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Platt to new missionaries: Trust Gospel to prevailRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- When Rachel Emerson* arrived at a university in Europe as a Journeyman, the task of sharing the Gospel among so many who'd never heard of Jesus overwhelmed the Georgia native.
"I thought, 'God, I am just one girl. What can one girl do?'" she recalled during her appointment as an International Mission Board missionary on Tuesday (May 10). "I watched as God moved in the hearts of students, teachers, administrators and families. I learned that it did not matter what one girl can do, it mattered what our God can do." Read More
Ezell, Rainer appoint disciple-making task forceALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, and Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, have appointed a task force on disciple-making.
Consisting of Southern Baptist pastors, the task force will recommend steps that churches can take to improve their disciple-making process and spark a disciple-making movement throughout the Southern Baptist Convention.
Robby Gallaty, senior pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., will serve as the task force chairman. Read More
TRUSTEES: IMB honors past, looks to futureRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- The International Mission Board is ready to move forward into a future of partnership with churches that empowers limitless missionary teams who are making disciples and multiplying churches among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God, International Mission Board President David Platt told the agency's trustees May 11.
In addition to hearing this vision for the future, IMB trustees also approved the appointment of 29 new missionaries; recognized the longtime service of two faithful missions servants as they retire; and elected new officers during their May 9-11 meeting near Richmond, Va. Read More
Target CEO's civil rights comparison rebuffedMINNEAPOLIS (BP) -- As the number of people pledging to boycott Target over the retailer's transgender restroom use policy surpassed 1.2 million, African American leaders with Southern Baptist ties rebuffed Target CEO Brian Cornell's suggestion that the push for transgender rights is parallel to the American civil rights movement. Read More
'Class of 2015' church plants impacting communitiesALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Anyone who remembers the violence on the streets of Baltimore in April of 2015 will be familiar with pastor Wayne Lee's mission field. The world watched as students of Frederick Douglass High School threw rocks and bottles during protests the day of Freddie Gray's funeral.
Today, Christian Liberty Church meets in the school's auditorium each week. The church office is in a nearby mall that was looted during the riots. Through the church's ministry, 262 people have come to faith in Jesus. Launched in May 2014, Christian Liberty identified with the Southern Baptist Convention and became a North American Mission Board (NAMB)-funded church plant in 2015. Read More
Atheists' anti-Ark slogan refused by advertiserWILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (BP) -- A leading outdoor advertising company has refused to construct billboards a group of atheists had planned against the Answers in Genesis Ark Encounter museum and park nearing completion in Williamstown, Ky.
Lamar Advertising Company refused the project after learning Tri-State Freethinkers planned to call the biblical story of Noah's Ark genocide and incest, Hal Kilshaw, Lamar vice president of governmental relations, told Baptist Press today (May 12). Read More
DIANA DAVIS: Go Ye -- to a yard salePENSACOLA, Fla. (BP) -- Nice weather has arrived, and it seems there's a garage sale on every corner. If you're a garage sale fanatic and you're a Christian, here are some tips to turn a garage sale-ing hobby into an effective witness opportunity.
-- Go to the bank and get lots of $1 bills. Any purchase provides interaction with the seller.
-- Keep church brochures or business cards in your car or handbag.
-- Before you leave to go garage sale shopping, ask God to guide your conversations and actions. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Both/and: Campus ministry & a local church
Russell Moore's advice to college-bound high school grads: You need the church, not just a campus ministry. "Your attitude toward the church reveals your attitude toward Jesus," Moore, president of the SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, writes. Read More
Bible Study: May 15, 2016
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