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SBC DIGEST: Chitwood on ‘Road to New Orleans’; Kidnapped American Christian worker freed

Chitwood, Howe discuss IMB’s banner year in ‘Road to New Orleans’ installment By BP Staff NASHVILLE (BP) – In an interview with Jonathan Howe, International Mission Board President Paul Chitwood talked about the big year the IMB has had, including a new logo and branding, a record Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and a large number […]

Churches viewed favorably nationally, Barna Cities research shows

NASHVILLE (BP) – More than 75 percent of adults have a positive view of the church in Nashville, in the center of one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the nation. A prevailing positive perception of the church is common in research the Barna Group has unveiled.

North Carolina man’s vision for prayer booms into daily life for thousands of believers

Seven days a week, Terry Long’s morning starts with an 8 o’clock phone call to Fred Lunsford, a 98-year-old retired pastor in North Carolina.

Fewer churches face limited cash reserves

NASHVILLE (BP) – After enduring difficult economic seasons recently, churches are better prepared for financial rainy days than they were prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ERLC aims to aid churches, speak to world, Leatherwood says at installation

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s primary goal is to help Southern Baptist churches and, “from that service, speak to a watching world,” Brent Leatherwood said Monday night (March 20) during his installation as the entity’s ninth president.

Wolfe ready to ‘invest the best years of my life’ in South Carolina Baptists

COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) – South Carolina Baptist Convention messengers unanimously elected Tony Wolfe as the new executive director-treasurer (EDT) Monday afternoon (March 20) in a special called meeting at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia.

Lawyer views role on EC as that of ‘servant,’ not ‘savior’

NASHVILLE (BP) – When Dani Bryson was initially asked to consider a nomination to serve on the Southern Baptist Executive Committee, she said the offer was completely unexpected.

Pastors’ satisfaction, certainty of call in rapid decline, Barna finds

VENTURA, Calif. (BP) – Protestant pastors are less satisfied with their jobs and church assignments and less confident in their spiritual callings, Barna research said in its latest study on pastoral resilience.

Journeyman experiences God at work among Thailand’s Deaf

When Sarah Mitchell first moved to Bangkok, Thailand, to serve as a Journeyman to the Deaf with the International Mission Board, it was the first time she’d ever lived anywhere besides the house where she grew up.

EXPLAINER: 5 things Christians should know about Ramadan

Imagine fasting for 28 days. No food or drink during daylight hours. It’s about more than testing your willpower. Your social standing and status with God depend on how well you do with this task. For Muslims around the world, this is their reality for the next month. This year, Ramadan starts on the evening […]