All posts by "bkoonce"

October 21, 2014

SPRINGFIELD – The latest front in the fight to force Christians to accept homosexuality without question or conscience is the Springfield city council. There the city council voted 6 to 3, Oct. 13, to approve an “equal rights” ordinance that...

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October 8, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY – A small crowd of about 50 on the Missouri Capitol front lawn joined Christians across the U.S. and 32 foreign countries Sept. 26 in praying for and remembering American citizen and pastor Saeed Abedini and the persecuted...

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September 23, 2014

PARIS – No stranger to Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) life when he was elected president of the convention in 2012, Wesley Hammond, pastor of First Baptist, Paris, said there were still some surprises waiting for him. “Probably the biggest thing...

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September 23, 2014

TROY – The convention sermon will direct messengers’ hearts inward at the Missouri Baptist Convention Annual Meeting Oct. 27-29 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. Richie Rhea, lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Troy, will bring the sermon pulling...

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September 13, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY – It took until the final hours of the veto session late on Sept. 10, but the Missouri legislature has overridden Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes and made Missouri home of the longest waiting period before an abortion in...

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August 30, 2014

Missouri Baptists no longer have to watch their mailbox or check web for news, features and opinion about Kingdom work in the state; with a new iPhone app, The Pathway is now in their pocket. “There are very few Christian...

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August 20, 2014

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – It’s easy to forget about the “other” St. Louis on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River, but the churches of Laclede Baptist Association have seen Kingdom results in East St. Louis as part of...

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August 11, 2014

MOBERLY – Summer is supposed to be teenagers’ time off, but for a group of students from Crossroads Baptist Association it has been go go go. Bonnie Carter has been leading the association’s student summer missions team for nine years,...

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August 5, 2014

BRIDGETON – The Missouri Baptist Children’s Home (MBCH) would increasingly rely on its endowment if MBCH president Russell Martin gets his way. Such a move would allow MBCH to rely less and less on funding through contracts from the state...

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July 26, 2014

TRIMBLE – Ten years ago, Mike Beasley never could have imagined the ministry God had in store for this car-hauling truck driver. After retiring in 2006, the member of Trimble Baptist Church decided to be productive with his time and...

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June 22, 2014

TROY – “It’s easy to talk to people about Jesus.” That’s the advice from Jeanette Price, who, along with her husband, Bill, has led First Baptist Church, Troy, in distributing 3,000 Bibles in their community since the spring. The church’s...

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June 16, 2014

JOPLIN – “The Ten Commandments Judge,” Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore, spoke in defense of allowing God in the public square several times across southwest Missouri, including June 1 at Harmony Heights Baptist Church here. Moore...

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June 8, 2014

Missouri will likely become just the third state in the United States to require a 72-hour waiting period before an abortion as a pro-life and pro-religious liberty bill make it out of the legislature in the session’s final days....

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May 31, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY – Some younger faces are going to be showing up if disaster hits Missouri this summer. Six students are part of a new Disaster Relief (DR) pilot project between the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and three state...

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May 24, 2014

ORRICK – It was far from the largest storm, but an EF-2 tornado damaged nearly every structure in the small town of Orrick east of Kansas City, including tearing the roofs off First Baptist Church’s parsonage May 10. The city...

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May 15, 2014

BRIDGETON – The spotlight was on Bob Kenison’s 36 years at the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home as he was lauded for his term as president of MBCH and his simple philosophy: “family works.” A crowd of friends, family, colleagues and...

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May 8, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY – Saying the time has come for Christians to stand up and be counted, Mark Snowden brought a message from Daniel 3 to the steps of the State Capitol as one of many National Day of Prayer events...

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May 6, 2014

Where is God in the midst of a storm? Specifically, where was God in the 2011 EF5 tornado that killed 158 people and caused more than a billion dollars in damage in Joplin? What about the 2013 EF5 tornado that...

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May 3, 2014

MBC churches baptized 9,706 people from July 2012 to July 2013, which continues a slight downward trend over the past several years according to information reported in the Annual Church Profiles (ACP)....

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April 18, 2014

HANNIBAL – As the first speaker at the 2014 Missouri Baptist Convention Worldview Conference April 3, Anthony Allen prefaced the day’s topics with a basic understanding of what a Christian worldview is. Allen, the president of Hannibal-LaGrange University, which hosted...

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April 13, 2014

HANNIBAL – Eva Mozes Kor doesn’t mind talking about the nine months she and her twin sister spent in Auschwitz during World War II. She openly shares about inhumane experiments by infamous Dr. Josef Mengele. She matter-of-factly tells of watching...

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April 11, 2014

HANNIBAL – Despite the persistent drumbeat that marriage is nothing more than an optional piece of paper, Janice Crouse told the crowd at the Missouri Baptist Convention Worldview Conference April 3 that the erosion of tradition marriage – especially since...

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April 10, 2014

So how does a filmmaker – an atheist filmmaker – make a 138-minute $130 million-dollar blockbuster from such brief source material? The answer is that you throw the scripture into a blender and add a ton of filler....

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March 20, 2014

SPRINGFIELD – Missouri’s Baptist churches have the opportunity to pick apart what makes a Sunday School work and preview some new LifeWay curriculum at events scheduled across the state this spring. This is the first Sunday School That Really Works...

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March 17, 2014

The Bible has inspired some truly masterful works of art: Michelangelo’s “Pieta,” Handel’s “Messiah” and DaVinci’s “Last Supper” are but three masterpieces that show man at his cultural pinnacle with a biblical underpinning. Sadly, biblical art has slipped a little....

