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FIRST-PERSON: ‘Fake news’ & advocacy journalism

Baptist editor Tim Yarbrough describes the difference between "fake news," advocacy journalism and activist journalism. Christian publications, he notes, "unabashedly report the news based on our Christian worldview" in "advocating for the cause of Jesus Christ."

Ark. Baptists continue CP increases

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) — Messengers to the 158th annual meeting of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention retained a $21.5 million budget for 2012 and celebrated the theme “GO! Across the Street, Across Arkansas, Across the World.” Messengers approved a 2012 budget of $21,496,500, which includes $9,194,053 (42.77 percent) for Southern Baptist Convention causes and […]

In ’25, CP was the ‘beginning of a new day’

EDITOR’S NOTE: October is Cooperative Program Emphasis Month in the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention. Executive Committee president Frank Page has challenged churches to raise their Cooperative Program support by 1 percentage point during the next year. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) — “Southern Baptists in World Service,” a booklet written by E.P. Alldredge for […]

FIRST PERSON: Around the Acts 1:8 bonfire

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--I have traveled throughout the Southern Baptist Convention this past year, helping dozens of local churches, associations and state conventions to more fully implement the Acts 1:8 partnership.

Acts 1:8 Challenge embraced in 2,000-plus churches

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--More than 2,000 Southern Baptist churches have committed to the Acts 1:8 Challenge –- the new Southern Baptist Convention initiative to assist congregations in implementing a comprehensive missions strategy involving their community, region, continent and the world.
      The 600-member Immanuel Baptist Church in Pikeville, Ky., became the 2,000th church to commit to the Acts 1:8 Challenge in mid-December.

Baptists’ 10.5 million meals shatters prior disaster relief record

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One among millions
Chricendie Joseph, 7, helps pick up meals for her family from a Southern Baptist feeding unit at First Baptist Church in Belle Glade, Fla., in a region where crops were ravaged by Hurricane Wilma. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief units have served more than 10.5 million meals this year. Photo by Joni B. Hannigan/Florida Baptist Witness
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--Southern Baptist Disaster Relief announced Nov. 2 that volunteers have prepared a record 10.5 million meals since Hurricane Katrina made landfall in late August. The meal count shatters the previous record of 3.5 million meals set in 2004.

Meals prepared by SBC volunteers hits historic 6 million

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Making dinner and history
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteer David Butler of Wichita, Kan., cooks dinner prepared by a Kansas-Nebraska Baptist mobile feeding unit. Butler, a member of Midway Baptist Church, is one of more than 6,000 Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers assisting Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Butler and volunteers like him have prepared more than 6 million meals, a NAMB record. Photo courtesy of NAMB
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--As meals prepared by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers surpassed an historic 6 million Oct. 5, more than 1,400 Southern Baptist churches have committed to the Adopt a Church initiative to assist churches damaged in hurricane-ravaged Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
      Since Katrina’s landfall in late August and Hurricane Rita's in September, 6,000 disaster relief volunteers from 40 states have prepared 6,087,549 meals for residents and relief workers. Previously, the most meals prepared in a Southern Baptist Disaster Relief response was 2.5 million during Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
      So far, more than 1,300 of 1,431 churches registering online for Adopt a Church have been referred to state conventions in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, which will in turn link the healthy churches with hundreds of churches needing assistance. Churches are still needed to commit to the initiative.

Ground Zero Spans Nation

"What we are now calling "ground zero" covers the continental United States, as the dispersion of Hurricane Katrina survivors is bringing this disaster to each of our communities," said Jim Burton, director of volunteer mobilization at the North American Mission Board. "This is an extraordinary opportunity for Southern Baptists to rise to the occasion and […]

1,200-plus churches vow to adopt damaged churches on Gulf

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--More than 1,200 Southern Baptist churches have committed to help SBC churches in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The Adopt A Church partnership was initiated by the North American Mission Board the week after the hurricane destroyed thousands of homes and business along the Gulf Coast including hundreds of SBC churches.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief readies for Hurricane Rita

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is gearing up to prepare 400,000 meals daily following Hurricane Rita.