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The most memorable time of the year: Alaska state exec, wife recall missions experience

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (BP) – Robin Covington remembers the day she was no longer an outsider. “It was in a little village where everyone knew everyone,” she said. “We loved living there. It also had a little museum where we would take visitors.”

Advent materials help homes prepare for Christmas, strengthen discipleship

PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP) – As they have each year since 2018, members of First Baptist Church began December by reading Day 1 of an Advent devotional prepared by their pastor, Dave Snyder.

Biggest lesson from preaching 100 straight days? God’s Word endures.

VERNON, Texas (BP) – There are many lessons Toby Castleberry, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, received after closing out a series on the Gospel of John Nov. 14.

An invitation outside clarified North Carolina pastor’s call to multi-ethnic outreach

MONROE, N.C. (BP) – It’s something Quintell Hill loves to do. His preparation is meticulous, his excitement causing him to lose sleep occasionally. He’s pursued it with reckless abandon and at other times learned the best way to proceed is with caution and patience. 

Mississippi church provides community Thanksgiving dinner, with a side of sweet faith

PONTOTOC, Miss. (BP) – Going back at least a quarter-century, First Baptist Church has called on its people to deliver a Thanksgiving meal for those unable to be with family or cook one on their own. From Day 1, however, church members have been required to contribute a staple from their own kitchen.

Georgia pastor joins other clergy urging peace during, after trial

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (BP) – A Southern Baptist pastor recently joined other area clergy representing “the rich diversity in our community” and calling for peace in a video as the trial over the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery approaches a verdict.

Pastors urge diligence, awareness as drug overdose deaths hit record

NASHVILLE (BP) – Southern Baptist pastors are joining other community leaders in concerns over a recent report by the Center for Disease Control that the number of drug overdose deaths have reached record numbers.

Ten months after fire, South Carolina church breaks ground for new building

COWPENS, S.C. (BP) – Church leaders said the groundbreaking for Cowpens First Baptist Church on Sunday represented a continuation, not beginning, of community ministry since a fire claimed its building in December.

Southwest Baptist University retains accreditation amid probationary status

BOLIVAR, Mo. (BP) – The sanctioning agency for Southwest Baptist University acknowledges that while the school, which is aligned with the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC), has moved toward resolving concerns raised by the Higher Learning Commission, more time is needed before a return to full accreditation.