DOM title change among report's recommendations

Your local Baptist association's DOM (director of missions) soon could be the AMS (associational mission strategist) if the association takes the title-change recommendation of a report to be presented next month at a gathering of associational leaders.

Faith helps high school pitcher overcome adversity

A high school senior in Brownsville, Tenn., Landon Wilson wrote as his farewell quote in the yearbook, "Like I have always said, four years at Haywood High School will cost me an arm and a leg."

Billy Graham's last will and testament revealed

When Billy Graham died at age 99 in his North Carolina home on Feb. 21, he left behind a legacy of service to his Lord through preaching the Gospel. But according to his will, recently made public, that's not all there is to his legacy.
  • Irish voters head to the polls in abortion referendum

    by Leigh Jones/WORLD, posted Friday, May 25, 2018 (16 hours ago)

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    IRELAND (BP) -- Irish voters are heading to the polls today (May25) in a historic referendum to determine whether the country keeps some of Europe's strongest protections for unborn children.

    Ireland's Eighth Amendment, adopted in 1983, makes a mother and her unborn baby equal under the law, effectively restricting abortion except in cases where the mother's life is at risk. If voters decide to repeal the amendment, lawmakers will consider new laws legalizing abortion.

    The Irish government, which supports the repeal effort, has proposed legalizing abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, allowing later abortions only in special cases. Analysts have portrayed the vote as the last stand in the battle for the country's soul. Read More

  • Church revitalization drives pastor despite paralysis

    by Grace Thornton, posted Friday, May 25, 2018 (20 hours ago)

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Face down on the floor of his hotel room, Dan Hall was fighting for every breath.

    In August of 2016, he had just gotten into Houston on a late flight, settled into his hotel after midnight and started getting ready for an early morning meeting. It was all routine. As a longtime Baptist pastor and church revitalization consultant, sleep deprivation was Hall's norm. He was used to solving churches' life-or-death crises.

    But this was different -- now he appeared to be having one of his own. He suffered a pulmonary embolism, passed out, fell down and woke up a quadriplegic. Read More

  • Survey: VBS remains popular among American parents

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, May 24, 2018 (yesterday)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Back in the 1890s, a pair of Sunday School teachers -- D.T. Miles of Hopedale, Ill., and Virginia Hawes of New York City -- both had the same idea.

    School kids were off for the summer.

    Why not invite them to church to study the Bible? And maybe sing a few songs and have some fun along the way?

    The idea was a hit. Read More

  • SWBTS interim pres. Bingham 'humbled' to serve

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, May 24, 2018 (yesterday)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Historical theologian Jeffrey Bingham has accepted the interim presidency of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The position was offered to him May 23 in a 3 a.m. phone call from trustee chairman Kevin Ueckert after trustees named former president Paige Patterson as president emeritus.

    Meanwhile, reaction to trustees' decision about Patterson has come from a range of Southern Baptists, including Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines and both announced candidates for next month's SBC presidential election in Dallas. Read More