Baptist Press Archive

Monday, January 08, 2018

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  • If Alaska is on your mind to serve as a pastor ….

    by Erin Roach, posted Monday, January 08, 2018 (one year ago)

    Photo courtesy of Rob Scott
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (BP) -- Alaska is "in dire need of committed pastors to serve Christ," said Rob Scott, who never lived outside North Carolina before attending Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky.

    Scott, who has been in a remote area of Alaska since 2009 as pastor of Dillingham Bible Fellowship, moved to the state because "it's a place that prefers function to form, and that's a fairly good description of me too. I am here because there are too few presently serving Christ in rural Alaska." Read More

  • Former LifeWay tower came down 'really fast'

    by David Roach, posted Monday, January 08, 2018 (one year ago)

    Photo by Jim Veneman
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Former LifeWay Christian Resources landmark Draper Tower is now a pile of rubble.

    The 12-story building on LifeWay's former campus in downtown Nashville was demolished Jan. 6 with an implosion the demolition team's leader said went "100 percent perfect," The Tennessean newspaper reported.

    Following a series of loud bangs made by some 600 pounds of explosives, Draper Tower crumbled in sections to make room for a 380-unit residential building, two ... Read More

  • Awana co-founder Art Rorheim dies at 99

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, January 08, 2018 (one year ago)

    OREGON, Ill. (BP) -- Children's ministry pioneer and Awana co-founder Arthur Reynold Rorheim died Jan. 5 in Oregon, Ill., at age 99.

    Rorheim co-founded the Awana Youth Association, originally an acronym for Approved Workers Are Not Ashamed, in 1950 while youth director of North Side Gospel Center near Chicago. Lance "Doc" Latham, his pastor at the time, was co-founder.

    Rorheim ministered with Awana for more than 70 years, continuing well into his ... Read More

  • Muslim Fulani herdsmen launch more attacks

    by Morning Star News/Nigeria Correspondent, posted Monday, January 08, 2018 (one year ago)

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    JOS, Nigeria (BP) -- A mass burial on Sunday (Jan. 7) was announced for 49 of at least 65 Christians killed in Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacks in Benue state, Nigeria that began on New Year's Day, sources said.

    Benue Gov. Samuel Ortom announced on Saturday that coffins would be provided for the state-sponsored funeral as he visited Benue State University Teaching Hospital-Makurdi's hospital morgue. Brandishing heavy weaponry as well as cutlasses, Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked several predominantly Christian villages in the Guma and Logo Local Government Areas (LGAs) on Jan. 1-2 and ... Read More

  • FEMA sets Feb. 4 cutoff for Harvey aid applications

    by David Roach, posted Monday, January 08, 2018 (one year ago)

    National Guard photo by Lt. Zachary West.
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Texas churches wishing to apply for federal disaster aid funds following Hurricane Harvey have until Feb. 4 to do so, according to a notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

    Though such funds long had not been available to churches and other houses of worship, FEMA announced a policy change Jan. 2 amid the pressure of a lawsuit by three small Texas churches and urging from both President Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: They imploded my building!

    by Jimmy Draper, posted Monday, January 08, 2018 (one year ago)

    Jimmy Draper, president emeritus of LifeWay Christian Resources, reflects on the Jan. 6 implosion of the building that carried his name on the SBC entity's former campus in downtown Nashville. Read More