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More churches seeing surge of baptisms

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (BP) – Large numbers of baptisms continue to make a splash throughout the Southern Baptist Convention as several churches baptized hundreds of people during Sunday services in recent weeks. 

In-person graduation ceremonies bring sense of normalcy to MBTS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) – Two in-person commencement ceremonies marked a return to a sense of normalcy on Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s and Spurgeon College’s campus as the institutions welcomed their spring graduating classes to Kansas City for the schools’ 69th commencement exercises Friday (May 7).

HHS gender policy imperils conscience rights, critics say

WASHINGTON (BP) – The Biden administration’s reinterpretation of sex discrimination in health care to include sexual orientation and gender identity imperils the freedom of conscience of medical workers, religious liberty advocates said.

For a sticky student ministry, get more volunteers

ROWLETT, Texas (BP) – Crossroads Church doesn’t plan a youth Sunday anymore. To be honest, the concept seemed pointless.

FIRST-PERSON: An uncomfortable calling

MASCOUTAH, Ill. (BP) – My wife and I, along with our three boys, moved to Mascoutah in 2014, believing that the Lord had called us to start a church in a small southern Illinois town. I had not been introduced to the process of church planting yet. All I had was a burden for the lost and a yearning for a church to be a place of peace for those from various ethnic, social and economic backgrounds.

NAMB celebrates, collaborates with state partners at summits

SALT LAKE CITY – One of the biggest challenges facing Southern Baptists outside the South has been reaching both major urban centers and those in rural towns that are separated, oftentimes, by hundreds of miles.

Texas church helps residents pay $18 million in past-due medical bills

WACO, Texas (BP) – Adam Kovach spent much of his childhood in hospital waiting rooms while his father battled terminal brain cancer. The family struggled to pay the medical debt on his mother's salary as a teacher.

Most pastors oppose marijuana use, legalization

NASHVILLE (BP) – As more Americans have access to legal marijuana, most U.S. Protestant pastors remain opposed to its use and legalization.

New Send Conference special guests, additional seating capacity announced

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – The International Mission Board (IMB) and North American Mission Board (NAMB) announced new speakers and worship leaders for the 2021 Send Conference June 13-14, which will precede the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Nashville. Additional seating has also opened up for parts of the conference that had reached capacity before the move to the Music City Center.

Saddleback ordination service sparks SBC discussion over women and title of pastor

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BP) – An ordination service last week at Saddleback Valley Community Church reinvigorated an ongoing discussion among Southern Baptists over the title of “pastor” and whether and how that label should be applied to a woman in a ministry context.