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The Ala. Baptist marks anniversary of tornadoes

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) — The Alabama Baptist, the state’s weekly Baptist newspaper with an estimated 225,000 readers, distributed a 56-page commemorative issue of the anniversary of the April 2011 tornadoes to churches and associations throughout the state. [QUOTE@left@180=The special issue ‘describes the heroic ways Baptists responded’ to the tornadoes.]Titled “We Are The Body: A story […]

Ala. churches serve as resource centers

PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (BP)--Annihilation seemed to loom as three deadly tornadoes ripped through the small adjoining towns of Phil Campbell and Hackleburg, Ala., killing more than 50 people. The storms came about as close to total destruction as anyone there ever wants to be.

Ala. DOMs call for slowdown of GCR

GARDENDALE, Ala. (BP)--In an effort to protect funding for work in pioneer areas, as well as ministries traditionally organized for rural America, the Alabama Baptist Conference of Directors of Associational Missions has issued an open letter calling for a slowdown in funding changes related to the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force report.

Gambling arrests stun Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)–A shock wave spread across Alabama Oct. 4 when lawmakers, gambling bosses, lobbyists and others were arrested in a FBI “bingo” probe and charged with a vote-buying scheme. Indictments were handed down against 11 individuals who will be arraigned in Montgomery on Oct. 15. Most, if not all, are expected to plead not […]

Rain doesn’t dampen spirit of Gulf benefit

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (BP)--Worship at The Wharf was rained out of its venue but not out of its spirit.       The Aug. 15 event to benefit those affected by the Gulf oil spill ...

Lance: AL ‘a Great Commission convention’

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)–It was 1998 and Rick Lance — executive director-elect of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions — pondered how he would lead Alabama Baptists into the 21st century. In a matter of minutes, Lance scribbled down what he believed was a word from God and his new “north star” — one mission, […]

NAMB called ‘essential’ for Acts 1:8 call

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--Alabama Baptists want to reach North America and the world for Christ. They are committed to it, said Rick Lance, executive director of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions.

Wedding plans unveiled at conference

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference President Ed Litton garnered cheers and applause as he ended the two-day meeting with an engagement announcement. Litton introduced “a wonderful, godly woman,” Kathy Ferguson, as his fiancé following the closing prayer June 21. Litton, pastor of First Baptist Church North Mobile in Saraland, Ala., lost his wife Tammy […]

McKeever retiring from New Orleans post

NEW ORLEANS (BP)–Kay Bennett remembers the day Joe McKeever visited a group of girls in the Up 2 Hope summer program at Baptist Friendship House in New Orleans where she serves as director. “Joe is a person who makes everyone feel comfortable around him — even a group of girls, [most of whom] came from […]

Beth Moore simulcast reaches 70,000

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–Holding up a group photo of about 25 women, Beth Moore told those attending her “Living Proof Live” simulcast that she brought the photo as a crutch. “There are 70,000 people meeting in 715 places at this exact moment in history,” she said. “That, girlfriend, is a miracle.” And with the miracle comes […]