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FIRST PERSON: Sowing Gospel seed in small-town Missouri

I’m guessing you have a town like Chula somewhere around you. With a grand total of 200 people in population, Chula has a post office, a community center, a school, and not much else. I grew up about 15 minutes away in the mega-city of Chillicothe (population 9,100).

Eclipse offers opportunities to be a light in the darkness

KERRVILLE, Texas (BP) – Communities along the path of the April 8 total solar eclipse are gearing up for the influx of eclipse chasers expected to descend upon the area. But will churches along the path be ready?

SBC DIGEST: Georgia baptisms increase by 30%; SEBTS Exploring Personhood Conference

Baptism count in Georgia churches surpasses 20,000 for first time since 2017; Exploring Personhood Conference at SEBTS addresses challenges to humanity.

Missouri lay pastor uses ‘borrowed time’ to help start rural church

CHULA, Mo. (BP) – John Parks’ niece has a name for him – cat of nine lives. To look back at his last decade, one would have to agree.

Alabama Baptists work to build camp in Alaska

CRAIG, Alaska (BP) – There’s a piece of land nestled next to a lake in Alaska, and Tommy Bishop said when he’s there, he thinks of somewhere else.

FIRST-PERSON: Yes, He Gets Us.  Do we get Him?

While 123.7 million Americans watched the Kansas City Chiefs defeat the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl, many saw the “He Gets Us” commercial, which stated that “Jesus didn’t teach hate.  He washed feet.” 

Historic rural church building, empty for five years, houses new congregation

CHULA, Mo. (BP) – Amanda Hicks knew there were bees inside the building that once housed Chula Baptist Church. Everyone in the small Missouri town knew that. The old church had been sitting empty for nearly five years, the last of four churches that once served the small community of Chula, Missouri. While it sat empty, bees had made a home inside it, but everyone thought the bees were hiding in the walls.

FIRST-PERSON: You mean it’s GOD who has been speaking to me? ‘

Not everyone knows about Jesus.  It still surprises me to find that to be true.  While I grew up going to Sunday and Wednesday church services, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, countless others did not. 

FIRST-PERSON: One pastor’s plan for cooperative ministry

When the search committee for FBC Mayfield contacted me in December of 2010, one of my first requests was for a copy of the church budget.

From death to life: Oklahoma churches’ fellowship born out of the power of prayer

COVINGTON, Okla. (BP) — Richard Kerr fell 27 feet and landed head-first on a concrete slab. Bones that didn’t break on impact did so when others attempted CPR. He died twice on the way to the hospital. Family members were urged to hurry to say their goodbyes.