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Despite destruction by Katrina, church keeps missions focus
LONG BEACH, Miss. (BP)--At first glance it looked as though First Baptist Church had been completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, but that was before the character of its people and the cooperative spirit of Southern Baptists kicked in."Pre-Katrina ... we thought we were a Great Commission church," said pastor LaRue Stephens, pastor of the Gulf Coast congregation in Long Beach, Miss. "We gave a lot of money to missions, sent alot of missions teams all over the world, and many of our people had been involved in direct support or going. We had our community food bank ministry, and housed it on our campus at no cost, plus provided volunteers for it.
"However, one of the sweet blessings of the storm is that God allowed it to remove the walls," Stephens said. Read More
CP: 2.39% ahead of 2007 pace
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Year-to-date contributions through the Southern Baptist Convention's Cooperative Program are 2.39 percent ahead of the same time frame in March 2007, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Morris H. Chapman. Read More
Copeland, Dollar fail to meet deadline
WASHINGTON (BP)--Two television ministries still are refusing to comply fully with a U.S. Senate committee's probe into their financial records.
Televangelists Kenneth Copeland and Creflo Dollar failed to provide the requested information by the March 31 deadline, according to a written release from Sen. Charles Grassley, R.-Iowa, the minority leader on the Finance Committee. Read More
Author debunks 'prosperity gospel' mythNASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--God does not reward those who earnestly seek rewards, He rewards those who earnestly seek Him, author John Revell writes in a new book titled "Getting the Most from God (but not how you might think!)," which uses Scripture to debunk the prosperity gospel often preached by popular televangelists. Read More
Perkins: Evangelicals facing new issues
WASHINGTON (BP)--Conservative evangelical Christians continue to influence government policies, but they also are facing the challenge of responding to additional issues, pro-family leaders said in a National Press Club panel discussion.
Speaking on whether religious conservatives have lost their clout, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said they have not.
"Religious right and evangelical, social conservatives are having a pronounced impact on the shaping of the p... Read More
Store manager's heart: Customer service
MACON, Ga. (BP)--Serving at the LifeWay Christian Store in Macon, Ga., is a family tradition for Daren DuBose, who has been named as the chain's 2007 manager of the year.
DuBose began working at the Macon location 17 years ago as a high school student. His sister, then a LifeWay store employee, recommended him for the job.
DuBose's mother Helen was a long-term LifeWay store employee. While Daren was managing a store in North Carolina, Helen served as store manager for the Macon locatio... Read More