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IMB trustees appoint 68 missionaries, announce new affinity

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – Trustees of the International Mission Board (IMB) approved 68 new fully funded missionaries for appointment during their May 11-12 meeting in Richmond, Va. This is the first in-person meeting trustees have had since Jan. 2020, before restrictions from COVID-19 necessitated virtual meetings. 

Greear announces appointees to 2021 Registration Committee

NASHVILLE (BP) – SBC President J.D. Greear has announced appointees to the 2021 Registration Committee for the SBC Annual Meeting.

Tellers named for 2021 SBC in Nashville

NASHVILLE (BP) – SBC President J.D. Greear has named tellers for the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting, which will be held June 15-16 in Nashville.

Broken people welcome, say The Garage co-pastors

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (BP) – Standing alongside other engineers, Radon McKinney knew something was wrong as he watched the Space Shuttle Challenger ascend from the launch pad on Jan. 28, 1986.

California pastor Davidson to be nominated for Pastors’ Conference president

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – Greg Davidson, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Vacaville, Calif., will be nominated for president of the 2022 SBC Pastors’ Conference. Bruce Chesser, pastor of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, Tenn., announced his intention to make the nomination in an email to Baptist Press.

Billy Graham documentary explores evangelist’s career, political involvement

NASHVILLE (BP) – Billy Graham is the subject of a new documentary premiering Monday (May 17) on PBS. The film chronicles the life, ministry and political involvement of one of the most influential figures in evangelical history.

Lifeway finalizes building sale

NASHVILLE (BP) – Lifeway Christian Resources has completed the sale of its building in downtown Nashville for $95 million.

FIRST-PERSON: Reaching and mobilizing college students

NASHVILLE (BP) – We have more than 21 million college and university students in America, 1 million of whom hail from nations outside the United States. I believe we must do all we can to reach and mobilize these students for Gospel impact. The churches of our SBC network must work together to accomplish this great vision of reaching and mobilizing college and university students.

Israel begins firing shells into Gaza as fighting escalates

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Hamas sent a heavy barrage of rockets deep into Israel on Thursday (May 13) as Israel pounded Gaza with more airstrikes and shells and called up 9,000 more reservists who could be used to stage a ground invasion. The hostilities intensified despite mediation efforts by Egyptian negotiators who held in-person talks with both sides.

2020 IMB stats show ‘ratcheting up’ of missions work

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – Having presented the 2020 Annual Statistical Report (ASR) to IMB trustees during their Thursday (May 13) board meeting, IMB is now making the full report available to the public.