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Isaac prompts large disaster relief response from Baptists
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Southern Baptists are already headed to the Gulf Coast region as remnants of Hurricane Isaac continually disrupt the lives of an increasing number of residents.
By the weekend, a total of 36–40 Baptist relief units will have been deployed to Louisiana and Mississippi, said Bruce Poss, a disaster recovery coordinator at North American Mission Board offices in Alpharetta, Ga.
"Southern Baptists have responded as they have in the past with a lot of enthusiasm, in numbers to the disaster," Poss said. "When people start hurting, [Southern Baptist Disaster Relief] shows up."
Two feeding units from the Oklahoma State Convention already have left for Louisiana and a group of Texas Baptist Men will leave Friday morning to set up a feeding unit. Additionally, feeding units from the Arkansas Baptist State Convention are headed to First Baptist Church in Kenner and Gentilly Baptist Church in New Orleans, disaster recovery officials said. Chainsaw units also are being deployed.
Two 60,000-pound Freightliner rigs with roofing supplies set out for the Gulf Coast region Wednesday (Aug. 29), in coordination with the Gulf Coast Baptist Association in Mississippi and other Southern Baptists in Louisiana. The trucks are filled with 20 pallets containing 320 rolls of plastic roof sheeting, wooden strips and nails volunteers will use to repair storm-damaged homes.
New evacuations are adding to the number of people in need. Today, officials in Louisiana and Mississippi ordered an evacuation of areas along the Tangipahoa River. Emergency crews announced plans to intentionally breach Percy Quin dam to alleviate pressure and avoid flooding in Kentwood, La. and Pike County, Miss., as the dam, weakened from heavy rains, was considered in imminent danger of failing. Read More
Key Mo. Baptists back Akin despite high stakesJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Missouri Baptist leaders and pastors have signed a document affirming their personal support for embattled Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin, saying they accept his apology and appreciate his "long-standing commitment" to social conservative causes. Read More
Huckabee, Ryan: Romney's religion a non-issue
TAMPA, Fla. (BP) -- Seeking to ease concerns by evangelicals and others about Mitt Romney's Mormonism, Mike Huckabee and Paul Ryan told viewers of the Republican National Convention Wednesday (Aug. 29) that despite serious theological differences, Romney shares their values and beliefs on a wide range of moral issues. Read More
Rainer encouraged as LifeWay faces challengesRIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- "We Christians are often too timid, lacking the boldness to move where God wants us," LifeWay Christian Resources President Thom Rainer told Southern Baptist entity's trustees during their semiannual meeting. Read More
Volunteers make it easier for wheelchair-bound boy to stay safe
ASHVILLE, Ala. (BP) -- For 12-year-old Gabe Wise and his family, severe weather warnings have always signaled the start of a tedious process of moving to a safer location. Now, Gabe and his family can find shelter from the storms a little closer to home thanks to a cooperative effort between local church volunteers, Alabama Woman's Missionary Union (WMU) and the WMU Foundation HEART Fund.
[QUOTE@left@50="So many have done so much for this family."]James Sampley, pastor of First Baptist ... Read More
BAPTISTS IN THE NEWS: 'Courageous,' David Platt & Gary Chapman
RIVES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (BP) -- A former white supremacist whose body is etched with Nazi and white pride tattoos is evidence of the continuing impact of "Courageous," released by the movie outreach of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., in September 2011.
Chris Simpson, 38, and his family watched the police- and fatherhood-themed movie at home and then were drawn to an evangelical church in Jackson, Mich., which was showing the movie for free.
A month later, Simpson was baptized. In... Read More
BIBLE STUDY: Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curriculum and additional resources for all age groups.
This week's Bible study is adapted from the YOU! curriculum.
Bible Passage: Luke 5:1-11
Discussion Question: How have you seen Jesus working progressively in your life?
Food for Thou... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: 5 things I wish I had known as a young pastor
Columnist and pastor Rob Pochek shares five pieces of advice he says would have served him well as a young pastor -- if someone only would have told him. Read More