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Rebecca Manry

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Appreciation drives church to meet pastor’s need

CARBON HILL, Ala. (BP) – It started as a normal Sunday. Scott McCullar, pastor of First Baptist Church, was about to conclude the morning worship service. It happened to be his wedding anniversary. His family would grab something to eat after the service before preparing for evening worship.

El Concilio Coreano muestra fortaleza en cooperación

James Kang no quiere que los coreanos bautistas del sur sean "un pequeño grupo étnico en la CBS". "Queremos ser una parte principal de la CBS", dijo Kang. "Queremos traer algo de la fuerza de la iglesia coreana a la CBS".

Korean Council shows strength in cooperation

James Kang doesn’t want Korean Southern Baptists to be “one small ethnic group in the SBC.”

Clark named editor of BP en Español; Erlanson named BP managing editor

NASHVILLE (BP) – Baptist Press has announced two strategic staff changes: Lucinda Clark has joined as editor of Baptist Press en Español (BPEE), and Laura Erlanson has been named BP managing editor.

Steve Ballew to be nominated as New Mexico executive director

FARMINGTON, N.M. (BP) – New Mexico pastor Steve Ballew will be nominated as the next executive director of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico (BCNM), the search committee announced at a meeting of the BCNM State Mission Board.

Arkansas pastor honors sacrifices for Memorial Day

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (BP) -- Pastor Phil Kramer knows that "freedom isn't free" is not just an abstract concept or clever catchphrase. As a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a former U.S. Army chaplain, he has conducted many funerals for soldiers killed in the line of duty, many of them young men and women under 30. He keeps in touch with some of their families.

Go2 challenges college students to live on mission

NASHVILLE (BP) -- "Lots of factors go into where someone pursues their career. Why wouldn't the Kingdom and mission of God be the largest of those factors?" That's how Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear describes the motivation behind Go2, an initiative that challenges college students to commit their first two years after graduation to serving with a church plant in the US or overseas as they begin their careers.

Local associations meeting needs for Kingdom gains

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (BP) -- Associational leader is the most fulfilling role that Sean McMahon has held in nearly 40 years of ministry. "I absolutely love my job. I love what I have the opportunity to do," said McMahon, executive director of the Florida Baptist Association (FBA) in Tallahassee.

Dove Awards celebrates 50 years of gospel music

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Christian music's past, present and future were celebrated at the 50th annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. The event, held Oct. 15 at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena in Nashville, Tenn., honored today's top Christian and gospel artists while paying tribute to its 50-year history through highlights from previous years and performances from artists representing diverse genres.

Facebook expands church plant’s community connections

MESA, Ariz. (BP) -- Everyone craves connections -- a truth that Living Stone Community Church has embraced by using Facebook to minister to their community. Facebook can be an important tool in getting to know neighbors and pointing them to Christ, said Ali Clayton, wife of church planter Whitney Clayton.