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Halloween outreach 'hammers out the Gospel,' pastor saysWAVERLY, Tenn. (BP) -- Scott Brown, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Waverly, Tenn., doesn't think Christians should hide from Halloween.
The members of his congregation obviously agree.
Rather than avoiding the night that is traditionally linked to ghosts and goblins, First Baptist embraces it by hosting one of the largest fall festivals in the state.
First Baptist, which has about 200 members, welcomed more than 7,000 ... Read More
Harvey disaster relief showed 'faith in action'SEABROOK, Texas (BP) -- Melissa del Flora took it upon herself to organize meals for Hurricane Harvey survivors occupying 40 rooms at the Quality Inn in Seabrook, Texas.
Even though food and drinks arrived for a month, del Flora grew weary. Through a random conversation with one of the evacuees, she learned that Baptists could help lift the load.
Del Flora contacted Susan Bumpas, director of preschool and children's ... Read More
Radical Reformation included in Bapt. commemorationsNASHVILLE (BP) -- While most Reformation commemorations this year have focused on the likes of Martin Luther, John Calvin and Ulrich Zwingli, some believers also have commemorated a lesser-known wing of the Reformation that sought to reform the Reformers -- the Radical Reformation.
A catchall term, the "Radical Reformation" refers to 16th-century Christians who left the Roman Catholic Church but didn't believe the Magisterial Reformers -- as Luther, Calvin and company have come to be known -- went far enough in purifying the church. Read More
Reformation women's 'tremendous' impact highlightedNASHVILLE (BP) -- For nearly the first century of its existence, the International Monument to the Reformation in Geneva did not include any women's names among the Protestant Reformation personalities it honored.
But in 2002, the name Marie Dentiere was engraved on a stone marker, a notable though late acknowledgment that women played an important role in the church's 16th-century return to biblical roots.
The Reformation "transformed the position of women," said Diana Severance, a ... Read More
Union to open R.G. Lee birthplace Nov. 11JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- A piece of Southern Baptist history has been moved to the campus of Union University.
On Nov. 11, the university will open the renovated birthplace of R.G. Lee, which has been moved to Union's campus in Jackson, Tenn., from Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis.
"R.G. Lee was a leading statesman among Southern Baptists and other evangelicals during the middle years of the 20th century," said Nathan Finn, dean ... Read More
Students' GenSend experience energizes church's givingALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- In the summer of 2016, college students from Temple Baptist Church in Ruston, La., traveled to Chicago and Calgary to learn to live on mission. That experience not only changed the lives of the students, it also impacted the church.
Temple Baptist consistently encourages its students to live on mission and to passionately pursue the Lord's will for their lives. And because of that, many of the church's students participate in the North American Mission Board's GenSend initiative -- a collegiate opportunity where students learn how to lead missional ... Read More
Judge OKs suit over baby body parts researchALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BP) -- A woman's lawsuit against a New Mexico abortion center will proceed, thanks to a New Mexico judge's refusal to dismiss her case.
Jessica Duran filed suit last year against Southwestern Women's Options (SWO) for not telling her about its relationship with the University of New Mexico (UNM) and the possibility that it sent her dead baby there for research.
The abortion center and abortion doctor Curtis Boyd filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, but New Mexico District Judge Clay Campbell ruled this month that all ... Read More