Baptist Press Archive

Monday, July 16, 2018

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  • Zoning restriction stymies church's expanded ministry

    by Bob Smietana, posted Monday, July 16, 2018 (7 months ago)

    Photo via Ragamuffins Coffee House on Instagram
    LAUREL, Md. (BP) -- Members of Redemption Community Church can grab a cappuccino and a scone in the building the church bought three years ago. They can hang out with friends, listen to live music or sit in on a coffee brewing class.

    But they can't go to church.

    A zoning dispute has left the Laurel, Md., congregation in legal limbo in recent years. The church spent more than half a million dollars renovating a storefront into a coffeehouse that would double as a worship space. Read More

  • IMB data breach prompts 'comprehensive response'

    by BP & Biblical Recorder Staff, posted Monday, July 16, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- A data breach occurred at the International Mission Board that may have exposed personal information of current and former employees, volunteers and applicants.

    The Southern Baptist entity began a "comprehensive response" immediately upon discovering the cyber security incident and promptly notified law enforcement officials, according to a statement released to Baptist Press today (July 16), parallel to one released to North Carolina Baptists' newsjournal, the Biblical Recorder, on July 12. Read More

  • UPDATE: Former Baptist leader charged with sexual assault

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 16, 2018 (7 months ago)

    Tarrant County Sheriff's Office photo
    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Mark Aderholt, a former employee of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and International Mission Board missionary, has been charged in Texas with sexually assaulting a teenager 21 years ago.

    Aderholt, 46, was arrested July 3 in South Carolina and booked into the Tarrant County, Texas, jail July 9 on charges of sexual assault of a child under 17, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. He was released July 10 on bond. Read More

  • Dripping Springs primed to reach sprawling Austin

    by Erin Roach, posted Monday, July 16, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- First Baptist Church in Dripping Springs was about 20 miles from Austin when it was founded in 1875 in a community of about 200 people. But Austin's vast growth has reached Dripping Springs, and the church is positioned to reach the 35,000 living there now.

    Dripping Springs' population is projected to double in the next eight years, pastor Matthew Nance said. To address that growth, First Baptist is working to become a multigenerational congregation with emphases on ministry to Hispanic immigrants and on meeting practical needs in the community. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Lord, make me uncomfortable

    by Lee Clamp, posted Monday, July 16, 2018 (7 months ago)

    Lee Clamp wasn't in the mood to talk to Barry. But God made him uncomfortable for trying to avoid a conversation about faith. Turns out they had a good conversation. Read More