Baptist Press Archive

Monday, July 09, 2018

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  • Bapt. mission teams stuck but safe in Haiti

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, July 09, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    PORT-AU-PRINCE (BP) -- About 200 Southern Baptists on mission were trapped in Haiti after violent riots closed airports, sources told Baptist Press, but at least one team plans to return home today (July 9).

    "The Woodland Community Church (Bradenton, Fla.) and The Glade Church (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) team arrived safely at the airport in Port-au-Prince this morning! They are scheduled to return home to the U.S later today," the Bradenton church posted on its Facebook page this morning. "Thank you for praying for this incredible group during their extended stay in Neply" about 20 miles outside of Port-au-Prince. Read More

  • Filipino president's comments on God rebuked

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 09, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    DAVAO CITY, Philippines (BP) -- The Filipino president's offer to resign if anyone can prove the God of the Bible exists has drawn reactions from Christians across the globe.

    Dan Santiago, president of the Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America, said Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte lacks "solid biblical knowledge of the Judeo-Christian God." Meanwhile, Filipino Catholic leaders -- who have feuded publicly with Duterte -- called today (July 9) for "God's mercy and justice" on blasphemers, according to The Wall Street Journal. Read More

  • 5 biggest volunteer recruiting questions answered

    by Helen Gibson, posted Monday, July 09, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- For those who have been involved in ministry, chances are they've been there -- in need of an additional volunteer at the last minute and scrambling to find someone they trust to get the job done.

    Or perhaps a congregation has announced a need for volunteers from the pulpit and advertised it in the bulletin, yet the church still has a hard time filling vital positions.

    Encouraging people to step forward and serve can be frustrating, but it doesn't ... Read More

  • Seminary chairwoman: 'God opens the door'

    by Seth Brown/Biblical Recorder, posted Monday, July 09, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- Becky Gardner believed she would grow up to be a schoolteacher in Tennessee. But now, as superintendent of an award-winning Christian school in Peoria, Ill., and as a seminary trustee chair, she believes she is right where God wants her to be.

    "I have the philosophy that if God opens the door, I need to walk through," Gardner told the Biblical Recorder, newsjournal of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Read More

  • Living history: Church honors 99-year-old member

    by Mark Maynard/Kentucky Today , posted Monday, July 09, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    ASHLAND, Ky. (BP) -- Libby Dobyns has been a part of Unity Baptist Church since 1920 when her family came to Ashland on a horse and wagon.

    The 99-year-old was honored for her faithful service and devotion during Sunday's morning service on July 8. Jeremy Couture -- the ninth pastor she has sat under -- presented her with a glass-engraved plaque that extolled her years of service to the church.

    "This is such a nice honor," she said. "I don't know what to say." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Taking time to read the 'times'

    by Rudy Gonzalez, posted Monday, July 09, 2018 (7 months ago)

    "God has provided us with moral signs that must be read," Rudy Gonzalez writes, "if we are to understand our world, our politics and our cultures with greater sensitivity." Read More