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Platt livestream cites thanksgiving as IMB's aimRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Thanksgiving is among the central aims of missions.
That was International Mission Board President David Platt's assertion in a Nov. 21 Thanksgiving livestream event that included an update on the IMB's financial status and interviews with personnel serving overseas.
"When we go and proclaim the Gospel and people receive the grace of God ... they will give thanks to God for His grace, and He will receive glory through that," Platt said, basing his comments on 2 Corinthians 4:15, a theme verse for the presentation. Read More
Why celebrate the Reformation after nearly 500 years?JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Had he used a hammer, one could perhaps say that its sound would reverberate across Europe and, eventually, across the globe.
But it's not fully certain that Martin Luther carried a hammer when, on Oct. 31, 1517, he approached the Castle Church in the small university town of Wittenberg, Germany, where he served as both priest and professor. Luther may have used paste, according to Reformation scholar Andrew Pettegree at the University of St. Andrews, when he posted a set of 95 Theses for public debate on the church door, which served at the time as a community-wide bulletin board. Read More
Grief & prayer after Tenn. school bus tragedyCHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (BP) -- When police chaplain and Southern Baptist pastor Anthony Baker arrived at the hospital hours after an elementary school bus accident killed five and injured 32 others, he picked up crayons and joined distraught children coloring scenes on paper.
A school bus driver himself for the past 16 years, Baker was uniquely positioned to minister to those awaiting word on their loved ones at the T.C. Thompson campus of Erlanger Children's Hospital Nov. 21 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Read More
Ala. Baptists approve office relocationPELL CITY, Ala. (BP) -- Approving the relocation of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions' office and a flat $40 million Cooperative Program budget for 2017 topped business items addressed by messengers during their state convention annual meeting Nov. 15–16.
Messengers also unanimously elected John Thweatt, pastor of First Baptist Church in Pell City, as president and adopted five resolutions, four of them related to social and religious issues. The convention theme for the 194th annual meeting was "Sent … Here, There and Everywhere." Read More
Prayer rally, Holy Spirit theme mark SBTC meetingAUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- A three-day emphasis on the Holy Spirit concluded with a citywide prayer rally, music led by Christian recording artist Jeremy Camp and the conclusion of a six-part series through Romans 8 during the 2016 Bible Conference & Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.
The Nov. 13-15 meeting, themed "The Holy Spirit," was hosted by Great Hills Baptist Church in Austin. Read More
Mission board name adopted by Tenn. conventionSEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Messengers to the Tennessee Baptist Convention's annual meeting approved a new name for the Executive Board during "Summit: The Gathering of Tennessee Baptists," Nov. 13-17 at the Sevierville Convention Center.
Unofficial registration tallied 1,211 registered messengers from 503 churches throughout the state. The numbers do not reflect the total number of people who attended various sessions. On Nov. 13, an estimated 2,000-plus people attended the worship service led by Steve Gaines, SBC president and pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church, and a concurrent Hispanic worship service. Read More
N.C. Baptists celebrate missions givingGREENSBORO, N.C.(BP) -- North Carolina Baptists gave more than $32 million dollars to Southern Baptist missions and ministries in the last fiscal year, leading the 42 state conventions in cooperative giving through both the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (more than $14.6 million) and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (more than $6 million).
Messengers to the 2016 Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) annual meeting, Nov. 14-15, voted to approve a budget that increases the percentage of Cooperative Program funds forwarded to the Southern Baptist Convention causes for the 2017 fiscal year to 40.5 percent (or $11,417,637), representing a half-point increase over last year's allotment. The total budget for 2017 comes to $30,375,000, which is up nearly 3 percent over 2016. Read More
SBCV celebrates 20 years, 700 churchesROANOKE, Va. (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia celebrated the 20th anniversary of their convention's founding and eclipsed 700 cooperating churches during their annual meeting Nov. 13-15 at First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Va.
Messengers also elected the convention's first Hispanic officer, voted to continue forwarding more than half of Cooperative Program receipts to Southern Baptist Convention causes and heard a report of 31 salvation decisions through a pre-annual meeting evangelistic blitz. Read More
THANKSGIVING: Not just a holiday or shopping melee
Thanksgiving shouldn't be a once-a-year event for Christians but a "many-times-a-day experience," John Weaver writes. "Jesus rose from the grave, making His abundant and eternal life possible to those who trust in Him." Read More
FROM THE STATES: Wash., Texas, Ariz. evangelism/missions news; '[G]oing where people already are and they're tripping over Jesus'
Today's From the States features items from: Northwest Baptist Witness; Southern Baptist TEXAN; Portraits (Arizona) Read More