• Atlanta fire chief gets Baptists' defense

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, December 16, 2014 (22 hours ago)

    ATLANTA (BP) -- Georgia Baptist Convention leaders are rallying to defend Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who has been suspended without pay for a month and ordered to undergo sensitivity training over a book he wrote that upholds a biblical view of sexuality.

    Cochran is a deacon, Sunday School teacher and Bible study leader at Atlanta's Elizabeth Baptist Church, which is affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention. Read More

  • Survey: Race relations better, long way to go

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, December 16, 2014 (23 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Race relations in America are better than they used to be. And most Americans see diversity as a good thing, a new LifeWay Research study shows.

    But there's still a long way to go, according to two new surveys from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

    Researchers asked 1,000 Americans and 1,000 Protestant pastors about their views on race relations. They found many Americans have mixed feelings about the state of racial diversity in the United States. Read More

  • Hanukkah an 'evangelism opportunity'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, December 16, 2014 (22 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Each holiday season Ric Worshill looks forward to the celebration that provides him with a natural opportunity to tell his friends and family that Jesus is the light of the world.

    But it's not Christmas. Read More

  • SEBTS partnership equips church planters

    by Tobin Perry, posted Tuesday, December 16, 2014 (22 hours ago)

    Photo courtesy The Church at Cherrydale
    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- Matt Rogers knows from experience how important preparation and mentoring are for a young church-planter-to-be.

    After Rogers came to Christ at age 19 and was preaching by age 20, he spent the first decade of his Christian life serving Jesus passionately but struggled to understand and prepare for his calling. It wasn't until he entered Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2005 that he began to gain a deeper sense of the Gospel and the part God wanted him to play in sharing it. Read More

  • Discipleship for boys & young women strengthens witness

    by Kate Gregory, posted Tuesday, December 16, 2014 (yesterday)

    Photo by Wilson Hunter/IMB
    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (BP) -- When Carlos Llambes was about 7 or 8 years old, he heard a sound he had never heard coming from a church before -- laughter. Churches had always seemed so formal and structured to the Cuban boy. Plus, times in the Caribbean island 90 miles south of Miami were somber and uncertain in the late 1960s in the years after the Cuban missile crisis.

    So when Carlos walked by Primera Iglesia Bautista (First Baptist Church) in his hometown of San Cristobal, Cuba, on a Wednesday night and heard laughter, the curious youngster peeked inside the doors. Members of the congregation were singing a joyful song and smiling. Read More