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Monday, May 14, 2012

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  • In India, songwriter nurtures worship for a diverse culture

    by Torie Speicher, posted Monday, May 14, 2012 (5 years ago)

    INDIA (BP) -- Jeff Bourque made his way to India from Music City USA to share the basics of songwriting.

    His mission: to help musicians from several churches in India write songs that speak to their highly diverse culture. In a nation where only one of every 70 people believes in Jesus, Indian Christians are surrounded by Hindu temples full of idols and such sounds as the Muslim call to prayer.

    Ethan Leyton*, an ethnomusicologist, and Mani Dutta*, an Indian pastor, invited Bourque, worship leader for Grace Community Church in Nashville, to conduct a songwriting workshop for 18 young men and women from several Indian churches in urban settings.

    Leyton and Dutta "dreamed and prayed," as Leyton put it, "that instead of [English-speaking] Indian believers singing Hillsong and Chris Tomlin songs all the time, perhaps they could begin writing their own English songs for worship."

    These believers have much to offer Christian music, with their distinctive identity in living out their faith in India, Leyton said, voicing a hope that their songs also might be used in American churches one day.

    Leyton has organized 20 songwriting workshops for believers around southern Asia during the last seven years. Bourque's workshop, however, is unique because it's the first one in English. In mega-cities where multiple languages are spoken, many Christians and young professionals are more comfortable communicating in English because it's the language they have in common.

    Bible college student and church worship leader Amit Dhawan* had struggled to write songs long before the workshop, where he worked with three others to write the song "The Lord is Good."

    "Many times I came to know the truth about God through worship songs, and it encouraged me to come closer to God," Dhawan said. "[As a songwriter,] I want people to understand that God still saves, heals and delivers people from darkness." Read More

  • NAMB to link churches & mission field

    by Adam Miller, posted Monday, May 14, 2012 (5 years ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Dean Sisk is bringing four men to Georgia in July from Belle Aire Baptist Church hoping they gain new vision and new connections for expanding their reach. "We came to a conclusion that our primary focus in missions needed to be on planting churches," said Sisk, who has led the Tennessee congregation in assisting a half-dozen church starts across North America. Read More

  • Ezell introduces missionary development plan

    by Adam Miller, posted Monday, May 14, 2012 (5 years ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Having enough missionaries to support the Southern Baptist effort to impact lostness in North America will require intentional missionary development. Read More

  • Romney: Mormons, evangelicals can work together

    by Michael Foust, posted Monday, May 14, 2012 (5 years ago)

    Photo by Joel Coleman, Liberty University
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney acknowledged to a crowd at Liberty University's commencement that Mormonism and evangelicalism are different faiths, but he said people in both camps can work together on issues of "shared moral convictions." Read More

  • Exhibit hall to show SBC's 'voice' for CP

    by Staff, posted Monday, May 14, 2012 (5 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- The Cooperative Program will be a key focal point in the exhibit hall at the Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans.

    The beauty of the CP lies not in the amount of money each church is able to give, but in the voice it provides every believer in SBC missions and ministry, said Ashley Clayton, associate to the SBC Executive Committee president for the CP and stewardship.

    "Every gift is an investment in ministries and missions," Clayton said. "What we try to commu... Read More

  • BP Ledger, May 14 edition

    by Staff, posted Monday, May 14, 2012 (5 years ago)

    EDITOR'S NOTE: BP Ledger carries items for reader information each week from various Southern Baptist-related entities, and news releases of interest from other sources. The items are published as received.

    Today's BP Ledger includes items from:

    Campbellsville University

    Union University

    Compass Direct News

    International Mission Board

    Campbellsville grads hear US ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom

    By Joan C. McKinney

    CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY (Campbellsvill... Read More