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U.S. soccer's Goodson says 'God has been faithful'
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (BP)--Some Christians have miraculous stories of how they came to know Christ. Some have found themselves in the deepest, darkest moments one could possibly imagine and realized there was nowhere left to turn but to a Higher Power.Clarence Goodson, a defender on the U.S. World Cup team, was not one of those stories.
Raised in a very tight-knit family with strong Christian values in Alexandria, Va., Goodson recognized at an early age the difference in right and wrong and was active in his local church. His parents were strong influences in his life and provided him with a Christian foundation to build his relationship with Christ. Read More
U.S. players open about their faith
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (BP)--Several members of the U.S. National Team playing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup are not shy about discussing their Christian faith. Following are quotes from five of them about their faith: Read More
Carver: 'We chaplains must persevere'ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Two-star U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Douglas L. Carver, the Army's chief of chaplains, had a surprise for the 200 people who attended the annual Southern Baptist Convention chaplain's luncheon June 14 in Orlando, Fla. Read More
Evangelists add Fish, Ham to Hall of FaithORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Southern Baptist evangelism professor Roy Fish and legendary revivalist Mordecai Ham were inducted into the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists' Hall of Faith June 12 during the organization's annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. Read More
NAMB showcases ministry diversity
ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--The North American Mission Board put real faces on its work -- showing three poignant videos featuring brand-new Christians and then bringing those individuals on stage to a series of standing ovations -- during its annual report to the Southern Baptist Convention June 16 in Orlando, Fla.
The new believers personified the diversity of Southern Baptist work in North America -- one coming from a Muslim background, two teenage African American brothers from the Bronx and a ... Read More
'Revive, Renew, Restore,' evangelists preach
ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Speakers at the annual Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists worship service underscored the theme, "Revive the Church, Renew the Nation, Restore Hope."
Bailey Smith, Jay Strack, Ron Herrod, Bill Stafford and Tim Lee were among those who led the service Wednesday, June 16, at the Orange County Convention Center in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando, Fla.
Smith, an Atlanta-based evangelist and former SBC president, ... Read More
LifeWay highlights 'Transformational Church'
ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--LifeWay Christian Resources set forth a theme of hope in its annual report to the Southern Baptist Convention as president and CEO Thom Rainer highlighted the "Transformational Church" initiative and "Courageous," the upcoming movie project with Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga.
Rainer said both emphases demonstrate great hope for the church and for families.
The Transformational Church initiative began with an extensive research project involving 7,000 church... Read More
Koreans report influx of aid for Haiti
ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Members of the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America celebrated their gifts of nearly $109,000 for Haiti relief during the group's June 14-17 meeting in Orlando, Fla.
The 600 attendees at the Korean Council's sessions at the Marriott Airport Conference Center also heard reports from SBC entity leaders and council departments and made plans for their 30th annual meeting next summer in Dallas.
"I'm kind of proud we have this team spirit and are unite... Read More
Filipinos urged: 'Look beyond who you are'
ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Filipino Southern Baptists are better equipped to reach North America for Christ than any other ethnic group immigrating to the U.S., Jason Kim told the Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America.
"You are the only group that speaks English," said Kim, coordinator of the North American Mission Board's metro mission team. "That is why God sent you here to reach North America with the Gospel of Jesus. You are one of His main hopes."
Kim was among the speak... Read More
Jews still in God's plan, Messianics told
ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--God has not turned His back on the Jewish people, Bruce Mills told members of the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship June 12 in Orlando, Fla.
Explaining that the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) "came from a Jew to Jews," Mills said that God still loves the Jewish people and that "all Israel will be saved" (Romans 11:26) when "the full number of the Gentiles has come in" (Romans 11:25). Mills presented his views at the Rosen Centre Hotel prior to the June 15-16 Sou... Read More
Ministers' wives focus on mentoring
ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--An overflow crowd of more than 1,850 women focused on ways to mentor ministry marriages at the Ministers' Wives Conference June 15 in Orlando, Fla.
Based on Titus 2:3-5, in which the Apostle Paul advises the young leader to "encourage the young women to love their husbands ... so that God's message will not be slandered," the theme "Mentoring Ministry Marriages" was selected because the Bible clearly challenges women to mentor other women, Rhonda Kelley, the conference p... Read More
Dorothy Patterson receives award
ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Dorothy Kelley Patterson was honored with the 2010 Willie Turner Dawson Award during the Ministers' Wives Conference June 15 at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando, Fla.
Patterson, professor of theology in women's studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, has been training ministry wives for years as she has served alongside her husband Paige, who is the seminary's president.
Since their marriage in 1963, the Pattersons have ... Read More
Pastors' wives hear from Bobbye Rankin
ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Bobbye Rankin offered the Pastors' Wives Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention's Pastors' Conference the same source of help she's shared for the past 17 years to encourage missionaries on international fields: strength from the Word of God.
Quoting from memory the entire 84th Psalm, Rankin affirmed the writer's desire to dwell in God's presence. From Exodus 15 she applied the benefits of that relationship as demonstrated in the lives of the Israelites whether in... Read More
Seminary luncheons draw alumni, guests
ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Fellowship and campus updates highlighted the alumni luncheons hosted by Southern Baptist Convention seminaries June 16 during the SBC annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.
Following are reports from the luncheons.
GOLDEN GATE -- Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary honored Floyd Michael Story and Benny Wong with Distinguished Alumni Awards at the seminary's annual alumni and friends luncheon June 16.
Jeff Iorg, the seminary's president, praised the work of Stor... Read More
O'Brien, Myers awards given at WMU meeting
ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Mary Lou Serratt of Amarillo, Texas, received the Dellanna West O'Brien Award and Joy Cranford of Fort Mill, S.C., received the Martha Myers GA Alumna of Distinction Award June 14 during the annual meeting of the Woman's Missionary Union in Orlando, Fla.
In receiving the Dellanna West O'Brien Award for Women's Leadership Development, Serratt was honored for her commitment to developing missional leaders, particularly among ethnic groups.
"I have observed Mary Lou as... Read More
LIFE DIGEST: IVF babies being aborted
WASHINGTON (BP)--About 80 unborn babies conceived by in vitro fertilization (IVF) are eliminated by abortion each year in Great Britain, according to a new report.
The stunning news that a sizable number of women who go through expensive fertility treatments choose to abort their children caught even some fertility specialists off guard. "These women can't be surprised to be pregnant; you can't have an IVF pregnancy by accident," Bill Ledger said, according to The Times of London. Ledger is... Read More