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  • Collegians in NYC witness 'the sadness, the lostness'

    by Grace Thornton, posted Friday, March 16, 2018 (yesterday)

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    NEW YORK CITY (BP) -- Reagan Grisham said she's visited nine countries in her lifetime and left a piece of her heart in each one.

    But when she landed in New York City for Passport New York, she said God did something unexpected -- He gathered all of those pieces up.

    "I thought it would be just another short-term trip," said Grisham, a senior at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. "But it turned out to be life-changing. There are people here from all of those countries that I visited. And God affirmed a call for me to stay and plant my life here." Read More

  • Georgia's J. Robert White announces plans to retire

    by Gerald Harris , posted Tuesday, March 13, 2018 (4 days ago)

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    DULUTH, Ga. (BP) -- Georgia Baptist Mission Board Executive Director J. Robert White signaled his intention to retire after more than 25 years in the position in a letter he read to the GBMB executive committee today (March 13).

    White, 71, announced his retirement would become effective Dec. 31, 2018, when he has completed 26 years as the mission board's executive director.

    Although White grew up in Florida and Alabama, he had served as pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Carrollton, Ga., in the 1970s and early 1980s ... Read More

  • State papers 'have a future,' Tenn. editor says

    by David Roach, posted Friday, March 09, 2018 (8 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In an era of shrinking newspaper readership, Baptist state papers retain a viable path forward as "niche publications" with strong online and print presence, state paper editor Lonnie Wilkey told the Tennessee Baptist Historical Society (TBHS).

    "The newspaper industry is declining, but Baptist papers still have a future," said Wilkey, editor of Tennessee's Baptist and Reflector newsjournal. That's "mainly because we are niche publications ... If you want to read about Tennessee Baptists, the only source you really have is the Baptist and Reflector."

    Baptist papers in other states, he said, similarly serve as the main viable sources about Baptists there. Read More

  • 'Under attack': Campus ministries see changes ahead

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 08, 2018 (9 days ago)

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    DETROIT (BP) -- With Wayne State, Harvard and the University of Iowa among the latest universities to take action against Christian ministries on campus, some Baptist state convention leaders say Baptist campus ministry may be forced to shift its methods as religious liberty is constricted.

    "Our religious liberty and our opportunity to share as openly as we have in the past" at colleges and universities "is under attack," said Tim Patterson, executive director of the Baptist State Convention of Michigan, where Wayne State is located. Baptists "have to rethink how we do ministry on campus because the campus has changed." Read More

  • DR 'ready to respond' after deadly nor'easter

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, March 05, 2018 (12 days ago)

    IMGONLY=47369@left@35%]NEW ENGLAND (BP) -- Three days after a strong nor'easter killed nine people and battered a coastal swath from Virginia to Maine, Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers remain "ready to respond," leaders told Baptist Press today.

    Government emergency management agencies and other first responders in the states have been able to respond to the storm that caused isolated wind damage, coastal flooding and massive power outages to as many as two million people. Hurricane-force wind gusts were reported at the storm's height. Read More

  • Baptist editors affirm state execs

    by Baptist and Reflector staff, posted Thursday, March 01, 2018 (16 days ago)

    GALVESTON, Texas (BP) -- During the annual meeting of the Association of State Baptist Publications held in Galveston, Texas, Baptist editors affirmed the work of Baptist state convention executive directors.

    Editors unanimously adopted "A Resolution of Appreciation for State Executive Directors."

    The resolution was presented by Gerald Harris, editor of The Christian Index in Georgia, who noted he enjoys a good relationship with his state executive director, J. Robert White. Read More

  • BGAV to stop forwarding churches' gifts to CBF

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 26, 2018 (19 days ago)

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    HENRICO, Va. (BP) -- The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) has become the second Baptist state convention in the past week to announce it will stop channeling churches' contributions to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

    The BGAV's Executive Board approved a statement today (Feb. 26) noting the board "regrets it has had to address the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's (CBF) approval" earlier this month of a policy "permitting the hiring of LGBT personnel for certain staff positions in the organization." Read More

  • Deadly central-U.S. storms mobilize DR in 5 states

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, February 26, 2018 (19 days ago)

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    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers are on the ground and others are on standby after weekend tornadoes and flooding killed five people and damaged homes in five states.

    Two disaster relief teams have been deployed in Tennessee; Illinois is assessing a response to flooding there; and teams are on standby in Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio, according to reports from state DR representatives and the North American Mission Board (NAMB). Read More

  • WRAP-UP: EC considers DC convention, mission board merger

    by BP Staff, posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (24 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee has given the District of Columbia Baptist Convention (DCBC) 90 days to "secure" the "the removal of any churches from its fellowship that have demonstrated a faith or practice affirming, approving or endorsing homosexual behavior," according to a recommendation adopted by the EC Feb. 20.

    If such churches remain in friendly cooperation with the DCBC after that period, the DCBC will lose its authorization "to receive and disburse Cooperative Program and other SBC contributions," the EC stated during its Feb. 19-20 meetings in Nashville. Read More

  • BGCT: Decision on CBF driven by 'biblical truth'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (24 days ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- The Baptist General Convention of Texas' decision to stop forwarding churches' contributions to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship reflects a commitment to the biblical view of marriage, say the convention's president and executive director.

    "I am very grateful for the consistent, steady way in which the BGCT has held to God's Word," BGCT President Danny Reeves said according to a news release from the convention. "We lovingly say to all people the truth that marriage is to be between one man and one woman." Read More