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Study: Halloween is time for outreach, pastors sayNASHVILLE (BP) -- This Halloween, millions of Americans will carve pumpkins, dress up in costumes, decorate their yards, and gobble down a lot of candy. And America's preachers hope they'll also consider coming to church, a new study shows.
Two-thirds of Protestant pastors say they encourage church members to ask their neighbors to a church-related event like a fall fair or trunk-or-treat, according to a new phone survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors from LifeWay Research. Read More
One-day meeting expands Utah-Idaho attendance
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (BP) -- The Utah/Idaho Southern Baptist Convention conducted business, worshipped and heard messages over a day's time in what would have taken two days in previous years. Read More
Small college buoyed by husband-wife's witnessMUSKOGEE, Okla. (BP) -- Bacone College is a small college with a strong Native American heritage. The BC football team competes at the NAIA level yet doesn't get much recognition beyond Muskogee, Okla., where the campus was founded in 1880.
But Steve and Sharon Dixon and other members of First Baptist Church in nearby Fort Gibson have invested themselves in the lives of BC players as well as other students for the last six years. Read More
Boko Haram attacks after freeing 21 Chibok girls
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (BP) -- As many as 83 Nigerian soldiers are missing after Boko Haram attacked a military base in northeastern Nigeria and destroyed a village bordering Chibok just days after the negotiated release of 21 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, the Associated Press reported. Read More
Missions ideas flow from Diana Davis & Autumn WallPENSACOLA, Fla. (BP) -- Long before most people were aware of Diana Davis' "fresh ideas," her daughter witnessed her mom's imagination and creative spark.
"Her creativity is what has always made life in our family so much fun!" Autumn Wall said, recalling how her mother was always starting something new or turning an ordinary day into something adventuresome.
"For our family, she constantly used her creative ideas to help us understand that serving God is an adventure," Autumn said via email. Read More
FROM THE STATES: N.C., N.M., Miss. evangelism/missions news; 'Showing concern makes a big impact in our community'
Today's From the States features items from: Baptist State Convention of North Carolina; Baptist New Mexican; The Baptist Record (Mississippi) Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Refuge for refugees
As refugees continue to arrive in America -- and in your community -- there are plenty of ways to overcome uncertainty and "show God's love and share His plan of salvation," Diana Davis writes. "When we see immigrants as individuals who are dearly loved by God, it's easy to truly care," she writes. Read More