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Missionary retirees embark on new phase of serviceRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Most of the 56 missionaries the International Mission Board honored May 2 upon their retirement from full-time overseas service to emeritus status in the U.S. didn't start out as pastors or ministers on church staffs.
Most were church members from diverse career fields who felt called to spread the Gospel around the world: an accounting clerk, advertising manager, attorney, beef producer, carpenters, critical care nurse, environmental control chemist, funeral home chaplain, house parents in a children's home, insurance agents, librarian, maintenance workers, physician, psychologist, radio announcer, rehabilitation counselor, teachers, truck driver and social workers. Read More
'Sinicization' of Christianity China's aimNASHVILLE (BP) -- Persecution of Christians and other religion groups in China has increased in scope, depth and intensity in the past year, according to the latest annual reports from religious persecution watch groups.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), and the international non-profit China Aid Association USA both report high increases in abuses against Christians and other religious groups in the 12 months of 2014. Read More
D.C. law 'aimed squarely at our freedom'
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's lead ethicist and other pro-life leaders have promised to resist a new District of Columbia law they say will force their organizations to violate their beliefs and mission. Read More
SBTC bolsters Montreal church planting initiative
HORSESHOE BAY, Texas (BP) -- Church planting efforts in Montreal gained ground when the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention's Executive Board approved a $100,000 grant to the North American Mission Board to assist in coaching church planters and student missionaries as well as encouraging evangelistic opportunities for Montreal churches. Read More
John Meador announced as Pastors' Conf. nomineeCOLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- John Meador, pastor of the Dallas-area First Baptist Church in Euless, Texas, will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference, according to an announcement by Tennessee pastor Steve Gaines. Read More
How a dying church can glorify GodMark Clifton, national legacy church strategist for the North American Mission Board, sets forth two truths: "A dying church robs God of His glory. Yet it doesn't have to." Clifton recounts the merger of dying Birchwood Baptist Church with a growing church plant, LifeConnection Church in Independence, Mo. Read More