• Transgenderism is growing ministry focus

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 04, 2016 (14 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- John Pouchot has been in the pastorate 16 years. But it was only within the past three years that he first encountered a family dealing with transgenderism. Read More

  • Trump's win draws support, concern from evangelicals

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, May 04, 2016 (14 hours ago)

    Screen capture from CNN.com before final delegate count
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Donald Trump's striking victory in Indiana Tuesday (May 3) apparently settled the race for the Republican presidential nomination, but it did little to resolve the divisiveness among conservatives and evangelical Christians over his controversial candidacy.

    The brash billionaire triumphed easily in the latest primary over both of his rivals for the GOP nomination, leaving him seemingly with no opponents and an open path to the nomination barring a stunningly dramatic development. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas announced Tuesday night he was suspending his campaign, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich reportedly was to end his effort later Wednesday. Read More

  • Suicide stats prompt call for ministry

    by Kevin D. Kennedy, posted Wednesday, May 04, 2016 (18 hours ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- With the U.S. suicide rate increasing 24 percent over the past 15 years according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics, mental health experts have called pastors to prepare for ministry to suicidal individuals.

    While a pastor need not mention mental health issues every week from the pulpit, "a bit of regular exposure to such human realities has a way of breaking down the walls of shame and secrecy," Tony Rose, pastor of LaGrange (Ky.) Baptist Church, told Baptist Press. Rose also served as chairman of Mental Health Advisory Council, appointed by Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page. Read More

  • Asian-American networks nurtured at A2CP2 conf.

    by Eunsun Han, posted Wednesday, May 04, 2016 (14 hours ago)

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- The fostering of nationwide networks among Asian-American church leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention moved forward during an inaugural A2CP2 (Asian-American Church Planting & Cooperative Program) Conference at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Read More

  • Asian-American leaders learn about GuideStone services

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Wednesday, May 04, 2016 (14 hours ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Leaders of eight Asian-American fellowship groups met at GuideStone Financial Resources to learn about the Southern Baptist entity's services, among ways of partnering more closely with the SBC. Read More

  • CP 6.45% ahead of budget projection

    by Baptist Press Staff, posted Tuesday, May 03, 2016 (yesterday)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 6.45 percent above the year-to-date budgeted projection, and 4.15 percent above contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Frank S. Page. The total includes receipts from state conventions and fellowships, churches and individuals for distribution according to the 2015-16 SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget. Read More

  • Pray, vote, engage, Franklin Graham urges

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, May 03, 2016 (yesterday)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Christians cannot restore America by rallying behind political parties, but must pray, vote and engage in politics to uphold biblical principles, evangelist Franklin Graham told a crowd of about 8,600 gathered at noon today (May 3) in front of the Tennessee State Capitol building in Nashville.

    It was the largest crowd to date in his Decision American Tour 2016 with Franklin Graham -- a series of sermons and prayer rallies at each capitol in the nation that began Jan. 5 in Des Moines, Iowa -- and is scheduled to end Oct. 13 in Raleigh, N.C. Read More