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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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  • January prayer focus: 'In All Things Pray'

    by Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, December 30, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- January is a distinctive month of prayer across the Southern Baptist Convention.

    It is a time when a readiness to pray can gain new traction in churches, large or small, urban or rural.

    Listed as the "Call to Prayer" on the SBC Calendar, it gained momentum from the 2010 Great Commission Task Force report adopted by messengers to the SBC annual meeting in ... Read More

  • Pre-teen girls raise $1,000-plus for missions

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Wednesday, December 30, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Marilyn Stewart
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- When Jay and Elizabeth Terrill decided to forego Christmas gifts to each other and instead give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, it sparked an idea for their daughter Mollie and her cousin Lexi Cole: a Christmas craft fair to benefit the International Mission Board.

    With the recent IMB financial/personnel cuts in mind, the 11-year-olds enlisted the help of their church -- Gentilly Baptist Church in New Orleans -- and set a goal of $1,000 for the Dec. 5 event. With donated crafts, baked goods, garden plants and other items, the fair netted $1,067. Read More

  • BP's most-read stories of 2015

    by Staff/Baptist Press, posted Wednesday, December 30, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Kansas City Royals photo.
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- As politics, scandal and terrorism dominated the headlines this year, two stories related to the budget shortfalls of the Southern Baptist Convention's international missions entity were the most-read articles of 2015 on Baptist Press' website. It was the second consecutive year the entity accounted for the top story on the list.

    Google Analytics, which tracks web traffic, also showed stories related to the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, the Kansas City Royals' Ben Zobrist and a 101-year-old man's salvation made the Top 10. Read More

  • God ranks high in New Year's resolutions

    by Lisa Cannon Green, posted Wednesday, December 30, 2015 (2 years ago)
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When Americans make New Year's resolutions, a better relationship with God ranks almost as high as better health, according to a study by LifeWay Research.

    And for many groups, faith actually outranks health. Older Americans, African Americans, Hispanics and Christians are all more likely to say they've made resolutions about God than about health.

    Overall, 57 percent of Americans report making health-related New Year's resolutions in the ... Read More

  • Marriage, race among top issues for ERLC in 2015

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, December 30, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Gary Ledbetter
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission addressed same-sex marriage, religious freedom, racial reconciliation, the sanctity of human life and politics among other issues in a tumultuous year for social and church-state issues.

    The ERLC sponsored conferences and panel discussions, provided resources to equip pastors and churches, and advocated for biblically based policies with the federal government during 2015. Read More