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California pastor Roger Spradlin leaves broad legacy in SBC

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (BP) – Roger Spradlin, a California pastor influential in Southern Baptist doctrinal beliefs and practice, died Sunday (Nov. 5). He was 68. The cause of death was inoperable bile duct cancer diagnosed in October 2022, longtime co-senior pastor Phil Neighbors told Baptist Press. Spradlin had been co-senior pastor of Valley Baptist Church in […]

Charles Stanley, pivotal SBC president, TV preacher, dies

ATLANTA – Charles Stanley, a former Southern Baptist Convention president and one of the nation’s foremost television and radio preachers, passed away peacefully at his home today (April 18) at age 90.

Adrian Rogers’ Spanish voice: ‘gifted interpreter & communicator’

TAMARAC, Fla. -- Lenin De Janon, the voice of Adrian Rogers in the Spanish-speaking world, died March 12 at the age of 89. A native of Ecuador, De Janon delivered sermons in Spanish for 26 years from Rogers’ Love Worth Finding broadcast.

Former Russian Baptist leader prays for Ukrainian resolve

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – A former Russian Baptist union leader, speaking from Moscow, voiced an apology for his countrymen who are “participants in this crime against Ukraine.”

FIRST-PERSON: Weighty questions

"Who do you think you are?" It's a question, that, for some reason, I've been asking myself n recent days.

Frosty Circle invitation led to Christmas Eve new birth

Bill Lehman recounts his new birth before being baptized by Todd Stiles (right), lead pastor at First Family Church in Ankeny, Iowa, in February 2021. (Photo courtesy of First Family Church)

Life of turmoil stirred teen to pray, then to church, then …

ANKENY. Iowa – Joani Barlow’s parents divorced when she was in the fifth grade, leaving her “lost and confused. Nobody really explained anything to me. I didn't know why. I just knew that my family was breaking up,” with her and an older brother adjusting to the strains of joint custody.

Fisk Jubilee Singers director led toward ‘new millennium’

NASHVILLE – Paul Kwami and the Fisk Jubilee Singers were part of an unusual cohort of Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductees in 2000.

Hook-up culture: Unsatisfying diversion from God’s design

NASHVILLE (BP) – Merely “consensual” sexual relations can be harmful, a young Washington Post columnist writes in a new book, “Rethinking Sex.”

FIRST-PERSON: On humility

NASHVILLE (BP) – Nobody really knows how to be humble.