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Embrace: 'fresh wind' for churches & UUPGs
CEDAR HILL, Texas (BP) -- Annie Falconer is an active 74-year-old who likes to stay busy. She is director of the Good News Clubs for children in her community. But after attending an Embrace conference, she knew there was more she could do."I may not be as active as I would like, due to health, but there are a lot of things I can sit and do," she said.
Falconer and seven other members of Highland Terrace Baptist Church in Greenville, Texas, attended the IMB-sponsored Embrace event, a starting point for churches willing to explore the challenge of taking the Gospel to the world's 3,800 unengaged, unreached people groups (UUPGs).
"I need to do more than just one thing, and I was especially interested in the way IMB is reaching out in Central Asia to people from all of these countries who are our neighbors here in Texas, too," Falconer said. "... I still have a great desire to be involved in missions -- not only across the street but around the world."
"The fact that you're here this morning tells us something radical could and, perhaps, is happening," IMB President Tom Elliff told the 320 Southern Baptists in attendance, representing 130 churches from 19 states, at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Cedar Hill, Texas.
"It seems God has just breathed a fresh wind of his Spirit and is blessing what seems to be becoming a movement," Elliff said of the Embrace strategy by which churches "evangelize and disciple authentically through discipleship that produces reproducing churches."
"We want to be careful to give Him honor and glory, with an understanding that God is sovereign and we're His bond slaves," Elliff said. "We serve Him and serve one another as well so that other people can hear this wonderful announcement that Jesus saves."
Elliff and Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright, pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga., issued a challenge at the annual SBC meeting this past June for Southern Baptist churches to commit to "embrace" 3,800 UUPGs by next year's annual meeting in New Orleans. An upcoming meeting of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) will encourage Texas churches to embrace at least 1,000 of that number during a Nov. 15 missions focus in Irving.
Wright shared how Johnson Ferry had been transformed as mission endeavors became "the most spiritually impactful ministry" in the past 20 years. Read More
CP anchors church's readiness for EmbraceBOGALUSA, La. (BP) -- Since its start in 1957, Memorial Baptist Church in Bogalusa, La., has embraced the Cooperative Program. This year the church voted also to embrace an unengaged, unreached people group. Read More
October CP giving 17.27% below '10
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee in October were 17.27 percent below the same month last year ... Read More
Page: Let's match words with deeds
DONELSON, Tenn. (BP) -- The world is filled with hurting people who desperately need Christians to start matching their words with deeds, a Southern Baptist leader said during the Baptist Global Response "Be the Hands and Feet of Jesus" training conference at First Baptist Church in Donelson, Tenn. Read More
Mohler, Wallis debate social justice, Gospel"The Bible clearly presents the greatest suffering as the suffering of the unrepentant sinner for eternity."CHICAGO (BP) -- Evangelical leaders Jim Wallis and R. Albert Mohler Jr., in a debate over the church's role in social justice, agreed that Christians have a duty to care for the poor but disagreed whether that task is part of the Gospel itself.
-- R. Albert Mohler Jr.
Muslim Brotherhood looms in Egypt's vote
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The deadline for submitting candidacy applications in Egypt's upcoming parliamentary elections has now passed, and the shape of the coming competition is coming into focus.
On Oct. 21, the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, as a member of the Democratic Alliance coalition, announced the coalition's lists of candidates in 20 of 27 governates.
[The Freedom and Justice Party is one of 19 parties, which have formed several coalitions, for Egypt's three-phase... Read More
'Courageous' climbs back into Top 10
ALBANY, Ga. (BP) -- The church-made film "Courageous" climbed back into the Top 10 among all weekend movies during its fifth weekend after falling out of it, a rare feat for any film.
Movies generally fall several spots in each succeeding weekend they are in theaters in total gross, but Courageous jumped from No. 11 in its fourth weekend back to No. 10, thanks in part to it opening in more than 100 new theaters. Perhaps just as impressive, it lost only 26.3 percent from its previous weekend... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Confessions of a recovering workaholic
Terry Dorsett is a recovering workaholic, but thanks to some godly people in his life, he has learned to put projects on hold, take a day off and spend time with his family. Read More
FROM THE STATES: Mo., Ark., Tenn. evangelism/missions news
EDITOR'S NOTE: From the States, published each Tuesday by Baptist Press, relays news and feature stories from state Baptist papers and other publications on initiatives by Baptist churches, associations and state conventions in evangelism, church planting and Great Commission outreach, including partnership missions. Reports about churches, associations and state conventions responding to the International Mission Board's call to embrace the world's 3,800 unengaged, unreached people groups also ... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Gay 'marriage,' young adults & polling
Young adults may support gay marriage but there good reasons to suspect they'll change their minds as they grow older, says columnist and family expert Glenn T. Stanton Read More