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'Flywheel' began Kendrick brothers' filmmaking ascentALBANY, Ga. (BP) -- Evangelicals were introduced to a new level of faith-based filmmaking 15 years ago when brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick released "Flywheel," a $20,000-budget film using church members as the cast and production crew to convey biblical truth.
"We're just amazed at what the Lord's done with it," Alex Kendrick told Baptist Press.
The brothers, who served on staff at Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., went on to produce "Facing the Giants," "Fireproof," "Courageous" and "War Room." Read More
WEEK OF PRAYER: Going the extra mile in DetroitDETROIT, Mich. (BP) -- Known as the headquarters for the "Big Three" in the auto industry -- Ford, Chrysler and General Motors -- the Motor City through the years has experienced prosperity, population explosion and most recently overwhelming urban decay.
From financial crisis to automotive industry cuts to clean water issues, Detroit's struggle has affected the entire metro population of more than 4 million people. Violent crimes rank among the highest in the nation. Less than 10 percent of eighth graders in the inner city are proficient in reading. This is a city of hurting people ... Read More
Billy Graham funeral attendees reflect, marvelCHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- "Billy Graham's greatest crusade." His "largest crusade." "One of the most meaningful and profound moments in my life." Those were among ways the late evangelist's funeral was described by Southern Baptist Convention entity presidents and former SBC presidents in attendance.
Additionally, they told Baptist Press via email that Graham's March 2 funeral has opened doors for personal evangelistic conversations and noted the array of Christian and world leaders present. Read More
DR 'ready to respond' after deadly nor'easter
IMGONLY=47369@left@35%]NEW ENGLAND (BP) -- Three days after a strong nor'easter killed nine people and battered a coastal swath from Virginia to Maine, Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers remain "ready to respond," leaders told Baptist Press today.
Government emergency management agencies and other first responders in the states have been able to respond to the storm that caused isolated wind damage, coastal flooding and massive power outages to as many as two million people. Hurricane-force wind gusts were reported at the storm's height. Read More
The end of international adoption?ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- New regulations and fees announced by the U.S. State Department in February could spell the end of intercountry adoptions in the United States, according to adoption advocates.
The changes, which went into effect Feb. 15, include a new $500 monitoring and oversight fee for adoptive families, as well as an increase in the cost of accreditation for adoption agencies. Most agencies, or adoption service providers (ASPs), believe their costs to attain accreditation every four years will triple under the new schedule of fees. Read More
ERLC, Village Church to co-host conf. in DallasNASHVILLE (BP) -- The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and The Village Church will co-host a conference on the church's Gospel engagement with the world just prior to the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting this year in Dallas.The two-day event -- titled "The Gospel and the Future of the Church" -- will be held the weekend before the SBC's June 12-13 gathering in Dallas. The pre-conference, held in partnership with Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, will be June 8-9 at The Village Church's Flower Mound campus in metro Dallas. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Young Baptists: Let's get into the game
Brandon Smith recounts his path from cynicism to involvement in Southern Baptist life after realizing "what makes the SBC great is not simply theology or ecclesiology or cooperative missions; the SBC is also great because it is built for participation." Read More