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WEEK OF PRAYER: Jewish population on IMB couple's heartSOUTH AMERICA (BP) -- International Mission Board journeyman David Harris encounters a couple of hurdles when arranging a meal with his friend Aaron, an Orthodox Jew, in South America.
Weekends are off-limits, as Aaron carefully observes the rituals of the Sabbath, known as Shabbat, and all meals must follow kosher dietary guidelines, Harris said.
"I went with him to a kosher McDonald's," said Harris, who has ministered in South America since September 2015 with his wife Hanna, also a journeyman. "It wasn't my favorite burger experience." Read More
Charitable giving up from previous year, ECFA finds
WINCHESTER, Va. (BP) -- Charitable donations to a diversity of Christian organizations including churches, schools and advocacy groups increased in 2015 over the previous year, according to the latest statistics released by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). Read More
Arizona Baptists focus on CP, Centennial VisionSURPRISE, Ariz. (BP) -- During their 88th annual meeting, Arizona Southern Baptists celebrated what God is doing in their state, heard how the Cooperative Program undergirds that work and adopted a 2017 budget sending more to Southern Baptist Convention causes.
"For God So Loved ... Arizona" was the theme of the meeting held at Palm Vista Baptist Church in Surprise, Nov. 18. It was attended by 266 messengers and 25 registered guests from 119 of Arizona Southern Baptists' 468 churches. Read More
Embrace prophetic role, Mohler exhorts SBTS gradsLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Christian ministers should not settle for the comfortable career of secular professionals but courageously embrace their prophetic role, R. Albert Mohler Jr. said in his Dec. 2 winter commencement address at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
The seminary conferred 180 master's and doctoral degrees during commencement exercises in Alumni Memorial Chapel. Read More
BGAV focuses on 'The New Way'ROANOKE, Va. (BP) -- The Baptist General Association of Virginia heard a recounting of the association's history, approved a decreased budget and adopted a resolution denouncing "anti-Muslim rhetoric and bigotry" during its annual meeting Nov. 13-15 at Bonsack Baptist Church in Roanoke, Va.
The BGAV's 193rd annual meeting featured 654 messengers and 293 guests representing 292 churches from across Virginia and beyond. Read More
FROM THE STATES: La., Texas, Wash. evangelism/missions news; 'I was tired of playing games with God'
Today's From the States features items from: Baptist Message (Louisiana); Southern Baptist TEXAN; Northwest Baptist Witness Read More
FIRST-PERSON: When the wicked prosper
Susie Hawkins, addressing the question of why the wicked prosper, notes from Psalm 73, "Turning our eyes toward God and off of others brings us a fresh assurance of His presence and eternal graces toward those who trust Him and seek to live in His sanctuary." Read More