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Monday, February 26, 2018

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  • Deadly central-U.S. storms mobilize DR in 5 states

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, February 26, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers are on the ground and others are on standby after weekend tornadoes and flooding killed five people and damaged homes in five states.

    Two disaster relief teams have been deployed in Tennessee; Illinois is assessing a response to flooding there; and teams are on standby in Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio, according to reports from state DR representatives and the North American Mission Board (NAMB). Read More

  • George W. Bush: Billy Graham 'changed my life'

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 26, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- With Billy Graham's body scheduled to lie in honor this week in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, former President George W. Bush paid tribute to the late evangelist in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, writing, "He changed my life."

    "God's work within me began in earnest with Billy's outreach," Bush wrote in the Journal Feb. 23. "His care and his teachings were the real beginning of my faith walk -- and the start of the end of my drinking. I couldn't have given up alcohol on my own. But in 1986, at 40, I finally found the strength to quit. That strength came from love I had felt from my earliest days and from faith I didn't fully discover until my ... Read More

  • BGAV to stop forwarding churches' gifts to CBF

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 26, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    HENRICO, Va. (BP) -- The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) has become the second Baptist state convention in the past week to announce it will stop channeling churches' contributions to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

    The BGAV's Executive Board approved a statement today (Feb. 26) noting the board "regrets it has had to address the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's (CBF) approval" earlier this month of a policy "permitting the hiring of LGBT personnel for certain staff positions in the organization." Read More

  • Olympic athletes reflect on gold medal performances

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Monday, February 26, 2018 (7 months ago)

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (BP) -- The extinguished Olympic torch on Sunday officially ended the 2018 Winter Olympics. And for some Christian athletes, this year's games were especially sweet -- but they seemed to keep their wins in perspective.

    U.S. freestyle skier and gold medalist David Wise had the words "I cannot fail because it is not my victory" written on his sleeve during the competition.

    "That is my way of reminding myself I am not here to glorify myself," Wise said. "I ... Read More

  • Navy Reserve chaplain officer addresses NOBTS chapel

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Monday, February 26, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Rear Admiral Endel Lee, a Navy Reserve chaplain officer and North American Mission Board church planting catalyst in military communities, challenged a chapel audience at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary to "Do your part" for the Kingdom.

    The Feb. 8 service included the commissioning of a new Navy chaplain.

    NOBTS President Chuck Kelley encouraged the audience in opening remarks to consider the varied service opportunities available to chaplains. Read More

  • Former missionaries reunite during Olympics ministry

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Monday, February 26, 2018 (7 months ago)

    Photo by Tim Ellsworth.
    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (BP) -- Tom Daniel and Clarke Skelton, along with their families, spent a combined 40 years as Southern Baptist missionaries serving in South Korea.

    The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang gave them a chance for a reunion in the country they both love immensely.

    Daniel, who is now retired and lives in Colorado, and Skelton, who is pastor of Valley Grande Baptist Church in Valley Grande, Ala., both returned to South Korea ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Immigration & the church

    by Frankie J. Melton Jr., posted Monday, February 26, 2018 (7 months ago)

    The church, not just politicians or the media, has a role to play in the immigration issue, Frankie Melton writes, noting that it includes compassion, communication, understanding and relationships. Read More