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IMB names Lafferty candidate for executive VP roleRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- International Mission Board President Paul Chitwood announced Jan. 30 that Todd Lafferty will be presented to the entity's board of trustees as his recommendation for the IMB's next executive vice president. IMB trustees, who meet Feb. 6-7 in Richmond, Va., are responsible for electing the person who serves in the EVP role.
Todd Lafferty currently serves as pastor of mobilization for Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. He and his wife Susan previously served with the IMB for nearly 29 years.
"Seeking input from our IMB personnel on the field and in Richmond, and hearing from several board members and Southern Baptist Convention leaders, I was pointed again and again to Todd Lafferty, a man I've known for over 15 years," Chitwood said. "Todd's education and diverse background as an IMB missionary and staff member, along with his pastoral experiences in the local church in the U.S. and overseas, have uniquely prepared him for this significant leadership role." Read More
'Evangelism with Johnny Hunt' NAMB podcast launchedALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Johnny Hunt, the new senior vice president of evangelism and leadership at the North American Mission Board, has launched a podcast – "Evangelism with Johnny Hunt" -- co-hosted by NAMB President Kevin Ezell.
The podcast is among the new resources from NAMB to boost evangelistic conversation and activity among Southern Baptists.
"This is another hook in the water of lostness to remind us, inspire us, instruct us and convince us that if the evangelistic spirit is to return, it's up to us," said Hunt, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Read More
SUPER BOWL: Rams receiver delivers 'spiritual spark'ATLANTA (BP) -- For Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks, Sunday's Super Bowl is an opportunity for redemption.
Cooks was part of the New England Patriots in last year's Super Bowl but left the game prematurely in the second quarter with a concussion. He never returned to the game, which the Patriots lost 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles.
After an offseason trade that sent him to the Rams, Cooks is thankful for another Super Bowl appearance.
"I've asked God to redeem me since that moment," Cooks said in a post-game interview following the Rams' NFC Championship victory over New Orleans. "I'd always pray, from that moment, to redeem me in such a way to glorify Him. And I think He's doing that." Read More
Greear: White privilege should extend to all racesDURHAM, N.C. (BP) -- Anglos receive "privilege" in American culture because of their ethnicity, Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear said in a podcast. But rather than debate the political ramifications of that privilege, Greear urged believers to "extend" it to people of all races.
The views Greear expressed in his "Ask Me Anything" podcast are similar to opinions he has voiced publicly since at least 2014, following a racial crisis in Ferguson, Mo. Yet he told Baptist Press his perspective of white privilege has become more acute over the past five years from "being in relationship with brothers and sisters of color."
"Is white privilege real?" was the topic of a Jan. 28 episode of Greear's podcast. He told podcast host Todd Unzicker he has "struggled with" the question and concluded there is an "invisible set of assets that I get from being part of the majority culture." Read More
'Least of These' film opens Feb. 1BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- A missionary's murder that shocked the world 20 years ago is the focus of a movie opening in theaters this weekend -- and its filmmakers hope the project helps spark a renewed interest in long-term missions.
"The Least of These" (PG-13) tells the story of Graham Staines, an Australian missionary who took medicine and the Gospel to India's lepers and was killed in 1999 for allegedly violating the region's laws against "forced" conversions. A subsequent investigation cleared his name and showed that everyone who became a Christian did so willingly.
The film stars Stephen Baldwin as Staines; Shari Rigby ("October Baby," "Overcomer") as his wife Gladys; and Sharman Joshi as Manav, a newspaper journalist investigating Staines. Read More
FROM THE SEMINARIES: SWBTS institutes new 82-hour M.Div.; Bingham encourages love of the brethren while awaiting Christ's return
New 82-hour SWBTS M.Div. called flexible, future-focusedFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has instituted a new 82-hour master of divinity program to make theological education even more accessible to God-called men and women as they seek to prepare for a lifetime of ministry.
Seminary officials describe the new M.Div. as faithful to Southwestern's core commitments yet focused on meeting the needs of current and future generations. Read More
Bibi victory draws praise, caution from advocatesLAHORE, Pakistan (BP) -- The acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother who escaped death from a disputed blasphemy conviction in Pakistan, has stirred optimism as a legal victory and caution over her safety.
The Pakistan Supreme Court upheld Bibi's acquittal Jan. 29. The three-judge panel ruled against Islamic extremists who challenged the court's October decision to free Bibi.
"The verdict is a way forward, and it is positive," NPR quoted Bibi's attorney Saiful Malook as saying. "The judges raised pertinent legal questions, focusing on law and evidence, expressing displeasure over the perjury that was committed by the complainant against Asia and other witnesses." Read More