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Thursday, September 22, 2016

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  • Church cheers for high school football team

    by Chris Doyle/Baptist Messenger, posted Thursday, September 22, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Emily Brashier
    OKLAHOMA 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.

    Photo by Emily Brashier
    "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'

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, September 22, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Screen capture from WSOC-TV
    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 trafficking

    by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today, posted Thursday, September 22, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Paul Chitwood, Kentucky Baptist Convention President
    LOUISVILLE, 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.

    Andy Beshear, Kentucky attorney general
    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 staff

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, September 22, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Morris Abernathy
    NASHVILLE (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

  • FIRST-PERSON: Evangelistic pastors

    by Chuck Lawless, posted Thursday, September 22, 2016 (2 years ago)

    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

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, September 22, 2016 (2 years ago)

    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