Baptist Press Archive

Monday, July 24, 2017

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  • WWII-era couple's sacrifice yields new Hispanic church

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Tennessee Baptist and Reflector, posted Monday, July 24, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- Missions has been a way of life for Earl and Violet Newcomb since the mid-1950s in helping start six churches.

    Earl Newcomb served as song leader while operating a business in Franklin, Tenn., and Violet served as pianist and church treasurer.

    "Lord, open the door and we will go," they always said.

    In 1975 the couple helped begin their last church, Harpeth First Baptist in rural ... Read More

  • Navigating Mexico's pre-& post-Hispanic identity

    by Jennifer May, posted Monday, July 24, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    MEXICO (BP) -- For half an hour I had enjoyed hearing a jewelry maker describe how she creates unique pieces to sell. I prayed with her and for her, and she responded by giving me several hugs as we walked out of her store. I hoped our visit would help lay the foundation for sharing the Gospel with her.

    And then she left me speechless by explaining that her store is a temple to Tezcatlipoca, the ancient god of darkness. She bowed and told me that, on closing every day, she gives thanks to all her gods for their grace to her. Read More

  • Survey of young leaders shows CP in positive light

    by Roger S. Oldham, posted Monday, July 24, 2017 (9 months ago)

    Many younger pastors have a positive view both of the name "Cooperative Program" and the ministries funded through CP, according to the 2017 SBC EC Young Leaders Advisory Council Survey. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Beyond pizza parties & paintball nights

    by Anthony L. Jordan, posted Monday, July 24, 2017 (9 months ago)

    Emerging from a week as a youth camp pastor, Anthony Jordan issues a call to help Christian teens understand "how and why the Bible is so countercultural on moral issues of the day." Read More

  • Ole Miss coach resigns amid scandal, requests prayer

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 24, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    OXFORD, Miss. (BP) -- The forced resignation of Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze -- an outspoken follower of Jesus -- amid what the university described as "moral turpitude" has left believers disappointed and expressing hope for repentance.

    "I truly believe that [Freeze] is a good man," said Mississippi pastor Clarence Cooper, a friend of Freeze's for two decades. "And he has been overtaken with a fault. In his text to me was, 'I love you. Please pray for me. Please stand by me and pray for my family.'" Read More