Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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  • Missions 'just got personal' for pastor Tony Mathews

    by Kate Gregory, posted Tuesday, November 18, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Photo provided by North Garland Baptist Fellowship
    NORTH GARLAND, Texas (BP) -- Tony Mathews had thought international missions wasn't for everyone, that as a pastor his focus should be on the local church.

    North Garland Baptist Fellowship, where he has served for 22 years, supported Southern Baptist missions and ministries through the Cooperative Program. Members of the Texas church had gone on international missions trips, which the pastor had supported -- from a distance. Read More

  • Reaching 'the people of the thorns' in Madagascar

    by Kate Gregory, posted Tuesday, November 18, 2014 (4 years ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP)-- Hardly a day goes by without someone telling Adam Hailes, a Southern Baptist missionary in Madagascar, that he's out of place. In the Malagasy dialect that the Antandroy people speak, the term for white means foreigner.

    Locals address him by that title. The term isn't used out of disrespect. Their attitude of separation is produced by fear. Read More

  • Moore at Vatican: Gospel vital in marriage

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, November 18, 2014 (4 years ago)

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    VATICAN CITY (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's lead ethicist told international religious leaders Tuesday (Nov. 18) at the Vatican they should defend man-woman marriage for the common good, but Christians also must champion it for the sake of the Gospel.

    Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), provided an evangelical Protestant viewpoint on the complementarity of man and woman ... Read More

  • Study: pastors support immigration reform

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, November 18, 2014 (4 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Many of the nation's Protestant senior pastors want the U.S. government to mix justice with mercy when it comes to immigration reform, a LifeWay Research survey shows.

    Most say it's the government's job to stop people from entering the country illegally. They also support reform that includes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country. Read More

  • Pastor faced cancer certain of Romans 8:28

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, November 18, 2014 (4 years ago)

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    HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- David Landrith, who led Long Hollow Baptist Church to be the first Tennessee church to baptize 1,000 people, died of cancer early this morning (Nov. 18).

    Landrith, 51, battled a rare form of cancer, colorectal melanoma, diagnosed in March 2013. He had been pastor of the Hendersonville church in the Nashville area church since 1997. Read More

  • Iowa Baptists approve 50/50 CP split

    by Jon "Ole" Olsen, posted Tuesday, November 18, 2014 (4 years ago)

    DES MOINES, Iowa (BP) -- During their Baptist Convention of Iowa annual meeting in Des Moines, messengers voted to increase the percentage of Cooperative Program funds forwarded to national Southern Baptist Convention causes from 20 percent in 2014 to 50 percent of all CP receipts in 2015. This represents an increase from $99,000 given to the SBC CP in 2014 to $300,000 in 2015. Read More

  • Minn.-Wisc. Baptists focus on revival

    by David Williams/Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist, posted Tuesday, November 18, 2014 (4 years ago)

    CAMBRIDGE, Minn. (BP) -- At their annual meeting Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptists gave nearly $4,000 for Ebola relief in Liberia and increased the amount of Cooperative Program funding they forward to Southern Baptist Convention causes by 2 percent.

    With a theme of "O Lord, Revive Your Work," 78 messengers and 43 guests gathered at Cross Pointe Church in Cambridge, Minn., Oct. 31-Nov. 1 for the 31st annual meeting of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The gauntlet thrown

    by William Perkins, posted Tuesday, November 18, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Mississippi editor William Perkins urges Baptists to rise to the challenge posed by the Human Rights Campaign's media initiative in the state to normalize homosexuality. Read More