Baptist Press Archive

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

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  • WEEK OF PRAYER: 'No superstar' church a piece of puzzle

    by IMB staff, posted Wednesday, December 05, 2018 (8 days ago)

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    SÃO PAULO, Brazil (BP) -- In their home in São Paulo, Brazil, Scott and Joyce Pittman have a giant map of the city plastered across their wall. It's a picture of the work still to be done in the metro area of 22 million people. And now that image is plastered across the hearts of the members of Highland Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Ky., too.

    Ever since Highland Baptist began partnering with the Pittmans -- city strategy leaders with the International Mission Board -- several years ago, they haven't been able to get São Paulo out of their minds.

    "When you see that map, you can see the vision Scott and Joyce have for the city," said pastor Chris Platt. "They do a great job of explaining what it will take to reach it. Then when you go out into the city and meet the people, your love for missions just comes alive. You give more, you pray more, and you think more about missions." Read More

  • N.C. pastor's election to Congress still uncertain

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, December 05, 2018 (8 days ago)

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- On election night, it appeared former Southern Baptist pastor Mark Harris finally had fulfilled a years-long sense of calling by being elected to Congress. But a month later, North Carolina's State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement has yet to certify Harris' narrow victory in the state's 9th Congressional District amid allegations of election fraud.

    The Harris campaign told Baptist Press Dec. 4 Harris has never been aware of any wrongdoing associated with his campaign and expects all volunteers and staff to be above board in their behavior. Harris trusts the election process and God's sovereign guidance of it, the campaign said. They added that the allegations surrounding Harris have not shaken his faith and may even have deepened his relationship with Christ. Read More

  • Baptist DR efforts endure crisis after crisis

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Wednesday, December 05, 2018 (8 days ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- In recent months, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) has diligently responded to both national and local crises across North America: two major hurricanes in the Southeast, wildfires in California, tornadoes across the United States and even a typhoon in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

    "Over the last few months, Southern Baptist volunteers have been responding practically nonstop," said Sam Porter, national director for disaster relief with the North American Mission Board (NAMB). "We have seen teams serve as far West as the island of Saipan in the Pacific Ocean to the East coast of the southeastern United States."

    The northern California towns of Paradise and Magalia were nearly wiped out by the Camp Fire that began Nov. 8 and lasted until Nov. 25. The fire destroyed nearly 14,000 homes and took at least 85 lives. Read More

  • Ohio Baptists add a day for family Bible conference

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, December 05, 2018 (8 days ago)

    SANDUSKY, Ohio (BP) -- A first-ever Bible Conference on the Family sponsored by the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio preceded the convention's annual meeting in Sandusky.

    The Nov. 6 sessions led by Geoff & Sherry Surratt of Ministry Together aimed to minister to all families, especially those of pastors and church staff.

    On Nov. 7, SCBO president David Starry, lead pastor of First Light Church in the Dayton area, gaveled the convention's 65th annual meeting to order at the Kalahari Convention Center. Carl and Heather Cartee provided music for both meetings. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: From babies to teens

    by Melanie Lenow, posted Wednesday, December 05, 2018 (8 days ago)

    It's never too late to go back to the basics of parenting, Melanie Lenow writes, when children are in their pre-teen/middle school years and beyond. "[A] good hug, a good meal or nap, and a good laugh," she writes, "can be exactly what your child needs today." Read More