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State convention, association, church, and pastor named in sexual abuse lawsuit

HOT SPRINGS, Ark., (BP) -- A lawsuit filed Dec. 16, 2019 alleges former Millcreek Baptist Church pastor Teddy Leon Hill engaged in sexual assault, battery, felonious conduct and the tort of outrage/intentional infliction emotional distress of a minor -- referred to as John Doe in the suit. Hill retired in 2018. The lawsuit also alleges Arkansas Baptist State Convention executive director James "Sonny" Tucker failed to report the suspected sexual abuse in the manner required by Arkansas law following a February 2018 meeting with Hill's ex-wife, Carolyn Latham. The suit claims Latham personally contacted Tucker on multiple occasions to report her suspicions regarding Hill and ...

New Orleans’ Baptist Friendship House marks 75 years

NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Baptist Friendship House has stood as a beacon of hope in the heart of New Orleans for 75 years. For the past 20-plus years, Kay Bennett has played a key role in sharing that hope with area residents in need. "What keeps me motivated is the fulfillment of watching God work miracles in people's lives," explained Bennett, who has served as Friendship House's executive director since 1997.

FIRST-PERSON: Grateful to God for the Wheelchairs

Aaron Menikoff has a new perspective on church growth with wheelchairs.

Rural ministry more rewarding than expected, pastor says

MAYHILL, N.M. (BP) -- Rural ministry was not what pastor Matt Henslee envisioned for himself when he was growing up in the DFW Metroplex, but it's where God led him, and now he loves it. He's urging other pastors to consider that God does some of his best work in rural settings. As pastor of Mayhill Baptist Church in Mayhill, N.M., Henslee wrote "Replanting Rural Churches: God's Plan and Call for the Middle of Nowhere" with another rural southern New Mexico pastor, Kyle Bueermann of First Baptist Church in Alamogordo.

Who’s Your One, record AAEO top NAMB’s 2019 highlights

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Who's your one? That question became commonplace in 2019 among Southern Baptists as churches, local associations and state conventions embraced the North American Mission Board's (NAMB) evangelism emphasis. In partnership with Southern Baptist Convention president J.D. Greear, NAMB encouraged pastors and Southern Baptist leaders to participate in the movement, asking people to focus on praying for and witnessing to at least one person. NAMB provided Who's Your One resources for tens of thousands of pastors and launched a national Who's Your One Tour spearheaded by Johnny Hunt, NAMB's senior vice president for evangelism and leadership -- all intended to spark a wave of evangelism in North America and beyond.

New Year offers new start for Bible reading

NASHVILLE, Tenn., (BP) -- With the unfolding of a new year comes opportunities for new commitments, resolutions and goals. For many, these goals include dedications to Bible reading and thus, specific Bible reading plans. But choosing a Bible reading plan can be intimidating and some wonder, why even bother being ...

Showing Christ to the world is priority for Predators’ Grimaldi

NASHVILLE (BP) -- As a boy, Rocco Grimaldi earned a nickname from his grandmother -- "Little David" -- based upon his similarity, in size and temperament, to the biblical David. It's a nickname well suited to Grimaldi, a right winger for the Nashville Predators, who for his entire life has always been the smallest guy on his team. At 5'6", 160 pounds, Grimaldi has to rely on more than just his physical attributes to be a successful hockey player.

Cross-cultural worship reflects Revelation 7:9 eternity

RICHMOND, Va., (BP) -- Missionaries sometimes say that worshiping in a cross-cultural context is a dress rehearsal for a Revelation 7:9 eternity. As a cross-cultural worker in South Asia, Rachel Cohen agrees. But if she is honest, sometimes the rehearsal is pretty awkward. Living in South Asia among a culture whose worship is loud, long, and -- perhaps most uncomfortable for a Baptist -- moving. Many South Asian Christians love to worship with what they call "action songs," and they encourage enthusiastic participation from everyone, no exceptions.

LSU long snapper ‘doing sports God’s way’

BATON ROUGE, La. (BP) -- Blake Ferguson has had a remarkable football career in a unique position. He came to LSU as the country's number one long snapper as a senior in high school, and last year he was named best collegiate long snapper. On top of that, he took over the job for the Tigers from his brother Reid, who was signed after graduation as the long snapper for the NFL's Buffalo Bills. Scouts are predicting Blake will play at that level on Sundays, too.

Religious liberty advances in 2019

WASHINGTON (BP) -- It was a good year for religious liberty in the United States, and the Supreme Court has the opportunity to advance such protection in 2020, say advocates for the country’s first freedom guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. A string of victories for religious freedom delivered by judges and the Trump administration marked 2019, spokesmen for the organizations Becket and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) told Baptist Press.