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Grateful friends mark Henry Blackaby's 80thJONESBORO, Ga. (BP) -- How do you celebrate the life and ministry of an "ordinary" man used by God to launch church planting movements around the world, disciple Christian denominations, counsel internationally-renowned ministry leaders, mentor CEOs of billion-dollar companies, and reform the culture of one of America's most violent prisons?
You do what that same ordinary man has done daily throughout his ministry -- draw near to God through prayer and Bible study. Read More
Chip Luter embraces opportunity in TampaLAURENS, S.C. (BP) -- Fred "Chip" Luter III has accepted a call as a campus pastor in Tampa, moving from New Orleans where he has served as youth minister under his father, former SBC President Fred Luter.
Chip Luter will become pastor of the Sulphur Springs campus of Idlewild Baptist Church beginning May 1. Read More
Obama urged to name envoy for religious minoritiesWASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore has joined a diverse coalition in urging President Obama to act quickly to name a special envoy to help protect religious adherents in the Middle East and south-central Asia.
Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, signed on to a letter sent Monday (April 20) by the International Religious Freedom Roundtable calling for the appointment of the envoy eight months after the position was created by a new law. Obama signed the Near East and South Central Asia Religious Freedom Act Aug. 8 but has yet to fill the post. Read More
Egypt's president pressured toward reformWASHINGTON (BP) -- Egypt's president, who challenged senior Muslim clerics to reform their teachings rather than fuel extremist ideologies, now is being challenged by observers who say he lacks a formal plan for moving toward a moderated Islam. Read More
TRUSTEES: NOBTS enhances mentoring opportunities
NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary trustees approved a streamlined mentoring initiative and revised the mentoring track of the master of divinity (M.Div.) program during their spring meeting April 15. The board also approved new master of arts degrees in discipleship and pastoral ministry. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: You = woman of influence
Women in the Bible have one thing in common: They used their influence -- for better or worse, Katie McCoy writes. They "weren't necessarily in some great position of power or financially wealthy," she notes. "Whoever you are, wherever you are, you are a woman of influence. And the question for you and me is, how will we use it?" Read More
FROM THE STATES: N.M., O.K., N.C. evangelism/missions news; 'The Creator of the universe has His eye on them'
Today's From the States features items from: Baptist New Mexican, The Baptist Messenger (Oklahoma), Biblical Recorder (North Carolina) Read More