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Pastor takes community involvement to another levelLEFORS, Texas (BP) -- Since coming to First Baptist Church of Lefors in March 2014, pastor Ken Houston has done many things for the first time: shot a buck, responded to EMT calls, fought grass fires, and was elected mayor. "Preacher," as locals call him in the Texas panhandle town of 500, is making a difference.
Outside Lefors, oil rigs and windmill farms dot the dry, grassy countryside west toward Pampa. First Baptist is the largest church in town, growing from 30 in attendance when Houston arrived to around 60-70 each Sunday. Read More
TGC celebrates Reformation's 500th anniversaryINDIANAPOLIS (BP) -- Some 8,500 people -- including a significant contingent of Southern Baptists -- celebrated the Protestant Reformation's 500th anniversary at The Gospel Coalition's National Conference April 3-5 in Indianapolis.
Five centuries after Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, the meeting featured sermons on each chapter of the biblical book Galatians as well as historical addresses on key Reformation figures. More than a dozen conference workshops also explored Reformation themes, including the movement's missionary legacy and why Reformation leaders weren't more united. Read More
'MLK50' conf. set on anniversary of King's deathNASHVILLE (BP) -- A racial unity conference on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has been announced by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and The Gospel Coalition.
The event -- "MLK50: Gospel Reflections From the Mountaintop" -- will be held April 4, 2018, in Memphis, half a century to the date of King's slaying in the city. Announced Tuesday night (April 4) at TGC's National Conference, the event will focus on the status and pursuit of racial unity in the American church and culture. Read More
Civil Rights Act bans LGBT bias, circuit court says
CHICAGO (BP) -- The same law that guards against workplace discrimination based on religion, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, was interpreted April 4 by a U.S. appeals court to protect against bias based on sexual orientation. Read More
Mo. attorney general targets human traffickingST. LOUIS (BP) -- Missouri's attorney general has drawn support from Southern Baptists for issuing regulations enforcing consumer protection laws to target human traffickers.
In April 3 comments made at an undisclosed human trafficking rescue site in the St. Louis area, Joshua Hawley likened human trafficking to modern day slavery, noting that each year, thousands of young women and girls are forced into commercial sexual exploitation -- forced to provide sex for money. Read More
2 scholars – evangelical & Jewish -- discuss JesusNEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Evangelical scholar Ben Witherington III and Jewish scholar Amy-Jill Levine found many points of agreement regarding the "historical" Jesus during a dialogue at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. But on the issue of Jesus as Messiah, their views diverged.
Witherington, noted New Testament scholar and Asbury Theological Seminary professor, and Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt Divinity School New Testament professor and a member of an Orthodox synagogue, spoke at the seminary's Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum March 25 on the topic of "Christians, Jews and Jesus." Read More
Bible Study: April 9, 2017
This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. Read More
COOPERATIVE PROGRAM: Celebrating & strengthening our cooperative work
Southern Baptists must not take the Cooperative Program for granted, seminary president Jason Allen writes. "We neglect it, or minimize it, to our own peril" in seeking to impact the world for Christ, he writes. Read More