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Former Atl. fire chief Cochran now a preacherRIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Kelvin Cochran was enjoying newfound popularity in 1981 as one of the first black firefighters in Shreveport, La., when women began following him to the fire station with their phone numbers in hand, charmed by his presence on the back of the fire engine.
The 21-year-old dated like "crazy" for four months, he said, until God woke him up one morning and changed his life. Read More
Ala. proposed budget continues toward SBC parity
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- Trustees of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions have unanimously voted to recommend a 2016 Cooperative Program budget of $40 million, with 53 percent funding state convention ministries and 47 percent going to Southern Baptist Convention ministries. Read More
Texas beyond-budget receipts recommended for SBC
GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) -- The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention's Executive Board has voted to recommend that 100 percent of beyond-budget 2016 Cooperative Program receipts be forwarded to Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries.
SBTC messengers will vote on the recommendation during the convention's Nov. 8-10 annual meeting at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston. Read More
S.C. church's stance on homosexuality challengedGREENVILLE, S.C. (BP) -- The South Carolina Baptist Convention has asked a Greenville church to either reverse its decision to open marriage ceremonies, church membership and ordination to homosexuals or withdraw from the state convention. Read More
Josh Duggar admits to marital infidelityNASHVILLE (BP) -- Josh Duggar admitted to marital infidelity today (Aug. 20) in a post on the family website after a massive Internet hack revealed he had subscribed to an online adultery service.
"I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have been unfaithful to my wife [Anna]," the statement read as of 2 p.m. Central Time. "I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him." Read More
Ky.'s Sunrise elects new president]MT. WASHINGTON, Ky. (BP) -- A Kentucky children's services agency has elected a new president with a vision of reaffirming the organization's Baptist identity following controversy surrounding the previous president.
"I am committed to continuing our vital partnership with Kentucky Baptists and the Kentucky Baptist Convention," said Dale Suttles, who was elected president of Sunrise Children's Services July 31. ... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: 'My Last Column'
Movie critic Phil Boatwright ponders an epitaph of being remembered for his faith, although not at any time soon. Read More
Bible Study: Aug. 23, 2015
This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. Read More