NASHVILLE (BP) – A flood in Redford, Mich., helped boost attendance at a church’s car show, which saw 246 decisions for Christ. Meanwhile, 556 miles down the road in Stanford, Tenn., Baptists paved the way for their own automobile outreach as they prepare for the 90,000-plus people that come along with Ford Motor Company’s massive new factory.
This year, we saw heroes made of mothers, pastors and high schoolers (football stars and valedictorians). We saw a magician and a major leaguer agree on where their strength comes from. We saw God at work as families chose life and grieved death.
These are just a few of BP’s favorite stories from 2023.
246 salvations at church car show outside Motor City
Pastor performs CPR during drug overdose, donates Narcan to neighboring market
116 Army soldiers profess Christ at First Lawton’s Living Christmas Tree
North Carolina pastor reconciles with parents who abandoned him as a child
John Newton’s Amazing Grace maintains eclectic appeal at 250 years
Ford plant is ‘once-in-a-lifetime event’ in West Tennessee
Magician Stephen Bargatze ‘realizing how great God is’
Friday nights light up brother-sister relationship
Valedictorian speech based on the Gospel goes viral
Darryl Strawberry says true power comes from God
50 years after Vietnam War’s end, churches can help honor and heal
Second Daytona 500 win in three years shows moments matter in racing and life
Let’s hear it for the girl: Beauty queen earns state wrestling title
Buffalo Bills chaplain: prayer for Damar began right away
Proposal on second date leads to marriage of 47 years
Teen’s life of faith, godly love and Bible study leaves untimely legacy
Single mother knew ‘life was the choice’
‘Let the good times roll.’ Carnal New Orleans culture challenges SBC 2023