Baptist Press Archive

Monday, July 07, 2014

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  • For parents of missionaries, saying goodbye is never easy

    by Tess Rivers, posted Monday, July 07, 2014 (4 years ago)

     Photo by Paul W. Lee
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- "Over my dead body!" Those were Connie Beckler's exact words more than seven years ago when she got the phone call that her daughter and son-in-law had committed to international missions.

    "I prayed for everything to go wrong," Beckler, who is a member of Maywood Baptist Church, Independence, Mo., said. "I didn't want them to go because they talked about India. They talked about Africa, and I thought, 'Oh my.... No!'" Read More

  • Reflections from the mother of a missionary

    by Elnora Anderson, posted Monday, July 07, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Photo by Chris Carter/IMB
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- A mother of an international missionary shares her perspective on working through the challenges of her daughter and family moving overseas. She said it hasn't been easy. "Even so, I am proud of my family, and I am thankful for the opportunities they have experienced…," she says. "I know God will be watching over all of us." Read More

  • Tips for connecting with families overseas

    by Tess Rivers, posted Monday, July 07, 2014 (4 years ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Richard and Sharla Rachel are typical American grandparents who enjoy being a part of their grandchildren's lives. They babysit. They have dinner together. They read books and play games. Read More

  • Newly abducted Nigerians escape Boko Haram

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, July 07, 2014 (4 years ago)

    NORTHEAST NIGERIA (BP) -- More than 60 Nigerian women and girls Boko Haram abducted from northeast Nigeria two weeks ago have escaped and are reunited with their families, the Associated Press reported today (July 7). Read More

  • Truett's religious liberty legacy celebrated

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 07, 2014 (4 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- On the 70th anniversary of George W. Truett's death, present and former pastors of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas -- where Truett pastored for 47 years -- said his most famous sermon on religious liberty has implications for the advance of secularism, the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision and GuideStone Financial Resources' legal fight against the Obama administration's abortion/contraceptive mandate. Read More

  • Nonprofit defends care of child refugees

    by Art Toalston, posted Monday, July 07, 2014 (4 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A Texas nonprofit is responding to criticisms by several former employees of its care of Latin American children who have crossed the border into the U.S. Read More

  • Olympian, World War II veteran dies at 97

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Monday, July 07, 2014 (4 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP)-- Louis Zamperini, an Olympian who was later captured by the Japanese during World War II and whose story was told in the book "Unbroken," died July 2 at age 97. Read More

  • 2nd VIEW: Billy Graham's July 4, 1970, words: 'The Unfinished Dream'

    by Myriah Snyder, posted Monday, July 07, 2014 (4 years ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Billy Graham stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial the morning of July 4, 1970, to deliver his message, "The Unfinished Dream," to a crowd estimated between 15,000 and 30,000 people. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Baptisms - the next step

    by Bobby Welch, posted Monday, July 07, 2014 (4 years ago)

    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) -- The Pastors Task Force on Southern Baptist Convention Evangelistic Impact & Declining Baptisms reported their findings in May. This diverse group of 15 summarized their work into five recommendations: Read More