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Southern Baptists ‘Fill the Tank’ nationwide, celebrating new life in Christ

LEXINGTON, Ga. (BP) — The last two years have been a whirlwind for Pastor Matt Bartlett and Lexington Baptist Church in Lexington, Ga. At its recent low point, the 176-year-old church had 39 people in attendance, with half being from the pastor’s own family and friends.

Missouri lay pastor uses ‘borrowed time’ to help start rural church

CHULA, Mo. (BP) – John Parks’ niece has a name for him – cat of nine lives. To look back at his last decade, one would have to agree.

Historic rural church building, empty for five years, houses new congregation

CHULA, Mo. (BP) – Amanda Hicks knew there were bees inside the building that once housed Chula Baptist Church. Everyone in the small Missouri town knew that. The old church had been sitting empty for nearly five years, the last of four churches that once served the small community of Chula, Missouri. While it sat empty, bees had made a home inside it, but everyone thought the bees were hiding in the walls.

‘Watershed moment’: State Baptist conventions make progress on sexual abuse reforms

PETAL, Mississippi (BP) – Brad Eubank hasn’t always been optimistic about Southern Baptist efforts to prevent sexual abuse. The Mississippi pastor and sexual abuse survivor remembers a grim meeting at the SBC Executive Committee in 2014 when his concerns fell on deaf ears.

Churches sharing the Gospel, planting seeds as holidays approach

BOSTON (BP) – In the nearly four centuries since its founding as America’s first park, Boston Common has witnessed some of the most important news events of American history – from public hangings during Colonial days to celebrating American independence in 1776 to Union soldier recruitment in the 1860s.

Veteran’s service fuels ministry to prisoners, law enforcement

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) — August 9, 1967, could’ve been the last day on earth for Warrant Officer Paul Davis. Yet God had other plans for his life.

SBC chaplains train in evangelism, pray for Israel at North Carolina conference

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) – With many of their colleagues on alert for potential deployment to growing hot spots near Israel, more than 365 Southern Baptist chaplains and spouses gathered to train in evangelism and pray for peace in the Middle East.

Ministry teams serve in Israel, church tour groups secure travel plans

Ashkelon, Israel (BP)—On Thursday, Texas Baptist Men distributed nearly 5,000 meals in Ashkelon, Israel, the coastal city near the Gaza border. The city has been one of the hardest hit locations in Israel and was one of the primary targets of the wide-scale rocket attacks by Hamas that initiated the war on Oct. 7.

Southern Baptists in Israel urge prayer for safety, quick, ‘miraculous’ peace in the Middle East

ASHKELON, Israel (BP) – On Friday night, longtime Kentucky Baptist pastor and former Kentucky Baptist Convention staff member Alan Dodson walked on the beach in Ashkelon, Israel, as he met with U.S. ministry leaders planning future trips to the Holy Land.

CP Sunday: Cooperative Program giving fuels Gospel advancement worldwide

To look at the prospects of the Ingessana people of Sudan on purely human terms, it doesn’t appear as if they have much of a chance to come to faith in Jesus Christ.