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A changed church for a changing communityNASHVILLE (BP) -- Pastor Gary Smith was shocked by what he saw at the opening of a new middle school.
In 1991, when he had been called as pastor of Fielder Church in Arlington, Texas, the city was predominantly white. His congregation was made up of middle-class folks who drove into Dallas to work. At school, the cheerleaders were all white.
Now, just a dozen years later, Smith was looking at a cheer squad of 24 girls -- all but one black. Read More
HGTV stars 'hounded' for pastor's marriage stanceWACO, Texas (BP) -- Media reports criticizing HGTV personalities Chip and Joanna Gaines for attending a church whose pastor believes homosexuality is a sin have drawn criticism from Southern Baptist commentators as illogical and "unbecoming of the term 'news.'"
The Gaines, who star in HGTV's popular series "Fixer Upper," were the subjects of a Nov. 29 article on the news and entertainment website BuzzFeed which classified their pastor and Waco, Texas, church as holding a "severe, unmoving position ... on same-sex marriage." Read More
At year's end, planned gift options aboundNASHVILLE (BP) -- In the midst of the tree-trimming, gift-wrapping and caroling, it can be easy to forget about year-end giving. Not only is this the most wonderful time of the year, it is also a wonderful time to consider the many ways to enjoy the tax and income benefits of charitable giving.
When many people think of charitable giving, especially at year's end, they think of making a cash gift. However, there is another way. It's called a planned gift. Read More
Ontario turns parenting into a group affairONTARIO, Canada (BP) -- Children in Ontario, Canada, may now have up to four legal parents, none of which must be birth parents, under a bill passed by the legislature Tuesday (Nov. 29).
Under the All Families are Equal Act, same-sex couples or a group of up to four adults who agree to have a child, whether through a surrogate mother or artificial insemination, will be legally viewed as parents without any adoption process. They simply must sign a contract to co-parent before the child is conceived. Read More
7 ways your church can start a compassion ministryALPHRATETTA, Ga. (BP) -- When a church initiates a compassion ministry, a door can be opened in a community where people witness Jesus' character through actions and hear about His gift of salvation, some for the first time, say Southern Baptist ministry leaders.
The North American Mission Board's Send Relief compassion ministry strategy encourages churches to expand their community engagement while delivering the Gospel. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: An amazing Christmas gift
For Christmas, Anthony Jordan suggests "an amazing gift … that will have long-lasting impact": writing your "Legacy of Faith." Even if some family members may not grasp the value of your conversation story, Jordan writes, "there will come a day when this gift will mean more than gold." Read More
Bible Study: Dec. 4, 2016
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