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  • SBC ends relationship with DC convention

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (13 hours ago)

    Photo by Jim Veneman
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- After nearly a year and a half of discussions concerning a Washington church with lesbian co-pastors, the Southern Baptist Convention has notified the District of Columbia Baptist Convention that "the formal relationship between the SBC and the DCBC has come to an end," according to a statement by interim Executive Committee president D. August Boto.

    At its Feb. 19-20 meeting in Nashville, the EC adopted a recommendation granting the DCBC ... Read More

  • Hawaii Baptists offer help to volcano victims

    by David Roach, posted Monday, May 21, 2018 (yesterday)

    Screen capture from CBS News.
    PAHOA, Hawaii (BP) -- With a volcanic eruption on Hawaii's Big Island in its third week, the state's Baptists are preparing to feed evacuees at area shelters and requesting prayer for the region's tourism industry.

    "It's a very complex situation out here," Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention (HPBC) disaster relief director Darrell McCain told Baptist Press. "The media" wrongly "makes it sound like the whole state" is affected. "But it's a very small area" on the Big Island. Still, to those in the lava flow's way, "it's devastating." Read More

  • Teacher walkout: Okla. Baptists reach out to families

    by Emily Howsden, posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (5 days ago)

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- While teacher walkouts are taking place this spring across the country, Oklahoma Baptists were there for displaced students during a nine-day walkout that made headlines beginning April 2 at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

    As it became clear that schools across the state would close as teachers protested for higher pay and more school funding, questions surfaced as to where meals would come for children who depend on school breakfast or lunches. Another question that arose was what would working parents do for childcare on such short notice? Read More

  • Hawaii volcano blasts churches into action

    by David Roach, posted Friday, May 11, 2018 (11 days ago)

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    PAHOA, Hawaii (BP) -- Amid a lava flow that has destroyed three dozen structures and the threat of a violent volcanic eruption, Hawaii's churches "are working in really neat ways," said Chris Martin, executive director of the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention (HPBC).

    Congregations on Hawaii's Big Island have banded together to pray, secure housing for some of the area's 2,000 evacuees and, beginning next week, operate a mobile shower unit.

    "The main focus of our people so far," Martin told Baptist Press, has been ministry "to the needs that are immediate. But our history and our practice has been a long-term presence with those that have been affected by disasters." Read More

  • Fla. Baptists celebrate 1,100 baptisms

    by Nicole Kalil/Florida Baptist Convention, posted Wednesday, May 09, 2018 (13 days ago)

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    TIERRA VERDE, Fla. (BP) -- On a day focused on celebrating life transformation, the Quinlan family decided to be baptized together as a symbol of how Jesus had been working in their lives. Their church, The Island Chapel in Tierra Verde, was just one of hundreds of Florida Baptist churches that participated in Acts 2:41 Beach Baptism on May 6.

    Becky Quinlan, along with husband Scott and children Emma, Anna and Brady, joined nearly 1,100 others who were baptized at beaches, lakes, springs and even fountains in a celebration of life transformation that echoed from coast to coast all ... Read More

  • Ky. board seeks break from CBF donor churches

    by Todd Deaton/Western Recorder, posted Tuesday, May 08, 2018 (14 days ago)

    Photo by Myriah Snyder
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- The Kentucky Baptist Convention Mission Board took a step May 8 toward distancing KBC churches from congregations that contribute to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a missions network they say has given an appearance of approving homosexual behavior.

    Acting on a recommendation by their Committee on Credentials, Mission Board members endorsed a recommendation that churches making financial contributions to the CBF are "no longer considered to be in cooperation" with the convention. Read More

  • In Miami, multiple cultures to gather as 'One Family'

    by Nicole Kalil, posted Friday, May 04, 2018 (18 days ago)

    Photo provided by the Florida Baptist Convention
    MIAMI (BP) -- The sandy beaches of Key Biscayne will serve as an inspiring picture of South Florida as people from multiple races, cultures, ethnicities and generations unite for a day of picnics and festivities at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on Saturday, May 5.

    The groups are part of multicultural Florida Baptist churches in the area that are working to build bridges between the different ethnic communities in Miami and Dade County. Read More

  • Collegiate ministers get 'fresh take' at LifeWay summit

    by David Roach, posted Friday, May 04, 2018 (18 days ago)

    Photo by David Roach
    HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- A triennial gathering involving hundreds of collegiate ministry workers "inspires us to go back to our campus with new ideas and a fresh take on things," said Arkansas campus minister Dawn Reed.

    That's why she returned to LifeWay Christian Resources' Collegiate Summit, hosted this year May 2-4 by First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn.

    Collegiate Summit featured plenary addresses, networking opportunities and breakout sessions on issues facing college ministers. Among the conference's sponsors were the International Mission Board, the North American Mission Board's Send Relief, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Samaritan's Purse. Read More

  • Venezuela's economic crisis prompts BGR relief

    by Casey Watson, posted Friday, May 04, 2018 (18 days ago)

    IMB file photo
    VENEZUELA (BP) -- Baptist Global Response (BGR) is organizing relief efforts to help starving families trapped in Venezuela's current economic crisis.

    The country's economic output is expected to shrink by 15 percent this year, which would be the third consecutive year it has decreased by double digits, Forbes.com reported. And inflation has reportedly grown from 112 percent in 2015 to 2,400 percent last year. In 2018, it's expected to hit five-digits. Read More

  • Mac Brunson concludes 12-year FBC JAX pastorate

    by Joe Westbury/Christian Index, posted Monday, April 30, 2018 (22 days ago)

    BP file photo by Bill Bangham
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- When Mac Brunson, co-senior pastor of 10,000-member First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, stepped into the pulpit Sunday, it began as any other worship experience.

    But by the time the April 29 service ended, Brunson had announced his immediate resignation from his pastorate of a dozen years and left the sanctuary with his wife Deb.

    Heath Lambert, a counseling professor at Southern Baptist Theological ... Read More