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  • John Bisagno, pastor & church innovator, dies at 84

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 06, 2018 (8 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- John Bisagno, an evangelistic innovator and longtime pastor of Houston's First Baptist Church, died Aug. 5 in Nashville following a battle with cancer. He was 84.

    During Bisagno's 30-year tenure at Houston's First beginning in 1970, the congregation grew from fewer than 400 to 22,000 members, Baptist Press reported in 1999. During that period, the church also baptized 15,000 people, gave $250 million to missions, relocated from downtown to its current location in west Houston and helped launch the Bible teaching ministry of Beth Moore. Read More

  • Christian 'genocide': naming Nigeria's mass slaughter

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, August 06, 2018 (8 days ago)

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    MIDDLE BELT, Nigeria (BP) -- The mass slaughter of Christians in Nigeria is calculated genocide abetted by the government in the nation that is Africa's most Christian, cries a growing number of leaders calling on the United States to intervene.

    Evangelical John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, is among the latest to describe as genocide the killing of some 6,000 Christians this year alone in Nigeria by jihadist Fulani herdsmen aided by resurging Boko Haram terrorists. Read More

  • 7,000 churches, mosques still closed in Rwanda shutdown

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (14 days ago)

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    KIGALI, Rwanda (BP) -- Nearly 7,000 churches and mosques remain closed in Rwanda months after the government began shutting down houses of worship, the Rwandan government has reported.

    The government continues to close houses of worship, citing various building code violations and requirements that pastors complete theological education at accredited schools, World Watch Monitor reported July 27.

    Requirements continue to mount since new laws in the country were first enacted in February, World Watch reported. These requirements reportedly include such measures as the mandatory installment of a certain canvas ceiling considered a fire hazard. Read More

  • NAAF to 'fill the gap' in state conv. church training

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, July 27, 2018 (18 days ago)

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    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Through a new initiative of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention, consultants are available to help state conventions train church staff in discipleship, evangelism, missions and community ministries.

    NAAF's African American Ministry Assist Team (AAMAT) is designed to fill Southern Baptist resource gaps that NAAF said are widening for the nearly 4,000 African American churches in the SBC.

    AAMAT will fill a critical need for both churches and state conventions, said NAAF President Marshal Ausberry Sr., pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Fairfax, Va. Read More

  • Imprisoned U.S. pastor in Turkey moves to house arrest

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, July 25, 2018 (20 days ago)

    IZMIR, Turkey (BP) -- American pastor Andrew Brunson has been granted transfer from a Turkish prison to house arrest awaiting an Oct. 12 hearing, his attorneys said today (July 25).

    The move comes a week after a Turkish court denied Brunson's plea for release after nearly two years' imprisonment on allegations of terrorism and spying. The longtime pastor and native of Black Mountain, N.C., has instead been charged with "the crime of 'Christianization,'" his defenders at the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) said.

    "We have confirmed that the Turkish government has issued an order releasing Pastor Andrew Brunson from prison and allowing him to be returned to his home in Turkey," ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow said in a press release. "This is a critical first step that we believe will result in the freedom of Pastor Brunson so he can return to the United States and be reunited with his family." Read More

  • 'In spirit & in truth' aim of black conf. worship

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, July 24, 2018 (21 days ago)

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    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- An original arrangement of "Blessed Assurance" at the 2018 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference culminated in a musical round of three different phrases sung in unison, harmonizing the word "assurance" at the same time.

    "Oh what a blessed assurance." "Blessed assurance, this is my song." "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine," sang the Whosoever Will Choir comprised of volunteers attending the conference.

    Arranger, worship pastor and recording artist Joe Pace, who serves under senior pastor H.B. Charles Jr. at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., describes his arrangement as putting a "little spin" on the classic Fannie Crosby hymn. Read More

  • Culture, discipleship grow LifeWay event 25 years

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, July 23, 2018 (22 days ago)

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    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Race is not the issue of Black Church Leadership and Family Conference, leaders told Baptist Press upon the 25th anniversary of the event described as the largest gathering of African Americans in the Southern Baptist Convention.

    "It's the culture," said Jay Wells, a retired LifeWay Christian Resources executive who helped found the event during his tenure in 1993. "Each generation and each people group have culture and God created us with differences and uniquenesses. It's not to say one is better than the other. Read More

  • Uzbekistan's religious liberty violations mount

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 23, 2018 (22 days ago)

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    TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (BP) -- Two new requirements for religious organizations seeking government recognition in Uzbekistan are said to evidence the Central Asian nation's continued restriction of religious liberty.

    Comprising five former Soviet republics, Central Asia includes Uzbekistan and two other countries on the U.S. State Department's list of countries of particular concern (CPCs) for religious liberty violations: Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Another Central Asian nation, Kazakhstan, has been recommended for inclusion on the State Department's religious liberty watch list by the U.S. Commission on ... Read More