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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

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  • Grace Baptist, revived, walks through open doors

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, October 02, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    EVANSVILLE, Ind. (BP) -- Grace Baptist Church hosts a deaf congregation and a special needs ministry on its block-size campus each Sunday.

    A nursing home ministry, an elementary school partnership, a food pantry and clothing bank and community recreation are among an array of initiatives for the church with about 250 in Sunday morning worship in Evansville, Ind.

    Beyond Evansville, Grace Baptist also gives 11 percent of its undesignated offerings through the Cooperative Program for Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministry, part of a total missions outlay of more than 35 percent of undesignated and missions-specific giving. Read More

  • NOBTS President Chuck Kelley announces retirement

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Tuesday, October 02, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Charles S. "Chuck" Kelley Jr., announced his plan to retire at the end of the current academic year during Founders' Day chapel Oct. 2.

    Kelley will continue to lead the seminary through July 31, 2019.

    "This is the biggest decision of my life in a lot of ways," Kelley said in an interview. "I have been a part of almost half of the 100-year existence of NOBTS, it is very much the fabric of my whole life, and it has been a joyful, wondrous journey.

    "This is a happy decision for us," Kelley noted. "We have served the seminary in a variety of ways and are thrilled to do so now in a completely different way." Read More

  • National CP ends fiscal year 2.63% over goal

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, October 02, 2018 (4 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention ended its fiscal year $5,044,828.14 over its 2017–2018 budgeted goal and $101,902.94 under the previous year's Cooperative Program Allocation Budget gifts, according D. August Boto, SBC Executive Committee interim president and executive vice president for convention policy.

    The total includes CP receipts from state conventions and gifts from churches and individuals for distribution according to the 2017-18 SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget. Read More

  • U.S. students urged to take Bibles to school Oct. 4

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, October 02, 2018 (4 months ago)

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- The freedom to distribute Bibles in schools and discuss Scripture openly with fellow students is being celebrated nationwide Oct. 4 at the fifth annual Bring Your Bible to School Day.

    The Focus on the Family (FOTF) event founded in 2014 is on track for its largest participation to date, founder Candi Cushman told Baptist Press today (Oct. 2).

    "We'll definitely exceed half a million participants, but it's hard to measure and predict exact numbers because lots of kids wait until the last moment to sign up and join the movement," said Cushman, FOTF director of education issues. "In addition to public school students in every state in the nation, we also have involvement from many kids in private schools and homeschooling communities who choose to do special events or distribute Bibles in their communities as a way of showing support. We welcome all of them." Read More

  • N.Y. Baptists launch 50th year, increase CP

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, October 02, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (BP) -- Messengers to the Baptist Convention of New York increased giving to Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries for the fourth year in a row and heard a report on the sale of the convention's office building in East Syracuse, N.Y.

    The BCNY also kicked off its 50th year of ministry and approved creation of a team to cast vision for the future. A total of 82 messengers from 56 churches attended the Sept. 23-25 sessions at Trinity Baptist Church in Niskayuna, just northwest of Albany. Read More

  • High Court upholds Tenn. pro-life constitution change

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, October 02, 2018 (4 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge to Tennessee's Amendment 1 Monday (Oct. 1) by refusing to review a decision upholding the pro-life measure.

    On the first day of its new term, the high court announced it would not review a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion that sided with the state in a lawsuit against the amendment, which removed a right to abortion and a requirement for abortion funding from the Tennessee constitution. Opponents challenged the 2014 initiative approved by Tennessee voters on the basis of the way election officials counted ballots, not on the basis of a right to abortion.

    Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said the justices "made the right decision." Read More

  • COOPERATIVE PROGRAM: The pulpit, the lectern & CP

    by Todd R. Chipman, posted Tuesday, October 02, 2018 (4 months ago)

    The Cooperative Program is "not just about money" to support missions and ministry, Todd Chipman writes. "It is rather the financial expression of a spirit of partnership that is to characterize all believers." Read More