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  • FIRST-PERSON: Calling out the called

    by Hance Dilbeck, posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (5 days ago)

    Churches need a fresh resolve to call out men to be pastors, Hance Dilbeck writes. "We need more people-loving, Bible-preaching, holy-living, soul-winning pastors. ... Let's challenge people to listen, to imagine the possibility of God's call, to embrace the blessing of a life spent building up the church and advancing the Gospel." Read More

  • SBC evangelism task force finalizes recommendations

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (6 days ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington
    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- With hopes of catalyzing "a fresh wave of evangelistic passion," the Southern Baptist Convention's evangelism task force has finalized its recommendations to the convention and will release them a week before the SBC annual meeting in Dallas.

    The task force, appointed last June by SBC President Steve Gaines, held its third and final meeting May 14-15 at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to adopting its recommendations unanimously, the 19-member group elected Southern Baptist Theological Seminary administrator Adam Greenway as vice chairman. Southwestern Seminary President Paige Patterson is chairman. Read More

  • Free Bibles? LifeWay launches effort to spur evangelism

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (6 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- This summer, thousands of Bibles will ring up for free at the registers of LifeWay Christian Stores.

    It's an effort by LifeWay to help local churches take the Word of God into their communities through an initiative called "Share the Word. Together."

    Churches of any denomination within 15 miles of a LifeWay store can sign up for a designated week in which each member of the church can visit the local LifeWay to pick up a free CSB personal gift Bible. Church members will then give the Bibles away in their communities. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A herd of elephants

    by David Gray, posted Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (6 days ago)

    Amid the pain, hurt and sin in today's world, David Gray believes "we could do better in helping people have a dynamic, fruitful relationship with our Lord and Savior." Read More

  • Auto techs change oil while chaplains change lives

    by Rodger Alford/Kentucky Today, posted Friday, April 27, 2018 (25 days ago)

    Kentucky Today/Roger Alford
    PIKEVILLE, Ky. (KT) -- Oil isn't the only thing being changed at auto service centers in central Appalachia.

    Lives are, too.

    Chaplains serve alongside work crews at Fast Change Lube & Oil centers in the mountains of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

    Matt Hinson, regional director of operations for Marketplace Chaplains USA, ... Read More

  • Evangelists to pick up Billy Graham's 'torch'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (one month ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Following Billy Graham's death, his fellow Southern Baptist evangelists "are ready to pick up the torch" of evangelistic ministry in the 21st century, said David Stockwell, president of Southern Baptist Evangelists, also known as the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists.

    They will discuss how to do that at an evangelists retreat and business meeting June 8-9 in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas. The retreat's theme is "Go Tell!" based on Mark 5:19.

    In addition to the retreat, cosponsored by the Conference of Texas Baptist Evangelists, Southern Baptist Evangelists will host a Sunday worship celebration service June 10 at First Baptist Church in Grapevine, Texas. A "Southwest Supper Sing-A-Long" June 11 will give pastors an opportunity to connect with evangelists.

    Pastors and other church leaders are invited to attended all slated activities. Read More

  • Southwest's heroic pilot known for sharing her faith

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, April 19, 2018 (one month ago)

    Screen capture from CBS News
    BOERNE, Texas (BP) -- When members of First Baptist Church in Boerne, Texas, heard recordings of radio transmissions from a Southwest Airlines pilot who made a harrowing emergency landing this week in Philadelphia, they recognized the voice as one of their own.

    Tammie Jo Shults -- the pilot who guided Flight 1380 to the ground April 17 after a midflight engine failure shot debris through a window, killing one passenger -- is a recognizable figure at the Texas Hill Country church, which averages 900 in worship. She has led the children's worship program at First Baptist and taught Sunday School for children, middle schoolers, high schoolers and adults, said Staci Thompson, a longtime friend and administrative assistant in the church office.

    Screen capture from CBS News

    "When we heard the voice" in media replays of cockpit recordings, "it was just like talking on the phone. That's what she sounds like," Thompson told Baptist Press.

    The church was "impressed" but not "shocked," Thompson said, at reports Shults, 56, landed the plane safely after a 20,000-foot drop in six minutes, then walked down the aisle hugging passengers. The plane was bound from New York to Dallas, and seven of the 144 passengers aboard were injured in addition to the one fatality.

    Social media reports by surviving passengers hailed Shults as having "nerves of steel" and being "a true American hero." One passenger told The Dallas Morning News, "I specifically said to her, 'Do I get a hug too?' She said, 'Of course, I wouldn't let you by without a hug.'" Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Evangelism 'by the Book' & 'from the heart'

    by Matt Queen, posted Tuesday, April 10, 2018 (one month ago)

    "Anyone who knows enough of the Gospel to have heard it, believed it and been saved by it knows enough of the Gospel to share it," Matt Queen writes of helping people to tell God in prayer the reason they need a Savior. Read More

  • Colo. increases 80% in reported baptisms

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, April 04, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo from Twitter
    DENVER (BP) -- Colorado Baptists are celebrating an 80 percent increase in reported baptisms for 2017 and the highest reported total for the Colorado Baptist General Convention (CBGC) since 2014.

    CBGC executive director Nathan Lorick announced a 73 percent increase April 2 via Twitter and told Baptist Press today (April 4) additional baptism reports have improved the percentage. Possible factors contributing to the reported baptism surge are evangelism among churches, strong church planting and an emphasis on submitting reports for the Southern Baptist Convention's Annual Church Profile (ACP), Lorick said. Read More

  • What else could go wrong? Yet he saw God prevail

    by Alex Sibley, posted Monday, March 26, 2018 (one month ago)

    SWBTS photo.
    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Dusty Marshall learned an important lesson during a spring break preaching assignment: When Satan is up to something, God is up to something greater.
    SWBTS photo.

    Marshall was one of 87 students and faculty from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary who participated in the annual "Revive This Nation" initiative, leading revival services in churches from New York to Hawaii during the seminary's March 11-14 spring break. Read More