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  • Bailey Smith, early SBC conservative president, dies

    by Christian Index & BP Staff, posted Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (4 days ago)

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    DULUTH, Ga. (BP) -- Evangelist Bailey Smith, who helped sustain the Conservative Resurgence at its outset in the Southern Baptist Convention, died Monday morning (Jan. 14) at his home in Duluth, Ga. He was 79.

    Smith's election as SBC president in 1980 was the second victory for conservatives following the landmark election of the late Memphis pastor Adrian Rogers in 1979.

    J. Gerald Harris, retired editor of Georgia Baptists' Christian Index newsjournal, described Smith as "a powerful preacher, devoted pastor and faithful friend" in an obituary posted ... Read More

  • Greear to launch 'Who's Your One?' with associations

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 04, 2019 (15 days ago)

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    DURHAM, N.C. (BP) -- A Jan. 31 simulcast for associational leaders will help launch Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear's "Who's Your One?" evangelistic initiative among the 1,000-plus associations within the Southern Baptist network.

    "Who's Your One?" encourages every Southern Baptist to intentionally build a relationship with one person over the course of 2019, share the Gospel and invite that person to trust Christ as Lord and Savior.

    "Associations have always served as a valuable partner in cooperation, mobilizing churches together," Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., told Baptist Press. "Our own local [Yates Baptist] Association, under the leadership of Marty Childers, provides a great structure for church revitalization, racial reconciliation and partnership evangelism in our city. It only seemed natural for every association in the country to work together." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Helping others find 'newness of life'

    by Mark Snowden , posted Thursday, January 03, 2019 (16 days ago)

    Living out one's faith, Mark Snowden writes, "can't be done inside church walls and cocooning in our homes." It entails "lifelong learning in verbalizing our faith" toward helping others "into newness of life." Read More

  • 'Good Ol' Boy' drinking truck thrives on new path

    by Grace Thornton/Alabama Baptist, posted Monday, December 10, 2018 (one month ago)

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    GORDO, Ala. (BP) -- A couple of years ago, Terry Billings saw his old truck sitting in the field, weeds growing up through it. Then he heard God whisper that He could take that old truck and make something new out of it.

    "At that point, it was worthless," Billings said.

    He had spent a lot of years in that truck going mudding and drinking out on the farm. He'd lived a lot of his life far from the shadows of any church, except maybe to ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: An incredible name

    by Dean Sieberhagen, posted Thursday, October 25, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Dean Sieberhagen: "Do you wonder about how to start a witnessing conversation with people from another religion? Try asking them about the names of their god and then tell them about Immanuel." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: An evangelism ethos

    by J.D. Greear, posted Thursday, October 04, 2018 (3 months ago)

    J.D. Greear sets forth key ways the church he leads has nurtured a climate for leading people to faith in Christ, beginning with a reliance on the Holy Spirit. Read More

  • Door-to-door nurture yields soul-winning daughters

    by Alex Sibley, posted Tuesday, September 25, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Photo by Kathleen Murray/SWBTS
    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- "Here's my daddy Matt, and here's my momma Hope, and I'm Madison. And we've come to tell you about Jesus."

    As early as age 5, Matt Queen's oldest daughter Madison introduced her family this way in door-to-door evangelism.

    "Every single time my daughter would do that, we always got to share [the Gospel]," said Queen, an evangelism professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. "Nobody ever said 'no' to Madison."

    Queen later did this with his youngest daughter Matia as well, with similar success. In one instance when a woman answered the door, Matia, then just 4, introduced the family and then said, "And we would like to tell you about Jesus. Can we?" Read More

  • Boy's 'miraculous' survival prompts Gospel witness

    by David Roach, posted Monday, September 24, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (BP) -- Xavier Cunningham, 10, was climbing into a treehouse when he encountered a massive wasp nest. As he tried to swat a wasp away, he lost his balance, fell to the ground face-first and impaled his head on a foot-long meat skewer he and his friends had found and stuck in the ground.

    The next two days brought brushes with death and a survival story one neurosurgeon called "miraculous."

    The rural congregation where Cunningham and his family worship -- The ... Read More