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  • TRUSTEES: Record AAEO, new VPs top NAMB agenda

    by Mike Ebert, posted Thursday, October 04, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NEW YORK (BP) -- North American Mission Board (NAMB) trustees meeting Oct. 1-2 in New York City were the first to hear that Southern Baptists gave an all-time record high to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions in 2018. Kevin Ezell, NAMB's president, announced the record $61.1 million offering to the group Monday evening (Oct. 1).

    "We are so thankful to not only break $60 million but to break $61 million at the same time," Ezell told trustees. "We are indebted to you and to your pastors and what an incredible thing that is." See Baptist Press report on the record Annie Offering. Read More

  • Annie Armstrong Easter Offering tops $61 million

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Wednesday, October 03, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Hayley Catt/NAMB
    NEW YORK (BP) -- Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board (NAMB), announced to trustees during their meeting that the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions broke the $60 million mark for the first time ever in 2018, with Southern Baptists giving $61.1 million.

    "We are so thankful to not only break $60 million but to break $61 million at the same time," Ezell told trustees. "We are indebted to you and to your pastors and what an incredible thing that is."

    Ezell, delivered the announcement to trustees at a dinner during their Oct. 1-2 meeting in New York City. Church planting missionaries, some NAMB staff and special guests were also in attendance. Ezell walked through previous record-setting years, recounting the victories Southern Baptists have shared through the years. Read More

  • Wife's death 'compelled' pastor on Easter

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, April 04, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Mark Maynard
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- Last year, pastor Tim Maynard felt like he "stole Easter" from Fruit Cove Baptist Church by announcing his wife Pam would undergo surgery for an advanced-stage brain tumor the following day. He also shared he would take an indefinite leave from pastoral ministry to care for her.

    That leave ended up being four months and culminated in Pam's death.

    A year later, Maynard, 63, observed his first Easter without Pam by presenting their Jacksonville, Fla., church with a book about his experience: "I Bear Witness: A Memoir of Love, Loss and the Goodness of God." Read More

  • Solace amid persecution for India's Christian minority

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, April 02, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    MEGHALAYA, India (BP) -- Christians comprising just 2.3 percent of India's population noted two legal successes this Easter as religious persecution mounts under the Hindu nation's ruling Indian People's Party (BJP).

    In Meghalaya, one of three Indian states where Christians comprise a population majority, the BJP-ruled government responded to widespread public protests and withdrew an order March 27 to halt Good Friday observances, Christian persecution watchdog World Watch Monitor reported March 29. Read More

  • EASTER: Determining a date has proven 'divisive'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Some Christians have expressed chagrin that Easter and April Fools' Day fall on the same date this year. But any moderate emotional energy expended contemplating Easter's date in 2018 pales in comparison to the passion believers brought to dating Easter the first four centuries of church history.

    The story of that passion helps explain how Christians have come to calculate Easter's date.

    "Why was the date of Easter such a divisive issue?" said Rex Butler, professor of church history and patristics at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. "First, the centrality of Jesus' resurrection to the Christian faith made the date of its observance a critical concern. Second, the rituals associated with Easter brought into sharp contrast the differing dates of its observance. Read More

  • Love, faithfulness highlight LifeWay Easter lessons

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

    LifeWay children's Bible study illustration, 1991
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Love one another as Jesus taught, know that His resurrection overcame sin and death, and be assured of His return to take believers unto Himself -- words of encouragement at Easter in Bible study curricula from LifeWay Christian Resources.

    Reflections by the writers of Bible Studies for Life, Explore the Bible and YOU! during the Easter season were shared with Baptist Press from LifeWay's five ongoing Bible study/Sunday School curricula, which also include The Gospel Project and SmallGroup.com. Read More

  • EASTER: 'No fear in death!'

    by Steve Gaines, posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

    If you're afraid of death, Steve Gaines writes, "Jesus unlocked the door of eternity, went into the grave and turned the lights on" through His resurrection on Easter morning for those who trust in Him. Read More

  • Christ's resurrection: strongest evidence cited

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

    It's a question asked and answered each Easter in news reports, television documentaries and personal conversations. This year, two Southern Baptists who train others to defend the faith have offered their thoughts on the best way to answer.

    Rob Phillips, who leads apologetics for the Missouri Baptist Convention, pointed to the "minimal facts argument," which defends the resurrection using only evidence "considered virtually undeniable," even by skeptics. Stephen Wellum, a theology professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said evidence for the resurrection always must be coupled with an explanation of the resurrection's significance within the Christian worldview. Read More

  • EASTER: The resurrection -- a fatal blow to death

    by Joshua Crutchfield, posted Wednesday, March 28, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Preaching, evangelism and every other aspect of life is affected by what we believe about the resurrection, Joshua Crutchfield writes, noting, "The chief victory of Jesus is not that He died, but that even though He died, He lives." Read More

  • At wedding, missions inspires creative gift

    by Tobin Perry, posted Friday, March 16, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    BLUEFIELD, Va. (BP) -- As Eric Mason and Amber Fowler put the final touches on their March 10 wedding, the couple turned their attention to what kind of favors they wanted to give guests who attended the reception. Maybe they'd hand out candies, candles or bubbles. But they didn't figure any of the traditional wedding-reception favors would last long. They'd be eaten, used or stuck on a shelf and likely forgotten.

    The couple instead hoped to use the funds to do something that lasted a bit longer, an effort that would have eternal consequences. They began to look at a variety of charitable gifts that would make better use of the money they'd normally spend on the favors. Read More