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Melissa Deming

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FIRST-PERSON: Hospitality & your heart

Women's author Melissa Deming writes about hospitality, recounting how she has learned the importance of opening her home as a way of sharing the Gospel.

FIRST-PERSON: Should we shop for a church like we shop for a house?

Melissa Deming says looking for a new church home shouldn't be anything like shopping for a house.

END TIMES: Humility essential in debate

GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP)–While the majority of Southern Baptist seminary faculty members are premillennialists, some professors are re-examining their eschatological positions. In a survey conducted by the staff of the Southern Baptist TEXAN, some premillennialists indicated they did not hold their positions as adamantly as they used to. A handful of faculty members in Southern Baptist […]

END TIMES: Is there a generational gap?

GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP)–As a 6-year-old growing up at a time when Hal Lindsey’s “Late Great Planet Earth” was holding sway in Southern Baptist churches, Jerry Johnson was fascinated by the talk of end times. He later earned three theological degrees that prepared him for service at Boyce College, Criswell College and his current role as […]

Speakers affirm editors’ truth-telling role

HORSESHOE BAY, Texas (BP)–Baptist editors were urged to remain faithful to their calling as truth-tellers for Southern Baptists during the Association of State Baptist Papers annual meeting Feb. 10-13 in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. Keynote speaker and founder of WORLD magazine, Joel Belz, also called on the editors not to abandon print media, but instead to […]

‘Love affair’ with freedom can become ‘a false god,’ WORLD founder tells editors

HORSESHOE BAY, Texas (BP)–Nothing catalyzes Americans to action more than the violation of personal physical freedom, WORLD magazine founder Joel Belz said during the annual Association of State Baptist Papers’ Feb. 10-13 annual meeting in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, Feb. 10-13. Belz, commenting on Western culture’s captivation with civil liberties, warned against a grosser perversion of […]

Global issues prompt Urbana 06 toward missions reformation

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More than 22,000 collegians and youth were urged to infuse evangelism into global issues during the 2006 Urbana Student Missions Conference in St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS (BP)--With various global issues challenging the body of Christ, leaders of the 2006 Urbana Student Missions Conference are calling the next generation of students to be the catalyst for a missions reformation. During the Dec. 27-31 conference in St. Louis, global Christian leaders called the 22,000-plus collegians and youth to strike a balance between traditional evangelical missions strategies and the social justice necessary to address such issues as urbanization and the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

S.T.O.P., not S.L.O.W., is key to ending HIV/AIDS, Warren says

ST. LOUIS (BP)--Only the church has the authority to completely eradicate AIDS, said Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and an increasingly prominent AIDS activist, during the 2006 Urbana Student Missions Conference, Dec. 27-31 in St. Louis.

Ending the ‘Great Disconnect’ key to next generation’s mission

ST. LOUIS (BP)--Is the church losing out on its greatest resource? In underutilizing Millennials -- students born between 1977 and 2000 -– some missions workers believe Southern Baptists may miss out on the greatest opportunity to impact the Kingdom that the convention has seen in more than 50 years.

Millennial generation convenes at Urbana conference

ST. LOUIS (BP)--Answering the call to missions and seeking clues to global issues facing the church, record numbers of college students and youth converged in St. Louis for the 21st Urbana Student Missions Conference at the Edward Jones Dome and America’s Center Dec. 27-31.