Month: April 2022

Radical Muslims’ Protest Against Church Construction in Cilegon Cancelled

04/30/2022 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – A demonstration scheduled to take place this week against the construction of a Batak church in Cilegon, a major coastal industrial city in Banten province, Indonesia, was canceled, after negotiations between the government and the community groups took place. On April 25, “Banten Community United”, a local community group…

Pope Francis: Europe's Demographic Winter a ‘Serious Matter,’ ‘Cannot Be Ignored’

Pope Francis warned again of Europe’s “demographic winter” on Friday, caused by a dangerously low birthrate far beneath replacement levels.

Praise Brings Results

Praise Brings Results

One of the greatest lessons I have ever learned about the Christian life is the importance of praise and thanksgiving. “And at the moment they began to sing and to praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to begin fighting among themselves, and they destroyed each other!” 2 Chronicles 20:22…

Refiner’s Fire

Refiner’s Fire

Many years ago, a few women met to read scriptures. They came upon Malachi 3:3. It says, “He will sit like a refiner of silver, burning away the dross.” So, one woman decided to view for herself the process of purifying precious metals. She wanted to see how it was like God’s love for us….

SBC DIGEST: Litton to address UM graduation; Ohio Baptists to sell Seneca Lake facility

Litton to address University of Mobile graduates By University of Mobile staff MOBILE, Ala. (BP) – Southern Baptist Convention President Ed Litton, senior pastor of Redemption Church in Saraland, Ala., will deliver the commencement address at the University of Mobile on Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. More than 300 graduates will be awarded bachelor’s,…

Serving in war zone, Ukrainian Baptist ministers bear double burden

Serving in war zone, Ukrainian Baptist ministers bear double burden

LVIV, Ukraine (BP) – Baptist ministers in Ukraine express a double burden, helping others survive the war while struggling to survive themselves. “They not only carry the burdens of those people they minister to,” Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary President Yarsolav “Slavik” Pyzh, told Baptist Press, “they’re carrying the same burdens themselves, because you’re living in…

Church size irrelevant to partnering with schools; willing spirit required

Church size irrelevant to partnering with schools; willing spirit required

MONTICELLO, Miss. (BP) – Pastor Sam Taylor of Monticello Baptist Church heard about the challenges of being a teacher. It came from several in the profession – active and retired – in his congregation. He heard it from his wife, Alyssa, who works as a teacher’s aide at Monticello Elementary. Students watch a movie approved…

FROM THE SEMINARIES: Jonathan Six named SEBTS VP; Tawa Anderson joins NOBTS faculty; Spurgeon College commissions nine mission teams

Jonathan Six promoted to SEBTS VP of advancement By Chad Burchett/SEBTS WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) – On Wednesday (April 27) Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) named Jonathan Six, former director of financial and alumni development, as the new acting vice president of institutional advancement, effective June 1. He will replace Art Rainer, who has held…

New Mexico Baptists serve, share hope in aftermath of latest wildfires

New Mexico Baptists serve, share hope in aftermath of latest wildfires

RUIDOSO, N.M. (BP) – As Southern Baptist volunteers sift through the remains of home sites in the aftermath of recent wildfires that claimed two lives and destroyed more than 200 homes, they can’t tell much about what the house looked like or who lived there, but the complete and thorough destruction tells a story of…

Young Coptic Christian Shot 22 Times

Four Unidentified Masked Men Killed the Young Man at Work  04/29/2022 Egypt (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that four unidentified masked men shot down a young Coptic man in the Egyptian city of Dabaa, Matrouh Governorate. The victim, Rani Raafat, was killed instantly from multiple gunshot wounds while at work…