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IMB addresses baptism numbersNASHVILLE (BP) -- Decreases in the number of baptisms and new churches reported by International Mission Board missionaries during the past decade reflect changes in data-reporting methods and missions strategy, not a lack of evangelistic ministry.
That's the conclusion of a March 21 IMB news release issued in response to observations that reported overseas baptisms for 2015 are at their lowest level since 1969 -- 54,762, according to the IMB's 2016 Ministry Report to the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, down from a high of 609,968 reported for 2007. Read More
Committee on Resolutions named for 2016 SBC
ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd has named the members of the Committee on Resolutions for the June 14-15 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in St. Louis.
Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, appointed the 10-member committee in keeping with the provision in SBC Bylaw 20 that its members be named at least 75 days prior to the start of the annual meeting. Read More
FLOYD: Introducing the 2016 Committee on Resolutions
ST. LOUIS (BP) -- As president of the Southern Baptist Convention, one of my major tasks is to appoint the 2016 Committee on Resolutions. From now through Tuesday, June 14, this committee will work diligently.
This is not an easy assignment for these 10 Southern Baptists. For example, they will arrive the Wednesday before our convention and begin their detailed responsibilities together on Thursday morning. Before this time, they will work via conference calls and email exchanges. Read More
Pornography addiction & steps to freedomNASHVILLE (BP) -- In every age and culture there are certain habits of sinful behavior that are particularly common and overwhelmingly destructive. In modern Western cultures one of the most soul-destroying habits is consumption of pornography, which leads us to commit adultery in our hearts.
For this reason (see Matthew 5:28) we should give special scrutiny to how habits of porn consumption develop and how they can, by the power of the Gospel, be overcome. Job 31:1 describes how to sever the shackles of porn. Read More
Porn use & teensNASHVILLE (BP) -- The number of searches for Internet pornography exponentially increases every second. If the rapidly changing online "porn ticker" represented increasing stock value, there would be thousands -- possibly millions -- of overnight millionaires. Instead, the ticker reveals an insatiable appetite for sexually explicit content, and a high percentage of those searching are teenagers.
There have been nearly 2.5 billion searches for pornography since the beginning of 2015, according to Covenant Eyes, a company that specializes in Internet accountability and ... Read More
Senate resurrects late-term abortion debate
WASHINGTON (BP) -- Following pro-life successes with 20-week abortion bans in several state legislatures, the Senate Judiciary Committee reopened debate March 15 on protecting the unborn from late-term abortions nationwide.
"We're trying to prohibit abortion on demand at 20 weeks," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.-S.C., who introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the Senate last summer.
Republican committee members invited a panel of legal and medical experts to shed light on ... Read More