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‘Preach the Bible’ NAMB tells youth leaders at coaching network gathering

‘Preach the Bible’ NAMB tells youth leaders at coaching network gathering

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – In the face of a challenging, changing culture, young people often wrestle with how to process the pressures that face them as they grow up. Church youth leaders often are the ones there to help students apply the Bible and the Gospel to the issues they encounter. Shane Pruitt, national next gen…

Former EC chair Mike Stone sues former ERLC president Russell Moore

Former EC chair Mike Stone sues former ERLC president Russell Moore

NASHVILLE (BP) — In a lawsuit filed Monday (Oct. 18), former SBC Executive Committee chairman Mike Stone alleges he has “suffered a tremendous loss in professional cultivation and reputational standing, decreased future earning power…and serious mental and emotional injury in the form of extreme public embarrassment, stress, anxiety, and fear” due to the actions of…

Addison resigns from SBC Executive Committee staff

Addison resigns from SBC Executive Committee staff

NASHVILLE (BP) – Greg Addison, executive vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, is stepping down. Addison notified Ronnie Floyd, SBC EC president and CEO, of his intention to step down on Oct. 15, according to an email sent to EC trustees and staff on Wednesday (Oct. 20). Addison filled a new position for the…

FIRST-PERSON: The church still matters

FIRST-PERSON: The church still matters

I’ve never seen the idea of the church so marginalized in all my lifetime. The secular world mocks the church and the Christian world devalues the church. The local church is seen, even by believers, as unnecessary and antiquated and optional. You can kind of understand the issues perhaps. After all, churches are filled with…

Missouri church wins settlement in case over COVID restrictions

Missouri church wins settlement in case over COVID restrictions

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. (BP) – Eighteen months after raising objections to restrictions related to COVID-19, Abundant Life Baptist Church reached a settlement Oct. 18 to the tune of $146,750 with the Jackson County, Mo., legislature. Government leaders voted in favor of the settlement in exchange for the church dropping its lawsuit that claimed the county’s…

Malaria vaccine may enable wider spread of Gospel

Malaria vaccine may enable wider spread of Gospel

HENRICO, Va. (BP) – A newly approved malaria vaccine for children may help Southern Baptists spread the Gospel in sub-Saharan Africa and other regions where the mosquito-borne infection is most active. With the continued use of chemically treated nets to prevent the spread of the disease, the vaccine can be an added valuable tool in…

TRUSTEES: SWBTS approves Stanley Chair, Hemphill Center

TRUSTEES: SWBTS approves Stanley Chair, Hemphill Center

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – A new academic chair honoring longtime pastor and Southern Baptist leader Charles F. Stanley, announcement of the appointment of Gregory A. Wills as the new dean of the School of Theology, naming an academic center for former president Kenneth S. Hemphill and faculty elections highlighted the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary…

32 conversions catalyze new work in ‘Nazareth of Europe’

32 conversions catalyze new work in ‘Nazareth of Europe’

Lamar Schubert* entered a house in the Moldovan countryside and found a grandmother who was exhausted from dealing with her unruly granddaughter. She was raising the teen alone and said she was a “handful.” When the granddaughter came in, Schubert shared the Gospel with her. With tears in her eyes, she said, “Why have I…

EC members call for special meeting

EC members call for special meeting

NASHVILLE (BP) – Officers of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee are planning for a special called meeting of the members. A letter from 25 EC trustees calling for the meeting was sent to EC Chairman Rolland Slade on Oct. 13. In the letter sent to Slade by EC trustee David Sons, a group of…

Haiti gang seeks $1M each for kidnapped US missionaries

Haiti gang seeks $1M each for kidnapped US missionaries

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A gang that kidnapped 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group is demanding $1 million ransom per person, although authorities are not clear whether that includes the five children being held, a top Haitian official told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The official, who wasn’t authorized to speak to the press,…