Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

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  • Life on mission celebrated at Send Conf.

    by Joe Conway, posted Tuesday, August 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Susan Whitley/NAMB
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A sold-out crowd of more than 13,000 from all 50 states and four Canadian provinces flooded into Nashville's Bridgestone Arena to celebrate the call of Jesus and the response of life on mission at the 2015 Send North America Conference Monday.

    North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell and International Mission Board President David Platt welcomed the assembly and challenged attendees to serve wherever God calls them. Read More

  • Once-dying church renews mission

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, August 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo courtesy of Ione Baptist Church
    IONE, Wash. (BP) -- Ione Baptist Church, in a rural village within minutes of both Canada and Idaho, dwindled to perhaps 20 members during the two years it was without a pastor.

    Though the church had been organized by Southern Baptists in 1961, there was no Sunday School, no hands-on missions activity and no connection with the Inland Empire Baptist Association that serves the area when he accepted the church's call, said Mike Smith, pastor at Ione since July 2013 and incoming moderator for the association. Read More

  • CP 1.40 percent ahead of YTD budget projection

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, August 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee have exceeded $158 million, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page. Read More

  • Fight to defund PPFA 'far from over'

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, August 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The legislative effort to defund Planned Parenthood failed Monday (Aug. 3) in the U.S. Senate, but pro-life advocates said they will not give up.

    The Senate voted 53-46 to bring to the floor a bill to eliminate federal funds for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and its affiliates. While a majority of senators favored consideration of the proposal, the attempt to invoke cloture, as it is known, fell short of the 60 votes needed to begin debate on the legislation and establish a path to its passage. Read More

  • LifeWay offers free sanctity of human life studies

    by Aaron Earls , posted Tuesday, August 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Undercover videos from Planned Parenthood unleashed a national discussion on human life and its value. To help churches navigate those issues, LifeWay Christian Resources has free sanctity of human life Bible studies for download. Read More

  • Craig James: Fox Sports not 'above the law'

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, August 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- College football analyst Craig James has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against Fox Sports alleging he was fired from a broadcasting position because of his Christian belief that homosexuality is sinful.

    "This case is much bigger than me," James said according to a press release from Liberty Institute, the Christian legal organization representing him. "It affects every person who holds religious beliefs. ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The Great Barrier Reach

    by David Jeremiah, posted Tuesday, August 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

    "The greatest barrier reach in history was when Jesus Christ left the ivory palaces of heaven to immerse Himself in the dusty streets of Galilee," David Jeremiah writes. "… That's the greatest barrier reach in history because the gulf between God's holiness and our sinfulness is wider than a billion Grand Canyons…." Read More