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SBC DIGEST: Sunrise Children's Services & foster siblings; Dave Miller kidney surgery; Florida church communicators network; Betty Dilday diesSunrise Children's Services plans 2 homes for foster siblings; former Pastors' Conference president Dave Miller "on the recovery trail"; Florida convention initiates church communicators network; Betty Dilday dies at age 87. Read More
Near Yellowstone, 6-member church impacts the worldGARDINER, Mont. (BP) -- Most churches would consider closing their doors if their active membership dipped to six people, but Gardiner Baptist Church is holding steady.
The debt-free church -- located near Yellowstone National Park's north entrance -- is raising money for a two-story community building on its two acres to serve as a food pantry, thrift store and medical clinic, with emergency housing upstairs, in the town of 875 people.
Other ministries include supporting the local food bank; providing space to the town's physical therapy center and counseling center along with community use of its playground; and the GBC House Band (as in Gardiner Baptist Church) -- with pastor Britton Gray as lead vocalist -- performing once a month in the basement of a local restaurant called the Two-Bit Saloon and Grill. Read More
Main Event examines what it means to 'be a man'HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- "What does it mean to be a man?" asked James MacDonald to more than 2,900 men at this year's Main Event conference presented by LifeWay Christian Resources.
"There's a ton of confusion on that point," said MacDonald, senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago, as he read from 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 where Paul essentially tells brothers in the Lord to "man up."
MacDonald highlighted principles of biblical manhood from the text as he kicked off the Aug. 10-11 conference. The event was designed to equip husbands, fathers, brothers and sons to "act like men" in every area of their lives. Read More
Pakistani voices his faith to fellow migrant workersGREECE (BP) -- Waseem* could never be accused of lacking passion.
Having grown up in a Christian family in Pakistan, Waseem often defended his faith in heated religious debates with Muslims on the streets of Lahore. He brought his fervor with him to southern Europe where he sought work -- and more arguments about the Gospel with fellow Pakistani migrants.
Over time, God used the counsel of other Christians, and even a stint in jail, to redirect Waseem's energies toward a biblical model for evangelism, discipleship and church planting. He began sharing the Gospel in love and has trained more than 40 Pakistani Christians in Greece to plant churches. Read More