Baptist Press Archive

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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  • SBC messengers 'getting younger,' Dallas report shows

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, July 11, 2018 (11 days ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Nearly twice as many messengers attended the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting when compared to the previous year, fueled by a strong Southern Baptist presence in Texas, the SBC Executive Committee has announced.

    The latest registration report also showed increases in first-time attendees and those in the 18- to 39-year-old range.

    Messengers in Dallas totaled 9,632, SBC registration secretary Don ... Read More

  • After the funeral, families share a meal at church

    by Scott Barkley/The Christian Index, posted Wednesday, July 11, 2018 (11 days ago)

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    MACON, Ga. (BP) -- Bellevue Baptist, like other churches, experiences its share of funerals. And in those times, they have a longstanding ministry of hosting grieving family members while providing an opportunity to celebrate a loved one's life.

    "We open up the church and provide a meal for any church member who loses an immediate family member," said Jim Duggan, pastor of the church in Macon, Ga. "This gives them the chance to just be together in those times with family. They don't have to worry about hosting a large group at their house, getting the food together and cleaning up." Read More

  • ANALYSIS: The pro-choice language pro-lifers need to drop

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Wednesday, July 11, 2018 (11 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- "Have I really been sending mixed messages about when life begins?" Mary asked herself as she drove home from her coworker's baby shower.

    Mary looked at her two kids through the rearview mirror and remembered the "Repeal Roe v. Wade" bumper sticker she had displayed on the back of her minivan. Mary bit her lip and continued to mull over a comment a pro-life friend had made at the shower. Read More

  • Gateway grad fulfills calling

    by Sheila Allen/Northwest Baptist Witness, posted Wednesday, July 11, 2018 (11 days ago)

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    CHEHALIS, Wash. (BP) -- Shirley Cunningham hoped for a military career but a training exercise gone awry caused an injury that forced her to pursue other options in life. God used the discipline she learned in the Army and the diversity of her background to prepare her for ministry to hurting people.

    Now the director of SAFE Family Ministries in Chehalis, Wash., Cunningham completed a doctoral program through Gateway Seminary this spring to enhance her abilities to assist at-risk women and their children. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: No longer asking, 'Who cares?'

    by Nate Adams, posted Wednesday, July 11, 2018 (11 days ago)

    Nate Adams recounts the change in his attitude about the SBC annual meeting from "Who cares?" years ago to "Who decides?" the direction of the convention's entities in the cause of Christ, their doctrinal positions and leadership. Read More