Baptist Press Archive

Friday, February 23, 2018

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  • Billy Graham's Southern Baptist ties highlighted

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 23, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    MONTREAT, N.C. (BP) -- While Billy Graham was widely known for working across denominational lines, he also was more involved in his own denomination -- the Southern Baptist Convention -- than many may realize.

    Graham, who died Feb. 21, spoke at 13 SBC annual meetings between 1951 and 1995, served as a trustee of two SBC entities, and, including references to two institutions and a professorship named in his honor, his name has been mentioned in every SBC Annual since 1951. Read More

  • Billy Graham to lie in honor in coffin made by prisoners

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 23, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    MONTREAT, N.C. (BP) -- The late beloved evangelist Billy Graham, who ministered to both the disenfranchised and the most powerful, will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in a pinewood coffin fashioned by prisoners' hands.

    The Feb. 28–March 1 viewing will mark only the fourth time a private citizen has been so honored, and puts Graham in the company of a legendary list of 11 U.S. presidents and 20 esteemed leaders and others who have lain in state or in honor in the rotunda, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) said Feb. 22. Read More

  • Baptists share Christ during Olympics in South Korea

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, February 23, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (BP) -- On an uncharacteristically warm day during the Winter Olympics, visitors to the train station were greeted by a number of different religious groups.

    The Mormons wore yellow vests. The Jehovah's Witnesses had their literature racks set up. Methodist Koreans were carrying yellow bags as they handed out literature.

    Among these were a group of volunteers from the SBC of Virginia distributing copies of the books of Romans and John in 24 different languages. Read More

  • Graham's indelible impact on global missions

    by IMB staff , posted Friday, February 23, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Besides Billy Graham's unprecedented impact as an evangelist in the United States, he also profoundly influenced international missions in a way many Christians may not realize, Southern Baptist international missions leaders said.

    Not only did Graham, who died Wednesday (Feb. 21), preach in person to large gatherings in more than 180 countries, but for 40 years he led in organizing international conferences on missions and evangelism that introduced the concept of "unreached people groups" that today lies at the heart of global strategy. Read More

  • 2017 SBC Annual online at Southern Baptist archives

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 23, 2018 (10 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The 2017 SBC Annual of the Southern Baptist Convention 2017 Phoenix meeting is available for download and text search at the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives (SBHLA) website,

    The 2017 edition joins annuals archived at SBHLA dating back to the SBC's 1845 inception. The SBC Annuals are a ready access to a wealth of SBC history and news, including meeting proceedings, entity reports, statistics, sermons, state convention information, and lists of staff, trustees and committees, said SBHLA director Taffey Hall. Read More

  • Boko Haram kidnaps 101 schoolgirls 4 yrs. after Chibok

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 23, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    DAPCHI, Nigeria (BP) -- As many as 101 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists Feb. 19 are still missing after state government officials admitted to falsely announcing many of the girls' rescue.

    In an attack reminiscent of the 2014 kidnapping of 276 girls from Chibok, Boko Haram raided the town of Dapchi in northern Nigeria late in the evening, forcing students of Government Girls Secondary School and other residents to flee into the surrounding bush, Reuters, the Associated Press and other news agencies reported. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: When is an invalid invalid?

    by Jim Burton, posted Friday, February 23, 2018 (10 months ago)

    Jim Burton, five years into an ALS diagnosis, may be an invalid, dependent on the care of others, but he has no intention of becoming invalid in terms of God's purpose for his life, which "doesn't stop with a catastrophic diagnosis or life-changing accident." Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Respuestas al tiroteo en Parkland, Fla.

    by Luis L. Lopez, posted Friday, February 23, 2018 (10 months ago)

    El 14 de febrero de 2018 es un día que muchos no olvidarán, en especial los estudiantes y profesores de la escuela secundaria Stoneman Douglas, en el sur de Florida. ... Read More