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  • Boat captain fishes for men, catches 43

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 22, 2018 (one month ago)

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    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Like many retirees, you can find James Shepherd, 84, fishing in his boat several days each week. But he's set apart from many other retirees by what he's fishing for.

    When he and a friend bought a pontoon boat four years ago, he sensed the Lord saying, "Why don't you fish for men off this?" So Shepherd made signs that said, "Get in the boat -- Bible study" and "worship on the water." Then he launched a ministry of taking people for rides on the Cumberland River and sharing the Gospel with them.

    Over the past four years, Shepherd's Clarksville, Tenn., ministry has seen 43 people profess faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior. Read More

  • Greg Laurie on censored ad: 'Hold the Bible high'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, August 17, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    ANAHEIM, Calif. (BP) -- After promotional materials for the SoCal Harvest crusade were taken down from two Southern California malls because they showed pastor Greg Laurie holding a Bible, Laurie is asking attendees of the event to hold up their Bibles in a show of support for God's Word.

    "Apparently, in our intolerant culture, we no longer can display the Bible in public," Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., wrote in an Aug. 17 op-ed for the Los Angeles Times. "The art in question was a tribute to my hero and mentor, the late Rev. Billy Graham, who often lifted the Bible high over his head as he preached to stadiums full of people. We hold the Bible high, just like Billy did, because it has changed our lives. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A church bids farewell

    by Paul Kim, posted Wednesday, August 15, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Paul Kim recounts the poignant farewells to two couples leaving for distant fields of service from the church where they have been longtime members. Read More

  • Near Yellowstone, 6-member church impacts the world

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Wednesday, August 15, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    GARDINER, Mont. (BP) -- Most churches would consider closing their doors if their active membership dipped to six people, but Gardiner Baptist Church is holding steady.

    The debt-free church -- located near Yellowstone National Park's north entrance -- is raising money for a two-story community building on its two acres to serve as a food pantry, thrift store and medical clinic, with emergency housing upstairs, in the town of 875 people.

    Other ministries include supporting the local food bank; providing space to the town's physical therapy center and counseling center along with community use of its playground; and the GBC House Band (as in Gardiner Baptist Church) -- with pastor Britton Gray as lead vocalist -- performing once a month in the basement of a local restaurant called the Two-Bit Saloon and Grill. Read More

  • NAMB launches evangelism group, names executive director

    by Mike Ebert, posted Sunday, August 12, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is launching an evangelism and leadership group that will promote evangelism among Southern Baptist churches, provide evangelistic resources and equip pastors to help their congregations become more evangelistically active. Jim Law, who currently serves as executive pastor at First Baptist Church Woodstock, Ga., will serve as executive director of the new group.

    "Everything we do at NAMB is focused on sharing the hope of the Gospel," said NAMB president Kevin Ezell. "This group will serve every church and every pastor that wants to become more mobilized and more evangelistically effective." Read More

  • John Bisagno, pastor & church innovator, dies at 84

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 06, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- John Bisagno, an evangelistic innovator and longtime pastor of Houston's First Baptist Church, died Aug. 5 in Nashville following a battle with cancer. He was 84.

    During Bisagno's 30-year tenure at Houston's First beginning in 1970, the congregation grew from fewer than 400 to 22,000 members, Baptist Press reported in 1999. During that period, the church also baptized 15,000 people, gave $250 million to missions, relocated from downtown to its current location in west Houston and helped launch the Bible teaching ministry of Beth Moore. Read More

  • At age 86, Pete knew someone would lead him to God

    by Michael Waters, posted Monday, July 23, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    CONCORD, N.C. (BP) -- In the spring of 2016, I learned that Harvey "Pete" Overcash was in a nursing home for rehabilitation due to an accident with a garden tiller. He did not attend our church, but his wife Norma was a faithful member for more than 40 years and had recently become homebound with declining health.

    Norma was a children's Sunday School teacher while Pete showed no desire to attend church with her, but she faithfully prayed for him. Read More

  • Labrador retrievers put their paws on the Gospel

    by Holly Jo Linzay/Baptist Message, posted Friday, July 20, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (BP) -- Johnny Morgan's life has really gone to the dogs, and he couldn't be happier.

    "I'm getting to use a passion of mine for God. It's a blessing to use my Labrador retrievers to teach about obedience and present the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a unique way," Morgan, founder of the ministry Obedience 2 Death, said.

    The nonprofit organization, based in Denham Springs, La., uses dogs as visual illustrations and blends timeless biblical truths with humor to show the power of obedience in a believer's life. Morgan named his ministry after Philippians 2:8: "Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Lord, make me uncomfortable

    by Lee Clamp, posted Monday, July 16, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Lee Clamp wasn't in the mood to talk to Barry. But God made him uncomfortable for trying to avoid a conversation about faith. Turns out they had a good conversation. Read More

  • World Cup stirs witness despite crackdown

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, July 12, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Photo by Jerry Barnwell.
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (BP) -- Russia's 2016 law restricting evangelism may have curtailed some traditional Gospel-sharing efforts at World Cup venues this summer. But through innovative witnessing techniques -- like soccer viewing parties at churches and jazz band concerts -- evangelicals still have managed to harness the world's largest sporting event for Gospel witness.

    "I don't know anything about soccer," said Justin Pierce, assistant professor in instrumental music at Oklahoma Baptist University. But "God ... Read More