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

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

    Photo by Kristi Woody
    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

  • FIRST-PERSON: Scared to share?

    by Doug Munton, posted Tuesday, March 06, 2018 (one month ago)

    Don't let fear keep you from sharing your faith, Doug Munton counsels, and "don't let it keep you from the joy of learning that God uses people like us -- fears and all -- to accomplish His purposes." Read More

  • Billy Graham funeral attendees reflect, marvel

    by David Roach, posted Monday, March 05, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Bob Carey
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- "Billy Graham's greatest crusade." His "largest crusade." "One of the most meaningful and profound moments in my life." Those were among ways the late evangelist's funeral was described by Southern Baptist Convention entity presidents and former SBC presidents in attendance.

    Additionally, they told Baptist Press via email that Graham's March 2 funeral has opened doors for personal evangelistic conversations and noted the array of Christian and world leaders present. Read More

  • Billy Graham funeral capped by Gospel invitation

    by David Roach, posted Friday, March 02, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Bob Carey
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- Set in a revival tent at the foot of a 40-foot glass cross, Billy Graham's funeral was punctuated by the same theme that characterized his 80-year ministry: a call to trust Christ as Lord and Savior.

    "If this were your funeral," said the late evangelist's son Franklin Graham, "would you be in Heaven? Are you sure?"

    Delivering the funeral sermon to a crowd of some 2,300 invited guests -- including President Trump and Vice President Pence -- Franklin Graham said today (March 2) at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., "If you're not sure, there would be no better time than at Billy Graham's funeral to settle this once and for all." Read More

  • Creating evangelism culture focus of Engage 24 event

    by Alexandra Applegate , posted Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Kaitlynn Labit
    LAS VEGAS (BP) -- "We are five men who are sharing our laboratory results," said Hal Seed, senior pastor at New Song Community Church in Oceanside, Calif., at this year's Engage 24 Workshop. "We are sharing stories of real-life churches that are doing things to reach the lost that will hopefully spark a thought or idea."

    Engage 24 was hosted at Shadow Hills Church in Las Vegas by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) for two days before continuing its workshops in different states. The event focused on encouraging pastors and church leaders and covered practical ways they could create and foster a culture of evangelism in their own churches. Read More

  • Billy Graham's Southern Baptist ties highlighted

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 23, 2018 (one month ago)

    BP file photo
    MONTREAT, N.C. (BP) -- While Billy Graham was widely known for working across denominational lines, he also was more involved in his own denomination -- the Southern Baptist Convention -- than many may realize.

    Graham, who died Feb. 21, spoke at 13 SBC annual meetings between 1951 and 1995, served as a trustee of two SBC entities, and, including references to two institutions and a professorship named in his honor, his name has been mentioned in every SBC Annual since 1951. Read More

  • FROM THE COLLEGES: Merritt to headline 3rd West Tenn. Evangelism Rally; Finn named N. Greenville provost

    by Baptist College & BP Staff, posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (2 months ago)

    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- James Merritt, lead pastor of Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, Ga., will be the keynote speaker for the third annual West Tennessee Evangelism Rally March 4 at Union University.

    Ernest Easley, professor of evangelism at Union and organizer of the event, said the rally aims to strengthen and equip churches in evangelism and outreach.

    "My hope is that, through this rally, people in our churches across West Tennessee will become more soul-conscious, better equipped than they were before to share the Gospel and will be encouraged and inspired to do it," Easley said. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: God speaks. Will we?

    by Frank S. Page, posted Monday, February 19, 2018 (2 months ago)

    When a profound conviction is felt in the heart, Frank Page writes, it must be spoken of and reflected in a person's life. That's especially vital, he notes, when it comes to expressing one's faith in Christ. Read More

  • Trump's faith focus of book, advisors' reflections

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 19, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Screen capture from C-Span.
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Three Southern Baptist members of an informal evangelical advisory council for President Trump have echoed the assessment of a new book on the president's faith: he seems to possess a growing eagerness for spiritual knowledge.

    Those advisors -- Ronnie Floyd, Jack Graham and Richard Land -- also say they have witnessed believers share the Gospel with Trump on multiple occasions. They noted that most of the president's evangelical advisors have not hesitated to speak bold truth to him on issues ranging from the sanctity of life and religious liberty to ... Read More

  • Puerto Rico missionary anticipates NAMB initiative

    by Tobin Perry, posted Friday, February 09, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Andrew Laracuente
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Despite the devastation across Puerto Rico in Hurricane Maria's aftermath, Puerto Rican church planter Andres Laracuente has seen God at work.

    Thanks in part to his participation in the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief network's efforts, Laracuente has gained new opportunities "to get to know my community better, to get to know the surrounding neighborhoods."

    "I've seen many kids that I didn't see before Maria. I'm preaching the Gospel with different people than I was before. My family has also grown more focused on the Gospel and the Word of God," Laracuente said. Read More