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As volcano erupts on St. Vincent, nearby Kingstown Baptist Church helps evacuees

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (BP) – About 10 miles below the erupting La Soufriere volcano on the small island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Kingstown Baptist Church Pastor Cecil Richards thanked God for rain that fell briefly as he led a virtual worship Sunday (April 11).

International mobilization at heart of SBC’s Vision 2025

CLEARWATER, Fla. (BP) – When Calvary Church turned 150 years old in 2016, Pastor Willy Rice laid out an ambitious vision: plant 150 churches in a decade, including 100 international churches.

SBC leaders praise high court ruling on at-home meetings

WASHINGTON (BP) – Southern Baptist leaders and other religious liberty advocates applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest decision supporting the free exercise of religion in the face of government restrictions related to COVID-19.

FIRST-PERSON: Let me ask one question

BENTON, Ill. (BP) – I left the deacons meeting one proud pastor. It had been a tiring Sunday evening filled with meetings and preaching. However, I went home greatly encouraged by how God was at work using our leaders.

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering hits cumulative $5 billion

International Mission Board leaders are celebrating a monumental milestone in Southern Baptist life: On March 31, 2021, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering surpassed $5 billion total gifts since collection to send missionaries to China began in 1888. 

Lifeway gears up for summer camps with COVID precautions, protocols in place

NASHVILLE (BP) – After a year in which children and students experienced disruption and isolation, many churches are anticipating an exciting return to summer camp. And this year, Lifeway Christian Resources is implementing careful precautions to help keep COVID-19 at bay.

EXPLAINER: Arkansas bans gender transition procedures for minors

NASHVILLE (BP) – On Tuesday (April 6), Arkansas became the first U.S. state to prohibit doctors from providing gender transition procedures for children. 

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. 

FIRST-PERSON: Telling and celebrating what God is doing

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Easter 2021 reports from churches and pastors across the country have been very encouraging. Even my own experience this past weekend is worth telling and celebrating.

Tennessee 6-year-old inspires church with Annie Offering gift

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Pastor Larry Robertson of Hilldale Baptist Church in Clarksville, Tenn., saw the young Maci Parker out of the corner of his eye, respectfully waiting to address her pastor.