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  • 'More than ever' global school prayer event critical

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, September 25, 2018 (11 hours ago)

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Prayer is needed now in schools more than ever, organizers of an annual prayer event said as the initiative marks its 28th year Sept. 26 at 7 a.m. in schools globally.

    See You at the Pole (SYATP), drawing an estimated 1 million students in prayer on school grounds, is expanding its influence this year by teaming with Claim Your Campus (CYC), a national prayer initiative mobilizing students in daily prayer in middle and high schools.

    "These are unprecedented and challenging times for students," SYATP national coordinator Doug Clark said in a promotional Facebook video. We all want a better future for our students, one that's safe, positive and fair for all. Read More

  • 'Be the light' urged after Jacksonville shootings

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, August 27, 2018 (29 days ago)

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    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- Four deaths and 13 injuries from shootings at two sporting events this past weekend in Jacksonville, Fla., have leaders lamenting "a new normal" of violence amid calls to prayer that seemingly fade away.

    Three were killed and 11 injured in a mass shooting at a high stakes video game tournament Sunday (Aug. 26) in downtown Jacksonville, following the killing of one and the injury of two others at a high security Friday night high school football game just seven miles away. The violence follows the Valentine's Day 2018 massacre of 14 students and staff at a Parkland, Fla., high school that also injured 17. Read More

  • Pew: African, Latin American Christians most committed

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, August 24, 2018 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Commitment to prayer, church attendance and religion is highest among believers in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, Pew Research Center said Aug. 22 in an analysis of data collected over the past 10 years.

    In the U.S., Christians register comparatively high levels of religious commitment among the most developed countries, Pew said in its analysis of 84 countries with Christian populations deemed sizable. Here, 68 percent of Christians deemed religion "very important" and just as many said they pray daily. Weekly church attendance was registered among 47 percent of U.S. Christians.

    In 35 of the countries studied, at least two-thirds of Christians said religion was "very important" in their lives. All but three of those 35 countries are in sub-Saharan Africa or Latin America, namely the U.S., Malaysia and the Philippines.

    More than 75 percent of Christians surveyed in each country in sub-Saharan Africa said religion was very important in their lives, voicing higher levels of prayer and church attendance. In Ethiopia, where Ethiopian Orthodoxy is the most prevalent Christian faith, 98 percent of Christians rated religion as very important. Read More

  • Gaines, others see God at work amid SBC's trials

    by David Roach, posted Monday, June 04, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Despite turmoil related to terminations and resignations of "several" Southern Baptists "from key positions of leadership," Southern Baptist Convention President Steve says, there are signs "the Lord is going to come upon us powerfully in Dallas" at next week's SBC annual meeting.

    Meanwhile, prayer strategist Ted Elmore said he is seeing "more emphasis on prayer today" in Southern Baptist churches than he has "ever seen" in 25 years of leading Texas state convention prayer ministries. Baptist historian Stan Norman noted Southern Baptists, historically, "are at our best when our backs are against the wall." Read More

  • SBC prayer room offers haven of rest, peace

    by Morgan Collier, posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- With thousands of Southern Baptists meeting together each year at their annual meeting, it can seem difficult for people to hear themselves think -- and to find a quiet place to meet with God.

    But once again, at this year's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas, attendees can retreat to a prayer room and are invited to volunteer 15 minutes of their time to lift up concerns to God.

    Every year the prayer room provides participants with an opportunity to ... Read More

  • Zombies & prayer at the Georgia statehouse

    by Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    ATLANTA (BP) -- The zombie-laden horror series, "The Walking Dead," and the National Day of Prayer shared common ground, literally, at the Georgia Capitol on May 3.

    A number of people dressed in eerie, dirty-looking black clothing were eating on the statehouse lawn when Mike Griffin, public affairs representative for the Georgia Baptist Convention, arrived early to set up for a Facebook Live airing of the noontime National Day of Prayer gathering.

    "I thought maybe they were feeding the homeless," Griffin said. Read More

  • SBC IN DALLAS: Bright light in the prayer room

    by Ted Elmore, posted Monday, May 14, 2018 (4 months ago)

    The prayer room for the SBC annual meeting in Dallas, Ted Elmore writes, will be a gathering place to ask God to do "exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think." Read More

  • Prayers, unity highlight Day of Prayer event in Capitol

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, May 04, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist and other evangelical speakers called for, and hundreds of participants prayed for, unity in the church and country during a National Day of Prayer observance May 3 in the U.S. Capitol.

    The televised evening event in National Statuary Hall came near the close of the United States' 67th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer (NDOP). Multitudes of Americans gathered in thousands of location across the country to pray during the day. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Prayer driving

    by Rick Lance , posted Friday, May 04, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Rick Lance recounts various ways he prays while driving across his state or while stuck in miles of roadwork. Prayer driving, he writes, "has helped me to be in touch with the Lord and the needs of others." Read More

  • Local events, faith initiative mark 67th Day of Prayer

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, May 03, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Multitudes prayed in thousands of venues on the 2018 National Day of Prayer, capped with a televised national prayer service scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Eastern today (May 3) in the U.S. Capitol.

    Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference President H.B. Charles, pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., will be a main speaker at the 67th annual observance in Washington. Former SBC president Ronnie Floyd is the 2018 National Day of Prayer (NDOP) president. Read More