All posts by "BaptistPress"

July 29, 2014

On the 70th anniversary of George W. Truett’s death, present and former pastors of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas – where Truett pastored for 47 years – said his most famous sermon on religious liberty has implications for the...

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July 29, 2014

The United States and other western nations have ignored the religious motivation of the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram and must understand the theological dynamics in Nigeria in order to curb terrorism in the western African country, the archbishop of...

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July 28, 2014

Contributions to SBC missions and ministries through CP totaled 98.38 percent of the budgeted goal through the third quarter ending June 30, SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page has announced....

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July 28, 2014

The Los Angeles-area Baptist pastor whose church split after he announced he no longer believes all homosexual acts are sinful was President Obama’s guest at the White House LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Pride Month reception June 30. Danny...

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July 23, 2014

David Roach/Baptist Press NASHVILLE (BP) – Rising death tolls in Iraq and Syria, where Muslim extremists are killing in the name of their faith, represent a stark contrast to the relative lack of religiously motivated killing among modern Christians –...

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July 23, 2014

Karen L. Willoughby/Baptist Press WINNEMUCCA, Nev. (BP) – A short video is shown each week at First Baptist Church in Winnemucca, Nev., illustrating Southern Baptist work either in Nevada, North America or the world. Before the offering is received, worshippers...

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July 17, 2014

A Los Angeles-area Southern Baptist church that some media reports said adopted a “third way” position regarding homosexuality in reality never voted to adopt any position on the issue and split into two groups in early June amid unresolvable deadlock,...

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July 16, 2014

At a 275th anniversary celebration, a church received a rare gift: a book from 1764 containing a handwritten note from the church’s founding pastor....

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July 11, 2014

Sudden intense fighting in Iraq has prompted a “double crisis” in the region, with Iraqi refugees compounding the already heavy burden of the Syrian refugee crisis, said Don Alan,* a Christian leader in the region....

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July 11, 2014

Public engagement of cultural issues in a “Christ-shaped manner” is crucial for pastors and other Christians, ethicist Russell D. Moore said after hosting Southern Baptist leaders at a briefing in the U.S. Capitol....

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July 11, 2014

There were no flashbulbs or television cameras, only teammates – mostly children half his size and barefoot – who celebrated and mobbed Dane Van Ryckeghem after he assisted in a goal during the game. The frenzy of World Cup soccer...

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July 11, 2014

Southern Baptists are advancing, not retreating, as they rally to give more through the Cooperative Program to fuel the Great Commission task, Executive Committee President Frank Page told messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Baltimore June 10....

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June 27, 2014

Tim Ellsworth/Baptist Press JEFFERSON CITY (BP) – While many journalists and celebrities praised Michael Sam when he was selected in last month’s NFL draft and subsequently kissed his boyfriend on national television, several Southern Baptists commentators took exception to the...

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June 24, 2014

Celebrating historic milestones and the highest offering ever for international missions was the focus of national Woman’s Missionary Union’s (WMU) report to the Southern Baptist Convention....

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June 23, 2014

MBTS is enjoying record enrollment, major financial gifts and academic expansion, President Jason Allen announced in his report to the Southern Baptist Convention June 11. ...

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June 23, 2014

BALTIMORE (BP) — Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a resolution on transgender identity for the first time while returning to such issues as civil rights, gambling and world hunger for further statements.All nine resolutions offered Tuesday (June 10)...

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June 23, 2014

The International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board commissioned approximately 100 during a rare joint commissioning service sponsored by the Woman’s Missionary Union, June 8, at the Baltimore Convention Center....

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June 22, 2014

Questions from churches about the transgender issue and the tide of culture pointed to the need for Southern Baptists to address the topic during their annual meeting, the convention’s lead ethicist said. Messengers to the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention approved a...

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June 16, 2014

SBC World Hunger Fund (WHF) national partners will launch a new initiative during the June 10-11 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting that will continue the SBC’s unique “dollar in, dollar out” approach in the battle against hunger across North...

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June 10, 2014

In a year when the Southern Baptist Convention focused on "Restoration & Revival Through Prayer," Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd, who has sought to encourage Southern Baptists to deepen their spiritual walk through books, Sunday School studies and pastor prayer meetings,...

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June 6, 2014

Whether you’re horse or human, life can be a struggle. And horse or human, it takes a lot of trust to stay on the right path. Pat Patterson, a circuit-riding preacher, attempted to make the connection between trust and...

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May 29, 2014

HGTV has cancelled an upcoming reality show, and the program’s stars believe the move came in response to a firestorm of controversy surrounding their traditional Christian views on abortion and gay marriage. HGVT had slated for its fall lineup a...

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May 29, 2014

The Nigerian church leader was secretly housing new followers of Jesus, former Muslims. When the time came for his second child to be born, he left his house to carry his wife to a clinic....

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May 26, 2014

Accepting the 1% CP Challenge to increase giving by 1 percent to the Southern Baptist Convention Cooperative Program wasn’t enough for Mesquite Friendship Baptist Church in Mesquite, Texas. They decided to give 2 percent instead....

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May 24, 2014

A small-scale spiritual awakening continues in Agojo, a Filipino fishing village devastated by Typhoon Haiyan last November. Nearly 80 Filipinos have made decisions for Christ followed by dozens of ocean baptisms and the start of multiple Simbalays, or Filipino home...

