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‘Letters to Timothy’ retirement gift to young pastors by John B

HOUSTON (BP)–Though he did not take a conventional path into the pastorate, John Bisagno has become a model pastor to thousands of preachers and laypeople alike over the past 35 years. And now, as he prepares to retire from the pastorate of First Baptist Church in Houston, he hopes to extend his mentoring influence even […]

Student thought gunshots part of a Columbine skit

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)–When Glen Bucy first heard gunshots outside the sanctuary of Wedgwood Baptist Church the night of Sept. 15, he thought it was part of a skit. The time according to his watch was 6:55 p.m. And the program for this Wednesday night youth rally called for a skit about that time, he […]

‘Jesus’ shown in Juarez, Mexico, nightly at 70-100 sites durin

JUAREZ, Mexico (BP)–Jesus was seen all over Juarez, Mexico, in July, thanks to the efforts of First Baptist Church, Midland, Texas, Campus Crusade for Christ and several hundred evangelical churches in Juarez. Every night from June 30 through July 30, the “Jesus” film has been shown on portable outdoor screens at anywhere from 70 to […]

Church’s leader of Mexico outreach tackled her resentment of Hispanic

MIDLAND, Texas (BP)–Deborah Fikes considers herself the least likely person to be chairing the Mexico missions committee at First Baptist Church, Midland, Texas. A self-described “little housewife from Midland,” she never would have predicted that she would end up guiding and promoting the west-Texas church’s extensive ministry along the border. “I’m Mexico missions chairman by […]

Bill Mackey elected Kentucky executive

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–Bill Mackey, 56, was elected executive secretary-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention by the KBC executive board Dec. 8 in a standing vote with no opposition.Mackey, a former Whitesburg, Ky., pastor who currently serves on the staff of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, was presented to the executive board by a 14-member search […]

S.C. staffer nominated as Kentucky executive

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–A former Whitesburg, Ky., pastor who currently serves as leadership development and evangelism growth director for South Carolina Baptists has been nominated to be executive secretary-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Bill Mackey, 56, will be presented to the KBC executive board Dec. 8 by a 14-member search committee. If elected, he would […]

Proposed representation change falls short at Ky. convention

LEXINGTON, Ky. (BP)–A constitutional change in the way churches gain representation to Kentucky Baptist Convention annual meetings failed to get the two-thirds majority vote needed for adoption Nov. 12. A slim majority of messengers favored changing the KBC’s constitution to include the words “and/or other convention work” alongside “Cooperative Program.” However, the 298 to 271 […]

Prayer ministry helps church endure trials, see miracles

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–When members of this congregation get a phone call from the church, it’s not always a plea for volunteers to teach a class or serve on a committee. Chances are it’s a call from the church’s prayer ministry. Nell Bruce, prayer minister at Highview Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky., explained it this way: “We […]

Jester to become president of Kentucky’s Mid-Continent

MAYFIELD, Ky. (BP)--David Jester, former foreign missionary and former president of Wayland Baptist University in Texas, has been named president-elect of Mid-Continent Baptist Bible College.