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Settlement reached in Pressler sexual abuse case

HOUSTON (BP) — A six-year-old lawsuit claiming repeated sexual assault by Paul Pressler has ended with a settlement and dismissal filed “with prejudice” by plaintiff Gareld Duane Rollins, Jr.

Most read stories of 2023

NASHVILLE (BP) – This year brought a lot of losses. We lost an elder statesman in Charles Stanley and a younger church-planting champion in Clint Clifton. We lost faith in a key leader and fell out of friendly cooperation with a few churches. These losses formed a good number of our most read stories. But we also celebrated bold evangelism and Gospel fruit. Here are BP’s 12 most read stories of 2023.

Baptist Press’ Top 10 stories of 2023

NASHVILLE (BP) -- In a year when there was war in the Holy Land and devastating fires in paradise, there was still good news to be found. A spiritual fire made its way across the landscape too, as revival once again ignited on campuses in Kentucky and beyond. Many churches saw great numbers of salvations and baptisms, and Southern Baptists have been generous to fund missions at home and around the world.

Staff favorites 2023

NASHVILLE (BP) – A flood in Redford, Mich., helped boost attendance at a church’s car show, which saw 246 decisions for Christ. Meanwhile, 556 miles down the road in Stanford, Tenn., Baptists are paving the way for their own automobile outreach as they prepare for the 90,000-plus people that come along with Ford Motor Company’s massive new factory.

3 reasons the Old Testament remains relevant

People approach the Bible in a range of ways. Some people treat it as a collection of disconnected stories, others as an antiquated moral handbook. For some, the Bible functions as a cryptic codebook about modern-day political affairs and “end-time” events.

Top 10 SBC-related stories from 2023

NASHVILLE (BP) -- From war and natural disasters around the world to important SBC business throughout the year, here are the top stories from the SBC this year.

SBCAL celebrates increased training and partnership in 2023

ATLANTA (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL) took every possible opportunity to advance gospel efforts in 2023, seeing record milestones and more people working toward a unified mission.

Send Relief 2023 se centra en responder a crisis en todo el mundo y equipar a los creyentes para el ministerio de la compasión

ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Las continuas guerras, terremotos y otros desastres naturales capturaron la atención internacional en 2023, y Send Relief, el brazo del ministerio de compasión de los bautistas del sur compartido cooperativamente por la Junta de Misiones Internacionales y la Junta de Misiones Norteamericanas, se dedicó a la tarea de satisfacer las necesidades en aras de ver vidas cambiadas a través del poder del evangelio.

FIRST-PERSON: With gratitude to God for R. Albert Mohler Jr.

A significant milestone in Southern Baptist theological education has been reached this week that is worthy of celebrating as R. Albert Mohler Jr. has become the long-serving president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary—and all other Southern Baptist seminaries. To truly appreciate the importance of this milestone it must be understood in the history of Southern Baptist theological education and the notable leaders who have shaped that history—now clearly joined by Albert Mohler.

Help those moving to your community find your church

While fewer people are moving today in the United States, moving to a new home is the single greatest reason people change churches. A life-changing decision to move could be motivated by a job, family, finances, or aspirations. And a move can necessitate a change in where a churchgoer attends church.