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FIRST-PERSON: Googling autism & the church
In googling autism from a family perspective, DeAnna Gibson found that their struggles made churchgoing futile or, as she was experiencing, extremely difficult, underscoring the importance of churches connecting with special needs families. Read More
Youth rally memories: funny, touching, miraculousNASHVILLE (BP) -- Kent Shingleton occasionally scratched his goatee and broke into a chuckle while reflecting on his two-decade tenure as the coordinator of Tennessee Baptists' Youth Evangelism Conference.
Shingleton said he had a deep supply of stories he could share -- some funny, some touching and some truly miraculous. But Shingleton, who is passing the coordinator baton to TBMB evangelism event specialist Jay Barbier, said his biggest takeaway from his 20-year involvement with YEC has been seeing how many lives have been touched by the event -- one of the many youth rallies sponsored by state Baptist ... Read More
Women & the SBC: 100 yrs. of 'extraordinary' input notedNASHVILLE (BP) -- In 1917, the Southern Baptist Convention received what Georgia's Christian Index newsjournal called "quite a shock" when a Texas church music leader made a motion at the SBC annual meeting concerning "the eternal question": Should women be allowed to serve as SBC messengers?
Following a protracted -- and feisty -- debate that ended with a contested parliamentary maneuver, the convention answered that question in the negative. But the following year, Robert Coleman of First Baptist Church in Dallas made his motion again and prevailed. Read More
Women's discipleship underscored at NOBTS eventNEW ORLEANS (BP) -- At home or on the job, women committed to discipleship and transformed by Christ can change the world, speakers said at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's "Discipling women into the future" conference.
Rhonda Kelley, wife of NOBTS President Chuck Kelley, said the March 15-16 sessions aimed to equip women to minister through the church to other women, which the seminary's women's academic programs likewise do. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Ministry moments
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
Billy Graham's next-generation legacyCHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- The world stopped to celebrate the homegoing of evangelist Billy Graham, 99, who was buried in Charlotte on the grounds of the library bearing his name next to Ruth, his marriage and ministry partner of more than 63 years.
Throughout his ministry, Graham constantly leveraged the leading edge of technology, from radio and print journalism to satellite television and the internet in order to speak timeless truths to the mercurial interests of the next generation. Read More
'Under attack': Campus ministries see changes aheadDETROIT (BP) -- With Wayne State, Harvard and the University of Iowa among the latest universities to take action against Christian ministries on campus, some Baptist state convention leaders say Baptist campus ministry may be forced to shift its methods as religious liberty is constricted.
"Our religious liberty and our opportunity to share as openly as we have in the past" at colleges and universities "is under attack," said Tim Patterson, executive director of the Baptist State Convention of Michigan, where Wayne State is located. Baptists "have to rethink how we do ministry on campus because the campus has changed." Read More
Cold temps open doors to minister to homelessDALLAS (BP) -- A homeless man lay frozen to death within eyesight of Cornerstone Baptist Church in South Dallas as record-breaking cold temperatures befell much of the U.S.
Just like a wheelchair-bound homeless woman who froze the same Jan. 16 night half a mile away at a bus station, the man refused to abandon familiar surroundings to accept the warm bed that could have saved his life, Cornerstone pastor Chris Simmons told Baptist Press a week after the deaths. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: My inner strife
Shea Hicks chronicles her journey from supporting female pastors to accepting God's design of complementary roles for men and women. "My inner strife ... was not so much about the plight of women generally," she writes. "It was more about my lack of trust in a faithful God." Read More
If Alaska is on your mind to serve as a pastor ….ANCHORAGE, Alaska (BP) -- Alaska is "in dire need of committed pastors to serve Christ," said Rob Scott, who never lived outside North Carolina before attending Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky.
Scott, who has been in a remote area of Alaska since 2009 as pastor of Dillingham Bible Fellowship, moved to the state because "it's a place that prefers function to form, and that's a fairly good description of me too. I am here because there are too few presently serving Christ in rural Alaska." Read More