Baptist Press Archive

Monday, February 08, 2016

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  • TRUSTEES: Church planting personal to NAMB

    by Mike Ebert, posted Monday, February 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NAMB photo by John Swain
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- As North American Mission Board trustees gathered for dinner on the eve of their Feb. 2 meeting, the entity's president, Kevin Ezell, called on several to share how their churches are involved in planting churches and sharing Christ.

    "I am excited to say that we have trustees who are not only serving as trustees, they are actually out there doing the ministry," Ezell said.

    During trustees' Feb. 2 meeting, they also heard reports of church planting and chaplaincy ... Read More

  • N.H. evangelicals 'energized' for primaries

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Ben Ewing.
    CONCORD, N.H. (BP) -- When evangelist Franklin Graham held an outdoor rally last month at the New Hampshire state capitol encouraging Christians to live out their faith at the ballot box, organizers hoped 300 people would attend. But 1,500 showed up on the capitol steps in Concord despite sub-zero temperatures.

    Rich Clegg, director of missions for the New Hampshire Baptist Association, believes the high attendance was symptomatic of an "energized" evangelical electorate in the Granite State that could turn out for Tuesday's presidential primaries in greater numbers than ... Read More

  • Super Bowl ad slammed by NARAL for 'humanizing fetuses'

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Doritos ad YouTube screen capture
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An abortion-rights group's protest that a Super Bowl ad wrongly engaged in "humanizing fetuses" has drawn protest from several Southern Baptist leaders.

    During the Feb. 7 Super Bowl, Doritos aired a commercial depicting a husband and wife viewing an ultrasound image of their unborn child. In the ad, the child begins motioning for the Doritos her father is consuming.

    In response, NARAL Pro-Choice America tweeted, "#NotBuyingIt - that @Doritos ad using ... Read More

  • Charles Couey, advocate for the blind, dies

    by Art Toalston, posted Monday, February 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Charles Couey, who labored in behalf of blind Southern Baptists for more than 30 years, died Jan. 31 after an accident at his Nashville home. He was 69.

    Couey also labored for sighted Southern Baptists to be involved with the blind.

    “We need church staff persons, parents, spouses and others who work with blind persons in your church,” Couey said in a Baptist Press article prior to the 2009 meeting of the Southern ... Read More

  • Amid Scandinavians, believers look for 'bridges'

    by Charles Braddix, posted Monday, February 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (BP) -- What's the most embarrassing thing you can talk about in your city? Discussions that include God, said a Scandinavian pastor.

    The pastor in Denmark told this to sociologist Phil Zuckerman, who spent 14 months interviewing nearly 150 Scandinavians, according to The New York Times.

    This can pose a dilemma for Christian workers trying to evangelize and plant churches in countries like Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. The key, however, is not ... Read More

  • 'Where were the lost people in my life?'

    by Laurie Register, posted Monday, February 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) -- I never expected a trip to northern Europe to change me. Not like this, anyway. I had been on many mission trips, and this wasn't my first vision trip. It was, however, my first mission trip to somewhere other than a Third World country.

    Just prior to leaving, I panicked a little. My thoughts were, "We're not going to build anything, we're not doing a medical clinic or a Vacation Bible School, we're not cleaning or repairing. How will we engage people? How will we share Jesus?" Read More

  • WMU search committee named; prayer requested

    by Julie Walters, posted Monday, February 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- National WMU President Linda Cooper has named the search committee for identifying the woman God would have as the missions organization's next executive director and requested prayer for the committee's work.

    On Jan. 11, Wanda Lee, who has served as executive director since 2000, announced to the WMU board her intention to retire, providing ample notice for a search committee to be formed and seek a new leader. Read More

  • FLOYD: State conventions, associations & their future

    by Ronnie Floyd, posted Monday, February 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Ronnie Floyd calls associations, state conventions and SBC entities to "a future that is robust with Gospel cooperation" to serve churches "in reaching their God-assigned responsibility of going, baptizing and making disciples of all the nations." Read More