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INDEPENDENCE DAY: 'We face another challenging hour'Doug Carver recounts Southern Baptists' longstanding wartime ministry to members of the armed forces. And now, he points to another critical hour to remain "faithful stewards of the freedom we've been granted by the men and women who have, through their brave and sacrificial service, kept America the land of the free and the brave." Read More
Do Baptists spring from Anabaptist seed?JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) -- At one Anabaptist museum in Austria, visitors can see the chains with which Anabaptist women were shackled to their homes. Without their husbands' consent, these women had accepted the Anabaptist message and were baptized. Yet, in these instances, the women were allowed to live, since their husbands needed them to raise their children and tend to their homes. But they would do so in chains. Read More
An appeal to rightly apply 2 Chronicles 7:14
Is it a misapplication of Scripture for pastors to use 2 Chronicles 7:14 to call American Christians to repent? No, writes Steve Gaines. Read More
Homeless ministry stirred by coffee shop encounter
MOBILE, Ala. (BP) -- The barista stands smiling behind the counter while preparing drinks. Meanwhile, an unkempt, older man walks in: dirty blue jeans, a shirt several sizes too large, his face unshaven and burned from the sun.
"Hey there, Chelsey!" he calls to the barista.
"Hey, Mr. Jimmy!" she returns, coming from behind the counter and to reach out for a hug -- still smiling. Read More
Worship & missions: An interview with Keith GettyNASHVILLE (BP) -- Many Southern Baptists may know the Gettys for "In Christ Alone," a beautiful hymn Keith Getty and Stuart Townend penned in 2000 and the church has been singing ever since.
Keith and Kristyn Getty, along with others, have written many more, some of which tie directly to the missionary activity of the church. During the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Phoenix in June, the International Mission Board's Rodney Calfee sat down with Keith to discuss worship and missions. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: 'Fake news' & advocacy journalism
Baptist editor Tim Yarbrough describes the difference between "fake news," advocacy journalism and activist journalism. Christian publications, he notes, "unabashedly report the news based on our Christian worldview" in "advocating for the cause of Jesus Christ." Read More