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Missions commitment links Ukrainian refugees with Illinois church

O'FALLON, Ill. (BP) -- Donn and Joni Schaefer have organized 10 mission trips to Russia 1since 2008. They taught English in Siberia as a way to open discussions about the Gospel. But when the invasion of Ukraine shut down trips into Russia for Americans, the Schaefers looked for other avenues to use their unique skills.

Greenway not going to IMB

NASHVILLE (BP) — In a post to Twitter this morning, former Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Adam W. Greenway announced that he would not be moving to a new position with the International Mission Board.

As Ian bears down on Florida, Southern Baptists prepare response

LEESBURG, Fla. (BP) – Hurricane Ian continued to strengthen Wednesday morning (Sept. 28) as it approached Florida’s Gulf Coast, threatening to bring catastrophic winds, rains and storm surge as it cuts a devastating path through the state. In an update issued at 10 a.m. Eastern Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said Ian’s sustained winds were at 155 mph, putting the storm just below the Category 5 threshold.

Joni and Friends helps evacuate families with special needs out of war zone

NASHVILLE (BP) – With the war in Ukraine continuing to make worldwide headlines, Joni and Friends, the ministry organization of evangelist Joni Eareckson Tada, is expanding its usual outreach to disabled persons by assisting them in evacuating the country.

Journalist remembered for large impact in Baptist life

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) – Missouri Baptists are mourning the loss – and celebrating the life – of Don Hinkle, 68, founding editor of The Pathway. Many have expressed their condolences in comments to a Sept. 22 post on The Pathway’s Facebook page sharing the news of Hinkle’s death.

Hawkins, Dockery announced as joint interim leadership at SWBTS

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Following a special-called meeting of the Board of Trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Chairman Danny Roberts today announced that trustees have invited O.S. Hawkins and David S. Dockery to provide joint leadership to the seminary during the interim period. Dockery will serve as interim president, while Hawkins will serve as senior advisor and ambassador-at-large.

‘Odious effects’ when church, state become too familiar with one another, Walker says

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – A Southern Baptist theologian is pushing back against comments made by the leading Russian Orthodox priest as thousands of Russian men are fleeing the country in the face of a forced draft.

CenturyMen disbanding after 53 years of choral Gospel ministry

LOUDON, Tenn. (BP) –John Condra recalls the first rehearsal of The CenturyMen, a 100-member male chorus organized in 1969 in the days of the Southern Baptist Radio and Television Commission (RTC).

American evangelicals want balanced approach to immigration

NASHVILLE (BP) – Substantial majorities of evangelicals in the United States say they want an immigration solution that both secures the border and values those already in the country.

Life of turmoil stirred teen to pray, then to church, then …

ANKENY. Iowa – Joani Barlow’s parents divorced when she was in the fifth grade, leaving her “lost and confused. Nobody really explained anything to me. I didn't know why. I just knew that my family was breaking up,” with her and an older brother adjusting to the strains of joint custody.