Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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  • Small-town church says 'come as you are' & 300 do

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (one year ago)

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    LINGLEVILLE, Texas (BP) -- As keyboardist for country music legend Johnny Lee, Ryan Hurt played "Lookin' for Love" with Lee's band in a whole lot of places across Texas and the U.S. in the early 2000s -- until a drunk driving accident led him back to a place where love never runs out.

    Called in 2015 to be the pastor at Lingleville Baptist Church, the tattooed and bearded Hurt has seen the congregation grow from around 50 to more than 300, remarkable in a central Texas town with a population of 91.

    Hurt grew up Baptist, playing music from a young age. Proficient at the piano, he became a professional musician rather than go to college, learning some painful life lessons along the way. Read More

  • IMB's Platt: When we pray, God works

    by IMB staff, posted Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (one year ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- No matter what the story is, whether it's a family planting a church in a doctor's office in Japan or a young man sharing truth over coffee with university students in Mexico City, International Mission Board president David Platt says two things are true: God is at work through missionaries around the world and praying for them matters.

    "This isn't just a rushed or mechanical exercise. God has ordained our prayer as a means to accomplish His purpose in the world," Platt said. "We've got to be aware that our praying for boldness for missionaries is actually going to affect whether or not they have boldness. God ordained it that way. When we pray, God works." Read More

  • Paul Pressler targeted in Texas lawsuit

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (one year ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- A lawsuit alleging decades of sexual abuse by retired Texas state judge Paul Pressler has named a Southern Baptist Convention entity among its co-defendants.

    Following multiple media reports on the Oct. 18 suit, Pressler's legal team released a statement today (Dec. 12) to Baptist Press, in which attorney Ted Tredennick called the allegations "frivolous."

    Pressler -- who helped engineer a strategy to turn the Southern Baptist Convention back to its theologically conservative roots in the late 20th century -- denies the allegations by Plaintiff Gareld Duane Rollins, who claimed Pressler sexually abused him repeatedly between the late 1970s, when Rollins was 14, and 2014. Rollins' petition, filed in Texas state district court, alleges he was enrolled in a young adult Bible study which Pressler led at Houston's First Baptist Church, and later served as Pressler's office assistant. Read More

  • Transgenders to enlist as Trump appeal continues

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Transgender people will be able to enlist in the U.S. military beginning Jan. 1, the Department of Defense announced Monday (Dec. 11).

    The announcement followed a federal judge's ruling the same day that allowed a court order to remain in effect that blocked President Trump's ban on transgender people in the armed forces. Trump said in a series of tweets in July the federal government would not permit people who identify as a different gender than their biological sex to serve in the military. Read More

  • Hance Dilbeck elected as Okla. executive director

    by Baptist Messenger Staff, posted Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (one year ago)

    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Hance Dilbeck was elected as the next executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma in a unanimous vote by the BGCO Board of Directors Dec. 11 in Oklahoma City.

    Dilbeck, who has served as senior pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City since 2003, will become the ninth executive director in the convention's 101-year history. Dilbeck will succeed current BGCO Executive Director-Treasurer Anthony Jordan, who has led the convention since April 1996.

    Members of the BGCO Executive Search Committee, who began their search last September, spoke enthusiastically about Dilbeck during the Dec. 11 meeting at the Baptist Building, voicing how they believe God guided the decision process. Read More

  • 'God gave His best to die,' Akin tells SEBTS grads

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- The good news of the Gospel, encapsulated in John 3:16, is to be shared across all nations, Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, noted at SEBTS' Dec. 8 graduation ceremony.

    Dividing the passage into multiple sections, Akin highlighted the unparalleled love of God displayed in John 3:16 in his address to graduates, family and friends of Southeastern Seminary and The College at Southeastern. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: What happened to that lovely tree?

    by Katie McCoy, posted Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (one year ago)

    Like a tree that is strengthened and grows from pruning, Katie McCoy notes that Christians benefit from God's pruning, from His "cultivating a deeper, richer life that can't be seen on the outside." Read More