All posts by "contributingwriter"

September 30, 2014

By now you’ve undoubtedly heard about the horrific video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancée unconscious inside a casino elevator. The Ravens have terminated Rice’s contract, and the NFL has placed him on indefinite suspension. Rice’s...

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September 27, 2014

FERGUSON – When the National Day of Prayer (NDP) bus stopped at First Baptist Church Ferguson Sept. 13, the prayer warriors moved beyond their planned emphasis and prayed for unity. According to Dion Elmore, the NDP task force conducted more...

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September 26, 2014

KANSAS CITY – Amidst the excitement of the start of a new academic year at Midwestern Seminary President Jason Allen announced the encouraging news on Sept. 22 that more students have enrolled at the school this Fall Semester than any...

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September 17, 2014

Classes started Monday, Aug. 25, at Southwest Baptist University with an increase in new students, average ACT score and number of students living in on-campus housing. Total enrollment on the first day of classes was 1,507, including 430 freshmen. The...

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September 16, 2014

MACON – Two years ago Donnie and Cindy Bonuchi were in their Sunday school class at First Baptist Church, Macon and a question was posed: “What could we do to give back to our community?” People around the table had...

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September 15, 2014

KANSAS CITY – During a chapel service and prayer summit held at Midwestern Seminary on Aug. 27, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) emphasized the need for “extraordinary prayer” in expectancy of the next great movement of God...

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September 13, 2014

KANSAS CITY – Fusion, an International Mission Board (IMB) training project, began its training season here on the campus of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS) at the beginning of August, equipping college students to share their faith intentionally—even in some...

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September 9, 2014

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Participants of the Heartland Interstate Strategy (HIS) vision tour exited the bus on Prospect Hill and gazed into South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska. Dr. Leo Endel, a former pastor in the area and the current executive...

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September 1, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – On Aug. 9, Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African-American, was shot six times by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. His family has called for justice in his shooting while urging residents of Ferguson to...

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September 1, 2014

KANSAS CITY – E-Tech Missions Founder Jon Moody spent four years (2008-2013) on mission with the International Mission Board (IMB) in Mali, The Ivory Coast, Ghana, and Burkina Faso. During that time he had many opportunities to reach the unreached...

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August 29, 2014

SEDALIA – About 1,300 State Fair attenders looking for corn dogs, carnival rides and deals on snazzy merchandise stopped by the Missouri Baptist tent located near the fair’s midway. They had the opportunity to step inside the tent and register...

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August 28, 2014

As children return to school, they will demonstrate their upbringing at home. Those who attend church will show their church teaching as well. Most teachers can tell, rather quickly, the kind of environment and teaching a child has had. Our...

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August 28, 2014

The concepts of human rights and liberty as we know them can all be traced back to one history-changing idea; an idea that began with God’s revelation to the Jews and was brought to the world by the Christian Church....

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August 26, 2014

The Christian movie wave has not yet subsided and doesn’t look to be slowing down. Alex and Stephen Kendrick, creators of Courageous and Fireproof and authors of The Love Dare, have finished principle filming of their fifth film. While the...

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August 25, 2014

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Five men from the Missouri Baptist Bikers Fellowship (MBBF) struck up a conversation with a former pastor at a motel in Canada recently. The former pastor was newly married to an unbeliever, but open to a spiritual...

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August 24, 2014

Aspen Church here was the recipient of some Missouri Baptist love by way of First Baptist Church, Kirksville. The Kirksville church took 13 members on a 2,600 mile misson trip to the ranching community in the Uinta Mountains of western...

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August 22, 2014

Three months after Chinese officials ripped down the gigantic Sanjiang Church in Wenzhou, the number of churches facing persecution – whether that means demolition, cross removal, or threatening notices – in Zhejiang province has reached into the hundreds, according to...

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August 22, 2014

Pro-life abortion restrictions taking hold across the country are having unintended consequences in a few states with less regulation: women traveling across state lines to kill their babies....

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August 18, 2014

When Barbara Studt bends down and hugs each child at the small school on Gibitngil island – and not one child escapes her – she whispers in each ear, “Jesus loves you.” They grin, wiggle free and run away. Studt stands...

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August 12, 2014

From the earliest days of the church Christians have been debating the relationship between the power of God and our responsibilities as human beings in living the Christian life. Is the Christian life essentially a matter of passive trust, of...

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August 7, 2014

The tallest man in Canada plays Goliath in the upcoming, high-profile movie, ‘David and Goliath.’ Standing at 7’8, Jerry Sokolosky is also one of the tallest men in the world. “Jerry was a tremendous blessing,” says the director Tim Chey....

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August 3, 2014

Lee Warren/contributing writer OMAHA, Neb. – The Heartland Interstate Strategy (HIS) task force met online July 22 to finalize plans for its vision tour set for Aug. 26-28 that will help leaders identify which hub cities along the I-29 corridor...

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July 30, 2014

The long-standing notion that America is "one nation under God" is under attack in Oklahoma City after city officials okayed a satanic black mass at the Civic Center on Sept. 21. More than 37,000 concerned Americans have already called on...

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July 27, 2014

Grand Oaks Baptist Assembly dedicated a new swimming pool just in time for the summer camp season. The pool dedication was held May 27 as the St. Joseph Baptist Association convened their week of camp at the Grand Oaks facility....

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July 23, 2014

T. PATRICK HUDSON/MBTS KANSAS CITY – President Jason K. Allen has announced that Jason G. Duesing will join Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s administration in the role of provost beginning Aug. 1. Duesing will also bring his scholarship in the areas...

