• Chaplains relay 'glimpses of hope' amid flood crisis

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Wednesday, August 24, 2016 (6 hours ago)

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    BATON ROUGE, La. (BP) -- The catastrophic flooding in south Louisiana is quite different for Southern Baptist chaplains in the National Guard than anything they have seen before and, at the same time, all too familiar.

    Brigade Chaplain Page Brooks, a New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary faculty member serving with Louisiana's 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, said even though record rainfall and flooding didn't come from a named storm, the devastation is much the same. Read More

  • Sexual identity report lauded as pastor resource

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 24, 2016 (5 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A report by two Johns Hopkins psychiatry scholars debunking myths about homosexuality and transgenderism has been cited by a pastor who specializes in mental health care issues as a valuable aid for ministry to those struggling with sexual identity. Read More

  • ERLC's Duke top candidate for Montana exec

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, August 24, 2016 (8 hours ago)

    BILLINGS, Mont. (BP) -- Religious liberty advocate Barrett Duke has emerged as the top candidate for executive directorship of the Montana Southern Baptist Convention.

    Bruce Speer, heading the MTSBC eight-member search team for the post, said Duke will receive the team's unanimous recommendation for the executive directorship at the group's annual meeting this fall. Read More

  • Boys become men, then seniors in VBS

    by Connie Davis Bushey/Baptist and Reflector, posted Wednesday, August 24, 2016 (9 hours ago)

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    HARRIMAN, Tenn. (BP) -- Sanny Bowman, Jack Bowman and Don Alford participated in the first Vacation Bible School of Caney Ford Baptist Church in 1936.

    Eighty years later, they are still attending VBS at the church in Harriman, Tenn.

    In fact, they have only missed a few years of VBS among them, mainly because of military service. Sanny has attended 78 years, Jack has attended 77 years, and Don 78 years. Read More

  • 'Weakened witness' stayed on mission to the very end

    by Brian Koonce/Missouri Pathway, posted Wednesday, August 24, 2016 (9 hours ago)

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    CHIFUNGA, Malawi (BP) -- Paul Koonce was weak and exhausted. Barely able to stand, it took two assistants to get him from the truck and into Avant Baptist Church at Chifunga in Malawi, Africa. Though unable to get in and out of the rickety chair on his own, he still sat up straighter and grew stronger as he began to preach to the people gathering on the dirt floor.

    Through Koonce's favorite Chichewa interpreter, he began to tell the story of Job.

    As the director of missions for Washington-Osage Baptist Association based in Bartlesville, Okla., Koonce had led 20 trips to the tiny eastern Africa nation. Along with pastors and students in the association, he helped plant 85 Baptist churches there, and saw thousands come to faith Christ. ... Read More

  • DR 'angels' continue to aid La. flood survivors

    by Carmen K. Sisson, posted Tuesday, August 23, 2016 (yesterday)

    Photo by Carmen K. Sisson/NAMB
    BATON ROUGE, La. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers continue flood recovery efforts across south Louisiana, coping with intermittent rain as they tear out insulation, sweep mud from houses and carry buckets of sodden clothing to curbs.

    Few areas were left unscathed last week when nearly 7 trillion gallons of rain fell, killing 13 people and damaging more than 60,000 homes in 20 parishes. State officials estimate the damages will exceed $20 billion, making the 500-year flood event one of the worst disasters to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Read More