Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

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  • Greg Davidson to be Pastors' Conf. VP nominee

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, June 07, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Greg Davidson, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Vacaville, Calif., will be nominated for vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference, according to an announcement from Alabama pastor Fred Wolfe.

    Wolfe, pastor of Luke 4:18 Fellowship in Mobile, Ala., stated in a June 7 email to Baptist Press, "Pastor Greg Davidson is one of the finest personal witnesses I have ever known. I have been his pastor since he was in the 10th grade. He is a godly man who has done a wonderful job in every church he has pastored. Greg's church in California has experienced 26 percent growth in the last two years and is sixth in Cooperative Program giving [among churches cooperating with the California Southern Baptist Convention]. I wholeheartedly recommend him to this position of leadership." Read More

  • ACP: More churches reported; baptisms decline

    by Carol Pipes, posted Tuesday, June 07, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptists may find cause for hope in the latest Annual Church Profile report. The Southern Baptist Convention added more churches in 2015, due mostly to church planting efforts. Churches also experienced an increase in total giving.

    However, according to the ACP report compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources in cooperation with state conventions, other key measures declined. Those included membership, average worship attendance, baptisms and missions giving.

    A bright spot in the ACP data was the increase in churches. The number of churches affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention grew by 294 to 46,793, a 0.63 percent increase over 2014. This is the 17th year in a row the number of SBC churches has grown. Read More

  • Who called sheriff on boy for sharing Bible?

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, June 07, 2016 (2 years ago)

    PALMDALE, Calif. (BP) -- A public school superintendent told Baptist Press he has been unable to discover why a deputy sheriff visited the home of a first-grade boy to warn him not to share Scripture with classmates at a school in the superintendent's district.

    Religious freedom advocates Liberty Counsel contacted Palmdale School District Supt. Raul Maldonado after a Los Angeles deputy sheriff visited the home of Christina and Jaime Zavala, whose child was cautioned this spring about sharing with classmates written Scripture notes his mother had put in his lunchbox. Read More

  • Lottie Moon offering reaches $165.8 million

    by Julie McGowan, posted Tuesday, June 07, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Southern Baptists provided resounding support through the 2015 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions.

    Finalized in early June, the 2015 Lottie Moon offering totaled $165.8 million -- the highest total in the 127-year history of the offering. The offering surpassed the previous all-time record of $154 million in 2013 by $11.8 million. The 2014 Lottie Moon offering totaled just over $153 million. Read More

  • SBC St. Louis prayer call to be broadcast globally

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, June 07, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Worldwide audiences will have opportunities to support the impassioned pleas of Southern Baptists for the next great awakening, revival and other concerns at the Southern Baptist Convention’s National Call to Prayer June 14 in St. Louis. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Life is a combo plate

    by Bob Bender, posted Tuesday, June 07, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Colorado pastor Bob Bender sees a parallel between a chicken enchilada and chile relleno combo plate and the Christian life. “The word balance comes to mind,” he writes. “God gave us a spiritual heart and a physical brain and He expects us to use both.” Read More