Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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  • Church grows from a street corner among the homeless

    by Emily Howsden/Oklahoma Baptist Messenger, posted Tuesday, August 22, 2017 (10 months ago)

    TULSA, Okla. (BP) -- A church that started with no home now offers a home and hope to people of all backgrounds, economic statuses and life situations.

    Hope Church in Tulsa, Okla., is just off of 49th Street in Tulsa not far from downtown, where Hope's pastor, Earl Krumsiek, first started worshiping with the city's homeless.

    "We always say here at Hope, we love people where they are, we don't leave them where they are," Krumsiek said. Read More

  • Gaines, McKissic, others talk race and SBC

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, August 22, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    ARLINGTON, Texas (BP) -- Evangelicals challenge political leaders who support same-sex marriage and abortion, and they should also stand strongly against vitriolic rhetoric, violence and hatred, pastor Dwight McKissic said in a panel discussion on racial tension he hosted Aug. 20 in Arlington, Texas.

    Among guests on the panel was Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines, who renounced racial and political hatred, saying it has no place in a Christian's life. Read More

  • Floyd named National Day of Prayer president

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, August 22, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- Immediate past Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd has been appointed president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, the organization announced today (Aug. 22).

    Floyd, who will continue to serve as pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, wrote in a blog post announcing his latest ministry assignment, "In this desperate and urgent hour when turmoil and division is evident in America and security threats are being made against America, it is imperative that we do all we can right now to mobilize unified public prayer for America. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Scary awesome

    by Waylon Bailey, posted Tuesday, August 22, 2017 (10 months ago)

    The "scary awesome" description voiced by Waylon Bailey's wife Martha of the Beartooth Highway's mountain scenery near Yellowstone National Park stirs Bailey to see a similarity to the Christian life. Read More

  • NOBTS 'Million Dollar Monday' to fund scholarships

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Tuesday, August 22, 2017 (10 months ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- When New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Chuck Kelley began his day Aug. 7 he had little idea of the blessings to come: Two gifts totaling $1 million dollars for student scholarships were received that day.

    "This has been one of the greatest Mondays in the history of the institution and quite an exciting way to begin a new academic year," Kelley said. "It was a 'Million Dollar Monday.'"

    NOBTS will immediately distribute more than $200,000 of the money this school ... Read More

  • Lay missions pioneer Doyle Pennington dies at 75

    by Joe Westbury, posted Tuesday, August 22, 2017 (10 months ago)

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (BP) -- Doyle Pennington, a pioneer in mobilizing Southern Baptist laypersons for missions and ministry, died Aug. 13 in Stockbridge, Ga., following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 75.

    Pennington, along with his wife Celeste, was a longtime veteran of Southern Baptists' lay renewal movement, which sought to bolster church life, marketplace witness and missions during much of the 1970s and '80s. He was also the Southern Baptist Convention's first lay volunteer with Mission Service Corps (MSC), founded in 1977 at the urging of President Jimmy Carter, a Southern Baptist, to coordinate ... Read More