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Four overdose deaths, dozen-plus relapses at Celebrate Recovery site during COVID-19

ARABI, La. (BP) – Donnie Broussard had been sober more than four years from heroin and crack cocaine when the COVID-19 pandemic shot his daily routine. He didn't feel worthy to continue as Celebrate Recovery leader at the Arabi campus of Celebration Church in greater New Orleans.

Worship God by tithing, Floyd says in free biblical stewardship resource

NASHVILLE (BP) – The financial offering is an exciting part of worship deserving preparation and exhortation on par with sermons, SBC Executive Committee President and CEO Ronnie Floyd believes.

Now debt free, church doubles CP giving to 10 percent

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – Pastor Scott Linginfelter had just preached the opening night of a tent revival on a farm field in rural Greenback, Tenn., when he told Baptist Press of his commitment to the Southern Baptist Convention's Cooperative Program.

Boy Scouts bankruptcy could leave churches liable in future sex abuse claims

NASHVILLE (BP) – Churches who chartered or have ever hosted a Boy Scouts of America (BSA) troop should seek legal counsel now in case they are named in future sex abuse claims against the BSA, a Southern Baptist legal representative told Baptist Press.

Lynda Randle’s new Christmas album offers ‘healing balm’ during COVID-19

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) – Gospel singer and minister Lynda Randle imitates the voice of her late father Nate Tait: "I was always taught, my dad would say in his groggily voice, 'Chub baby, if you don't mean it, don't sing it.'

Poll shows support for Trump dipping slightly among white Christians including evangelicals

WASHINGTON (BP) – Support for President Donald Trump has slipped by single digits among white Christians of all religious affiliations, although 78 percent of white evangelical Protestants still plan to vote for him in November, according to Pew Research Center polling.

‘Lake Charles grit’ tested by two hurricanes in weeks

LAKE CHARLES, La. (BP) – Trinity Baptist Church Senior Pastor Steve James calls it "Lake Charles grit," an ability to persevere during hardship on top of hardship. "Grit up" is the local rallying cry after Hurricanes Laura and Delta hit western Louisiana just weeks apart.

Nashville’s historic First Baptist Church marks 200 years of ministry

NASHVILLE (BP) – Union forces occupied Nashville First Baptist Church for more than two years during the Civil War, generally trashing the place as they threw church pews on the lawn and established a temporary hospital.

CP supports college ministry at Alabama HBCUs

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) – Zachary and Nicole Beasley met and professed salvation while attending campus ministry at Tuskegee University, and today the parents of four are serving in college ministry themselves.

2 SBC entity leaders endorse NAE nonpartisan civic duty statement

WASHINGTON (BP) – At least two Southern Baptist entity leaders have signed a nonpartisan evangelical statement published Tuesday (Oct. 6) in the Washington Post promoting religious freedom, the sanctity of life and racial justice among other pursuits.