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  • Colo. Baptists seek revival, anticipate building sale

    by David Roach, posted Monday, October 16, 2017 (16 hours ago)

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    AURORA, Colo. (BP) -- A focus on revival and an announcement the Colorado Baptist General Convention will sell its Denver-area office building were among highlights of the convention's Oct. 9-10 annual meeting at Mississippi Avenue Baptist Church in Aurora, Colo.

    Colorado Baptists also increased the percentage of Cooperative Program receipts they will forward to Southern Baptist Convention causes and celebrated their first annual meeting with Nathan Lorick as CBGC executive director. Read More

  • Bible-based social justice aim of Cincinnati Baptists

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, October 13, 2017 (3 days ago)

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    CINCINNATI (BP) -- Civil unrest sparked by the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., opened Mark Snowden’s eyes to a dilemma. What is the responsibility of Southern Baptist pastors in seeking the social justice that Jesus would demand?

    Snowden, now director of missional leadership for the Cincinnati Area Baptist Association (CABA), assembled a diverse team of four Cincinnati pastors to study the question of justice from a biblical standpoint. The result is a new report focused on societal and biblical truths from the study group and a list of seven recommendations from Snowden available to pastors within the association and online. Read More

  • Prayer, new partnerships highlight Montana conv.

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, October 13, 2017 (3 days ago)

    BILLINGS, Mont. (BP) -- Six church plants and a new three-year partnership with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention were among highlights of the Montana Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting.

    The convention, known in-state as Refresh Montana, held its Oct. 5-6 sessions at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Billings, where Paul Jones has been pastor for 28 years.

    "Ministry in Montana is challenging on many levels," Executive Director Barrett Duke told the 203 attendees, which included 89 messengers from 52 of the state convention's 135 churches. "But you have proven that through dedication, hard work and God's leadership, great things are possible." Read More

  • San Juan pastor serves meals, Gospel after Maria

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, October 09, 2017 (7 days ago)

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    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Hungry and thirsty two weeks after Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico, the teenage girl approached as Southern Baptist church planter Johnny Baez was serving beans, rice and filtered water.

    "I'm hungry and I don't have nothing at home," she told Baez, "and I just start walking to see if I find something to eat."

    Baez shared the girl's story with Baptist Press by telephone Oct. 6, recounting... Read More

  • Alaska Baptists celebrate outreach to highways, hedges

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (11 days ago)

    KETCHIKAN, Alaska (BP) -- Alaska Baptists celebrated baptisms, new pastors to their state convention, progress in areas without a Gospel witness, and heard other encouraging ministry reports during its 72nd annual meeting, Sept. 25-27, held in Ketchikan.

    Ketchikan, known as "salmon capital" as well as "rain capital" of the world, is the southernmost city in Alaska and its fifth-largest, with an area population of nearly 14,000. With no road to Ketchikan except the on-island Tongass Highway, most people fly in despite the $600 cost one-way from Fairbanks in the center of the state. The meeting took place at the Ted Ferry Civic Center, with First Baptist Church of Ketchikan serving as host church. Read More

  • N.Y. Baptists add marriage, gender to constitution

    by BP Staff, posted Wednesday, October 04, 2017 (12 days ago)

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    RANDOLPH, N.J. (BP) -- Messengers to the Baptist Convention of New York increased giving to Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries for the third year in a row and amended the convention's constitution to affirm the biblical definitions of marriage and gender.

    Messengers also heard addresses from Woman's Missionary Union executive director-treasurer Sandra Wisdom-Martin and Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware executive director Kevin Smith during their Sept. 24-26 sessions at Bible Church International in Randolph, ... Read More

  • Vegas shooting leaves W. Tenn. church, community heartbroken

    by Chris Turner/Baptist and Reflector, posted Wednesday, October 04, 2017 (12 days ago)

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    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- A small West Tennessee Baptist church continues to feel the blow of Sunday night's mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert after it learned one of the victims was a native son.

    Sonny Melton, 29, who grew up in Big Sandy and attended Ramble Creek Baptist Church, was killed when he was struck by gun fire while shielding his wife, Heather Melton. See related story. Read More

  • Judge rules in favor of MBC in Baptist Home, MBU case

    by Missouri Pathway Staff , posted Tuesday, October 03, 2017 (13 days ago)

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) -- A specially-appointed judge has ordered The Baptist Home and Missouri Baptist University to seat trustees elected by the Missouri Baptist Convention. If the ruling stands, the two organizations would resume operating under convention-approved charters and boards for the first time since 2001.

    In an 86-page opinion signed Sept. 27, Special Judge Karl DeMarce held that trustees of the Baptist Home and MBU violated Missouri law when they cut off the MBC's rights in 2000 and 2001, respectively. Both charters required MBC messengers to approve any changes. Once final, the court's order voids any unapproved amendments, reinstates the MBC's rights, and returns the entities to the MBC. Read More

  • CBF committee to propose homosexuality policy in Feb.

    by David Roach, posted Monday, October 02, 2017 (14 days ago)

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    DECATUR, Ga. (BP) -- A committee charged with recommending how the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship can remain united despite diverse opinions on homosexuality within the Fellowship has said it will make specific policy proposals in February, according to a Sept. 29 CBF news release.

    Meanwhile, nearly 600 people, including former CBF moderators, have signed an online petition calling the Fellowship to "remove its discriminatory hiring policy," which, according to CBF governing documents, forbids "the purposeful hiring of a staff person or the sending of a missionary who is a practicing homosexual." Read More

  • Dakotas raise CP percentage, welcome new pastors

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (17 days ago)

    PIERRE, S.D. (BP) -- A healthy increase in financial support, new pastors and denominational recognition highlighted the 2017 annual meeting of the Dakota Baptist Convention.

    Known in the two-state convention as its "Baptist Gathering," the Dakota annual meeting took place Sept. 21-22 at the Ramkota Pierre Hotel in Pierre, S.D. Its theme -- "Building up the body of Christ together: revitalizing our churches" -- was drawn from Ephesians 4:11-13.

    "I thought it was very uplifting, very good," said Debby Bogart, wife of Capitol Heights Baptist Church's pastor Bob Bogart in Pierre. "One of the things that was really good for me was hearing all the different messages. As a pastor's wife you're busy in the church so it was good to sit back and be fed. We heard a lot of useful messages to take back to our churches." Read More