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  • Billy Graham's Southern Baptist ties highlighted

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 23, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 months ago)

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    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 (3 months ago)

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    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

  • Senior adult conversions on the rise?

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, January 23, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When evangelist Phil Waldrep agreed to preach a revival at a nursing home, he didn't expect a huge response. After all, he reasoned, aren't most older people already Christians?

    But of the 40-60 nursing home residents who attended the services, 21 made a profession of faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior, and about 10 were later baptized at a local church.

    That experience two decades ago helped spur Waldrep to add senior adult events to his schedule. Today, he and fellow Southern Baptist evangelists say they are seeing a steady -- and in some cases increasing -- stream of people over 55 coming to know Christ. Read More

  • Home by home, Burmese hear church's Gospel appeal

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, January 18, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    SAN DIEGO (BP) -- Thirty people made professions of faith in Jesus during Agape Myanmar Mission's home visits for its third annual Christmas outreach.

    "And a lot of Burmese people hear the Good News for the first time," pastor Silas Lian told Baptist Press. "Please keep praying for us and support us as we will follow them up and disciple our new believers."

    Not just locally in San Diego, but Lian is building a strategy for reaching Burmese throughout California, the United States and Myanmar (Burma) in Southeast Asia. Read More

  • Hawaii missile alert spurred witness, goodbyes to family

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    HONOLULU (BP) -- Praying, sharing the Gospel and contacting loved ones were among Hawaii Baptists' reactions when a mistaken alert message Jan. 13 said a ballistic missile could strike them within minutes.

    Shortly after 8 a.m. local time, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sent an alert to cell phones on the islands stating, "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill." A television banner added, "A missile may impact on land or sea within minutes."

    State government officials revoked the alert after 38 minutes, according to media reports, and later said the message went out because of human error. But amid heightened tension with North Korea, some Hawaiians and tourists thought their lives could end within the hour. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Start somewhere

    by Keith Shorter, posted Tuesday, January 02, 2018 (4 months ago)

    "You can't take the Gospel everywhere amid the overwhelming lostness in our world," Keith Shorter writes, "but you can take the Gospel somewhere, so start there." Read More