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SUPER BOWL: Minneapolis coffee shop fuels urban ministryMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (BP) -- U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis takes center stage for most of the country on Sunday evening (Feb. 4), when it hosts the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles for Super Bowl LII.
Almost in the shadow of the stadium, only six blocks away, sits an obscure coffee shop that won't capture the national spotlight -- even though the work going on there has significant ramifications.
The coffee shop, known as the Jaur Café (for Just As You Are -- or UR), is owned and operated by Grace in the City Church, a church plant led by John Steger. Partnering with the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board, the church meets at the coffee shop for worship on Sundays. And the café serves as the economic engine that helps support the ministry of the church. Read More
SUPER BOWL: Eagles' Burton overcomes past, embraces faithMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (BP) -- Trey Burton of the Philadelphia Eagles remembers when his life changed dramatically.
He was a junior playing for the University of Florida. Though he was raised in a Christian home and made a profession of faith as a child, his devotion to the Lord had been sporadic.
That inconsistency stopped when he walked into his girlfriend's apartment one day. She handed him a pregnancy test -- a positive pregnancy test. The reality of becoming a father and his moral failure was a wake-up call for Burton. Read More
National CP gifts: 4.01% ahead of projected budgetNASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 4.01 percent above the year-to-date budgeted projection through the first four months of the convention's fiscal year, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Frank S. Page. Read More
Super Bowl Twitter campaign tackles sex traffickingMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (B) -- Sex trafficking demand increases when large crowds gather for such events as the Super Bowl, an advocacy group said in launching a Feb. 4 Twitter campaign to spread awareness of sexual exploitation.
While sex trafficking remains a crime that must be tackled all year round, the demand has been proven to increase at previous Super Bowls, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) said in launching #TackleDemand. Read More
Church's unity includes Cooperative Program givingKILGORE, Texas (BP) -- Forest Home Baptist Church, with up to 800 worshippers on Sundays, reaches another 1,200 viewers worldwide from its 60-acre campus in East Texas.
The church has a unity "that comes from loving each other," pastor Earl "Buddy" Duggins said. It's a unity that encompasses Forest Home's media outreach -- and its commitment to Cooperative Program missions and ministry in the U.S. and abroad.
"We've been doing that for years," Duggins said of Forest Home's allocation of sending 15 percent of its undesignated offerings to Cooperative Program outreach, "and it's been a blessing for the church." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Creating an evangelistic culture in your church
To nurture an evangelistic church, Andrew Hebert shares steps he has gleaned to help members begin sharing their faith "over and over again." Read More