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  • Prayer vigils held after church shooting

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, September 25, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Prayer services continued Monday (Sept. 25) as Nashville mourned Sunday's mass shooting at an area church that killed one and injured eight others including the pastor at the close of morning worship.

    Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, the site of the shooting, held a prayer vigil Monday at 7 p.m. on the outskirts of its front lawn in Antioch, the church said on its Facebook page. The church noted its sanctuary is still an active crime scene.

    "We are beyond grateful for the enormous outpouring of love and compassion we ... Read More

  • WRAP-UP: Prayer, DR giving top EC actions at 100 yrs.

    by BP Staff, posted Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Intercessory prayer and special disaster recovery funding topped the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee agenda during its Nashville meeting Sept. 18–19, which marked the EC's centennial.

    The Executive Committee unanimously approved a resolution calling Southern Baptists and other Christians to prevailing prayer in the midst of "racial unrest, cataclysmic storms, raging wildfires, political strife, daily shootings in cities across the land, and rampant disregard for the commands and teachings of God's Word." Read More

  • Gaines to EC: Do you see lostness?

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Prayer and evangelism will enable the Southern Baptist Convention to abide and continue its work in an increasingly eclectic society, SBC President Steve Gaines told the Executive Committee during its 2017 fall meeting in Nashville.

    SBC leaders and laity must see and love the lost so much that it creates a burden that the lost be saved, Gaines said in his address Sept. 18 at the SBC Building. He exhorted the Executive Committee, other Southern Baptist leaders and SBC employees gathered before him, to understand and love the disadvantaged, and to show them the love of Christ. Read More

  • LifeWay, Gaines partner to create prayer resource

    by Joy Allmond, posted Wednesday, September 13, 2017 (5 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources has partnered with Southern Baptist Convention president Steve Gaines to create a six-session Bible study, Pray Like This: Living the Lord's Prayer, scheduled for release Oct. 1.

    This Bible study is designed to bring a deep understanding of the text, theology and application of the Lord's Prayer. It is a follow-up to the SBC's 2017 annual meeting, themed "Pray! For Such a Time as This."

    "Nothing is more vital to the advancement of the Gospel than rallying God's people to pray," said Gaines, who served as general editor of the study. "Prayer changes everything. ... Read More

  • Conflicting rulings on prayer may open door to SCOTUS

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, September 07, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    CINCINNATI, Ohio (BP) -- Two conflicting 2017 court rulings in cases challenging public prayer at government meetings increase the chance of a U.S. Supreme Court hearing on the issue, religious liberty advocate Ken Klukowski said today (Sept. 7).

    The Board of Commissioners in Jackson County, Mich., may legally open its meetings with sectarian prayers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said Sept. 6. The decision is contrary to a July 14 ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which said the Rowan County (North Carolina) Board of Commissioners' similar practice was "unconstitutionally coercive." Read More

  • 9/11 petition seeks annual prayer, fasting, repentance

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 01, 2017 (5 months ago)

    PITTSBURGH (BP) -- The interdenominational Christian group "In God We Trust" has collected more than 97,000 signatures in petitioning President Donald Trump to declare Sept. 11 an annual day of prayer, fasting and repentance.

    Driven by II Chronicles 7:14, the initiative seeks to "redeem the day" of Sept. 11, 2001, from the evil that took nearly 3,000 lives, and to return it to a confidence in God, said Don Black, founder of the two-year-old "In God We Trust" ministry leading the initiative.

    "With the growing threat of terror at home and around the world, this is the time for ... Read More

  • N. Korea missile launch leads Japan churches to pray

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 30, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    TOKYO (BP) -- Following a North Korean missile launch that triggered emergency sirens in Japan and government warnings to seek cover, Baptists in Japan are expressing trust in God and asking fellow believers for prayer.

    "Every person I have spoken with has told me how they are praying for the situation here in this area of the world," said Ben Howard, an associate pastor at Yokohama International Baptist Church, a 200-member congregation in Japan's second largest city. "Prayers are becoming very specific. Several are praying that God will hold North Korea back and not let them be aggressive. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: In the shadow of the steeples

    by Nathan Lorick, posted Friday, August 25, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Nathan Lorick requests prayer for those who serve in denominational settings -- for their families and for their vision and innovation in assisting churches as they seek to fulfill Jesus' Great Commission. Read More

  • Floyd named National Day of Prayer president

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, August 22, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- Immediate past Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd has been appointed president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, the organization announced today (Aug. 22).

    Floyd, who will continue to serve as pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, wrote in a blog post announcing his latest ministry assignment, "In this desperate and urgent hour when turmoil and division is evident in America and security threats are being made against America, it is imperative that we do all we can right now to mobilize unified public prayer for America. Read More

  • North Korea nuclear escalation spurs call to prayer

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 09, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Amid escalating tension with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, evangelicals are calling for prayer and advocating wise use of America's diplomatic and military capabilities.

    "It appears that the time for a diplomatic solution to curb North Korea's increasing acts of aggression is quickly running out," said former U.S. Army chief of chaplains Douglas Carver. "Now is the time for Southern Baptists to pray for the commander in chief and his cabinet members, our congressional leaders and members of the armed services who may be required to make grave and costly decisions in the near future." Read More