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July 19, 2014

“Over my dead body!” Those were Connie Beckler’s exact words more than seven years ago when she got the phone call that her daughter and son-in-law had committed to international missions. “I prayed for everything to go wrong,” Beckler, who...

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July 16, 2014

Franklin Graham once said, “I believe that a time is fast approaching – I think it will be in my lifetime – when the preaching of the gospel is referred to as hate speech.” And Todd Starnes couldn’t agree more....

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July 14, 2014

David Jeremiah/Special to The Pathway EL CAJON, Calif. – Much of what gets shared on some social networking sites can be less than profound. With the wheat comes the chaff in any new endeavor. As Christians, our goal is to...

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July 11, 2014

Kiley crossland/World News Service WASHINGTON (BP) – Google is cracking down on sexually graphic content with two recent policy changes, one implemented in March and one that started in June. The new rules take steps to eliminate explicit material in...

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July 11, 2014

In the highly anticipated decision of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court issued a victory to closely held for-profit corporations on the issue of religious liberty. While the decision was not as sweeping as some may have wanted—or as...

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July 6, 2014

Monty Sheridan is a texting grandma – and she is determined to use her power for good. “There’s nothing I like better than to talk to someone about Jesus,” said Sheridan. One of her most significant undertakings began with a...

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June 30, 2014

Today’s Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby is good news for defenders of religious liberty, GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins said. The 5-4 decision affirms the right of the Green family, the Christian owners of the for-profit hobby supply...

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June 27, 2014

Just over a generation ago most churches did disciple-making the same way. They did it in ongoing, age-graded groups that studied dated quarterlies and met on Sunday nights. Disciple-making began to change rapidly in the Sixties and Seventies as churches...

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June 27, 2014

As Independence Day approaches, we turn our thoughts again to the condition of our country and speculate as to what the future holds for our children. We are seeing more and more conflicts in rendering unto Caesar and at the...

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June 27, 2014

MBTS President Jason Allen announced that Christian George will join the faculty on June 1, as curator of the school’s C.H. Spurgeon Library and as assistant professor of Historical Theology. ...

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June 27, 2014

Southern Baptists gave an unprecedented $154 million to the 2013 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions, breaking the record for the largest total in the offering’s 125-year history....

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June 25, 2014

Sen. Roy Blunt (R., Mo.) on the Senate floor Wednesday urged the U.S. to protect the rights of religious minorities throughout the world. Blunt specifically called for the release of Meriam Ibrahim and Pastor Saeed Abedini, who are both jailed...

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June 24, 2014

Citing good news across all ministry areas within GuideStone Financial Resources, President O.S. Hawkins delivered the 96th annual report to messengers meeting June 10-11. Turning first to investments, Hawkins announced that GuideStone was recognized by various reporting agencies that monitor mutual...

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June 24, 2014

In his report to the convention, International Mission Board (IMB) Tom Elliff unveiled IMB’s theme for 2014, “One Sacred Effort,” encouraging every Southern Baptist to “find your place in God’s story.” For more information on IMB’s theme and how to...

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June 19, 2014

As his native Brazil hosts the month-long World Cup tournament, soccer star Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite wants you to know that he is a Christian....

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June 17, 2014

Every church needs a vision for disciple-making. It needs to be written down so everyone can understand it and be constantly reminded of it. Here are four characteristics of a good vision statement....

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June 14, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A Muslim group is calling for a boycott of Cadbury after two types of chocolate produced by the company were found to have traces of pork DNA. Pork products are not “halal,” or permissible under Islamic...

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June 12, 2014

By Roy Hayhurst BALTIMORE — Citing good news across all ministry areas within GuideStone Financial Resources, President O.S. Hawkins delivered the 96th annual report to messengers meeting June 10-11. GuideStone provides retirement plans, life and health products, ancillary insurance products,...

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June 10, 2014

Charlotte Marsch/SBU BOLIVAR – With 581 graduates, Southwest Baptist University’s (SBU) May 2014 graduating class was the largest in the University’s 136-year history. The commencement ceremony also included the annual presentation of three prestigious awards: two Life Beautiful Awards and...

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June 7, 2014

DALLAS – Twenty-five dollars each month. That’s what Bobby Walker received when he went to his first pastorate. “He never made a decision for a pastorate on salary,” Tommie Walker said of her late husband. “He said ‘if God guides,...

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June 5, 2014

John Mark Yeats, Contributing Writer Kansas City – The week of May 17 the North American Mission Board (NAMB) released the results from its baptism task force. A key study, the desire was to find out why Baptism rates in...

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June 1, 2014

Every child wants to be able to boast about his/her dad! Little boys may be heard to say, “My dad can beat up your dad!” The truth is that in our era of time, many dads are absent or confused...

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May 30, 2014

The nation’s largest gay rights advocacy group is putting down roots in the South. Last week, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced it will spend $8.5 million over the next three years to set up permanent offices and staff in...

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May 26, 2014

Graduates, families and friends gathered together in the newly dedicated Daniel Lee Chapel on May 10 to celebrate Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s 55th commencement exercises – launching over 100 new graduates into gospel ministry. ...

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May 24, 2014

Bobby Shows of Union Hill Baptist Church in Holts Summit never could have dreamed God would use his love of sports to spread the gospel throughout the nation and the world. After leading him into a career in sports ministry...

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