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Md./Del. Baptists pray, seek Christ's SpiritTOWSON, Md. (BP) -- The Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware's 181st annual meeting focused on unity and prayer reflecting this year's theme, "United in Prayer, Seeking Christ's Spirit," at the Sheraton North in Towson, Md.
Ironically, just a short distance from where hundreds of Towson University students were walking out of their classes in protest of President-elect Donald Trump, Maryland/Delaware Baptists were bowing in prayer to be one in Jesus.
The Nov. 13-15 sessions, attended by 341 messengers and 79 guests ... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Say a prayer for school bus drivers
Erich Bridges, a rookie school bus driver after 30-plus years in Baptist journalism, agonizes over the loss of six young lives in Chattanooga. "Like many people, I took school bus drivers for granted before becoming one," he writes. "Not anymore." Read More
Comic book evangelism: 'The Silence' by Chad NussLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Though he didn't have a personal faith in God, Chad Nuss was incredulous as his father stood firm in atheism before dying from lung complications in 1996.
Nuss experienced an existential crisis, sensing that family and friends were wrong when they said that his father was "in a better place." Not having grown up in church, Nuss said his knowledge of God extended only to what he perceived in creation, alluding to Romans 1 in the New Testament. Read More
Georgia Baptists increase budget to $41MSAVANNAH, Ga. (BP) -- Messengers to the 195th Georgia Baptist Convention annual meeting approved an increased Cooperative Program budget of $41,000,000 -- 42 percent of which will be forwarded to Southern Baptist Convention causes.
In addition, they re-elected Alpharetta pastor Thomas Hammond as president at the Nov. 14-15 gathering at Calvary Baptist Temple in Savannah.
Of the remaining budget, 11.74 percent -- $4,812,500 -- will be allotted for ... Read More
Falwell declines Trump's education secretary offerLYNCHBURG, Va. (BP) -- Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. reportedly declined to serve as education secretary under President-elect Donald Trump.
Trump offered the post to Falwell during a meeting in New York days before Thanksgiving, Falwell told the Associated Press Nov. 26. Fallwell reportedly declined the post because he was not able to commit to serve four-to-six years as Trump desired. Instead, Falwell was only prepared to serve two years at most, he told AP. Read More
Castro death unlikely to halt revival or spur libertyHAVANA (BP) -- Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, who died Nov. 25 at age 90, is being remembered as both an unwitting catalyst of revival and an opponent of religious liberty.
Castro's death, said Southern Baptists with ties to Cuba, is unlikely to yield significant increases in religious liberty for the island nation until the fall of the communist government he inaugurated 57 years ago.
When Castro led a revolt that overthrew then-Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista in ... Read More