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Mississippi church provides community Thanksgiving dinner, with a side of sweet faith

PONTOTOC, Miss. (BP) – Going back at least a quarter-century, First Baptist Church has called on its people to deliver a Thanksgiving meal for those unable to be with family or cook one on their own. From Day 1, however, church members have been required to contribute a staple from their own kitchen.

FIRST-PERSON: Should we be thankful for suffering?

NASHVILLE (BP) – “My grandfather probably won’t make it through the night,” said the text from a friend last week. The folks in our small group had been praying for his family for weeks. I was instantly reminded of the conversation we had this summer when our group worked through 1 Thessalonians 4:13-19 and talked about the hope of resurrection.

From Lebanese orphanage to lifetime of ministry, he’s thankful for God’s guiding hand

TOPEKA, Kansas (BP) – When Georges Boujakly arrived in Canada on New Year’s Eve 1969, his homeland of Lebanon was at war, the 19-year-old knew little English, and he had $30 to his name.

Florida church, pastor persevere through multiple moves

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) – Despite moving seven times to locations all around the city, Barry Townsend, pastor of Elevation Church, has not given up.

Amid COVID-19, most churches provide hybrid worship, half stopped picnics

(RNS) — Eight in 10 U.S. churches now provide hybrid services, offering options for congregants to worship either in person or online during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study from the Hartford Institute for Religion Research.

Seven years in, Grace Point building God’s kingdom in Cincinnati

FRANKLIN, Ohio – The words on a t-shirt stood out and embedded themselves in church planter Reagan Wagoner’s memory: “I don’t want to go to Heaven. None of my friends will be there.” He noticed the shirt in a crowd following a Cincinnati Reds game.

Bible Study: Gospel-guided relationships

NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with Lifeway Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, Lifeway publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.

FIRST-PERSON: 2022 SBC Pastors’ Conference update

FAIRVIEW, Texas (BP) – Here are four things to watch leading up to the 2022 SBC Pastors’ Conference.

Historic commitment signed to send missionaries from Asia to Africa

On Oct. 29 in Kenya, IMB missionaries serving in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Asian Pacific Rim signed a memorandum of understanding solidifying the sending of missionaries from Asia to serve in Sub-Saharan Africa.