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'Raise Your Game' camp reaches youth for ChristTRACY, Calif. (BP) -- Lucy Hamilton and her son Purcell entered John C. Kimball High School looking for the photographer who was taking senior pictures.
They walked through the wrong door and into the gym, where a basketball camp organized by Kevin James, pastor of New Creation Bible Fellowship in Tracy, Calif., was taking place. Purcell wanted to stick around and participate. Read More
Gateway alum, 97, found a rejuvenating retirementONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- One of the unofficial mottos of Gateway Seminary -- "the mission matters most" -- is exemplified in the ministry of Wayne Eurich, who may be the oldest living graduate of the Southern Baptist seminary.
Eurich graduated in 1950 with a bachelor of theology degree as part of the second graduating class of then-Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. As a student, he pastored Baptist churches in Fairfield and Novato, Calif. Read More
Okla. DR chainsaw units deploy after Tulsa tornadoesTULSA, Okla. (BP) -- Driving to Tulsa, Okla., a day after three rare August tornadoes destroyed property and injured dozens there Sunday (Aug. 6), Southern Baptist disaster relief leader Sam Porter was on the phone with a member of First Baptist Church of Jenks, Okla., a Tulsa suburb.
"There's a large tree, a very extremely large tree down in their back yard, and she just said, 'We cannot afford to have the tree removed, and we're not able to do it ourselves,'" Porter, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief state director, told Baptist Press. "But a large tree ... can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $4,000 to be removed by a tree service." Read More
SBC 2018: Southern Baptist mission teams invited to TXDALLAS (BP) -- As Dallas hosts next year's annual meeting of Southern Baptists, the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention is extending an invitation for churches to bring mission teams as well as messengers.
Whether it is the week leading up to the June 12-13 meeting, extending their trip into the next week or finding another time frame later in the summer, mission volunteers will find plenty of opportunities from which to choose throughout the state, noted Barry Calhoun, SBTC director of missions mobilization. Read More
Targeted for marriage beliefs, judge appeals to high courtWASHINGTON (BP) -- A longtime municipal judge and circuit court magistrate is seeking relief from the U.S. Supreme Court after the state of Wyoming fired her for telling a reporter she believes marriage is between a man and a woman.
Pinedale, Wyo., Judge Ruth Neely petitioned the Supreme Court Aug. 4 to hear her case after the Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics forced her to stop solemnizing marriages, ending her career as a part-time magistrate. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Your newly arrived refugee neighbors
Terry Sharp of the International Mission Board sets forth practical ways Christ-followers and their churches can help refugees who arrive in the U.S. with little more than they can carry. Read More