Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

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  • Americans share views on marriage, church & state roles

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, December 02, 2014 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- About half of Americans are ready for separation of church and state when it comes to weddings, a LifeWay Research survey shows.

    Six in 10 say the government should not define or regulate marriage.

    And more than a third of Americans -- and about a quarter of Protestant pastors -- say clergy should get out of the civil marriage business. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Family called to reach war ground of South Sudan

    by Stephanie Lane, posted Tuesday, December 02, 2014 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Joann Bradberry/IMB
    SOUTH SUDAN (BP)-- Moving to South Sudan, a war ground of turmoil and strife in northeast Africa, has been a major risk for Robert and Maridith Lane, even to the point that the IMB missionaries call in daily to assure their teammates in Uganda that their family is still alive.

    Since age 8, Maridith, a Georgia native, knew she would one day lead a life surrendered to Christ on the mission field. Robert, from Texas and Tennessee, found his calling at age 19, when he became aware of the startling amount of unreached people groups, which now number more than 6,500. By 21, he was committed to reaching the unreached with the Gospel overseas. Read More

  • Record-setting football coach credits faith

    by Carrie Brown McWhorter/The Alabama Baptist, posted Tuesday, December 02, 2014 (3 years ago)

    VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (BP) -- Despite a difficult 3-7 season, Vestavia Hills High School football coach Buddy Anderson became the winningest high school football coach in Alabama history this fall, a milestone in a career that has been both a professional and spiritual calling.

    Anderson, a deacon at Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Vestavia Hills, in Birmingham Baptist Association has spent his entire 42-year coaching career at Vestavia Hills, an unusual feat for a high school football coach. Read More

  • S.C. Baptists address social challenges

    by Butch Blume, posted Tuesday, December 02, 2014 (3 years ago)

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) -- South Carolina Baptists passed resolutions addressing an array of societal ills and challenges facing the church at their 194th annual meeting, affirming biblical marriage, the protection of victims of abuse and neglect, and religious freedom at home and abroad. Read More

  • Ariz. Baptists continue toward centennial goals

    by Elizabeth Young/Arizona Portraits Magazine, posted Tuesday, December 02, 2014 (3 years ago)

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (BP) -- Arizona Southern Baptists took a step toward fulfilling their Centennial Vision by increasing their Cooperative Program support of Southern Baptist Convention causes by 1.45 percentage points at their Nov. 14 annual meeting. Read More

  • Governance shift approved by BGAV

    by Paige Peak, posted Tuesday, December 02, 2014 (3 years ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- At its 191st annual meeting, the Baptist General Association of Virginia approved what many of those involved may be calling the most significant shift in its governance in nearly 100 years by voting on changes to its constitution/bylaws. The 1,400-church organization is seeking to become more strategic in a more timely and efficient manner while maintaining effective representation from its diverse members. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Lay your nose on the altar

    by Rhonda Harrington Kelley, posted Tuesday, December 02, 2014 (3 years ago)

    Author and teacher Rhonda Kelley underscores a key element in witnessing for her faith: "Keep Jesus on your mind and He will come out of your mouth." Jesus is teaching her that "I am the PERSON in PERSONAL evangelism." Read More