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  • Jon Nelson: from atheist to 1st black Mo. Baptist VP

    by Christopher Pearson, posted Wednesday, January 02, 2019 (one month ago)

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) -- The Missouri Baptist Convention's first African American officer, Jon Nelson, is not only a husband, father and church planter. He's also a testimony to the grace of God that can take an adversary of faith, such as Nelson once was, and bring him into the service of the one he had hated.

    Growing up in his parents' inner-city church in Kansas City, Nelson admits he often intellectually wrestled with Christians there.

    "When I attended my parents' church, I would privately engage in debates to destroy others' faith by asking venomous and loaded questions," Nelson remembers of his effort to agitate doubt that anyone had about God, the Christian faith or the Bible. Having become a self-defined -- but not publicly identified -- atheist, he wanted others to taste and see the same freedom he felt by rejecting belief in any God. Read More

  • Mo. Baptist resolution: Denounce Dred Scott decision

    by Ben Hawkins, posted Wednesday, November 14, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Photo by Brian Koonce.
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (BP) -- Missouri Baptists elected a more ethnically diverse slate of convention officers and approved a resolution encouraging racial reconciliation during their 184th annual meeting at Crossway Baptist Church in Springfield.

    Although this year's meeting was shortened to only two days, Oct. 22-23, attendance rose slightly compared to the previous two years, totaling 1,042 messengers and 184 visitors from 451 churches.

    Jon Nelson, elected as MBC first vice president, is believed to be the convention's first black officer. Nelson is an MBC church planter and pastor of Soma Community Church near the campus of historically black Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Read More

  • Missouri DR deploys after 17 killed at Branson lake

    by Benjamin Hawkins, posted Friday, July 20, 2018 (7 months ago)

    Screen capture from CNN
    BRANSON, Mo. –(BP) -- Seventeen people, including children, died yesterday (July 19) after a sudden violent storm capsized a "duck boat" on Table Rock Lake near the tourist hotspot of Branson, Mo. The tragedy prompted a response from Missouri Disaster Relief (DR) today, as well as from other Southern Baptists in the region.

    Branson is known among tourists for its "duck boats," which can travel both on land and in the water. Two boats were still in the water yesterday at Table Rock Lake, when a fast-moving storm brought winds in excess of 60 mph and caused three-foot waves on the lake.

    One of the boats was able to make it back to shore but another -- carrying 31 passengers -- struggled amid the waves and was finally capsized. Read More

  • Mo. Baptists pursue synergy for transforming lives

    by Benjamin Hawkins/Missouri Pathway, posted Thursday, November 02, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo courtesy of the Missouri Baptist Convention
    RAYTOWN, Mo. (BP) -- Missouri Baptists pursued greater synergy for transforming lives and communities with the Gospel during their 183rd annual meeting.

    A total of 883 messengers and 234 visitors from 391 churches gathered Oct. 23-24 at the Connection Point Church (formerly First Baptist) of Raytown, Mo., where they approved new governing documents, heard a report from the Missouri Baptist Foundation President for the first time in 15 years and welcomed special guests, including Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. Read More

  • Judge rules in favor of MBC in Baptist Home, MBU case

    by Missouri Pathway Staff , posted Tuesday, October 03, 2017 (one year ago)

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) -- A specially-appointed judge has ordered The Baptist Home and Missouri Baptist University to seat trustees elected by the Missouri Baptist Convention. If the ruling stands, the two organizations would resume operating under convention-approved charters and boards for the first time since 2001.

    In an 86-page opinion signed Sept. 27, Special Judge Karl DeMarce held that trustees of the Baptist Home and MBU violated Missouri law when they cut off the MBC's rights in 2000 and 2001, respectively. Both charters required MBC messengers to approve any changes. Once final, the court's order voids any unapproved amendments, reinstates the MBC's rights, and returns the entities to the MBC. Read More

  • Mo. attorney general targets human trafficking

    by Brian Koonce/Missouri Pathway, posted Wednesday, April 05, 2017 (one year ago)

    Pathway photo
    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Missouri's attorney general has drawn support from Southern Baptists for issuing regulations enforcing consumer protection laws to target human traffickers.

    In April 3 comments made at an undisclosed human trafficking rescue site in the St. Louis area, Joshua Hawley likened human trafficking to modern day slavery, noting that each year, thousands of young women and girls are forced into commercial sexual exploitation -- forced to provide sex for money. Read More

  • Independent church aligns with Missouri Baptists/SBC

    by Benjamin Hawkins/Missouri Pathway, posted Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (2 years ago)

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (BP) -- The shared vision of transforming lives and communities with the Gospel has led a historically independent church whose pastor serves as president of the Baptist Bible Fellowship International to become a cooperating church with the Missouri Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention. Read More

  • SBU expels two students in alleged off-campus crime

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 03, 2017 (2 years ago)

    BOLIVAR, Mo. (BP) -- Southwest Baptist University (SBU) in Bolivar, Mo., has expelled two students allegedly involved in an assault at an off-campus group home unrelated to the university.

    Viavia Manuma, 24, was charged Feb. 1 with one count of child abuse and two counts of first-degree assault in the incident said to have occurred in July 2016 at Home Court Advantage Inc., a residential treatment facility for children, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Henry Epenesa, 21, was arrested Feb. 2 and charged with two counts of assault and one count of child abuse, The Missouri Pathway reported. Both men were SBU football players. Read More

  • MBC calls on court for restoration

    by Missouri Pathway Staff, posted Monday, December 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) -- The Missouri Baptist Convention has asked the Circuit Court of Cole County to restore The Baptist Home and Missouri Baptist University to the MBC family.

    The Baptist Home, a three-campus senior adult residential ministry, broke away from the convention in September 2000, declaring its board of trustees to be independent and self-perpetuating. In August 2001, Missouri Baptist University (MBU), a four-year college in Clayton, Mo., took the same action, amending its charter to remove all ties to the MBC. Read More