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  • A fresh sweep of revival at Southwestern envisioned

    by Staff, posted Friday, October 12, 2018 (4 days ago)

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- The president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary had just been dismissed. The seminary found itself embroiled in a bitter dispute. Harsh words were spoken. Relationships were broken.

    The year was 1995.

    The parallels to 2018 are striking. The larger controversy now is not the issue of biblical inerrancy, but the #MeToo movement. However, the recent dismissal of a president, the rancorous disputes and the painful divisions sound a familiar tone ... Read More

  • Decisions for Christ highlight campus revival

    by Staff/Baptist Message, posted Monday, September 17, 2018 (one month ago)

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    PINEVILLE, La. (BP) -- Louisiana College's final session of its fall revival ended on a high note when 30 students surrendered their lives to Christ Sept. 13.

    Louisiana President Rick Brewer said he was overcome with emotion as he watched the students walk forward to make their decision public.

    "We rejoice with the news of at least 30 LC students who asked Christ to step out of Heaven and step into their hearts on this final day of our fall semester revival," Brewer said. "We prayed for a spiritual awakening on campus this year and we ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Truth decay

    by John Kyle, posted Friday, May 18, 2018 (5 months ago)

    America desperately needs a "truth infusion," John Kyle writes. "No legislation can stop the cultural decay. Only God's truth can change a heart and correct the course of a nation." Read More

  • What else could go wrong? Yet he saw God prevail

    by Alex Sibley, posted Monday, March 26, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Dusty Marshall learned an important lesson during a spring break preaching assignment: When Satan is up to something, God is up to something greater.
    SWBTS photo.

    Marshall was one of 87 students and faculty from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary who participated in the annual "Revive This Nation" initiative, leading revival services in churches from New York to Hawaii during the seminary's March 11-14 spring break. Read More

  • Members of 117 churches urged to 'rise up, build'

    by Brian Blackwell/Baptist Message, posted Tuesday, January 30, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    BENTON, La. (BP) -- Nearly 700 members of the Northwest Louisiana Baptist Association's 117 churches came together to cry out to God to bring revival during the local fellowship's third annual "Call to Prayer."

    Hosted by Cypress Baptist Church, Benton, the Jan. 28 gathering brought together Christians of various ages and ethnicities to pray for law enforcement, the persecuted church, missionaries serving around the world, pastors and other church leaders. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Revival & the glory of God

    by Doug Metzger, posted Tuesday, January 09, 2018 (9 months ago)

    Doug Metzger recounts his realization that the motivation to pray for revival amid churches and a culture in decline must be, first and foremost, for the glory of God. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A puddle of tears

    by Keith Shorter, posted Monday, November 06, 2017 (11 months ago)

    Keith Shorter had never seen such a thing before -- a puddle of tears at the church altar. "Someone was genuinely crying out to God for His intervention," Shorter writes of his yearning for revival. Read More

  • Great Awakening theology cited as evangelism aid

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, August 17, 2017 (one year ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Christians who experienced America's First and Second Great Awakenings were united in their belief that sinners must trust Christ for salvation. But over a span of 100 years, they expressed varying ideas of how to lead nonbelievers to Jesus.

    Those evolving soul winning methods and the theology behind them are the subject of "Theologies of the American Revivalists," a book released in April by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary professor Robert Caldwell. Read More

  • Ghost town church sees Holy Ghost revival

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, March 29, 2017 (one year ago)

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    ORGAN, N.M. (BP) -- With numerous dilapidated buildings and only 323 residents according to the 2010 U.S. census, Organ, N.M., appears on at least one website listing American ghost towns. But Pastor Mitch Newton prefers to think of it as a Holy Ghost town because of the surprising work God has done through the town's Baptist church.

    Over the past three years, Faith Christian Fellowship has grown from five worship attendees to more than 25. The congregation has baptized six people over that span, with three more baptisms scheduled for the coming weeks. Read More

  • Awaken Ada: 'Overwhelming' events draw 200 decisions

    by Brian Hobbs/The Baptist Messenger, posted Tuesday, March 14, 2017 (one year ago)

    ADA, Okla. (BP) -- If God were to begin a spiritual awakening in the "Bible Belt," He might just choose a place like Ada to do it. That is what Brad Graves, pastor of Ada First Baptist Church, believed.

    Through a multi-day event in February called "Awaken Ada," the church saw approximately 200 spiritual decisions and has recorded more than 65 baptisms.

    "Many describe what happened in Ada, Okla., last week as unbelievable, overwhelming, anointed; and most said it was simply indescribable," said Graves who mentioned there were a few "only God" moments leading up to Awaken Ada. Read More