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  • Rural Bapt. church sees 900 baptisms in 6 years

    by Grace Thornton/The Alabama Baptist, posted Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    GADSDEN, Ala. (BP) -- In 1995, Joey Hanner was a trucker who was about to give up on his marriage -- and he was one Sunday service away from giving up on church too.

    "We were going to give church one more try and then we were going to end our marriage," he said.

    They were so mad at each other they hadn't even realized that day was their 12th wedding anniversary, Hanner said. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: When your grandchild gets baptized

    by Doug Munton, posted Monday, May 08, 2017 (3 months ago)

    Doug Munton recounts the "incredibly personal and special moment" of baptizing his grandson. Even so, he notes, "The rejoicing in heaven over one who repents is deeper than any grandparent is capable of in this world." Read More

  • Pastor's call to baptism fans 'sparks of revival'

    by Grace Thornton/The Alabama Baptist, posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (3 months ago)

    Pastor Alan Floyd's call to baptism hits home for a realtor, a mother of two teen daughters and 38 others at Cottage Hill Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala. Read More

  • 'Dunk 'n Dine' offers unique baptism celebration

    by Lucy Oliver/Arizona Portraits, posted Monday, March 13, 2017 (5 months ago)

    TUCSON, Ariz. (BP) -- An Arizona church has created a memorable and successful way to mark the spiritual occasion of baptism that includes an opportunity for the church family to serve their community at the same time.

    Members of S.O.B.E.R. Project church in Tucson trim the 15-foot hedges around a residential pool property twice a year in exchange for free use of the pool and the surrounding lawn, volleyball courts and barbeque grills when they host special baptism events. Read More

  • Post-flood ministry yields church's wave of baptisms

    by Brian Blackwell/Louisiana Baptist Message, posted Friday, February 24, 2017 (5 months ago)

    WELSH, La. (BP) -- The waters may have receded several months ago but the excitement at First Baptist Church hasn't subsided.

    First came the rain to Welsh, La. -- nearly 24 inches in a 24-hour period during widespread flooding in the southern part of the state.

    Soon after, the congregation began ministering to those hurting in its own area, paving the way for a spiritual harvest. Not only have they seen 13 baptisms since the flood of August 2016 but attendance has not waned, reaching 100 on an average Sunday morning for worship. Read More

  • Washington & Lincoln baptism claims debated

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 20, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Claims that George Washington and Abraham Lincoln both underwent secretive baptisms by immersion have drawn scrutiny from Baptist historians surrounding Presidents Day.

    Washington is said to have received baptism from Baptist army chaplain John Gano during the Revolutionary War while both Baptists and members of the Stone-Campbell tradition have claimed Lincoln sought and received baptism by immersion.

    Immersion claims about both presidents have received a mixed reception from ... Read More

  • Baptisms, outreach to military, draw church's focus

    by Brian Blackwell/Baptist Message , posted Monday, February 06, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    LEESVILLE, La. (BP) -- Sherry Slaydon gave her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren a priceless gift -- the opportunity to celebrate her new life in Christ by being present at her baptism.

    "I pray watching their grandma proclaim her love for God was an inspiration to them," said Slaydon of her baptism that took place at East Leesville Baptist Church in Louisiana shortly before Christmas this past December. "I had people tell me I had a glow afterward … words can't describe the feeling." Read More

  • Child finds victory physically, spiritually

    by Brian Blackwell/Baptist Message, posted Wednesday, January 11, 2017 (7 months 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 (7 months 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