All posts by "bhawkins@mobaptist.org"

September 5, 2014

KANSAS CITY – Leaders from Bales Avenue Community Church here led a group of innercity children on their first nature hike, July 27. The children were new members of Trail Life USA and American Heritage Girls troops that the church...

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August 28, 2014

Burdened by the need for revival and spiritual awakening in the United States and throughout the world, 328 Missouri Baptists gathered at Crossway Baptist Church in Springfield for the Heartland Prayer Summit, Aug. 21....

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August 19, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY – With a deadly Ebola outbreak spreading across West Africa, the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) is advising churches to take caution before sending mission teams to the region. The latest Ebola outbreak infected at least 1,711 people, killing...

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August 18, 2014

CHICAGO – An 8-member mission team from Springhill Baptist Church, Springfield, carried the gospel to one of the nation’s most dangerous communities last month. The team partnered with Good Hope Baptist Church in Englewood, one of the 77 official communities...

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August 14, 2014

Missouri Baptists gathered for prayer Aug. 13 before a fifth night of turbulent protests erupted over the shooting death of an African American teenager by a local police officer. The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by an unnamed Ferguson police...

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August 5, 2014

With five members in their 30s or early 40s, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s eight-member leadership team may be the youngest among Southern Baptist seminaries. And these young leaders at Midwestern are breaking the generational mold by evincing a passion for...

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August 2, 2014

SPRINGFIELD – “The nature of God’s Word is to be persecuted,” wrote the 16th-century Reformer William Tyndale, whose biblical translations and writings are showcased among 450 other rare biblical and historical artifacts here at “Passages: Treasures of the Bible,” an...

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July 31, 2014

MBTS has experienced tremendous growth since Jason Allen, the youngest seminary president in the SBC, stepped into his leadership role here in 2012. And, by all accounts, this growth shows no signs of stopping....

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July 31, 2014

The MBC executive board permitted the MBC to raise $200,000 for a learning center and board room that will be named in honor of Baptist statesman and board member, Larry Lewis. The board also approved the MBC’s 2015 budget, set...

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July 28, 2014

KANSAS CITY – A dozen interns sent out by the Missouri Baptist Convention are discovering a world of lostness in Kansas City and St. Louis. Last month, these interns began a 10-week canvassing initiative, a joint project of the Missouri...

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July 26, 2014

Missouri Baptist Convention Communications Team Leader Rob Phillips, who writes The Pathway’s “Once Delivered” column, contended for the faith during a two-day pastor’s conference at Primera Iglesia Bautista (First Baptist Church) here, June 27 – 28. Last year, the Missouri...

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July 23, 2014

KANSAS CITY – The Missouri Baptist Convention’s (MBC) Multiethnic Church Planting Center expanded its ministry to internationals within the state of Missouri during an MBC assessment of potential ministers here, June 27. The assessment forms part of Missouri Baptist efforts...

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July 11, 2014

  OZARK – The Kingdom Builders mission team from Ridgecrest Baptist Church (RBC) in Springfield erected the frame for a new 1600 square-foot training facility at School to the Nations here during the first week of June. Established and directed...

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July 8, 2014

ROGERSVILLE – Pastor Winston Burton of the First Baptist Church (FBC) here won’t quit his day job. In fact, this nearly 300-member congregation has chosen to employ only bivocational and part-time staff members – a decision that, according to Burton,...

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June 20, 2014

BALTIMORE, Md. – Southern Baptists must cry out to God in prayer as they seek revival in their churches and spiritual awakening across the nation, Pastor Eddie Bumpers of Crossway Baptist Church in Springfield said during a theme interpretation at...

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June 10, 2014

Can Baptists talk to babies? According to Leithart, it is logically inconsistent for Baptists to speak to their infants while also denying the validity of infant baptism (aka, paedobaptism). His argument is worth a brief summary and response....

