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FIRST-PERSON: A church bids farewell
Paul Kim recounts the poignant farewells to two couples leaving for distant fields of service from the church where they have been longtime members. 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
NAMB launches evangelism group, names executive directorALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is launching an evangelism and leadership group that will promote evangelism among Southern Baptist churches, provide evangelistic resources and equip pastors to help their congregations become more evangelistically active. Jim Law, who currently serves as executive pastor at First Baptist Church Woodstock, Ga., will serve as executive director of the new group.
"Everything we do at NAMB is focused on sharing the hope of the Gospel," said NAMB president Kevin Ezell. "This group will serve every church and every pastor that wants to become more mobilized and more evangelistically effective." Read More
John Bisagno, pastor & church innovator, dies at 84NASHVILLE (BP) -- John Bisagno, an evangelistic innovator and longtime pastor of Houston's First Baptist Church, died Aug. 5 in Nashville following a battle with cancer. He was 84.
During Bisagno's 30-year tenure at Houston's First beginning in 1970, the congregation grew from fewer than 400 to 22,000 members, Baptist Press reported in 1999. During that period, the church also baptized 15,000 people, gave $250 million to missions, relocated from downtown to its current location in west Houston and helped launch the Bible teaching ministry of Beth Moore. Read More
At age 86, Pete knew someone would lead him to GodCONCORD, N.C. (BP) -- In the spring of 2016, I learned that Harvey "Pete" Overcash was in a nursing home for rehabilitation due to an accident with a garden tiller. He did not attend our church, but his wife Norma was a faithful member for more than 40 years and had recently become homebound with declining health.
Norma was a children's Sunday School teacher while Pete showed no desire to attend church with her, but she faithfully prayed for him. Read More
Labrador retrievers put their paws on the GospelDENHAM SPRINGS, La. (BP) -- Johnny Morgan's life has really gone to the dogs, and he couldn't be happier.
"I'm getting to use a passion of mine for God. It's a blessing to use my Labrador retrievers to teach about obedience and present the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a unique way," Morgan, founder of the ministry Obedience 2 Death, said.
The nonprofit organization, based in Denham Springs, La., uses dogs as visual illustrations and blends timeless biblical truths with humor to show the power of obedience in a believer's life. Morgan named his ministry after Philippians 2:8: "Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Lord, make me uncomfortable
Lee Clamp wasn't in the mood to talk to Barry. But God made him uncomfortable for trying to avoid a conversation about faith. Turns out they had a good conversation. Read More
World Cup stirs witness despite crackdownST. PETERSBURG, Russia (BP) -- Russia's 2016 law restricting evangelism may have curtailed some traditional Gospel-sharing efforts at World Cup venues this summer. But through innovative witnessing techniques -- like soccer viewing parties at churches and jazz band concerts -- evangelicals still have managed to harness the world's largest sporting event for Gospel witness.
"I don't know anything about soccer," said Justin Pierce, assistant professor in instrumental music at Oklahoma Baptist University. But "God ... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Lessons from a cave rescue
Similar to the life-and-death crisis of the Thai soccer team trapped in a cave, Lonnie Wilkey sees a parallel to Christians in sharing their faith with the world's unreached millions. Read More
Hispanic churches go outside the box for evangelismALBUQUERQUE (BP) -- Twenty-four Hispanic Baptist churches embraced the 2018 Simultaneous Revivals campaign organized by Baptist Convention of New Mexico Hispanic ministry strategist Ricardo Rivera.
A key goal this year, Rivera told the Baptist New Mexican newsjournal, was to motivate churches to think outside the box about evangelism within their communities and to inspire them to do something beyond traditional preaching revivals. Read More