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  • Wife's death 'compelled' pastor on Easter

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, April 04, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    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 (5 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 (6 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 (6 months ago)

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    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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Hope shining in East St. Louis

    by NAMB Staff, posted Friday, March 09, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- East St. Louis is the home -- and mission field -- of Kempton and Caryn Turner.

    A native of East St. Louis, Ill., Kempton Turner grew up on the streets where he now serves as a church planting missionary and pastor of City of Joy Fellowship. The church was launched on Sept. 18, 2016, with one mission: restoring hope to the city through Jesus Christ. It currently rents space at the local Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center.

    "Because I was raised here, I've got a real heart for the people," Turner said. "It's a small city. It's a dangerous, poor place, 85 percent fatherlessness. The houses, the buildings and the roads show the desperate place that East St. Louis is in. The people know struggle." Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Reaching the nations in small town Ga.

    by NAMB Staff, posted Thursday, March 08, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    CLARKSTON, Ga. (BP) -- More than 1,000 refugees come to Clarkston, Ga., each year. Send Relief missionaries Trent and Elizabeth DeLoach and the believers at Clarkston International Bible Church (CIBC) have made it their mission to help these men, women and children feel not only welcome but at home in their new country.

    A U.S. refugee resettlement program in the 1990s opened the door of opportunity for people from around the world to start a new life in Clarkston. This suburb of Atlanta eventually became known as "the most diverse square mile in America." More than 60 countries and 100-plus languages are represented, and the population continues to grow. A place so rich in culture is exactly the kind of city the DeLoach family dreamed of finding -- however it was hard to believe such a place existed in North America, especially in Trent's home state of Georgia. Read More