ETS meeting includes 190 Southern Baptist presenters

The Holy Spirit theme of last week's Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting provided a venue for application of Scripture's teaching on the Holy Spirit to a variety of disciplines.

S.C. Baptists build Gospel bridges spanning barriers

Holding their 198th annual meeting under the theme of "Building Bridges," South Carolina Baptists committed to advancing the Gospel and healing racial divisions in their home state and beyond.

Ala. reaches longtime 50/50 CP goal

From reaching budget goals to achieving new highs in offering giving to making plans for the long-range future, Alabama Baptists have a lot about which to get excited, said Rick Lance, executive director of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions.

  • Ga. Baptists urged to reach 'Generation Yet'

    by Scott Barkley/Christian Index, posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018 (15 hours ago)

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    WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (BP) -- Speakers urged Georgia Baptists to redouble their efforts in sharing the Gospel with young people and training student ministry leaders alongside other business at their 197th annual meeting held at Second Baptist Church, Warner Robins, Nov. 12-13.

    Messengers also adopted a $41.3 million budget, collected more than 38,000 backpacks for Appalachian children, and elected a new president and vice presidents. Read More

  • History visits annual meeting of Ill. Baptists

    by Illinois Baptist staff, posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018 (16 hours ago)

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    MARYVILLE, Ill. (BP) -- The pioneering spirit of more than 200 churches was on display during the Illinois Baptist State Association's (IBSA) annual meeting Nov. 7-8.

    This year's meeting was held at First Baptist Church in Maryville. IBSA Executive Director Nate Adams helped lead a Wednesday evening service dedicated to the steps churches must take in order to reach Illinois' mission field with the Gospel.

    The vast spiritual need in Illinois, where at least 8 million people do not know Christ, was communicated most poignantly by the words of the state's most famous ... Read More

  • Leaders highlight faithfulness at Fla. convention

    by Nicole Kalil/Florida Baptist Convention, posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018 (15 hours ago)

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    MIAMI (BP) -- Under the theme "Faithful," 827 messengers representing 374 churches gathered for the 157th annual meeting of the Florida Baptist State Convention.

    They voted on business, received ministry updates and heard from fellow pastors about some of the ways God is moving to reach Florida with the Gospel through local churches. With the addition of guests at the Nov. 12-13 meeting, the crowd swelled to 1,201 in total attendance at Wayside Baptist Church in Miami. Read More

  • Newsweek survey highlights LifeWay customer service

    by Carol Pipes, posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018 (11 hours ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources is ranked as one of the top companies in the nation for customer service by Newsweek magazine.

    LifeWay landed at No. 1 for brick and mortar bookstores on Newsweek's list of America's Best Customer Service 2019 -- the first time the magazine has published rankings in this category.

    "We are honored to receive this recognition from Newsweek," LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer said. "Being included on this list underscores the value LifeWay places on its customers and highlights the excellence of our employees as they live out LifeWay's ... Read More

  • At Mother Emanuel, S.C. Baptists seek racial unity

    by Butch Blume/Baptist Courier, posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018 (11 hours ago)

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    CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) -- About 300 worshipers filled the sanctuary of historic Mother Emanuel Church Nov. 13 for a session of South Carolina Baptists' annual meeting, held at the site of the 2015 massacre of nine black worshipers by a self-avowed white supremacist. An overflow crowd of 400 watched from closed-circuit TV at the nearby Citadel Square Baptist Church.

    South Carolina Baptist Convention (SCBC) President Marshall Blalock had arranged for SCBC messengers to hold evening worship at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in keeping with the annual meeting theme, "Building Bridges." Read More