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June 1, 2014

WHEATLAND – Baptists in the west-central region of Missouri want to steer people to the love of Christ. For this reason, they’ve joined hands in ministry, sharing the gospel and distributing Bibles and other “Find It Here” items at the...

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May 22, 2014

Revival in Christian homes can transform a society filled with family trees that have been uprooted by sin, said Dan Jarvisof Michigan-based Life Action Ministries during a family conference at Concord Baptist Church here, May 11-14. ...

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May 20, 2014

HOLTS SUMMIT – Nearly 10 years after standing before a judge on two felony and three misdemeanor charges, Missouri native Brandon Kiesling stood before an audience at Union Hill Baptist Church in March, proclaiming the gospel of God’s grace. Born...

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May 19, 2014

VANDALIA – Nearly 900 women from a prison here heard about the love of Christ one week before Easter during an event organized annually by volunteers from First Baptist Church, Vandalia. According to Tommy Barnhart, the chaplain at the Women’s...

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May 19, 2014

SPRINGFIELD – John Stroup sat in a prison cell when the gospel arrested his attention. Now, through a ministry he established with two other members of Crossway Baptist Church, Springfield, he strives to capture criminals for Christ. “I was raised...

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May 17, 2014

SPRINGFIELD – In what they’ve called a mission trip without airfare, 350 volunteers from Crossway Baptist Church here reached out to their neighbors, April 3-5, proclaiming the gospel while doing 28 service projects throughout Greene County. “Our churches do a...

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May 17, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY – Ryan Stiffler, a member of Southridge Baptist Church here, has shared the gospel with an orthodox Jew in New York and a college student from Portugal – all from the comfort of his home. Stiffler serves as...

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May 15, 2014

GRAY SUMMIT – Members from the First Baptist Church (FBC) here canvassed their community in preparation for their “Hopefest” revival services, March 22-23. The church distributed 500 bags to households in the town of nearly 3,000 during the weeks leading...

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May 13, 2014

Russell Moore, president of the ERLC, recently responded to the concerns of Christian talk radio industry leaders, who challenged Moore’s apparent criticism of the industry in April....

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May 13, 2014

The 2015 state evangelism and discipleship conference will challenge church leaders to remain faithful to God and to His call despite hardship. ...

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May 11, 2014

DIXON – Nearly 700 people of all ages gathered to see members from the Springfield-based action sports ministry, “Real Encounter Outreach,” do motorcycle and bike stunts in the Dixon High School gymnasium, March 26. Members of “Real Encounter” also shared...

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May 9, 2014

Bott Radio Network President called on Moore to apologize publicly for his recent critical remarks regarding Christian talk radio—an industry supported by millions of Southern Baptist and evangelical listeners....

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May 7, 2014

A new cooling tower set up at the Missouri Baptist Convention, April 11, is only one feature of the repairs that the convention is making on its Baptist Building in downtown Jefferson City. The Missouri Baptist Convention has received a...

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May 4, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 100 people professed faith in Christ during revival services, March 22-23, at Brookville Road Community Church (BRCC) here, led by Jim McNeil, president, Missouri Baptist Fellowship of Vocational Evangelists. “It was glorious, and I am quick to...

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May 2, 2014

FBC Buckner distributed 1,500 Bibles in the communities of Buckner, Levasy and Sibley during an outreach initiative, April 12. A team of 83 volunteers from FBC, Buckner, and partnering churches prayed for these communities, prepared Bibles and distributed them. The...

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April 29, 2014

MBC Executive Board members approved a 2015 Cooperative Program (CP) goal of $14.5 million during its spring meeting, April 15....

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April 28, 2014

Those who missed the Missouri Baptist Convention’s (MBC) Worldview Conference, April 3, can now hear speakers online at The Pathway’s website, www.mbcpathway.com....

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April 17, 2014

HANNIBAL – As a member of the legal team that defended Hobby Lobby before United States Supreme Court, University of Missouri law professor Joshua Hawley told participants at the Missouri Baptist Convention’s Worldview Conference, April 3, that they must bring...

