• IMB's Platt sends open letter to SBC family

    by IMB staff, posted Friday, September 04, 2015 (10 hours ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- International Mission Board President David Platt released an open letter to Southern Baptists Friday (Sept. 4), related to the organization’s financial plan announced Aug. 27.

    In the letter, Platt addresses several concerns and criticisms raised related to the plan, specifically the announcement that IMB will reduce its missionaries and staff by 600-800 people over the next six months. Read More

  • Same-sex couples get licenses; clerk sits in jail

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, September 04, 2015 (8 hours ago)

    Carter County (Ky.) Detention Center Photo
    MOREHEAD, Ky. (BP) -- Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis remained in jail Friday (Sept. 4) even as same-sex couples received marriage licenses from her office.

    William Smith and James Yates were the first of at least three gay couples to obtain licenses from deputy clerks in Rowan County after Davis refused for two months to grant the documents, citing her beliefs as a Christian. Five of Davis' deputy clerks agreed Thursday (Sept. 3) to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Read More

  • SCOTUS urged by federal judges to review abortion mandate

    by GuideStone Financial Resources Staff, posted Friday, September 04, 2015 (8 hours ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Five judges on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals have sharply criticized the court decision that ruled against GuideStone Financial Resources earlier this summer.

    A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled against GuideStone and GuideStone participants Truett-McConnell College and Reaching Souls International in July. Read More

  • Kendricks' 'War Room' draws diverse crowds

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 04, 2015 (8 hours ago)

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    CAIRO, Ga. (BP) -- Nothing for years had ever interfered with the Sunday lunch "Granny" Inez Harrell has served at her home after church services at a small Baptist church where the 83-year-old serves as treasurer.

    But after joining her son Kelvin and daughter-in-law Tamra for an Aug. 29 showing of "War Room" at the single-screen Zebulon Theatre, the only movie house in Cairo, Ga., Granny changed her Sunday afternoon priorities. Read More

  • Labor Day: Bivocational pastors known for work ethic

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 04, 2015 (12 hours ago)

    Photo courtesy of Jon Church
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When Rick Lazor pastored Nuuanu Baptist Church in Honolulu with its six weekend worship services in four different languages, he never imagined he would one day join the ranks of bivocational pastors.

    But each Sunday as he walked through the transitioning Kakaako neighborhood to meet his family for lunch, he felt burdened that the area had no evangelical churches. So he left Nuuanu nearly a decade ago to plant a congregation called OlaNui!, Hawaiian for "abundant life." ... Read More

  • Turning to Christ, teen heals from anger & abuse

    by Karen Pearce, posted Friday, September 04, 2015 (11 hours ago)

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    LONGVIEW, Texas (BP) -- Seventeen-year-old Justin Spencer was with a team of Texas Baptists when an unexpected thing happened. Standing on the front porch of a house in Chalmettte, La., listening as his teammate Hailey gave a Gospel presentation, his heart quickened.

    When Hailey asked the resident if he wanted to pray to receive Christ, he said no. But Justin said yes. Read More