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Church cheers for high school football teamOKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- How can a church impact its community? How about adopting a high school football team?
Cherokee Hills Baptist Church is investing in Putnam City High School as families "adopt" players on the Pirates' football team by going to home games and cheering them on. The idea happened as pastor Mike Keahbone was looking for ways the Oklahoma City church could have a community presence."We started praying for God to open doors," Keahbone recounted. "And Kyle Hale [Putnam City assistant football coach] started coming to our church earlier this year."
Keahbone got to know Hale better as church members served lunch to the players during the preseason two-a-days practices. Read More
Prayer in troubled Charlotte counters 'hurt, anger'CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- "Hurt" and "anger" have met with prayer in troubled Charlotte, N.C., where Southern Baptist pastors are praying and encouraging peace and reason amid violent protests and a declared state of emergency after the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott.
Christians of various denominations held prayer services today (Sept. 22) and yesterday after police shot and killed 43-year-old Scott, a black man, while looking for a suspect in an unrelated incident. Charlotte policeman Brentley Vinson, also black, has been identified as the officer who fired the fatal shot among officers at the scene. Read More
Ky. convention to hotels: Fight human traffickingLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- The Kentucky Baptist Convention will not do business with hotels that fail to train employees to recognize and report human trafficking, KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood announced Sept. 21.
Chitwood set forth the convention's position in a letter to potential vendors and listed several resources for free training.Among the list is the Kentucky attorney general's office, which announced Sept. 20 a partnership that will seek to offer human trafficking training to Kentucky's commercial drivers and truck-stop employees.
The Kentucky convention, the state's largest religious organization encompassing a church membership of 750,000, intends for its internal policy to encourage corporate partners to provide employees with human trafficking awareness education. Read More
Gateway move increased assets, streamlined staffNASHVILLE (BP) -- Thanks to the move of Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention's main campus to Southern California, the seminary has more financial assets and an employee structure more focused on theological education.
That's the report Gateway President Jeff Iorg delivered to the SBC Executive Committee Sept. 20 in Nashville. Read More
FROM THE SEMINARIES: NOBTS convocation, SWBTS evangelism
In today's From the Seminaries: New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Evangelistic pastors
The marks of an evangelistic pastor, Chuck Lawless observes, range from those for whom the Great Commission reflects "a global heart that translates into local evangelism" to those who intentionally engage non-believers even if not naturally gifted in doing so. Read More
Bible Study: Sept. 25, 2016
NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. Read More