Baptist Press Archive

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

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  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Former gang member reaching Canada's largest city

    by NAMB Staff, posted Wednesday, March 07, 2018 (17 days ago)

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    TORONTO, Ontario, Canada (BP) -- "Everyone is welcome!" That is the motto of Fellowship Church Rogue Park located in Toronto's East End. This multiethnic, multigenerational church plant rents space in a local Catholic school on Sunday mornings and hosts events throughout the week.

    Strategically launched near an area known for gang violence, the ministry is led by church planting missionary and a former gang member Kesavan Balasingham and his wife Viji, both immigrants to Canada who found new life here. Read More

  • Danny Wood to be SBC Pastors' Conf. nominee

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, March 07, 2018 (17 days ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Danny Wood, pastor of Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference, according to an announcement by Texas pastor Gregg Matte.

    Matte, pastor of Houston's First Baptist Church, told Baptist Press today (March 7) Wood "has shined with integrity, love and wisdom" through more than 20 years at his current pastorate.

    "With the Pastors' Conference and Southern Baptist Convention being in Birmingham for 2019, he is the right choice to lead us in his hometown," said Matte, a former Pastors' Conference president. "Most importantly, Dr. Wood understands the joys and challenges we face as pastors and will plan a conference that inspires our hearts with great theology and application." Read More

  • Donna Gaines fields questions on racism, ministry

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, March 07, 2018 (17 days ago)

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- Loving your neighbor as yourself is a sure path to overcoming racial prejudice, Southern Baptist women's minister Donna Gaines said in the March cover article of Today's Christian Living magazine.

    "When we love our neighbor, that erases racial prejudice," Gaines said in the cover story. "If we were all actually doing that, we'd be able to turn the world upside down just like the early disciples."

    Expounding on what Jesus described as one of the two greatest commandments, the wife of Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines gave an example from her own life in an interview with Baptist Press today (March 7). Read More

  • At UCLA, Mohler tackles 'Ask Anything' questions

    by Aaron Cline Hanbury, posted Wednesday, March 07, 2018 (17 days ago)

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    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- One UCLA student asked about the Christian understanding of gender and transgenderism. Another asked R. Albert Mohler Jr. why God allows "80 percent" of the world's population to spend eternity in hell. Yet another student asked about Christians participating in stem cell research and therapies.

    In all, Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, answered questions as varied as the people in the room.

    In the second stop on an Ask Anything Tour -- a series of question-and-answer forums with Mohler on university campuses around the United States -- an estimated 1,000 students crammed into a conference space in UCLA's Carnesdale Commons, with overflow spaces streaming the session on TV screens. The first stop on the tour was the University of Louisville in February. Read More

  • Billy Graham holiday petition climbing toward 150,000 goal

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, March 07, 2018 (17 days ago)

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- A grassroots petition to honor the late Billy Graham with a national holiday had gathered nearly 103,000 signatures as of noon today (March 7) at

    Petition author Kyle Siler, described in media reports as a 41-year-old heavy-equipment operator from Trinity, N.C., said honoring the evangelist would be good for America.

    "True men of God don't want recognition," he said in a March 6 Facebook video posted by Spectrum News of Charlotte. "Yes, this is about Billy Graham, but also if it's a day that we could recognize a preacher and if everybody could think about the Lord for a day or for a minute, it would be great for this country." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The Lord's Supper & our baptisms

    by Nate Adams, posted Wednesday, March 07, 2018 (17 days ago)

    Nate Adams suggests that the Lord's Supper -- optimally encompassing intimate fellowship and worship, confession of sin, gratitude for Christ's sacrifice and motivation to live for Him -- could kindle "a dramatic effect" on baptisms. Read More