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Stephen Baldwin: ‘Livin It’ after 9/11 changed his life

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"Livin It Testimonies," compiled by Stephen Baldwin.
DENVER (BP)--The day the Twin Towers fell, Stephen Baldwin looked upward.
      The youngest of the Baldwin brother actors, he was at the height of his film and television career when Sept. 11, 2001, changed his life and prompted an eternal introspection into his heart and soul.
      "After 9/11 and my wife’s conversion [to Christianity], I came to understand something. The impossible was possible," Baldwin writes in “Livin It: What It Is,” a new book from B&H Publishing Group. "And if anything’s possible, then Jesus Christ could come back to this planet tomorrow. I want to be ready when He comes."

Inaugural Centri-Cruise trip takes ministry to the Bahamas

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More than 85 children attended Vacation Bible School at Messiah Baptist Church in Nassau, Bahamas. A team of Centri-Cruise mission volunteers from First Baptist Church in Pikeville, Ky., led the Arctic Edge-themed VBS, offering a cool reprieve from the intense tropical heat of the island. More than 13 kids made decisions for Christ. Photo by Kelly Davis
NASSAU, Bahamas (BP)--It’s 100 degrees in the tropical heat as the American students stand in a courtyard scattered with tire-less tricycles and deflated soccer balls. Unsure of how the local orphans will accept them, the students do the only thing they know to do: inflate new soccer balls and spend the day showing the kids God’s love.
      A few blocks away, another group of students brave the intense heat and organize a Vacation Bible School outside an unfinished church building. The volunteers gather under a tent and sing songs about Father Abraham and share stories about creation and redemption.
      Meanwhile, down the street, other team members lead a sports camp, while another youth group paints dilapidated school rooms.
      It’s all in a day of mission work in the most unexpected location: the Bahamas.

Rainer, Geiger offer simple concept of discipleship in book

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Look at Apple’s iPod or Google’s website. Consider Southwest Airlines or Papa John’s Pizza. What do these successful companies have in common?
      A commitment to simplicity.
      Simplicity is in. Complexity is out. So contend Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger in their new book, “Simple Church,” released by B&H Publishing Group of LifeWay Christian Resources.
      A new revolution toward simplicity has impacted how individuals respond to information -– and it also affects how churches minister to their congregations, according to Rainer, president of LifeWay, and Geiger, executive pastor of Christ Fellowship in Miami.

Student mobilization for missions prompt Sonic Flood tour, book

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Two new partnerships aimed at mobilizing students for missions have been announced by the Southern Baptist International Mission Board.

Thom Rainer Installed as LifeWay’s New President

Family, friends, Southern Baptist leaders, and employees of LifeWay Christian Resources celebrated the installation of Thom S. Rainer on February 6 during his inauguration ceremony as the SBC entity's ninth president. Unanimously approved in September 2005 by the LifeWay trustees, Rainer succeeds James T. Draper Jr., who led the organization for nearly fifteen years. "God […]

Beth Moore to college women: serve God in your generation

CHICAGO (BP)--Carrying the torch lit by her late 92-year-old mentor, Bible teacher and author Beth Moore said she came to light the torch for the next generation during a special edition of Living Proof Live March 10-11 designed exclusively for college-aged women.

New LifeWay president praised as visionary, friend, father

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Draper and Rainer
Retired LifeWay President Jimmy Draper presents Thom S. Rainer the presidential medallion at Rainer's inauguration ceremony held in LifeWay's Van Ness Auditorium Feb. 6. Photo by Kent Harville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Family, friends, Southern Baptist leaders and employees of LifeWay Christian Resources celebrated the installation of Thom S. Rainer Feb. 6 during his inauguration ceremony as the ninth president of LifeWay Christian Resources.
      Unanimously approved in September 2005 by the LifeWay trustees, Rainer is LifeWay’s ninth president, succeeding James T. Draper Jr., who led the organization for nearly 15 years.

Inerrancy, patriarchs affirmed in B&H Genesis commentary

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--About 45 years ago Broadman Press published a commentary on Genesis which sparked a theological controversy in the Southern Baptist Convention that lasted several decades. The commentary by a Southern Baptist seminary professor denied that Adam and Eve were historical persons or that God really commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac.

C.S. Lewis stepson writes about ‘an extraordinary man’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--C.S. Lewis offered the world “Mere Christianity,” “The Screwtape Letters” and, most notably, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” To many, Lewis was a literary genius, but to Douglas Gresham, Lewis was “the finest man and the best Christian” he has ever known.

East Texas church takes kids on VBS cross-country road trip

LUFKIN, Texas (BP)--They never left the parking lot, but kids attending Vacation Bible School at Denman Avenue Baptist Church in Lufkin, Texas, took a major road trip.