Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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  • EC's Frank Page resigns over 'personal failing'

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, March 27, 2018 (4 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Frank S. Page has resigned as president and chief executive officer of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, effective today (March 27) over what is described as "a morally inappropriate relationship in the recent past."

    Florida pastor Stephen Rummage, chairman of the Executive Committee, released a 300-word statement Tuesday afternoon (March 27) on behalf of the EC's officers noting the circumstances of Page's resignation: ... Read More

  • Church security draws 1,000-plus for training in Ky.

    by Kentucky Today & Western Recorder Staff, posted Tuesday, March 27, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- Concern for church safety drew more than 1,000 leaders for training offered at the Kentucky Baptist Convention's Church Security Conference on March 24.

    "While I grieve that a conference like this one is needed," KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood said, "I'm thankful we could offer it.

    "Headlines reveal that school children and churchgoers are the regular victims of deranged mass murders looking for high-profile targets that will get the world's ... Read More

  • GuideStone, ministries gain win against HHS mandate

    by Tom Strode and Roy Hayhurst, posted Tuesday, March 27, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention and the ministries it serves have gained a vital, legal victory against the Obama-era abortion/contraception mandate, marking a seven-year religious liberty battle.

    A federal court in Oklahoma issued a permanent injunction March 15 that bars the U.S. government from enforcing a 2011 rule that helped implement a controversial health care law enacted the previous year. The regulation by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requires employers to provide their workers ... Read More

  • FBC Sutherland Springs launches building project

    by Mike Ebert, posted Tuesday, March 27, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    SAN ANTONIO (BP) -- First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs, the Southern Baptist congregation whose members were targeted by a gunman in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, will begin construction of a new worship center and education building in May.

    Plans were announced Tuesday (March 27) by Frank Pomeroy, the church's pastor. The North American Mission Board (NAMB) will accept donations for the project. If donations do not cover all of the construction expenses, NAMB will cover any remaining costs.

    "Our primary goal is to lift up Jesus in our community," Pomeroy said. "Sutherland Springs has a certain distinction because of the enormity of the tragedy that took place at our church, but every community is touched by tragedy. Every family and every person has hurts and sorrows. We want to be a lighthouse. The light of the Gospel shines hope, even in the deepest darkness." Read More

  • Köstenberger examines biblical & systematic theology

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Tuesday, March 27, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- New Testament scholar Andreas Köstenberger emphasized the importance of rightly studying biblical theology during Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's annual Sizemore Lectures, March 13-14 at the Kansas City, Mo., campus.

    Köstenberger, who has served for more than 20 years as senior research professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, focused his two-lecture series on the topic, "The Promise and Practice of Biblical Theology." Read More

  • Youth rally memories: funny, touching, miraculous

    by David Dawson/Baptist and Reflector, posted Tuesday, March 27, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Kent Shingleton occasionally scratched his goatee and broke into a chuckle while reflecting on his two-decade tenure as the coordinator of Tennessee Baptists' Youth Evangelism Conference.

    Shingleton said he had a deep supply of stories he could share -- some funny, some touching and some truly miraculous. But Shingleton, who is passing the coordinator baton to TBMB evangelism event specialist Jay Barbier, said his biggest takeaway from his 20-year involvement with YEC has been seeing how many lives have been touched by the event -- one of the many youth rallies sponsored by state Baptist ... Read More