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    Southwest's heroic pilot known for sharing her faith

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, April 19, 2018 (3 hours ago)

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    BOERNE, Texas (BP) -- When members of First Baptist Church in Boerne, Texas, heard recordings of radio transmissions from a Southwest Airlines pilot who made a harrowing emergency landing this week in Philadelphia, they recognized the voice as one of their own.

    Tammie Jo Shults -- the pilot who guided Flight 1380 to the ground April 17 after a midflight engine failure shot debris through a window, killing one passenger -- is a recognizable figure at the Texas Hill Country church, which averages 900 in worship. She has led the children's worship program at First Baptist and taught Sunday School for children, middle schoolers, high schoolers and adults, said Staci Thompson, a longtime friend and administrative assistant in the church office.

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    "When we heard the voice" in media replays of cockpit recordings, "it was just like talking on the phone. That's what she sounds like," Thompson told Baptist Press.

    The church was "impressed" but not "shocked," Thompson said, at reports Shults, 56, landed the plane safely after a 20,000-foot drop in six minutes, then walked down the aisle hugging passengers. The plane was bound from New York to Dallas, and seven of the 144 passengers aboard were injured in addition to the one fatality.

    Social media reports by surviving passengers hailed Shults as having "nerves of steel" and being "a true American hero." One passenger told The Dallas Morning News, "I specifically said to her, 'Do I get a hug too?' She said, 'Of course, I wouldn't let you by without a hug.'" Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Evangelism 'by the Book' & 'from the heart'

    by Matt Queen, posted Tuesday, April 10, 2018 (9 days ago)

    "Anyone who knows enough of the Gospel to have heard it, believed it and been saved by it knows enough of the Gospel to share it," Matt Queen writes of helping people to tell God in prayer the reason they need a Savior. Read More

  • Colo. increases 80% in reported baptisms

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, April 04, 2018 (15 days ago)

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    DENVER (BP) -- Colorado Baptists are celebrating an 80 percent increase in reported baptisms for 2017 and the highest reported total for the Colorado Baptist General Convention (CBGC) since 2014.

    CBGC executive director Nathan Lorick announced a 73 percent increase April 2 via Twitter and told Baptist Press today (April 4) additional baptism reports have improved the percentage. Possible factors contributing to the reported baptism surge are evangelism among churches, strong church planting and an emphasis on submitting reports for the Southern Baptist Convention's Annual Church Profile (ACP), Lorick said. Read More

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

    by Alex Sibley, posted Monday, March 26, 2018 (24 days 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.
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    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

  • 'Shorty' the church bus: An unlikely evangelism tool

    by Emily Howsden/The Baptist Messenger, posted Friday, March 23, 2018 (27 days ago)

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    MUSKOGEE, Okla. (BP) -- Many churches now operate a bus ministry which usually involves transportation of members and visitors from the church to their home and vice versa.

    However, Timothy Baptist Church in Muskogee, Okla., has an interesting bus ministry that takes the church into the community.

    "Shorty is a small, old school bus that I kind of had the idea for and shared it with some people in the church," said Kelly Payne, the church's pastor. "The idea was to find a bus that we could equip to pull into a neighborhood and get the church to the community." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Simple questions

    by Jeff Iorg, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (28 days ago)

    It's not always a good thing to be comfortable at church, Jeff Iorg writes, particularly if there's a dearth of children and more memorial services are being held than adult baptisms. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Ministry moments

    by Chuck Lawless, posted Monday, March 19, 2018 (one month ago)

    For Chuck Lawless, "seeing the look of absolute joy on a new believer who has just been baptized" and "telling Bible stories to children who hang on every word" are among the many joys of ministry. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The Lord's Supper & our baptisms

    by Nate Adams, posted Wednesday, March 07, 2018 (one month ago)

    Nate Adams suggests that the Lord's Supper -- optimally encompassing intimate fellowship and worship, confession of sin, gratitude for Christ's sacrifice and motivation to live for Him -- could kindle "a dramatic effect" on baptisms. Read More

  • Seek 'missing persons,' Merritt exhorts 800 at rally

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Tuesday, March 06, 2018 (one month ago)

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    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- Christians must ask everyone to follow Jesus and willingly associate with those who don't, James Merritt, a former Southern Baptist Convention president, said during the third annual West Tennessee Evangelism Rally at Union University.

    "The business of the church, and the business of every follower of Jesus Christ, is to find missing people and invite them to follow Jesus," said Merritt, pastor of Crosspointe Church in Duluth, Ga. "If we are not in that business, we are out of business."

    Merritt was the keynote speaker at the rally that drew more than 800 people for a worship service, dinner and breakout sessions March 4 at Union's campus in Jackson, Tenn. The event included for the first time a women's track and a student track. Read More