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WWII-era couple's sacrifice yields new Hispanic churchFRANKLIN, 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 identityMEXICO (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
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
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
Charlie Gard's parents end battle to save his life
The parents of Charlie Gard have put an end to their legal fight to gain treatment for their 11-month-old son in a heartrending case that gained international attention. Read More
Ole Miss coach resigns amid scandal, requests prayerOXFORD, 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