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Unity for Vietnam's Baptists is pastor's next goalRENTON, Wash. (BP) -- When Christian Phan felt God's call to plant a church in Vietnam in 2007, he never dreamed it would lead to a new three-story building -- one of the first public places of worship built in Ho Chi Minh City in decades -- and, now, the launching of an entire denomination.
But that is what Phan was privileged to be a part of during his most recent mission trip to Vietnam. Read More
Scalia's legal views said to buttress ChristianityNASHVILLE (BP) -- Those who criticize the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's method of interpreting the Constitution tend to employ a method of interpreting written documents that not only undermines American democracy, but historic Christianity as well.
That's the conclusion of some conservative literary and Bible scholars in the wake of Scalia's Feb. 13 death. Read More
Falls Creek dedicates event center & new lodgeDAVIS, Okla. (BP) -- The newest facilities at the Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center, including a state-of-the-art events center and new lodge, were dedicated Feb. 2 by leaders of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, which owns and operates the nationally known ministry, founded in 1917.
BGCO Executive Director-Treasurer Anthony L. Jordan noted at the dedication ceremony, "In all, we have completed more than $55 million in revitalization of existing facilities, infrastructure and the construction of new buildings," including the 7,000-seat R.A. Young Tabernacle that opened in 2007 and the new Mathena Family Event Center, Thompson Family Lodge and Jordan Welcome Center. Read More
Saeed Abedini requests prayer for marriage
BOISE, Idaho (BP) -- Freed pastor Saeed Abedini has requested prayer for his relationship with his wife Naghmeh as court proceedings continue in her filing for legal separation.
"I am grateful for marriage counselors who have been helping me but my wife's relationship with me is not good at this point, so we need prayer that she joins this counseling process with us," the 35-year-old pastor wrote Feb. 14 in his first Facebook comments since his release in January from an Iranian prison where he had been held three-and-a-half years because of his Christian faith. Read More
Jim Smith named NRB communications VPMANASSAS, Va. (BP) -- Veteran Southern Baptist communicator James A. Smith Sr. has been named as National Religious Broadcasters vice president of communications, effective March 1.
NRB President Jerry A. Johnson, in making the announcement today (Feb. 16), stated in a news release, "Since NRB is a media association, building a first-class communications team must be our highest priority. Jim Smith's proven track record as a media leader makes him the right man, at the right time, for all the right reasons." Read More
Jim Mooney to lead Baptist foundation's investmentsNASHVILLE (BP) -- Jim Mooney has joined the Southern Baptist Foundation as vice president of investments, with responsibilities for development, maintenance and oversight of entity's investments and its investment managers.
Mooney, 47, comes to the foundation with 20-plus years in the investment field, specializing in market analysis, manager research, portfolio management, and asset allocation. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: An essential element: wisdom
California pastor David Jeremiah taps the biblical Solomon in understanding the importance of prayer and Scripture meditation for attaining a wisdom that "comes from God and is given by grace." Read More
FROM THE STATES: Fla., Ga., Mo. evangelism/missions news; Fla. churches reach out to growing homeschool community
Today's From the States features items from: Florida Baptist Witness; The Christian Index (Georgia); The Pathway (Missouri) Read More