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BAPTIST PRESS: Our favorite stories of 2021

Rolland Slade, senior pastor of Meridian Baptist Church in El Cajon, Calif., and chairman of the SBC Executive Committee, concludes the 2012 Opening Day ceremonies with a prayer as administrator for California Little League District 66. Slade has served as administrator since 2004. (Submitted photo)

NASHVILLE (BP) – Rolland Slade had a busy year. He’s the longtime pastor of Meridian Baptist Church in El Cajon, Calif. And of course, he’s been mentioned quite a bit in these pages for his role as chairman of the SBC Executive Committee, which kept him pretty busy this year. But one of our favorite things about Pastor Slade is his role as administrator of California Little League’s District 66.

And that was just one of our favorite stories of the year. We rejoiced as two men were led to Christ through a translation app. We watched as people took a few minutes away at a busy SBC annual meeting to memorialize their friend with a game of catch. We learned about a Florida deacon who found out he’d been sold on the black market as a baby.

Some stories were fun, some were inspiring, some were heartbreaking. But all of them were a part of keeping Southern Baptists informed. Here are some of our favorites from the year.

Translation app leaves eternal impact

Southern Baptists minister to Music City Center workers during annual meeting

One family, three generations, 100 years of missions in Brazil

Broken people welcome, say The Garage co-pastors

As baseball administrator, Slade’s impact is anything but ‘Little’

SBC baseball ‘Toss’ honors church planter killed in accident

Social, yes; media no: MLS player makes his faith, relationships personal

Bowden saw his players as more than a jersey, says longtime FSU chaplain

86-year-old’s baptism inspires others to be baptized

‘Because He Lives’ still resonates 50 years later

Florida deacon among hundreds of babies ‘Taken at Birth,’ sold on black market

Sailor’s remains found and buried in plot bought long ago in hope of his return

With son in last days of cancer, parents proclaim God’s sufficiency

The hope we carry: pastor with cancer walks 100 miles with the cross

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