September 17, 2014


PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (BP) -- The land of bright sunshine and snow-white sand can be a spiritual dark spot each and every spring break. Rowdy weeks of partying often bring with them a spirit of recklessness and outright rebellion into Panama City Beach, Fla.

While locals brace for the invasion and disruption they've come to expect with spring, quiet forces determined to share the hope of Jesus Christ make their way south. Retirees who serve with the Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief Team link arms with college students from churches and collegiate ministries across the country for BeachReach. Read More

'Community Day' set to spread nationwide
VALDOSTA, Ga. (BP) -- Redland Baptist Church's attempts to share the love of Jesus were threatened when its 2008 trip to Mexico fizzled because of travel risks. Read More
Mother's Day offering approved for Sunrise
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- The Kentucky Baptist Convention Mission Board is asking churches across the state to help support Sunrise Children's Services after the agency saw a major decline in annual giving last November while embroiled in controversy regarding a recommendation to hire gay employees. Read More
CP ministry reports now available online
NASHVILLE (BP) -- In an effort to give more visibility to the work of SBC entities, the Cooperative Program 2014 Ministry Reports are now available to all Southern Baptists in an easily-accessible, online format, viewable at Read More
Christians beheaded by extremists in Somalia
NAIROBI, Kenya (BP) -- Islamic extremists from the rebel Al Shabaab militia last week publicly beheaded a mother of two girls and her cousin in southeastern Somalia after discovering they were Christians, Morning Star News reported from sources inside the country. Read More
2nd VIEW: Photographers capture missions, national attention
RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Rahima* barely makes a living begging on the busy streets of Bangladesh. As Rahima and her two young daughters sat down on the edge of the sidewalk to eat a bag of cooked rice and vegetables, photographer Joanna B. Pinneo sees a story unfolding before her eyes and takes the shot. Read More

First Person
Steve Gaines
CALL TO PRAYER: Learn from Jesus to pray
The early church gained its power through prayer, contends Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn. Christians should not try to speak for God, until we've spent time speaking with God in prayer, Gaines exhorts in this week's CALL TO PRAYER.
Kelly Boggs
FIRST-PERSON: 9/11 cross
Columnist Kelly Boggs writes about his concern regarding a lawsuit filed by an atheist group to keep cross-shaped steel beams from being included in a museum dedicated to the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center towers.
Fermín Whittaker
EDITORIAL: Simplemente acércate a ellos
Leer ha sido mi pasión durante toda mi vida. Me encanta leer y procuro leer un libro cada dos meses. Tenemos mucho que aprender de otros. ...



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