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Greenwich, at Longitude 0°, seen for Gospel promiseLONDON (BP) -- The southeastern London borough of Greenwich, chosen in 1884 by delegates from 25 nations as the location of the prime meridian, or Longitude 0°, has served as the standard for mapping and world time zones ever since.
The Royal Observatory is perched on a hill in the historic borough, home to the University of Greenwich and located just across the River Thames from Canary Wharf, London's bustling financial district. Greenwich's 270,000 residents are largely young professionals and students. Grounded in a secular worldview and seeming success, most of them feel no need for religion, much less the Gospel. Read More
IMB taps 5 megacities for global initiative pilotLONDON (BP) -- "There's no lack of church buildings in London, but the average congregation is fewer than 20 people," missionary James Roberts noted.
Roberts is part of an International Mission Board team in London strategizing a comprehensive missions approach to reach this city of 8.6 million. More than 50 non-indigenous communities, each with 10,000 people or more, have been identified in London, making it truly a global city. Read More
Billy Graham Crusades' Cliff Barrows dies at 93PINEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Clifford Burton "Cliff" Barrows, who served as music director of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for more than 60 years, died Nov. 15 in Pineville, N.C., after a brief illness. He was 93.
The Marvin, N.C., resident had traveled the world with Billy Graham since the noted evangelist's first crusade in 1947 in Grand Rapids, Mich., the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) reported.
Barrows' contributions to the ministry were immeasurable, Graham said in an official statement upon the musician's death. Read More
N.M. Baptists increase CP, adopt BF&MTAOS, N.M. (BP) -- Messengers to the Baptist Convention of New Mexico increased the percentage of Cooperative Program receipts they will forward to the Southern Baptist Convention for the second year in a row and adopted the Baptist Faith and Message as their statement of faith.
Gathering Oct. 25-26 at the Sagebrush Inn and Conference Center in Taos, N.M., 288 messengers and 92 visitors represented 99 of the convention's 335 cooperating churches. Read More
Iowa Baptists affirm CP commitmentDES MOINES, Iowa (BP) -- Iowa Baptists affirmed their continuing commitment to forward 50 percent of their anticipated Cooperative Program receipts to Southern Baptist Convention causes and pledged $100,000 to help those among the most vulnerable in the state.
A total of 142 messengers from 57 churches from across Iowa met on Nov. 5 for the 21st annual meeting of the Baptist Convention of Iowa (BCI) at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Des Moines, Iowa. Pastor Darin Ulmer and his wife Sarah of Community Baptist Church of Marion provided worship music throughout the meeting. Read More
New England Baptists embrace ethnic diversityHUDSON, Mass. (BP) -- "We've all got to set aside our differences for the sake of the Gospel."
The words spoken by Terry Dorsett, executive director of the Baptist Convention of New England, at the BCNE annual meeting reflected New England Baptists' diversity: Forty percent of the convention's 376 churches worship in a language other than English. Read More
Gay-affirming churches trigger BGCT responseDALLAS (BP) -- In response to messenger actions at the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting Nov. 15, convention leaders will ask the BGCT Executive Board to consider withdrawing fellowship from two churches that permit practicing homosexuals to be members.
The congregations at issue are First Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, and Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas. Neither church cooperates with the Southern Baptist Convention or the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: When good guys fight each other
Randy Bennett ponders why conflict sometimes afflicts churches. One key reason: "Satan cannot destroy lives when the good guys work together against his schemes, so he knows that he must keep them fighting each other." Read More
Bible Study: Nov. 16, 2016
NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. Read More