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Customizable studies available for churchesNASHVILLE (BP) -- Where can a church begin looking for the right Bible study materials? For some, it may be within the church itself.
With help from a new web-based tool offered by LifeWay Christian Resources, a congregation can now have easier access to customizable content that accompanies a sermon series or undergirds a special church-wide campaign. Read More
In Nepal, 4 Colo. pastors aid quake survivorsDENVER (BP) -- Four Colorado pastors were seven hours into a rugged road trip across rural Nepal April 25 when they got word that an earthquake had struck near Kathmandu.
More reports trickled in to the missionary with whom the pastors were traveling, and an hour later their 15-passenger van turned around in therutted road and headed back to what became the Americans' "home" for the next eight days.
Five of those nights they slept outside, sharing with the Nepalis the trauma of structure-jolting aftershocks.
"Everything was in a state of chaos," said Marc Maurer, co-pastor of Mesa View Church in Mesa, Colo., founder of Beyond the Giant Ministries International. Read More
Kan. pastor Steve Dighton to be 1st VP nomineeCOLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- Kansas pastor Steve Dighton will be nominated for first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Texas pastor and former SBC president Jack Graham announced May 12.
Dighton is senior pastoral advisor at the Kansas City-area Lenexa Baptist Church in Lenexa, Kan., a church he founded 25 years ago ... Read More
TRUSTEES: GGBTS relocation to be 'mission-focused'
MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP) -- Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary President Jeff Iorg presented building plans for both the new primary campus in Southern California and commuter campus in the San Francisco area to trustees during their spring meeting. Read More
Dakota farmer's legacy lesson in givingNASHVILLE (BP) -- A small-town grain and cattle farmer's estate and charitable gifts to Southern Baptist Convention entities is a prime example of how everyone can support Southern Baptists, said Warren Peek, president of the Southern Baptist Foundation.
Merv Goehring, a lifelong South Dakota farmer who served briefly in the U.S. Army, left gifts totaling more than $550,000 ... Read More
SBC DIGEST: Media webinar to focus on missions; 'Where Was God?' still making impact
Today's SBC Digest includes two items: Webinar to address media in missions; "Where Was God?" documentary still making impact Read More
TRUSTEES: IMB opens new pathways for serviceLOUISVILLE, Ky.(BP) -- Citing urgency for reaching a lost world and unity with the Baptist Faith & Message, International Mission Board trustees streamlined guidelines for appointing new personnel to fulfill their missionary calling.
Trustees voted to approve the proposal during IMB's May 12-13 trustee meeting in Louisville, Ky. Read More
James Griffith, former Ga. Baptist exec, diesPALMETTO, Ga. (BP) -- James H. "Jim" Griffith, 89, executive director emeritus of the Georgia Baptist Convention, died May 7 at Southwest Christian Hospice in Union City, Ga. He had been admitted to the facility the previous Wednesday in failing health. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Takeaways from Pew's Religious Landscape Survey
Ed Stetzer of LifeWay Christian Resources notes that "Christianity is not dying" but "nominal Christianity is" in his assessment of the newly released Pew Religious Landscape Survey. Read More
Winfred Moore, two-time SBC pres. nominee, diesAMARILLO, Texas (BP) -- Winfred Moore, a Texas pastor and two-time moderate nominee for the Southern Baptist Convention presidency, died May 8 in Amarillo, Texas. He was 95.
Pastor of First Baptist Church in Amarillo from 1959-89, Moore was defeated in SBC presidential elections in 1985 by Charles Stanley and 1986 by Adrian Rogers during conservatives' battle to gain control of SBC entity trustee boards. Moore believed requiring "doctrinal uniformity as a prerequisite for missions" was neither "Baptistic" nor conducive to reaching the world for Christ, as he put it in a 1986 statement announcing his willingness to be nominated for the presidency. Read More