Baptist Press Archive

Monday, April 17, 2017

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  • Chibok parents praying, 'groaning' 3 years later

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, April 17, 2017 (one year ago)

    CHIBOK, Nigeria (BP) -- Parents of the nearly 200 missing Chibok schoolgirls continue to pray with hope three years after Boko Haram terrorists kidnapped the girls from a government boarding school in Chibok.

    Of the 276 girls kidnapped in an overnight raid in the mostly Christian town, an estimated 195 remain missing after the April 14, 2014 attack on the Government Girls Secondary School. Some of the missing are feared dead; others have been forced to birth children of Boko Haram fighters believed hiding deep in the Sambisa Forest in Borno. Read More

  • U-Turn for Christ battles men’s bondage to addiction

    by Sheila Allen/Northwest Baptist Witness, posted Monday, April 17, 2017 (one year ago)

    U-Turn for Christ, a restorative ministry in southern Oregon led by Kevin Darr, has been standing firm for nearly a decade against the ravages of life-controlling addictions. Read More

  • Brad Graves to be Pastors' Conf. nominee

    by David Roach, posted Monday, April 17, 2017 (one year ago)

    Brad Graves
    PHOENIX (BP) -- Brad Graves, pastor of First Baptist Church in Ada, Okla., will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference, according to an announcement by Missouri pastor Malachi O'Brien.

    O'Brien, SBC second vice president and pastor of prayer and church revitalization at First Baptist Church in Raytown, Mo., stated in an April 13 announcement to Baptist Press Graves "is a leader that God is using mightily." Read More

  • 'Bible Answer Man' embraces Eastern Orthodoxy

    by Ben Hawkins, posted Monday, April 17, 2017 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- "Bible Answer Man" Hank Hanegraaff has answered evangelicals' questions about Scripture and Christianity for nearly three decades in his nationally syndicated broadcast, but his recent decision to join the Orthodox church has left some Southern Baptists with more questions than answers.

    Among those assessing Hanegraaff's decision are leaders of the Bott Radio Network, which has broadcast the "Bible Answer Man" since the 1980s -- in fact, since before Hanegraaff joined the show in 1989. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Calling churches to prayer

    by Kenny Rager, posted Monday, April 17, 2017 (one year ago)

    A key factor in the health of a church is an active prayer meeting, Kenny Rager writes. "We may pray before the service and before the offering, but are we collectively crying out to God together?" he asks. Read More