2014


NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention will encounter affliction as it serves the Lord, but will complete its God-given mission because of the Lord's promises, Luter said in his presidential address to the SBC Executive Committee Feb. 17 in Nashville.

Using Psalm 34:19 as a text, referencing the Old Testament's Job and adding humor with the fictional James Bond, Luter said the Lord not only brings tribulation to the righteous, but successfully brings the righteous through those same troubles. Read More

Page: hopeful for Cooperative Program uptick
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptists face "challenging days" with Cooperative Program giving, Frank Page, president of the SBC Executive Committee, told committee members in Nashville, voicing hope for an upswing in giving. Read More
Baptist troubadours strum Gospel in Sochi
SOCHI, Russia (BP) -- Members of the Earl Brackin Band sing and strum their traditional bluegrass instruments, rendering a soul-stirring version of "I'll Fly Away," as dozens of Olympics fans gather to listen, some of whom capture the music on their smartphones.

      Earl Brackin, minister of worship at Church on the Hill in Dalton, Ga., said prior to leaving for Russia, "In Sochi, we'll be like troubadours. Since bluegrass bands don't need electricity, we can set up and play anywhere -- street corner, open market, hotel, café, anywhere there is space for us to stand." Read More
200,000 Hindi Bibles donated for Asia
NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Stores set a goal last fall of donating 100,000 Hindi language Bibles across South Asia, but customers gave enough for twice that many.
      "LifeWay has proven once again it is an organization with a heart for the world ..." Read More
N. Korea brutality detailed in U.N. report
GENEVA (BP) -- A report detailing brutal crimes against humanity in North Korea was released by a United Nations commission that urged the international community to take responsibility for protecting the people there. Read More
Pakistan prosecution stalls in Bhatti slaying
LAHORE, Pakistan (BP) -- Intimidation by Islamic militants has prompted the brother of Pakistan's first Christian cabinet minister to leave the country.
      Paul Bhatti's efforts to bring the killers of his brother, Shahbaz Bhatti, to justice could be thwarted ... Read More

First Person
Allen Raynor
FIRST-PERSON: Lies & truth
Lying is "one of the most fascinating of sins," pastor Allen Raynor writes, examining various aspects of lying, from its depiction in Scripture to its demise in American culture.



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