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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

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  • Study: New churches show appeal among the unreached

    by Lisa Cannon Green, posted Tuesday, December 08, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- America is launching new Protestant churches faster than it loses old ones, attracting many people who previously didn't attend anywhere, new LifeWay Research studies show.

    More than 4,000 new churches opened their doors in 2014, outpacing the 3,700 that closed, according to estimates from the Nashville-based research organization based on input from 34 denominational statisticians. Read More

  • NFL's Watson: 'Changed hearts' can heal racial divide

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Tuesday, December 08, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Marilyn Stewart
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Race is an issue that continues to divide, said New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson during a book signing at the LifeWay campus store at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

    The solution is "changed hearts" in Christ, Watson said.

    The event fell on Nov. 24, the one-year anniversary of the ruling in the racially charged Ferguson, Mo., case of the shooting death of Michael Brown. ... Read More

  • Title IX exemption fair, leaders say

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, December 08, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A federal exemption that excuses some Christian schools from complying with certain Title IX gender provisions does not foster discrimination but protects religious freedom, supporters of the exemption told Baptist Press. Read More

  • 'Engage Ohio' initiatives garner convention's focus

    by Staff/State Convention of Baptists in Ohio, posted Tuesday, December 08, 2015 (3 years ago)

    PATASKALA, Ohio (BP) -- "Engage Ohio: All for Him" was the theme of the Nov. 3-4 annual meeting of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio at the Columbus-area Jersey Baptist Church in Pataskala.

    SBCO President Mark Stinson, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Cambridge, called the 62nd annual meeting to order, with host pastor John Hayes, a former SBCO president, welcoming messengers and guests, who numbered 257 and 28, respectively, by the end of the meeting. Read More

  • Compassion key to political engagement, authors say

    by Aaron Earls, posted Tuesday, December 08, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Navigating the relationship between the White House and the church house can be difficult for many Christians. In a new book, "One Nation Under God," Bruce Ashford and Chris Pappalardo seek to offer a Christian hope for American politics.

    After observing the way most Christians view politics, Pappalardo said they saw a need for a book that demonstrates "Christians can care deeply about politics, but more deeply about the Gospel." "One Nation Under God," published by B&H Academic, releases this month. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Spirit of giving is a heart in tune with God's love

    by Frank S. Page, posted Tuesday, December 08, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Giving is a way for us to express what we care about the most, says Frank Page, Southern Baptist Convention executive committee president, as he shares the importance of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son." Read More