Baptist Press Archive

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

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  • SWBTS trustees, SBC entity presidents address abuse

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 02, 2018 (9 months ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Amid ongoing discussion of statements by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson on domestic violence, Patterson and the executive committee of the seminary trustees have issued a statement affirming "the importance of protecting victims of abuse."

    Meanwhile, at least five Southern Baptist Convention entity presidents have made statements on domestic violence since April 29. Three referenced Patterson by name but did not offer an opinion specifically on his comments. The others commented on domestic violence generally without naming Patterson. Read More

  • 'That His glory may be known' is Va. church's goal

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Wednesday, May 02, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    HAMILTON, Va. (BP) -- "When I came here we had a lot of money in the bank, and we needed to fix that," said Steven Carne, pastor of Hamilton Baptist Church for five years.

    He challenged the congregation regarding financial stewardship.

    "God entrusts us with His resources; not to save them for a rainy day, nor to bury them in the ground, but to utilize them to make disciples," Carne told Hamilton Baptist. "I don't want Jesus to return and say to us, 'What have you done with what I have entrusted to you?' Read More

  • Nat'l CP 4.45 percent ahead of projection

    by BP Staff, posted Wednesday, May 02, 2018 (9 months ago)

    Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 4.45 percent above the year-to-date budgeted projection, and are 1.85 percent above contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from D. August Boto, SBC Executive Committee interim president and executive vice president for convention policy. Read More

  • EC search committee now accepting nominations

    by BP Staff, posted Wednesday, May 02, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Nominations are being accepted for president of the SBC Executive Committee, search committee chairman Steve Swofford announced May 2.

    Swofford, pastor of First Baptist Church in Rockwall, Texas, said in a statement to Baptist Press:

    "On behalf of the Executive Committee presidential search committee, I want to announce that we are accepting nominations for the next SBC Executive Committee president by email at Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The National Day of Prayer

    by Ronnie Floyd, posted Wednesday, May 02, 2018 (9 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Tomorrow an incredible movement will unfold in our country. Millions of Americans across all 50 states will gather in churches, local businesses, the steps of city halls, in schools, neighborhoods and public gathering places for a day of public prayer for the United States of America.

    In one voice, they will lift a single prayer request to God: unity in America.

    This Thursday, May 3, is the National Day of Prayer. It will be the 30th annual observance since President Ronald Reagan signed the amended law designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer, and the 67th observance since the day was first created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Read More

  • Conley Smith, key Gateway supporter in Denver, dies

    by Kathie Chute, posted Wednesday, May 02, 2018 (9 months ago)

    DENVER (BP) -- Conley Smith, a Denver oil executive who was instrumental in founding the Rocky Mountain Campus of Gateway Seminary, died unexpectedly April 21 at age 83.

    "When we get to heaven, we will be surprised who the really important people really were," Jeff Iorg, president of the Southern Baptist seminary, wrote at Gateway's website April 23. "Conley Smith will make that list."

    Iorg credited Smith as "the reason Gateway Seminary has the Rocky Mountain Campus," one of Gateway's five regional campuses. Established in 1996, the Rocky Mountain Campus enrolls students from Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah, Montana and other western states. Read More

  • Boy Scouts change called 'co-ed political correctness'

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, May 02, 2018 (9 months ago)

    IRVING, Texas (BP) -- Boy Scouts of America is striking gender from its Scouting program titles in 2019, ushering in the change with a "Scout Me In" campaign for Cub Scouts.

    "Starting this summer, all kids are invited to say, 'Scout Me In,' as they join the fun, adventure and character-building opportunities found in Cub Scouts," Boy Scouts of America (BSA) said in announcing the change today (May 2.) "Starting in February 2019, the name of the older youth program will be 'Scouts BSA,' and the name of our iconic organization will continue to be Boy Scouts of America." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Sitting on the runway....

    by Gayla Parker, posted Wednesday, May 02, 2018 (9 months ago)

    Sitting in a jet with engine trouble on a Tokyo runway, Gayla Parker began to ponder spiritual lessons she could learn, such as trusting in the Lord, being patient and witnessing to seat-mates. Then the jet's clogged fuel filter came to mind. Read More