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Women's leadership event: 'Be steadfast'NASHVILLE (BP) -- Facing breast cancer and the breakdown of her marriage, Proverbs 31 Ministries founder Lysa TerKeurst stood before 1,800 women Nov. 9 and urged them to remain steadfast in Christ.
There was a collective gasp from the audience at LifeWay's annual Women's Leadership Forum as TerKeurst shared she would undergo a double mastectomy the following day.
TerKeurst's breast cancer diagnosis in October came on the heels of her June announcement that she and her husband of 25 years were separating due to his substance abuse and infidelity. She told the gathered leaders that having a cancer diagnosis and a marriage crisis happen so closely together was difficult, but that the Word of God was anchoring her -- and it could anchor them, too. Read More
Puerto Rico relief needs ongoing volunteers, fundingSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Southern Baptists continue to serve Puerto Rico's residents after Hurricane Maria's devastation in September, creating a nationwide response from the ground up.
Sam Porter, national director for disaster relief for the North American Mission Board, has spent several days in Puerto Rico in two separate trips to assist disaster response coordinator Jack Noble in facilitating the large-scale response by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) and Send Relief. Read More
Ky. Baptists urge evangelism, pledge to monitor CBFLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Messengers to the Kentucky Baptist Convention in Louisville launched a major evangelistic initiative, spoke out on gambling and violent crime and tasked their credentialing committee with monitoring potential actions by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
Meeting at Highview Baptist Church's east campus Nov. 14, they also elected a western Kentucky pastor as their president and set a Cooperative Program budget goal of $21.5 million for 2018-2019.
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MOVIES: Kid-friendly animation & Christ's incarnationKANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- Though a bit early to hang stockings over the mantle, it's never too soon to hear a retelling of the first Christmas. With that reasoning, Sony Pictures' premieres "The Star," a new animated version of the birth of Jesus, in theaters Nov. 17.
Alongside this kid-aimed adaptation from the perspective of the animal kingdom, I'd also like to feature "The Miracle Maker," another interesting animated reenactment of our Savior's birth. Read More
NW Baptists' 70th meeting renews 'blessing' themeEUGENE, Ore. (BP) -- When Northwest Baptists from 15 churches organized formally as a convention in 1948, they embraced as part of their mission "blessing of the world." As messengers to the Northwest Baptist Convention's 70th annual meeting convened Nov. 7-8 in Eugene, Ore., the theme of "blessing" once again was prominent.
"Northwest Baptists were placed by God in our communities as a blessing to the peoples where we live," said Randy Adams, NWBC executive director. "As we live the Gospel in righteousness and truth, as we walk in the way of the Lord, the Gospel message that we speak becomes clear and powerful to the watching world." Read More
Pa./S. Jersey increases CP, launches simulcastYORK, Pa. (BP) -- The Baptist Resource Network (BRN) of Pennsylvania/South Jersey increased the percentage of Cooperative Program gifts it will forward to Southern Baptist Convention causes and saw hundreds view the first-ever livestream of its annual meeting.
Some 207 messengers and 93 guests from 110 churches gathered at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in York, Pa., for the BRN's Nov. 2-3 annual meeting, with an emphasis on church health. Engaging the lost, discipling believers and developing "next-generation leaders" were among the characteristics of healthy churches discussed. Read More
Hawaii Baptists restructure budget, urge cooperationHONOLULU (BP) -- Messengers to the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention restructured their budget and adopted a resolution urging churches to give through the Cooperative Program.
Gathering around the theme "People of the Word -- Celebrating 75 Years of the HPBC," 264 messengers from 70 of the convention's 151 churches met Nov. 9-10 at Hawaii Baptist Academy in Honolulu. Messengers came from churches across Hawaii and also represented Guam, American Samoa, Okinawa, South Korea, Japan and Thailand. Read More
W.Va. Baptists 'all in,' tackle opioid crisisFAIRLEA, W.Va. (BP) -- During their annual meeting, West Virginia Baptists were urged to be "all in" through seeking to grow as a convention united in generosity in response to the Gospel. Messengers also pledged to battle the state's drug epidemic during the convention's 47th annual meeting.
During the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists (WVCSB) annual meeting -- held Nov. 2-3 at First Baptist Church of Fairlea, W.Va. -- 173 messengers and 41 guests marked a continued increase in total attendance over previous WVCSB annual meetings. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Reaching refugees, reaching the nations
Bryant Wright voices a call to "open our eyes to the immigrants and refugees God has placed among us" -- "whichever way the political winds blow." Read More
Bible Study: November 19, 2017
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