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April 17, 2014

“Culture wars” broiling across the nation increase church security risks, said Vaughn Baker, president of Strategos International and member at Abundant Life Baptist Church, Lee’s Summit, in a recent interview with The Pathway. Missouri-based Strategos International has trained more than...

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April 13, 2014

LVIV, Ukraine – Although he was born under the shadow of the Soviet regime, 36-year-old Baptist seminary President Yaroslav “Slavik” Pyzh never imagined that he would now face what, according to some news agencies, could become “the worst East-West crisis...

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April 2, 2014

MARYVILLE – Because of his early struggles as director of a Baptist Student Union (BSU), Jason Yarnell now labors not only to share the gospel to students at Northwest Missouri State University, but he also wants to send them out...

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March 26, 2014

HANNIBAL – As a business student at the University of Miami in the early 1970s, Bob McEwen noticed how American ideals, founded upon biblical principles, have made cities, states and nations flourish. McEwen, who now serves as senior advisor for...

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March 18, 2014

Missouri Baptists have accepted the challenge during the next two years to distribute one million Bibles across their state as part of “Light Up Missouri,” a servant evangelism initiative organized by the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC). Through this campaign, they hope...

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March 3, 2014

SIKESTON – Pastors and other church leaders from around the state gathered in the bootheel for the Missouri Baptist Convention’s (MBC) first 2014 church security and intruder awareness training here at Miner Baptist Church, Feb. 15. During the first decade...

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February 27, 2014

Two maps posted on the Missouri Baptist Convention’s (MBC) website reveal that nearly 50 percent of the lost in Missouri live in only seven counties. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 4.5 million people out of the state’s total population of...

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February 20, 2014

Once he feels its flame, a child will never doubt the candle’s heat. Likewise, the English Reformer William Tyndale once wrote, those who “feel” their faith will stand firm in the truth of Scripture and the promises of God. Convinced...

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February 14, 2014

Joshua Hawley, an attorney on the legal team defending Hobby Lobby, told members of Concord Baptist Church here that the Oklahoma-based arts and crafts retailer will stand before the Supreme Court, March 25, because of “the hope they have in...

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February 14, 2014

The Missouri Baptist Convention’s (MBC) annual Engage Conference, Feb. 21-23, will feature Eric Bryant, a member of the leadership team at Gateway Church in Austin, Texas, and author of Not Like Me: A Field Guide for Influencing a Diverse World...

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February 14, 2014

“Normal Christianity” brings persecution, missionary and author Nik Ripken* said during the Missouri Baptist Convention’s 2014 “Sowing in Tears” conference at Crossway Baptist Church here, Jan. 27-28. “In the Bible, persecution is normal,” Ripken said, reporting that “70 percent of...

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February 12, 2014

FORT WORTH (BP) – Christians can graciously speak the truth about homosexuality and biblical marriage, New Testament scholar Robert A.J. Gagnon said during an institute hosted by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Land Center for Cultural Engagement last year. Gagnon said...

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February 12, 2014

The Missouri Baptist Convention has organized another church security and intruder awareness training at Miner Baptist Church in Sikeston, Feb. 15....

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February 10, 2014

The MBC's annual Engage Conference, Feb. 21-23, will feature Eric Bryant, a member of the leadership team at Gateway Church in Austin, Texas, and author of Not Like Me – formerly titled, Peppermint-Filled Piñatas....

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February 7, 2014

On Easter Sunday, 1992, homosexuality suddenly “had a face, the face of my son.” Her 25-year-old son Dan confessed that he had been living a homosexual lifestyle for several years....

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February 7, 2014

HANNIBAL – Joshua Hawley, associate professor of law at the University of Missouri, will speak at the Missouri Baptist Convention’s (MBC) annual Worldview Conference here, April 3, less than two weeks after he stands before the United States Supreme Court...

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