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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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  • Survey spotlights American views on sin

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- According to a study released today (Aug. 15), two-thirds of Americans (67 percent) say they are sinners. And most people apparently aren't too happy about it -- only 5 percent say they have no desire to mend their ways.

    As America becomes more secular, the idea of sin still rings true, said Scott McConnell, executive director of Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

    "Almost nobody wants to be a sinner," he said. Read More

  • At Annapolis, he pastors military & civilian staff

    by Tyler Sanders, posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017 (2 months ago)

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (BP) -- Bart Physioc, the new civilian pastor of the U.S. Naval Academy chapel, is filling the gap for busy Navy chaplains who need help ministering to an entire congregation.

    Physioc fills a unique position in a congregation that encompasses active duty and retired military, civilians and staff. Because Navy chaplains have responsibilities that limit their ability to pastor the whole church, Physioc helps cover visitations and ministers to and disciples the members. Physioc is a 1983 and 1988 alumnus of Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention. Read More

  • SBC staffers serve on World Changers mission team

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Sharon Robinson
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A group of Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee staff members participated in 2017 World Changers youth mission initiatives that combined Gospel conversations with service projects at 712 sites nationwide.

    Four members of the Executive Committee (EC) staff participated in the Nashville outreach July 17–21, leading a team of youth from 12 churches in projects across the city. The volunteers were among 8,000 who served in 50 cities in June and July that led to nearly 5,000 Gospel presentations and 281 decisions for Christ, according to LifeWay Christian Resources, which has partnered with World Changers ministry since 2011. Read More

  • Special ops good prep for bivocational pastor

    by Roger Alford, Kentucky Today, posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017 (2 months ago)

    NEBO, Ky. (BP) -- Retired Army Maj. Tim Morgan spent 24 years as a soldier serving his country. Now he's focused on serving others as a bivocational pastor.

    Morgan, pastor of Silent Run Baptist Church in western Kentucky, now seeks to bring the same courage and tenacity to his ministry that he was decorated for as a special operations helicopter pilot delivering Delta Force soldiers and Navy Seals into hot spots around the world. Read More

  • Transgender debate focus of new book

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The transgender debate isn't really about a debate but about people, a Southern Baptist ethicist says in his new book on the controversial issue.

    The debate is about "precious people made in the image of God who are hurting, who are confused, who are angry, who are scared, who may have been told by their family that they are unwelcome," Andrew Walker writes in "God and the Transgender Debate."

    "It's about some people who are delighted with how culture has shifted when it comes to gender identity, and other people who are concerned about how culture has shifted." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Ramesh & Jesus

    by Randy Adams, posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Randy Adams recounts a conversation with Ramesh, an Uber driver dissatisfied with life who was thinking about changing his religion from Hinduism to Christianity. Read More