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CP connects pastor, church to 'True Grit Americans'OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Only Way Baptist Church has been rotating its "3 R's 4 Him" outreach emphasis for the last 18 months.
It's a concept developed by Tim Morlan, pastor since 2010 of the rural, historically Native American church that is more than an hour's drive outside the Oklahoma City area. Today, the pastor describes the congregation as "more cowboy than Indian." Read More
Legal marijuana sales open ministry door in Nev.RENO, Nev. (BP) -- The start of legal recreational marijuana sales in Nevada, Baptist leaders in the state say, has provided churches with another ministry opportunity.
"I don't want churches to get [self-righteous] about condemning those" who purchase marijuana legally, said Kevin White, executive director of the Nevada Baptist Convention and an opponent of marijuana legalization. Rather, churches should "minister to them and reach out to them so that their dependency is not on a drug ... What they're lacking is hope in Jesus Christ." Read More
'Chaplain of Bourbon Street' dies at 89NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Famed New Orleans evangelist Bob Harrington, known by many as "the Chaplain of Bourbon Street," passed away of kidney failure on July 4 in Stigler, Okla., where he had lived the last seven years with family. He was 89.
Harrington became a well-known evangelist during the 1960s and 1970s following his conversion to Christianity at age 30 in his hometown of Sweet Water, Ala. He was a popular guest on national television shows including Phil Donahue, Merv Griffin and The Tonight Show due to his one-liners and unconventional religious wit. ... Read More
Sudan called 'disaster for religious liberty'WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has urged the U.S. State Department not to ignore religious freedom and persecution issues before possibly lifting sanctions on the government of Sudan.
The ERLC joined six other organizations -- including Samaritan's Purse, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and the Enough Project -- in a June 29 letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling for his department's consideration of Sudan's treatment of religious minorities. The organizations sent the letter as the State Department nears a July 12 deadline for lifting sanctions on the East African country. Read More
Md. pastor confident he'll redeem 'Annie's Church'BALTIMORE (BP) -- Southern Baptist pastor Ryan Palmer is confident he'll save his historic Seventh Metro Church from a developer attempting to buy the property for pennies on the dollar through a city auction.
Seventh Metro has historical significance as the site of Southern Baptist missionary Annie Armstrong's baptism in 1869, the church includes in its written history. The late missionary is the namesake of the North American Mission Board's annual Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. Read More
Nat'l CP 5.96% above projectionNASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 5.96 percent above the year-to-date SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget projection, and are 2.05 percent above contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Frank S. Page. Read More