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Monday, October 15, 2018

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  • Hurricane Michael: Baptists putting pieces together

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Monday, October 15, 2018 (4 months ago)

    NAMB photo by Sara Brockmann.
    PANAMA CITY, Fla.(BP) -- Freight trains overturned on the railroad tracks in Panama City, Fla. Power lines downed for miles around the Southeast. Hundreds of thousands of trees decapitated by the buzz saw named Hurricane Michael.

    Despite the carnage, many churches in Panama City and beyond held Sunday (Oct. 14) morning services just four days after Michael made landfall. Mike Claunch, pastor of St. Andrew Baptist Church, reminded his congregation, "Michael came as a surprise to us, but it wasn't a surprise to God." Read More

  • SWBTS: Bingham 'speechless' at call to lead, serve

    by David Roach, posted Monday, October 15, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Kathleen Murray.
    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- For Jeffrey Bingham, God's call to the interim presidency of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary was literally a phone call.

    As a May 22-23 meeting of Southwestern's trustees stretched into the early-morning hours, Bingham, dean of the seminary's School of Theology, couldn't sleep in his hotel room at a conference in Chicago. He followed reports of the meeting, wondering what the board would decide about the fate of then-president Paige Patterson. Read More

  • 'Pour out Your Holy Spirit on … Trump,' Brunson prays

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, October 15, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Screen capture from Global News
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Just a day after his release from incarceration in Turkey, freed American pastor Andrew Brunson prayed for President Donald Trump in an Oct. 13 meeting in the White House Oval Office.

    "Lord God, I ask that you pour out your Holy Spirit on President Trump, that You give him supernatural wisdom to accomplish all the plans you have for this country and for him," Brunson prayed, according to a video CBS news tweeted. Brunson's family, Congressional members and media attended the 2:30 p.m. meeting. Read More

  • Pipeline event: Recruiting about people, not tasks

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Monday, October 15, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Harrison Hughes
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- "Legacy is not what you do; it's who you develop." Todd Adkins, director of leadership development at LifeWay Christian Resources, used this phrase to summarize the 2018 Pipeline conference that drew around 600 ministry leaders to Nashville Oct. 10-12 to learn about leader recruitment and formation.

    "A recruiting culture uses a leadership pipeline to develop a person, not delegate a task," Adkins said, warning leaders that recruitment efforts are often driven more by perceived needs than spiritual gifts. Read More

  • Repentance vital in Christian homes, ERLC speakers say

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, October 15, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Karen McCutcheon
    GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) -- Repentance should mark Christian parenting, participants were told Oct. 12 at the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's 2018 national conference.

    Bible teacher Jen Wilkin and Philadelphia, Pa., pastor Eric Mason both pointed to repentance from sin as vital for a Christian home during "The Cross-shaped Family" at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. The three-day event attended by about 950 people concluded Oct. 13. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: I could hear their heart

    by Laura Hurd, posted Monday, October 15, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Laura Hurd was heartened by the openness of a church's volunteers to involve her autistic son in their community basketball program. Read More