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  • FIRST-PERSON: Simple questions

    by Jeff Iorg, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (16 hours ago)

    It's not always a good thing to be comfortable at church, Jeff Iorg writes, particularly if there's a dearth of children and more memorial services are being held than adult baptisms. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Ministry moments

    by Chuck Lawless, posted Monday, March 19, 2018 (3 days ago)

    For Chuck Lawless, "seeing the look of absolute joy on a new believer who has just been baptized" and "telling Bible stories to children who hang on every word" are among the many joys of ministry. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The Lord's Supper & our baptisms

    by Nate Adams, posted Wednesday, March 07, 2018 (15 days ago)

    Nate Adams suggests that the Lord's Supper -- optimally encompassing intimate fellowship and worship, confession of sin, gratitude for Christ's sacrifice and motivation to live for Him -- could kindle "a dramatic effect" on baptisms. Read More

  • Seek 'missing persons,' Merritt exhorts 800 at rally

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Tuesday, March 06, 2018 (16 days ago)

    Photo by Kristi Woody
    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- Christians must ask everyone to follow Jesus and willingly associate with those who don't, James Merritt, a former Southern Baptist Convention president, said during the third annual West Tennessee Evangelism Rally at Union University.

    "The business of the church, and the business of every follower of Jesus Christ, is to find missing people and invite them to follow Jesus," said Merritt, pastor of Crosspointe Church in Duluth, Ga. "If we are not in that business, we are out of business."

    Merritt was the keynote speaker at the rally that drew more than 800 people for a worship service, dinner and breakout sessions March 4 at Union's campus in Jackson, Tenn. The event included for the first time a women's track and a student track. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Scared to share?

    by Doug Munton, posted Tuesday, March 06, 2018 (16 days ago)

    Don't let fear keep you from sharing your faith, Doug Munton counsels, and "don't let it keep you from the joy of learning that God uses people like us -- fears and all -- to accomplish His purposes." Read More

  • Billy Graham funeral attendees reflect, marvel

    by David Roach, posted Monday, March 05, 2018 (17 days ago)

    Photo by Bob Carey
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- "Billy Graham's greatest crusade." His "largest crusade." "One of the most meaningful and profound moments in my life." Those were among ways the late evangelist's funeral was described by Southern Baptist Convention entity presidents and former SBC presidents in attendance.

    Additionally, they told Baptist Press via email that Graham's March 2 funeral has opened doors for personal evangelistic conversations and noted the array of Christian and world leaders present. Read More

  • Billy Graham funeral capped by Gospel invitation

    by David Roach, posted Friday, March 02, 2018 (20 days ago)

    Photo by Bob Carey
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- Set in a revival tent at the foot of a 40-foot glass cross, Billy Graham's funeral was punctuated by the same theme that characterized his 80-year ministry: a call to trust Christ as Lord and Savior.

    "If this were your funeral," said the late evangelist's son Franklin Graham, "would you be in Heaven? Are you sure?"

    Delivering the funeral sermon to a crowd of some 2,300 invited guests -- including President Trump and Vice President Pence -- Franklin Graham said today (March 2) at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., "If you're not sure, there would be no better time than at Billy Graham's funeral to settle this once and for all." Read More

  • Creating evangelism culture focus of Engage 24 event

    by Alexandra Applegate , posted Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (22 days ago)

    Photo by Kaitlynn Labit
    LAS VEGAS (BP) -- "We are five men who are sharing our laboratory results," said Hal Seed, senior pastor at New Song Community Church in Oceanside, Calif., at this year's Engage 24 Workshop. "We are sharing stories of real-life churches that are doing things to reach the lost that will hopefully spark a thought or idea."

    Engage 24 was hosted at Shadow Hills Church in Las Vegas by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) for two days before continuing its workshops in different states. The event focused on encouraging pastors and church leaders and covered practical ways they could create and foster a culture of evangelism in their own churches. Read More

  • Billy Graham's Southern Baptist ties highlighted

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 23, 2018 (27 days ago)

    BP file photo
    MONTREAT, N.C. (BP) -- While Billy Graham was widely known for working across denominational lines, he also was more involved in his own denomination -- the Southern Baptist Convention -- than many may realize.

    Graham, who died Feb. 21, spoke at 13 SBC annual meetings between 1951 and 1995, served as a trustee of two SBC entities, and, including references to two institutions and a professorship named in his honor, his name has been mentioned in every SBC Annual since 1951. Read More