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  • Social media & teens: a way 'to see what is happening'

    by Morgan Collier, posted Monday, June 25, 2018 (26 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- While social media often is seen as a bad thing, what if Instagram and YouTube could be used to reach the lost, nurture spiritual maturity and expand congregations?

    A pivotal outreach to today's youth may start with an LED screen, with 95 percent of teenagers reportedly having a smartphone or access to one -- and 45 percent saying they are online on a near-constant basis -- according to a recent Pew Research Center for Internet & Technology survey. Read More

  • Teacher walkout: Okla. Baptists reach out to families

    by Emily Howsden, posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- While teacher walkouts are taking place this spring across the country, Oklahoma Baptists were there for displaced students during a nine-day walkout that made headlines beginning April 2 at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

    As it became clear that schools across the state would close as teachers protested for higher pay and more school funding, questions surfaced as to where meals would come for children who depend on school breakfast or lunches. Another question that arose was what would working parents do for childcare on such short notice? Read More

  • Church's firewood ministry helps families stay warm

    by Scott Barkley , posted Tuesday, January 09, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Duane Manders/Antioch Baptist Church
    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. (BP) -- In the mountains of north Georgia, volunteers at Antioch Baptist Church work year-round on a unique ministry -- providing firewood to those in need.

    During the recent cold snap when temperatures dropped to near zero some days, it's been more important than ever.

    The ministry began when a small group of men began splitting wood and storing it in the Blairsville church's parking lot nearly 10 years ago. As one would expect, winter arrives a little earlier and lingers a little longer in the mountains than other parts of Georgia. And even though electrical and gas heat are certainly used, many still utilize wood-burning fireplaces and stoves. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: It's over, but not really

    by Jack Lucas, posted Friday, March 24, 2017 (one year ago)

    When Vacation Bible School or an evangelistic event ends, the work isn't over, Jack Lucas writes, noting the importance of follow-up "to make significant contacts with people who, otherwise, may only encounter your church through one event." Read More

  • 'Breakfast Club' delivering blessings every Sunday

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

    RED OAK, Okla. (BP) -- The griddle begins to sizzle, coffee is brewing and gravy is being stirred. Several members of Red Oak First Baptist Church's Breakfast Club gather in the church's kitchen every Sunday morning to prepare breakfast for homebound citizens.

    The hustle and bustle of the morning's activities is small compared to the laughter and fellowship being exchanged among the men. The "early morning crew" works to prepare sausage, eggs, pancakes, biscuits and gravy (area favorite delicacies) for senior citizens in Red Oak, Okla. Read More

  • 20 So. Bapt. churches on Outreach/LifeWay top 100

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, October 19, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Twenty Southern Baptist congregations are among the 2016 top 100 fastest growing and largest participating churches in the U.S., with NewSpring Church in Anderson, S.C., ranking highest in both categories among Southern Baptists. Read More

  • Disney film true tale of Christian faith, triumph

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, September 27, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A girl living in poverty in the Katwe slums of Kampala, Uganda, becomes a national chess champion and enriches her life with Christ in Disney's "Queen of Katwe," based on a true story of struggle and triumph.

    Disney maintains faith elements in telling the story of a young Phiona Mutesi who learned chess through the evangelistic Sports Outreach Ministry (SOM) and became a national champion and subject of the "Queen of Katwe" book that precedes the film.

    Sal Ferlise, CEO of SOM based in Lynchburg, Va., with programs internationally, told Baptist Press he is pleased with Disney's treatment of the true story of faith. Read More

  • Olympics: Bapt. volunteers share Jesus, see lives changed

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Monday, August 22, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Tim Ellsworth.
    RIO DE JANEIRO (BP) -- While the Olympics may draw fans from all over the world to celebrate athletic accomplishment, they also draw missions volunteers interested in taking the Gospel to the nations.

    Steve Paquette, of Golden Acres Baptist Church in Phenix City, Ala., and James Gardner, of McClendon Baptist Church in West Monroe, La., were part of a team of about 25 volunteers from International Sports Chaplains who witnessed to people at various Olympics sites in Rio. Read More

  • Bicycle ministry steering lives toward recovery

    by Eric Reed and Morgan Jackson, posted Wednesday, July 27, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Eric Reed
    HERRIN, Ill. (BP) -- "Pastor Hurricane! Pastor Hurricane! Me next!" a 9-year-old redhead shouted.

    "That's not his name, Dominic! That's his church," the boy's mother chided. "He's Pastor Gee."

    "Me, me, Pastor Gee!" Dominic chanted. He wanted his turn on the bicycle training path.

    On a warm day behind the Herrin House of Hope soup kitchen and thrift shop, pastor Jeffrey Gee of Hurricane Memorial Baptist Church in Herrin, Ill., and several volunteers taught children bike safety, complete with helmets and a course lined with orange traffic cones. The bikes they rode were second-hand, but they had been completely repaired and spruced up in the church's bike shop. It's all part of Gee's plan to keep the kids out of trouble, and at the same time teach former convicts a trade to keep them from returning to prison. Read More

  • Pokémon Go craze drawing gamers to church

    by Tobin Perry, posted Friday, July 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    YUKON, Okla. (BP) -- Pastor Dave Dolphin knew little about Pokémon Go before seeing his church's middle school pastor surrounded by several boys with phones out last Sunday discovering the new phenomenon that would capture the world's imagination during the coming week.

    It wouldn't be the last time Dolphin, the executive pastor of Trinity Baptist Church of Yukon, Okla., would see people wandering around the church property staring at smartphones. As a Pokémon Go "gym," the church has become a go-to place in the community for the game's players of all ages. Instead of running from the growing ... Read More