Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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  • Dallas shootings yield 'beginning of revival'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, July 12, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Morris Abernathy
    DALLAS (BP) -- Holding interracial prayer gatherings, ministering to grieving police officers in the emergency room and hosting a question-and-answer session with police are among the ways Dallas-area Southern Baptists have responded to the violent killings of five police officers last week.

    The July 7 assassinations, apparently committed by a suspect who reportedly told police he wanted to kill white people, occurred within days of police killing two black civilians under questionable circumstances -- Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile of the Minneapolis area.

    President Obama and former President George W. Bush spoke at a memorial service for the slain officers in Dallas today (July 12). Read More

  • Gas station fuels spiritual life in Ky. town

    by Alison Pulliam/Kentucky Today, posted Tuesday, July 12, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Alison Pulliam/Kentucky Today
    LYNCH, Ky. (BP) -- A bell jingled as a middle-aged man walked through the door. He laid a few dollars on the counter for gas and requested prayer.

    This may be unusual behavior at most convenience stores, but Black Mountain Exchange is anything but usual.

    Bible verses and decorative murals dot the walls around the thinly stocked shelves. Free Gospel tracts and Bibles sit in stacks by the register where they are frequently given away. Christian music floating from the small stereo fills the background as customers shop. Read More

  • Church plant seizes opportunity in Catholic sanctuary

    by JC Davies/Southern Baptist TEXAN , posted Tuesday, July 12, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo provided by Église Communautaire Mosaïque
    QUEBEC CITY, Canada (BP) -- In a place steeped in religious history, a Southern Baptist church plant in Canada's Quebec City is redefining what church looks like for a local community and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ among North America's most unreached people group.

    In 2005, Église Communautaire Mosaïque was founded in downtown Quebec City, Quebec, one of the poorest parts of the city and also one of the most spiritually impoverished places in Canada. With evangelical Christians making up less than 1 percent of Quebec's population, the native people, called Quebecois, are considered to be the least-reached people in North America, according to the North American Mission Board. Read More

  • Alcohol use reignites issue among Baptists

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, July 12, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Alcohol consumption has jumped back into Baptist discussions, this time stirred by the termination of a high-profile pastor.

    Perry Noble's removal as senior pastor of the multi-campus NewSpring Church in South Carolina was communicated to members and attendees during Sunday worship services, July 10. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A solid investment

    by David Jeremiah, posted Tuesday, July 12, 2016 (2 years ago)

    "Millions of us have experienced the uncertainty of creating a solid investment portfolio as the stock market rises and falls like a rollercoaster," David Jeremiah writes. But, he notes, the Bible's fundamental investment strategy has little to do with accumulating money. Read More