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March 1, 2014

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Feb. 11 asking a state court judge to force Missouri to recognize same sex marriages of Missouri residents who were wed in states where it was lawful. While the lawsuit does...

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March 1, 2014

Easter is fast approaching, and that means it istime for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering to support the efforts of the North American Mission Board (NAMB). Missouri Baptists have set a goal for the 2014 offering of $2 million. That...

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February 20, 2014

Baptist Builders offers a simple way to help construct a new church building while being good stewards: a church provides the materials, and Baptist Builders provide the labor at zero cost. It may be a little bit more time-consuming than...

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February 19, 2014

hose who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them. Those two verses from Ps. 126 gave the Sowing in...

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February 11, 2014

Elm Spring Baptist church has chosen to “be the missionary” for a people group in sub-Saharan Africa, and pastor Robin Dale hopes other Missouri Baptist churches will follow their example. They’ll have the opportunity at the International Mission Board’s (IMB)...

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February 10, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY – Three members of Concord Baptist Church here (from left, Gerad Fox, CR Miller and Chris Rhodes) were among those that camped out in sub-freezing temperatures for 24 hours prior to the opening of Chick-fil-A’s newest store at...

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February 7, 2014

BRIAN KOONCE/staff writer bkoonce@mobaptist.org BOHOL ISLAND, The Philippines – It’s been two months since Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the Philippines and more than three months since a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook the island of Bohol, but one Missouri Baptist church...

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January 21, 2014

GIBITNGIL, the Philippines – While most of Missouri was wading through snow drifts and scraping ice off windshields, six Disaster Relief (DR) volunteers were wading out to an ocean-going canoe and reusing bent, rusty nails in an ongoing effort to...

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December 20, 2013

“I have a different heart for Lottie Moon Christmas offering than than I did this time last month. In 23 years pastoring I’ve promoted Lottie Moon, I’ve showed videos about Lottie Moon, I’ve heard missionaries talk about Lottie Moon, but...

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December 20, 2013

It’s a tiny island of 449 families accessible only by a 30-minute canoe ride, but Gibitngil island – just off the northwest tip larger island of Cebu – has been assigned to Missouri Baptists to help in its recovery, a...

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December 11, 2013

A chill is in the air, and that means carols, pageants and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. The Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) has set a statewide goal of $4 million for 2013, working out to about $7.60...

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December 4, 2013

Voluntary prayer in schools is under attack in the central Missouri town of Fayette....

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December 3, 2013

JOPLIN – Church and public schools don’t mix? Don’t tell that to Joplin Public Schools. Churches have been partnering with students and classes with dramatic results since 2010 in a school district that has had some ups and downs in recent...

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November 26, 2013

Missouri Baptists are on the ground in typhoon-ravaged islands of the Philippines, and leaders are asking for prayer, future volunteers and funds....

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November 14, 2013

KANSAS CITY – President of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Fred Luter closed out the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) annual meeting with a bang Oct. 30 when he challenged Missouri churches to get back to the personal, powerful, practical, persistent gospel....

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November 14, 2013

KANSAS CITY – Missouri Baptist Convention President Wesley Hammond challenged messengers at the annual meeting here to live up to the high calling of God and to choose the “Holy Way” as they go back to their churches. Hammond, who pastors...

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November 11, 2013

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Missouri Baptists are headed to the typhoon-ravaged islands of the Philippines, and leaders are asking for prayer, future volunteers and funds. Dwain Carter, director of Disaster Relief (DR) for the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) and Mike...

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November 11, 2013

KANSAS CITY – Reaffirming traditional marriage and lamenting changes in Boy Scout membership requirements were hot topics in resolutions passed by messengers at the 2013 Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) annual meeting Oct. 30. Resolution 2, on the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling...

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November 11, 2013

KANSAS CITY – Messengers re-elected the same slate of Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) officers, all whom of who were nominated and elected without opposition across the three days of the MBC Annual Meeting. Wesley Hammond, pastor of First Baptist, Paris was...

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November 6, 2013

POPLAR BLUFF – “Stage IV cancer” usually strikes fear into patients’ hearts, but for Debbie Medley, the diagnosis brought about new hope, new life and new purpose. Medley, a member of Second Baptist Church, Poplar Bluff, has inoperable metastatic breast...

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November 6, 2013

BRIDGETON – Trustees approved a modestly larger budget for 2014, but it was reports of 18 professions of faith through Missouri Baptist Children’s Home (MBCH) ministries that were the highlight of the MBCH trustee meeting Oct. 8 here. Of those...

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October 25, 2013

INDEPENDENCE – If you need a helping hand, Leighton Clemons is your man. Whether it’s getting down on his hands and knees to help you haul the mud of out of a flooded basement or pulling wire on a newly...

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October 25, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY – Baptist Builders may be one of the best kept secrets in Missouri, but one of its most active members wants to help it grow into a well-known and often-used ministry. Leighton Clemons, a member of Country Meadows...

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October 22, 2013

HANNIBAL – Trustees for Hannibal-LaGrange University (HLGU) approved plans for a new science building and approved four new “core principals” for the school during their second meeting Oct. 17-18. The former science building on campus was destroyed when high winds...

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October 8, 2013

KANSAS CITY (BP) – One of the catalysts of the Conservative Resurgence – the Elliott controversy – was examined by three Southern Baptist historians in a panel discussion Sept. 10 at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The controversy erupted at Midwestern...

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