Tebow to N.C. Bapt. DR: You've gone above, beyond

Professional athlete, sports analyst and native Floridian Tim Tebow thanked North Carolina Baptist churches in a Facebook video posted Thursday (Sept. 21) for their disaster relief efforts across Florida after Hurricane Irma.

'Remarkable' number of women reported at SBC seminaries

"A remarkable number of young women" are enrolling at Southern Baptist Convention seminaries, according to a report delivered this week to the SBC Executive Committee.

Congregational singing alive and well at 'Sing!' conf.

More than 4,000 pastors, music leaders and musicians attended a three-day celebration of congregational singing, highlighted by a standing-room-only hymn sing at the Grand Ole Opry House.
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    Nashville church shooting draws calls for prayer

    by David Roach, posted Sunday, September 24, 2017 (an hour ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- One person is dead and eight injured following what police have called a "mass casualty" church shooting in Nashville Sunday morning.

    Government officials and Southern Baptist leaders reacted with expressions of sadness and sympathy.

    The gunman, identified by media reports as 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, allegedly shot and killed a woman in the parking lot of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in the southeast Nashville neighborhood of Antioch shortly after the morning service had ended. With his car still running, he then entered the church's rear doors and began "indiscriminately" shooting, according to Nashville's Tennessean newspaper. Read More

  • Rick Warren counsels TX pastors amid Harvey relief

    by Erin Roach, posted Friday, September 22, 2017 (2 days ago)

    BEAUMONT, Texas -- The losses that are going to hurt the longest after Hurricane Harvey are the invisible ones, pastor Rick Warren told a group of Southeast Texas pastors at Calvary Baptist Church in Beaumont as he counseled them on how to help people recover in what could be "the church's finest hour."

    "If unbelievers like what they see in the mud-outs and all the stuff we're doing, then they will listen to what we say," Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., said Sept. 18. "Many times outreach to people starts with a hand and then moves to the heart and the head." Read More

  • Couple fights to limit videos to biblical marriage

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 22, 2017 (2 days ago)

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    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (BP) -- Christian filmmakers Carl and Angel Larsen are asking a district court to reinstate their challenge to a Minnesota law that could force them to produce media supporting same-sex marriage.

    The U.S. District Court in Minnesota dismissed the couple's lawsuit on Sept. 20 against the state over portions of the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA), which bans sexual orientation discrimination in public accommodations and contracting. Read More

  • As Harvey loomed, church prepared for town's needs

    by Kirsten McKimmey/Baptist General Convention of Texas, posted Friday, September 22, 2017 (2 days ago)

    HUFFMAN, Texas (BP) -- Soon after Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas coast, pastor Mike Martin of First Baptist Church in Huffman made several visits around town, located 30 miles northeast of Houston, before the heavy rains hit the area.

    He stopped at the local volunteer fire department and told them the church was available if they needed help. Within an hour, they contacted him and asked if the church could be used as a shelter. Read More

  • Students, DR join forces for campus outreach

    by Lonnie Wilkey & David Dawson/Baptist and Reflector , posted Friday, September 22, 2017 (2 days ago)

    JOHNSON CITY (BP) -- In the nearly three years Jonathan Chapman has served as Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) director at East Tennessee State University he has worked hard to gain credibility among administration and staff.

    Shortly after he arrived, he learned that some people even thought the BCM had closed. One administrator said "we didn't know you were still around," Chapman recalled.

    Since that day the BCM "has been pouring" itself into the campus, Chapman said. Read More

  • SBDR preparing major Puerto Rico response

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, September 22, 2017 (2 days ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- After Hurricane Maria knocked power out for nearly the entire population of Puerto Rico, the island's infrastructure is devastated and initial reports estimate that it will take months before services can be completely restored.

    On Thursday afternoon (Sept. 21), FEMA officials sought to organize a response in Puerto Rico with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) as well as American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Read More