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FIRST-PERSON: Pointed words from Brother Louis Beloney
Suffering from injuries in a motorcycle accident, gang member Fred Luter was told by Brother Louis Beloney, "You better get your life together, ask God to forgive you and to give you another chance to get it right!" Read More
'All of us' must evangelize, SBC agrees with task forceDALLAS (BP) -- Lay persons, pastors, churches, state conventions and Southern Baptist Convention entities have a role in an evangelism renewal plan Southern Baptists adopted Wednesday (June 13).
Messengers adopted an eight-pronged approach recommended by an Evangelism Task Force Steve Gaines appointed in 2017 in his final term as SBC president. Task Force vice chairman Adam W. Greenway presented the plan to messengers after first releasing the document June 11. Read More
Evangelism task force releases report, recommendationsDALLAS (BP) -- A task force appointed last year to explore avenues of evangelistic renewal among Southern Baptists has released its final report, including a series of eight recommendations for individuals and groups at all levels of Southern Baptist life.
"We are convinced that these suggestions can be heartily embraced by all gospel-loving Southern Baptists," the report stated, "regardless of differences in theology, methodology, or generational preferences." Read More
2019 VBS takes kids 'In the Wild'NASHVILLE (BP) -- Next summer, kids will seek animals in rainforests, grasslands, frozen tundra and even the Rocky Mountains with "In the Wild," the 2019 Vacation Bible School theme from LifeWay Christian Resources.
In the Wild will have kids embark as photographers seeking to snap pictures in settings decorated to mimic animals' natural habitats. Along the way, kids will also learn about real-life encounters people had with Jesus and discover how biblical snapshots of the Savior provide an opportunity to respond to the Gospel.
"This is going to be such a fun theme," said Melita Thomas, VBS specialist for LifeWay. "It's a photo scavenger hunt in the wild where it's possible to see absolutely anything." Read More
Vacation Bible School: What stirs churches to do it?NASHVILLE (BP) -- Vacation Bible School is synonymous with summer in many churches -- perhaps because it's been around in one form or another since 1898.
Under its current moniker among Southern Baptists, VBS has been an evangelistic strategy since the 1920s. In kid's ministry -- which is often marked by trendy short-lived fads -- VBS is a proven program with real staying power. Read More
300-mile, 2-week trek: Church prays for ChicagolandCHICAGO (BP) -- The idea came to Phil Nelson after preaching through the book of Jonah. If the prophet's preaching judgment on Nineveh made the whole city repent and turn to God, he wondered what would happen if someone preached not just judgment, but hope.
Nelson and a small team from his church in southern Illinois, Lakeland Baptist in Carbondale, ventured to Chicago -- more than 300 miles to the north -- for a two-week prayerwalk through the city.
Carrying a 10-foot-tall, 80-pound wooden cross, Nelson, his daughter Hannah and Steve and Trish Whitaker walked through some of Chicago's toughest neighborhoods in May, stopping to pray with people and share the Gospel. Read More
Evangelists: 'Harvest events' counter SBC baptism declineJACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- In what's been called the first official statement from Southern Baptist evangelists to pastors, a consortium of vocational evangelists says increased scheduling of "harvest" events could help reverse the Southern Baptist Convention's downward trend in baptisms.
"There is a desperate need for evangelistic expository preaching followed by an invitation given clearly, honestly, courteously, urgently, expectantly, and with complete dependence on the Holy Spirit," according to a white paper released May 14 by evangelist Jerry Drace and a coalition of 14 other evangelists he convened for a March 2-3 summit in Jackson, Tenn. "The Vocational Evangelists in the SBC are available to assist the pastors in drawing the net whatever the Harvest Event." Read More
9 roofs & counting for church's home repair outreachVIBURNUM, Mo. (BP) -- She had a 6-foot-wide hole in her roof and a 55-gallon drum catching rainwater in her living room.
Retired after 35 years in the local school district, she and her son, who is battling cancer, now have a new roof provided by the Love Thy Neighbor home repair outreach of First Baptist Church in Viburnum, Mo.
"I was on that crew and every person except me had her as a teacher," said Justin Perry, First Baptist's pastor. "While the crew worked, she cried tears ... Read More
Outdoors-themed outreach boosts church's witnessUMATILLA, Fla. (BP) -- On a Sunday in April, pastor Brooks Braswell encouraged worshipers to praise God for the many blessings He is showering down on the church.
"Last Sunday, in all of our morning services and in our baptismal service God brought the blessings," said Braswell, pastor of First Baptist Church in the lake community of Umatilla, Fla. "He showed up in a big way."
Braswell baptized 53 people between ages 6 and 87 at picturesque Lake ... Read More
NOBTS prof: Ramadan beneficial to Christians, retailersNASHVILLE (BP) -- Christians in the U.S. can benefit from the hospitality Muslims extend during Ramadan, a Southern Baptist professor told Baptist Press, just as U.S. retailers are increasingly catering to the month-long celebration.
Party City, Whole Foods and Macy's are offering festive decorations, modest clothing and discounts on ethnic foods this Ramadan, satisfying a Muslim market estimated at between 3.45 million and 5.7 million people. Read More