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Generous missions giving, biblical authority spotlight entity reports

NASHVILLE (BP) – Record-level financial giving to Southern Baptist Convention missions offerings, confession-based seminaries grounded in biblical authority, fulfilling the Great Commission and appreciation for the Cooperative Program highlighted entity reports at the SBC Executive Committee meeting Sept. 20-21 in Nashville.

Southern Baptists among oldest congregants in U.S., study says

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (BP) – The average Southern Baptist adult was 55.2 years old in 2020, ranking the faith group the 13th oldest among 45 studied in the nation, Harvard University’s broad Cooperative Election Study (CES) reveals. Southern Baptists ranked 15th in the same study in 2008. The Lutheran- Missouri Synod has the oldest members today, with an average ae of 58.7, while Muslims have the youngest at 32.2.

Widespread devastation stretching Southern Baptist Disaster Relief thin

HARRISBURG, Pa. (BP) – Kenton Hunt, disaster relief director of the Baptist Resource Network of Pennsylvania/South Jersey, expresses a heartfelt burden to help the hundreds of homeowners in his region trying to recover from flooding and tornadoes wrought by Hurricane Ida.

At least 14 Christians, including evangelical pastor, killed in Nigeria

KADUNA, Nigeria (BP) – Militant groups have killed at least 14 Christians, including an evangelical pastor, in southern Kaduna since Sept. 11 and have kidnapped a Catholic priest, the Premium Times of Nigeria reported.

Study: Good Bible engagement makes good neighbors

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (BP) – People who are rooted in Scripture tend to make better neighbors, the American Bible Society said in releasing the latest data from its 2021 State of the Bible report.

‘Tremendous sense of urgency’ as See You at the Pole returns onsite

SAN DIEGO (BP) – See You at the Pole organizers voice a “tremendous sense of urgency” as they prepare for the student-led event to return onsite at schools and other venues Sept. 22.

Pennsylvania church honors first responders, remembers Flight 93

KITTANNING, Pa. (BP) – United Flight 93 flew over Kittanning, Pa., in Islamic terrorists’ failed attempt to do to the U.S. Capitol what three other teams of Islamic terrorists did to the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

Adrian Rogers’ sermons, life drive ‘Nothing But the Truth’

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) – Years ago as Bellevue Baptist Church teenagers, John Sanders and his friends would prank their pastor by banging on the front door of his home and running away. Adrian Rogers was apt to open the door.

9/11 drives two Manhattan Southern Baptists closer to ministry, God

NEW YORK (BP) – Trina Craft is habitually 50 minutes early for most anything. But with a 9:45 a.m. job interview on the 86th floor of the World Trade Center 20 years ago, she was delayed in the rush of getting her daughter Florence Marie to school.

‘Here is water’ guides North Carolina church in innovative baptisms

ARDEN, N.C. (BP) – Creeks, waterfalls, rivers, ponds, swimming pools, bathtubs. If there’s a mass of water and a baptismal candidate, the Asheville, N.C.-area Biltmore Church seizes the moment.