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Texas church experiences continued revival through revamped online ministry

McALLEN, Texas (BP) – Instead of being slowed down by limitations from the COVID-19 pandemic, BT.Church in Texas instead experienced an increased revival in part due to a revamping of its online ministry. 

Netflix original faith-based film features reimagined CCM classics

NASHVILLE (BP) – Netflix’s new faith-based original film “A Week Away,” provides Christian audiences with a fun family-friendly musical featuring reimagined ‘90s contemporary Christian classics as well as several original songs.

Greear condena la división, repudia el espíritu farisaico en la dirección del CE de la SBC

NASHVILLE (BP) – Diciendo que la pandemia mundial no causó la crisis en la Convención Bautista del Sur, pero reveló "una crisis más profunda e insidiosa", el presidente de la SBC, JD Greear, desafió a los miembros del Comité Ejecutivo de la SBC a "repudiar" un espíritu farisaico y unirse por el Evangelio.

Arkansas Senate passes fetal heartbeat bill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) – Arkansas became the most recent state to attempt a ban on most abortions when the state Senate passed a bill Monday (Feb. 22) that would outlaw the procedure after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

Greear decries division, repudiates pharisaical spirit in SBC EC address

NASHVILLE (BP) – Saying the global pandemic didn’t cause the crisis in the Southern Baptist Convention, but revealed “a deeper, more insidious crisis,” SBC President J.D. Greear challenged members of the SBC Executive Committee to “repudiate” a pharisaical spirit and unite for the sake of the Gospel.

SBC of Virginia hosts statewide evangelism meetings via Zoom

GLEN ALLEN, Va. (BP) -- The SBC of Virginia hosted a series of statewide zoom calls about evangelism during a pandemic, including a call featuring Johnny Hunt of the North American Mission Board on Thursday (June 18). Hunt, senior vice president for evangelism and pastoral leadership at NAMB, spoke to more than 80 church leaders about the necessity of evangelism even during this time of social distancing. Hunt emphasized themes such as sharing personal testimonies and pastors emulating the type of missional living they would like to see from their congregations.

Early Adopters Pave the Way for GO2 Initiative

College students are the target of the newly-established SBC initiative called GO2, which challenges college seniors to give their first two years after graduation to the mission field.

Greear to Liberty students: ‘Put your yes on the table’

LYNCHBURG, Va. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear spoke to Liberty University students about the importance of living on mission during the school's bi-weekly convocation Wednesday, Feb. 26. Greear, the SBC's 62nd President and lead pastor of The Summit Church in North Carolina, implored the students to remember the urgency of the Great Commission and the need for everyday believers to share the Gospel.

Football, faith center stage at student events

LEXINGTON, Tenn. (BP) -- Tommy Bowden, former college football coach at Clemson University, recently spoke to hundreds of Tennessee high school football students about the importance of making good decisions in life. Bowden said he wanted to emphasize for the more than 700 players, representing more than five counties and 12 schools, the importance of having the right priorities in life by putting God first. The event was held at First Baptist Church of Lexington, Tenn., on July 18.

Jury rules Katy Perry copied Christian rap song

NASHVILLE (BP) -- A jury unanimously ruled on Monday (July 29) that Katy Perry's 2013 hit song "Dark Horse" improperly copied from a 2009 Christian rap song from a musical artist known as "Flame," according to media reports. The case -- originally filed in 2014 by rapper Marcus Gray (under the stage name 'Flame') and his two co-authors -- involves the song titled "Joyful Noise," which was released in 2009, according to Associated Press. The song also features a verse by Christian rap artist Lecrae. Flame is a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's undergraduate Boyce College and also took classes at the seminary, according to a Baptist Press report.