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  • Child finds victory physically, spiritually

    by Brian Blackwell/Baptist Message, posted Wednesday, January 11, 2017 (5 days ago)

    SHREVEPORT, La. (BP) -- Just two years ago, little Hayden Heaberlin was facing the fight of his life, one that no 4-year-old should have to face -- a battle with cancer.

    But family and friends affirm those days of darkness were pierced by the light of God's mercy and provision.

    There was the time when 50 people from his church surrounded his home in a prayer circle while his family was with him in Memphis, Tenn., where he was receiving treatments; and there were countless times when his family relayed to him text messages, phone calls and letters of encouragement. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Baptisms -- more than numbers

    by Nathan A. Finn, posted Thursday, January 05, 2017 (11 days ago)

    The importance of baptism stems not only from the teachings of Scripture but, for Southern Baptists, it also is a key measure of evangelistic fruitfulness, Nathan Finn notes. They point toward "reaching men, women and children who are created in God's image, who Christ died for, and who God loves and wants to save," Finn writes. Read More

  • It's 'never too late': 94-year-old gains new life

    by Brian Blackwell/Louisiana Baptist Message, posted Tuesday, November 01, 2016 (2 months ago)

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    RUSTON, La. (BP) -- Wearing a shower cap only moments from entering the baptismal waters, Ophelia White was beaming with excitement.

    With the encouragement of friends gathered in the Cook Baptist Church worship center, the 94-year-old new believer was baptized, answering the prayers of those closest to her.

    "I want people to know it's never too late," White said. "Get with it." Read More

  • Urban church embraces creativity, holds outdoor baptism

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, May 16, 2016 (8 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When Mosaic Nashville church baptized 40-year-old Paul Ramsey, he found it fitting that he should slip and hit his head on the rim of the aluminum horse trough that was his baptismal pool.

    "I've made a lot of bad choices in my life," he told Baptist Press, "and it's just taken me a lot of knocks and a lot of bumps on my head to get on the right path." Read More

  • 'Special' call leads to 'special' baptism

    by Marilyn Stewart/Baptist Message, posted Monday, May 09, 2016 (8 months ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- The phone call Alexis Leslie received from Calvary Baptist School in New Orleans last year began with words every parent loves to hear.

    "I have awesome news," Leslie said the principal told her. But when Leslie heard her 11-year-old son Liam had made a commitment to follow Christ, she was not sure she understood.

    "I'll be honest with you, I don't know a whole lot about the Baptist religion. I'm Catholic," Leslie said. "I really wasn't quite sure what 'saved' meant." Read More

  • Pastor baptizes son, several hundred others

    by Barbara Denman/Florida Baptist Convention, posted Monday, March 07, 2016 (10 months ago)

    CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (BP) -- When David Hughes was called as pastor of Church by the Glades in 1998, 470 was the average weekly attendance. Now nearly 18 years later in just one weekend, the Florida church stirred the baptismal waters with 470 new believers in Christ.

    The correlation of numbers was "catalytic," Hughes said. "It was very organic. It was one of these 'trust God moments and see God at work.'"

    Leading the baptismal candidates was a child, as Hughes baptized his 7-year-old son Zane, ... Read More

  • CALL TO PRAYER: One more precious soul

    by Frank S. Page, posted Friday, October 03, 2014 (2 years ago)

    SBC leader Frank Page sets forth "what if" yearnings for Southern Baptists during the coming church year. "We rejoice over each baptism," he writes. "Yet our hearts are broken that the number was so small in comparison to the lostness that surrounds us." Read More