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8 monthly columnists welcomed by BPNews

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–A monthly rotation of eight featured columnists, including Henry Blackaby and Rick Warren, formally begins today in Baptist Press.

The columns will appear on Mondays and Wednesdays on the Southern Baptist Convention news service’s website, www.bpnews.net.

The monthly lineup will be:

First Monday: Henry Blackaby, president of Henry Blackaby Ministries in Atlanta and author of numerous “Experiencing God” discipleship resources.

First Wednesday: Phil Boatwright, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., longtime movie reviewer and editor of The Movie Reporter.

Second Monday: Claude Thomas, pastor of First Baptist Church, Euless, Texas, and a former president of the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference.

Second Wednesday: Terriel Byrd, assistant professor of religion at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Third Monday: Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Valley Community Church in Southern California, author of “The Purpose Driven Church” and founder of the Pastors.com website.

Third Wednesday: Larry Burkett/Howard Dayton, chairman of the board and president, respectively, of Crown Financial Ministries based in Gainesville, Ga.

Fourth Monday: Branda Polk, health ministry specialist at LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Fourth Wednesday: Ted Stone, of Durham, N.C., prominent leader of anti-substance abuse efforts among Southern Baptists and coauthor with Philip Barber of “Hope for the One Who Hurts” and “Hope for the One Who Cares.”

An initial run of the columnists’ rotation was completed in July in preparation for the official August launch.

“I’m very pleased about the stellar lineup of columnists who’ve agreed to join our Baptist Press team,” said Will Hall, BP executive editor and vice president for news services with the SBC Executive Committee. “I’m also excited about the variety of ministry areas that will be added to our news content. These regular columns will help us as a Christian news service to improve how we inform and equip our readers for life, work and ministry.”

On BPSports, meanwhile, a weekly column by Tim Ellsworth, a sportswriter based in Mulkeytown, Ill., has been launched. Ellsworth’s column appears each Wednesday at www.bpsports.net.

BP’s national columnist, Kelly Boggs, will continue to be featured each Friday. Boggs is pastor of Valley Baptist Church, McMinnville, Ore.

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