Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

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  • Vacation in the desert kindles call to Ariz.

    by Dave Arden/Arizona Portraits, posted Tuesday, May 09, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Natalie Montgomery
    SEDONA, Ariz. (BP) -- The two-hour drive to Sedona was an uncomfortable one for Josh Jennings, balking at his wife's vacation plans in the middle of the Arizona desert after the 2011 Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix.

    But when Josh and Shannon arrived in Sedona -- 2,000-plus miles removed from their South Carolina home -- something happened they did not expect. There, in the midst of the red rock pillars and majestic mountain cliffs, they were drawn to this unique culture. Read More

  • Americans' view of morality studied

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, May 09, 2017 (4 months ago)

    LifeWay graphic
    Most older Americans say right and wrong never change. Younger Americans -- not so much, according to a new study released today (May 9). Read More

  • SEBTS' Strickland to be 1st VP nominee

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, May 09, 2017 (4 months ago)

    PHOENIX (BP) -- Walter Strickland, a leader of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary's Kingdom Diversity Initiative, will be nominated for first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, former SBC President James Merritt announced May 9.

    Strickland, an African American, has been special adviser to the president for diversity at Southeastern since 2013. He also teaches theology at Southeastern and since 2015 has operated a consulting service to assist churches and other organizations with diversity-related issues. Read More

  • Franklin Graham Decision tour targets small-town Tenn.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, May 09, 2017 (4 months ago)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- It’s not often an evangelist with the following of Billy Graham’s son Franklin hosts Gospel events in communities as small as Jackson, Tenn., home to about 68,000 people.

    Fresh from the success of the 2016 Decision America Tour that drew a total of 230,000 people to prayer rallies in all 50 states, Franklin Graham is focusing on small and medium-sized towns in Tennessee in May as he continues his national call to prayer. Read More

  • Human trafficking foe enlists churches for the cause

    by S. Craig Sanders, posted Tuesday, May 09, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Emil Handke.
    Let My People Go, an anti-trafficking network founded by Raleigh Sadler, seeks to enlist local churches to help free and restore victims of modern-day slavery. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A pivot foot for the Gospel

    by Courtney L. Moore, posted Tuesday, May 09, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Courtney Moore applies the idea of a pivot foot in basketball to recent tensions among Southern Baptists -- staying rooted in one’s biblical convictions yet extending grace to fellow believers with differing perspectives. Read More