Baptist Press Archive

Friday, June 29, 2018

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  • Missionaries you should know: George Liele

    by Lesley Hildreth, posted Friday, June 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

    RICHMOND (BP) -- One of the most significant figures in the history of Christian missions is a freed Georgia slave named George Liele. Even though William Carey may be called the father of the modern missionary movement, George Liele left America and planted the Gospel in Jamaica a full 10 years before Carey left England.

    Conversion and early ministry

    George Liele came to Christ in 1773, at the age of 23, and was baptized by his white pastor, Matthew Moore. Some time after Liele's conversion, his owner, Henry Sharp, who was a Baptist deacon, gave Liele his freedom so he could pursue God's call. Liele preached for two years in the slave quarters of plantations surrounding Savannah and into South Carolina after his conversion. Read More

  • 'Shock' at Md. churches after Capital Gazette killings

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, June 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Screen capture from NBC
    ANNAPOLIS (Md.) -- Area Southern Baptists are in shock, mourning and offering aid after a mass shooter killed five Annapolis, Md., newspaper employees in the town where friendships easily overlap, pastors told Baptist Press.

    "Annapolis is a small town of about 50,000 people, and everybody is very well connected to just about all five of the victims," said Donnie Reynolds, senior pastor of Centerpoint Church, a third mile from the Capital Gazette newspaper where the victims were killed while working. "You know these people. Everyone has had interaction with them ... so it's a very personal tragedy.... Everybody is in shock." Read More

  • SBC LIFE launches 'web-first' design

    by SBC LIFE Staff, posted Friday, June 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- SBC LIFE has transitioned to a "web-first publication," the journal of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee reported in its summer 2018 edition.

    SBC LIFE -- online at -- had been a print-first publication throughout its 26-year history, succeeding the Executive Committee's former Baptist Program magazine.

    SBC LIFE's purpose of "Encouraging Cooperation ... for a Great Commission Advance!" remains unchanged. The journal publishes stories about churches working in cooperation with other churches, associations, state conventions, numerous ethnic minority fellowships that cooperate with the SBC, and Southern Baptist Convention entities. Read More

  • ERLC: Church's internal discourse needs protection

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, June 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- An effort by Texas abortion providers to obtain a church's internal communications would violate the First Amendment and a federal law protecting religious freedom if successful, according to the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

    The ERLC filed a friend-of-the-court brief June 25 urging the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to overturn a federal judge's order requiring the Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops of Texas to turn over their private deliberations on what they describe as doctrinal and moral issues. While the current case involves the Catholic Church, a failure to vacate the order also would threaten the religious liberty of Southern Baptist and other congregationally governed churches, the brief says. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Humility & hope for the SBC

    by J.D. Greear, posted Friday, June 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

    "The grace of God is overwhelming and overflowing," J.D. Greear, the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention, writes, "but we must never take it for granted." Read More

  • EDITORIAL: No patees la lata

    by Luis R. Lopez, posted Friday, June 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Escribo estas líneas en medio de la triste separación de los padres de sus hijos y la decisión presidencial de detener esta práctica. ... Read More