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Blog spotlights 'evergreen' evangelism principlesALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Southern Baptist pastors looking to equip their churches in evangelism have a new tool to employ. The North American Mission Board has launched a blog to bring attention to "evergreen" principles that are working in some of the most evangelistic Southern Baptist churches in North America.
Church leaders can already find content on a variety of topics related to these principles on the Your Church on Mission blog, including developing an evangelistic culture, encouraging your people to bring guests, engaging your community through service and strategic thinking. The blog's content includes both text and videos. Read More
Teen abstinence rate up 28 percent
NASHVILLE (BP) -- The number of American high schoolers who have never had sexual intercourse has increased by 28 percent since 1991, according to data released this month by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
The finding was hailed by advocates of abstinence-based sexual education -- also known as Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) education -- as proof the message of delayed sexual activity is catching on with teens. Read More
Website to aid foster care, adoption in Ky.FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- A new website aims to make it easier for Kentucky parents to navigate the foster care and adoption process.
"Every child deserves a loving home," First Lady Glenna Bevin said in unveiling the adopt.ky.gov website with Kentucky Health and Family Services Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson. Read More
Collegiate ministries evolve into multiplying churchesST. LOUIS (BP) -- Channeling college students' zeal for Christ drew the focus of two panel discussions held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in St. Louis.
The purpose of the panels, which took place on the Cooperative Program stage in the exhibit hall at America's Center, showcased missions and ministry funded by the Cooperative Program, Southern Baptists' unified giving channel. Read More
Pat Summitt, NCAA's winningest coach, diesKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history who professed her faith in Christ four years ago through baptism, died today (June 28) at age 64 after a five-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Summitt, coach of the University of Tennessee women's basketball team from 1974-2012, was a member of Faith Promise Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Knoxville, Tenn. Her pastor, Chris Stephens, told Knoxville's NewsTalk 98.7 June 27 she would "probably pass into heaven in the next few days."
Stephens led listeners in prayer during a five-minute interview, praying, "I knew her as one of Your followers. She brought so many people to church, and there was such a side of Pat that so many did not get to see and know, but I did." Read More
Study: Unchurched will talk about faithNASHVILLE (BP) -- Americans who don't go to church are happy to talk about religion and often think about the meaning of life, according to a new study released today (June 28).
They're also open to taking part in community service events hosted at a church or going to a church concert, the research revealed. But only about a third say they'd be interested in going to a worship service, and few think about what happens after they die. Read More
FROM THE STATES: Ala., Ark., Okla. evangelism/missions news; 'God really astonished us through His power and presence each night'
Today's From the States features items from: The Alabama Baptist, Arkansas Baptist News, The Baptist Messenger (Oklahoma) Read More
Court strikes down abortion provider regulationsToday we lament another legal victory for the abortion lobby." -- Russell MooreWASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Monday (June 27) a state legislature's effort to hold abortion providers responsible for the protection of women who use their services.
In a 5-3 opinion, the high court ruled that portions of a Texas law regulating abortion doctors and clinics constitute an "undue burden" on a woman's right to abort her child and are therefore unconstitutional.
The high court's reversal of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ... Read More
ANALYSIS: Back alleys & coat hangersLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Advocates of abortion have succeeded -- perhaps unknowingly -- in a return, in essence, to "back alley abortions" and "rusty coat hangers."
Today's Supreme Court decision striking down state regulations for abortion doctors and abortion clinics reflects a striking relationship to the long rhetorical history of the abortion debate.
According to abortion advocates, if abortions are no longer "safe and legal" (to ... Read More