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WEEK OF PRAYER: Students coming back changedEAST ASIA (BP) -- Pastor Keith said when he looks across his church and identifies the highest-impact individuals, the ones who are highly evangelistic disciple-makers, they have some unifying factors. One of them is that they've spent time in East Asia.
"They come back, and their perspective on their life and on the world is completely changed," noted Keith, who serves as lead pastor of Resonate Church, a Washington State-based church with campuses in Idaho and Oregon. "They see lostness where they had just seen regularity, and they see themselves as missionaries more than when they left."
Over the past three years, more than 80 students have participated in Resonate's partnership with International Mission Board workers in the East Asia region. Students travel there to serve for 10 weeks in the summer or two weeks on Christmas break. Read More
Lilly receives special Christmas gift from ChitwoodsLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Sure, 6-year-old Lilly has the typical wish list for Christmas, including Barbie dolls and a dollhouse. But it was something much more meaningful that she longed for most: a family of her own.
For the past three years, Lilly had been in foster care through Sunrise Children's Services, a Kentucky Baptist organization that ministers to abused and neglected kids. Her story is one that has become all too familiar to Kentucky authorities in a culture where drug addiction is rampant.
As a toddler, Lilly faced tough times and was well acquainted with hunger while she was in the care of a drug-addicted birth mother. Read More
'No flying joke': Pastor's object lesson goes viralSOUTHAVEN, Miss. (BP) -- Southern Baptist megachurch pastor Bartholomew Orr's object lesson, flying to the pulpit on a zip line to signify Jesus' return, caused a viral sensation on social media and major network talk shows.
Despite both negative and comical comments from an estimated 200 million hits a week after a brief video clip of his entrance was posted, Orr told Baptist Press it was a "win-win."
"God took the negativity and turned it into an opportunity," said Orr, pastor of Brown Missionary Baptist Church in Southaven, Miss. "Because the unique thing was, that little clip alone, just a minute, the message was real clear: Read More
Who was the guy at the piano during the Bush funeral?KENOVA, W.Va. (BP) -- As millions tuned in for President George H.W. Bush's funeral, one element of the service didn't quite fit with the formalism of the ceremony. Sandwiched between Baroque preludes and orchestral hymns was a Grammy-winning singer with a slight Appalachian twang.
As evangelical mainstay Michael W. Smith sat at a piano and performed an emotional rendition of his timeless song "Friends," one of the hottest online questions asked around the globe was, "Where did this guy come from?" Read More
ADF, state conventions partner on religious libertyNASHVILLE (BP) -- Partnership with the Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) was a recurring theme at Baptist state convention annual meetings this fall.
Of the 41 state and regional conventions that maintain cooperative relationships with the Southern Baptist Convention, at least a dozen have forged partnerships with ADF through its Church Alliance program. Additional state conventions are considering such partnerships, which help churches and state ministries protect themselves from infringement of their religious liberty.
ADF partnerships were discussed at state annual meetings from New Mexico to Pennsylvania/South Jersey. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: It is now our turn
The legacy of missionary Lottie Moon in China, Paul Kim writes, "provides inspiration to future generations to fulfill the Great Commission." Read More