Gaines, McKissic, others talk race and SBC

Evangelicals challenge political leaders who support same-sex marriage and abortion, and they should also stand strongly against vitriolic rhetoric, violence and hatred, pastor Dwight McKissic said in a panel discussion on racial tension he hosted Aug. 20.

Floyd named National Day of Prayer president

Immediate past Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd has been appointed president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, the organization announced today (Aug. 22).

Lay missions pioneer Doyle Pennington dies at 75

Doyle Pennington, a pioneer in mobilizing Southern Baptist laypersons for missions and ministry, died Aug. 13 in Stockbridge, Ga., following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 75.

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    NFL: Tamme thankful as football season nears

    by Larry Rowell/Western Recorder, posted Wednesday, August 23, 2017 (an hour ago)

    DANVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- With four state high school football championships under his belt, four years playing at the University of Kentucky, holding the all-time receiving record at UK for a tight end, and playing for nine years in the NFL, including three Super Bowls, one might say Jacob Tamme has had a fulfilling and successful life.

    However, the unsigned free agent who played last season for the NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons takes his successes -- and challenges -- in stride.

    "Yes, three Super Bowls, I'm 0 for 3," Tamme said laughing, referring to the ... Read More

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    Child suicide bombings by Boko Harm at all-time high

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, August 23, 2017 (an hour ago)

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    NORTHEAST NIGERIA (BP) -- Boko Haram's abuse of children as suicide bombers is at an all-time high in the Lake Chad region including northeast Nigeria and neighboring countries, UNICEF said Aug. 22.

    The jihadists have murdered at least 83 children since January by strapping them with bombs before sending them into public gathering places and detonating the explosives, UNICEF said in its press release.

    About 55 of the victims were girls under the age of 15, as girls often become ... Read More

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    Bible journaling helps readers engage Scripture

    by Lisa Cannon Green, posted Wednesday, August 23, 2017 (2 hours ago)

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    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BP) -- Dawn Rush was horrified when her teenage daughter, Ashley, started drawing in her Bible.

    "She was writing all over the Word of God!" said Rush, who attends New Vision Baptist Church in Murfreesboro. "She kept asking me to paint in her Bible. That gave me panic attacks."

    But treating Scripture as a canvas wasn't a sign of disrespect, Rush discovered. Instead, it helped Ashley connect with God as she overcame severe depression. Read More

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    Appalachia: Preachers 'doing what Jesus would do'

    by Roger Alford/Kentucky Today, posted Wednesday, August 23, 2017 (4 hours ago)

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    PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (BP) -- Some people come to Appalachia to test their mettle in mountain climbing or bear hunting. Lifelong friends C.B. Scott and Tim Searcy came for a different kind of challenge.

    The Southern Baptist preachers arrived in the mountain region to offer help and hope in communities where a collapsed coal economy has spawned widespread unemployment, poverty, and rampant substance abuse.

    Now in their 60s, both men have spent their lives in ministry and academic roles ... Read More

  • NOBTS 'Million Dollar Monday' to fund scholarships

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Tuesday, August 22, 2017 (yesterday)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- When New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Chuck Kelley began his day Aug. 7 he had little idea of the blessings to come: Two gifts totaling $1 million dollars for student scholarships were received that day.

    "This has been one of the greatest Mondays in the history of the institution and quite an exciting way to begin a new academic year," Kelley said. "It was a 'Million Dollar Monday.'"

    NOBTS will immediately distribute more than $200,000 of the money this school ... Read More

  • Church grows from a street corner among the homeless

    by Emily Howsden/Oklahoma Baptist Messenger, posted Tuesday, August 22, 2017 (yesterday)

    TULSA, Okla. (BP) -- A church that started with no home now offers a home and hope to people of all backgrounds, economic statuses and life situations.

    Hope Church in Tulsa, Okla., is just off of 49th Street in Tulsa not far from downtown, where Hope's pastor, Earl Krumsiek, first started worshiping with the city's homeless.

    "We always say here at Hope, we love people where they are, we don't leave them where they are," Krumsiek said. Read More

  • Eclipse offers 'tremendous opportunity' for witness, worship

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 21, 2017 (yesterday)

    Photo courtesy of Logan Merrick
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Distribution of nearly 7,000 Gospel tracts by a Wyoming church, an outdoor baptism service in Kentucky and a watch party on the roof of the Southern Baptist Convention Building in Nashville were among the ways Southern Baptists celebrated the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. since 1979.

    The eclipse -- whose 70-mile-wide "path of totality" was visible in 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina -- also led some evangelicals to theological reflections on God's faithfulness, sovereignty and coming judgment. Read More

  • ANALYSIS: Smartphone hazards and adolescents

    by R. Albert Mohler Jr., posted Monday, August 21, 2017 (2 days ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Researcher Jean Twenge has written an article in the Atlantic that is rightfully getting a great deal of attention. She asked the question: "Have smartphones destroyed a generation?"

    The subhead in her article is this: "More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they're on the brink of a mental-health crisis." Read More