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Church revitalization challenges draw state leadersKANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- State convention leaders from across the country gathered to discuss and strategize for revitalizing plateaued and declining Southern Baptist churches.
This marked the fourth year for the state revitalization network meeting, which was held March 20-21 at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo. Read More
Ala. governor's resignation yields call to prayerMONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- After Alabama's governor pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and resigned amid allegations of illegal conduct to cover up an extramarital affair, the state's Southern Baptists expressed disappointment and pledged prayer.
"More than anything, we need to pray for Gov. [Robert] Bentley," Alabama Baptist Convention President John Thweatt told Baptist Press. "Pray for his family. Pray for our new governor [Kay Ivey], lifting her up and asking God to give her direction and give her wisdom." Read More
Restrictions, hostilities increase for people of faithWASHINGTON (BP) -- The world's religious adherents experienced greater government restraints and social animosities after two years of declines, according to a newly released study.
The Pew Research Center reported Tuesday (April 11) the percentage of countries with "high" or "very high" levels of anti-religious policies or acts increased in 2015. The share of countries with such levels of government restrictions -- including laws, policies and actions -- edged up from 24 percent in 2014 to 25 percent in 2015. The percentage of countries with such degrees of religious hostility -- performed by individuals, organizations or societal groups -- jumped from 23 to 27 percent. Read More
Gateway Seminary dedicates Bay Area campusFREMONT, Calif. (BP) -- Gateway Seminary dedicated a new campus in the San Francisco Bay Area April 8, fulfilling a promise that the institution would not abandon its presence there.
But the story behind the new facility in Fremont, Calif., has two parts: one from the perspective of the Southern Baptist seminary -- formerly known as Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary -- and the other on the side of a church that was declining but wanted to continue its commitment to missions. Read More
Murder charges dropped against former pastor
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- The prosecution of former Southern Baptist associate pastor Richard Shahan should be dropped for lack of sufficient evidence to prove whether he stabbed to death his wife in 2013, Alabama Attorney General Steven Marshall announced Monday (April 10).
Marshall filed a motion in Jefferson County Circuit Court to "nolle prosequi without prejudice" -- drop the prosecution without prejudice -- of 55-year-old Shahan, thereby preserving the right to prosecute if and when additional evidence becomes available. Read More
FROM THE STATES: La., Tenn. and Mo. evangelism/missions news; 'We are trying to get outside the walls and be the church'
Today's From the States features items from: The Baptist Message (Louisiana); Baptist and Reflector (Tennessee); The Pathway (Missouri) Read More