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May 21, 2014

Wesley Thompson would probably contend he’s devoted to ministry. A student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he’s pursuing a degree in church ministries, with an emphasis on students and families, to improve his ability at presenting the gospel. Wesley Thompson also...

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May 13, 2014

Jason Allen, MBTS president, will nominate John Yeats for an 18th term as recording secretary of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) at the June 10-11 annual meeting in Baltimore....

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May 12, 2014

A couple from Pakistan’s Christian minority was sentenced to death April 4 for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages, bringing the number of Christians on death row to four....

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May 11, 2014

Tom Strode/Baptist Press WASHINGTON (BP) – The White House and Congress need to make specific changes to combat persecution 15 years after enacting legislation to promote religious liberty globally, a federal watchdog says in its annual report. The U.S. Commission...

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May 9, 2014

R. Albert Mohler Jr. has expressed his willingness to meet with author Matthew Vines, whose new book God and the Gay Christian argues that Scripture permits monogamous homosexual relationships. Four Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professors who contributed with Mohler to...

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May 4, 2014

Diana Chandler/Baptist Press KIEV, Ukraine (BP) – The Ukrainian crisis has kindled an interdenominational prayer movement in the nation, said a Southern Baptist evangelist who ministers there and has accepted an invitation from Ukrainian Baptists to preach on a national...

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May 4, 2014

Baptists in Chile are providing food, supplies and the hope of Christ to victims of a large and fast-moving forest fire that has killed 15 and displaced at least 12,000 people in Valparaíso, Chile. The fire broke out April 12 and...

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May 4, 2014

Rick and Kay Warren are using the painful experience to uplift others, incorporating Facebook, YouTube, a mental health seminar and worship services scheduled at Saddleback campuses this Easter weekend. “The old Rick and Kay are gone. They’re never coming back,” Kay...

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May 2, 2014

Southern Baptists have mixed reviews of “Heaven Is For Real,” a Sony Pictures movie released April 16 about a 4-year-old boy who claimed he was transported to heaven as he underwent emergency surgery....

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May 2, 2014

Concern that anti-discrimination laws infringe on religious liberty is among factors that have prompted more than a dozen states to consider religious freedom bills to protect Christians’ right to speak against homosexuality....

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May 1, 2014

The “CP Rant” video communicates to younger generations the vitality and necessity of the Cooperative Program (CP), incorporating humor, fact and colloquial terms, said the team of Louisiana Baptists who produced the video....

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April 30, 2014

Russell Moore met with President Obama to discuss the continuing effort to pass immigration reform this year....

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April 21, 2014

The Obama administration’s acknowledgment that its stance would require businesses to underwrite abortions without the right to a legal challenge may have been a particularly telling moment in a March 25 U.S. Supreme Court case that likely will be a...

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April 21, 2014

Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary has reached a sale agreement for all its campus property in Mill Valley, Calif., and has initiated relocation of its primary campus to Southern California. In a special gathering of faculty, students and staff, President...

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April 21, 2014

BALTIMORE (BP) – Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President Fred Luter has named the members of the Committee on Resolutions for the June 10-11 SBC annual meeting in Baltimore. Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, appointed the...

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April 21, 2014

Cremation may be the new American response to death, according to a survey by LifeWay Research. The study, which surveyed 1,036 Americans, shows that about 4 in 10 (41 percent) say they plan to be cremated....

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April 17, 2014

Truett-McConnell College (TMC) is adding to its faculty Phil Roberts, former president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Roberts led Midwestern, a Southern Baptist seminary in Kansas City, from 2001-12. He will teach in Truett-McConnell’s new master of arts in theology...

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April 14, 2014

When Steven Helfrich first sensed God leading him into church planting while still a student, he figured it would be in some far-off land where customs would be different and language would be a barrier. Since his wife came from...

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April 11, 2014

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has launched its Midwestern Training Network (MTN), a partnership that includes St. Louis-area church The Journey as the first of 30-plus churches that have joined the ministry initiative....

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April 6, 2014

Sara Shelton/Baptist Press BALTIMORE (BP) – Less than a year ago Bob Mackey spent a Saturday traveling around Houston. On that day, during Crossover 2013, the executive director of the Baltimore Baptist Association witnessed partnership in action. He saw visiting...

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April 6, 2014

The fate of religious freedom for Americans, especially business owners, could hang in the balance as the U.S. Supreme Court considers arguments by two family-owned corporations against the Obama administration’s abortion/contraception mandate (Obamacare)....

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April 3, 2014

Karen Watson knew Iraq was dangerous. She had left Iraq months before, exhausted and afraid, as the chaotic country descended deeper into violence. But she went back anyway. She was not a soldier, but a Christian relief worker, armed only...

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March 28, 2014

An evangelism strategy that involves giving away guns to attract unchurched men to wild game dinners has drawn criticism from gun control advocates in an array of national media outlets this month, including TIME, USA Today, MSNBC, Fox News and...

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March 25, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court contemplated the right of business owners to exercise their religious beliefs in the face of a government decree upon their companies during oral arguments in a case that is expected to have a long-lasting impact....

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March 25, 2014

Members of Pittsburgh Baptist in Pittsburgh, Pa., have seen for themselves how the Cooperative Program has provided financial support since the church’s founding in 1959. CP not only helped establish Pittsburgh Baptist, but helped the church launch in its first...

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