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  • California's Camp Fire: 'It never turned daylight'

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, November 16, 2018 (yesterday)

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    PARADISE, Calif. (BP) -- Members of Paradise Ridge Southern Baptist Church have asked pastor Bob Sorensen if they will continue to have a church but not because their building is gone. They ask because the Camp Fire destroyed much of their community.

    "We've had disasters before, and we thought we would be able to just go back," Sorensen said. "But you can't go back."

    While the church still stands -- "an amazing thing," he said -- Sorensen's home was destroyed by the fire.

    "I still have people from the church who are missing that I can't find," he said. "I spend hours a day trying to find them." Read More

  • 'The woods exploded' amid pastor's fire rescue

    by David Roach, posted Monday, November 12, 2018 (5 days ago)

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    MAGALIA, Calif. (BP) -- When one of the deadliest wildfires in state history struck the Northern California town of Magalia, pastor Doug Crowder didn't get to preach his Veterans Day sermon about risking death to save others. But he got to live it.

    With the Camp Fire speeding toward Magalia in the early hours of the morning Nov. 9, Crowder, pastor of Magalia Pines Baptist Church, was loading into vehicles about 30 people who had been unable to evacuate the town. They had taken shelter at the church building with him and four other church members. "We were in the driveway planning to leave," Crowder told Baptist Press through tears, "and the entire world erupted." Read More

  • CP gifts show 'uptick' among Calif. churches

    by Terry Barone & Holly Smith, posted Thursday, October 25, 2018 (23 days ago)

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    CLOVIS, Calif. (BP) -- Messengers to the 2018 California Southern Baptist Convention (CSBC) annual meeting elected a new convention president and approved a 2019 budget during their 78th session that highlighted "Empowering Church Vision."

    Held at Clovis Hills Community Church Oct. 23-24, the annual meeting sessions focused on the convention's new structure, put in place by Bill Agee who was elected executive director in May 2017. The four "initiatives teams" made presentations during each session: church planting, church revitalization, ... Read More

  • Marijuana's 'human toll' anticipated in Calif.

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, January 02, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- As legal recreational marijuana sales began in California Jan. 1, Gateway Seminary President Jeff Iorg bemoaned the increased "human toll" the drug is likely to have on America's most populous state.

    "Whatever economic gains the legalization of marijuana will supposedly produce will be offset by the human toll on damaged relationships, loss of productivity in the workforce and the cost of expanded social programs to deal with the fallout of this bad social experiment," Iorg, leader of Southern Baptists' Ontario, Calif.-based seminary, told Baptist Press in written comments. "It's another step in the wrong ... Read More

  • Wildfire skirts CA church, pastor shares scary moments

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, December 08, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    VENTURA, Calif. (BP) -- When the massive Thomas wildfire rushed the boundaries of Springs of Life Baptist Church in Ventura, Calif., Dec. 5, pastor Doug Jones was onsite with firefighters and others working to save the church, nearby homes and livestock.

    Jones described the "terrifying" scene to Baptist Press today (Dec. 8). His church serves as a staging area for perhaps 60 Unified Command firefighters who manned 12 fire engines near the church in the quaint mountain community of Casitas Springs in Ventura. Read More

  • So. Calif. churches in wildfire path; DR on standby

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, December 06, 2017 (one year ago)

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    VENTURA, Calif. (BP) -- With five wildfires burning in California, the latest in Los Angeles, Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers are on standby and several church facilities are unreachable, ministry leaders there told Baptist Press.

    The Thomas fire in Ventura, the largest, is threatening churches in the Gold Coast Baptist Association that are included in mandatory evacuation zones, Director of Missions Vern Hancock said. Springs of Life Church in the Casitas Springs community of Ventura was in imminent danger, but Hancock had been unable to contact its pastor Douglas Jones by BP's deadline today (Dec. 6). Read More

  • Calif. Baptists highlight 'The Power of One'

    by Terry Barone & Holly Smith, posted Thursday, October 26, 2017 (one year ago)

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    RIVERSIDE (BP) -- Messengers to the 2017 California Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting welcomed a new executive director, re-elected the convention president and approved a 2018 budget during their 77th session that highlighted "The Power of One," based on John 17:22.

    Held at Magnolia Church in Riverside Oct. 24-25, the Tuesday evening session featured Bill Agee, elected as CSBC executive director in May, who presented his vision for the convention as well as details about a restructure. Read More

  • Calif. OKs third gender, protects religious liberty

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (one year ago)

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) -- Pro-family advocates are lamenting California Gov. Jerry Brown's approval Oct. 15 of a bill expanding rights for individuals identifying as transgender but celebrating his veto the same day of a measure that threatened religious liberty.

    Brown, a Democrat, signed Senate Bill 179, which adds a third gender option on official state identification documents for those who reject the designation of male or female and opt instead to be considered "nonbinary." Among his vetoes, meanwhile, was Assembly Bill 569, which would have made it illegal for religious organizations to prohibit their employees from having abortions or engaging in sex outside marriage. Read More

  • CA fires: DR begins, former Gateway campus a shelter

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (one year ago)

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    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (BP) -- As firefighters gained ground against the Northern California blaze Gov. Jerry Brown called perhaps "the greatest tragedy" the state "has ever faced," Southern Baptist disaster relief crews began feeding, cleanup and chaplaincy work today (Oct. 17).

    Meanwhile, the former main campus of Gateway Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif., was being used to shelter both evacuees and out-of-town fire crews, and a pastor in Calistoga, Calif., credited prayer with saving his town. Read More