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FIRST-PERSON: The prayer assignment

GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) – Southern Baptists believe in prayer. And while most of us readily admit our own prayer lives could improve, we are, nevertheless, a praying people. In June, in Nashville, Southern Baptists took another important step in affirming our dependence upon the power of prayer. We voted to give the SBC Executive Committee the “prayer assignment.”

Trust is key to sharing the Gospel, Wyoming church planter says

COWLEY, Wyo. (BP) – To the outside observer, Johannes Slabbert has the perfect analogy for sharing the Gospel with the ranchers and cowboys near this Wyoming town eight miles from the Montana border. But his knowledge of and appreciation for the local ministry context tell him otherwise. 

Evangelical organizations partner to host 1 million hours of prayer during Tokyo Olympics

Several evangelical organizations, both internationally and in the U.S., are partnering together in an effort to cover Japan with 1 million hours of prayer during the 30 days of the 2021 Olympic and Paralympic games.  

FIRST-PERSON: 5 ways I witnessed God at work at camp

Last week I spent five days serving as a chaperone with my church at Lifeway’s CentriKid camp. It was my 10-year-old twins’ first experience at camp and one of my first times back since I proposed to my wife at a Lifeway camp around 16 years ago.

Bible Study: Practicing God’s preeminence

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: A few words to my fears

JACKSON, Miss. (BP) – Fears crop up from time to time. They co-exist right alongside my faith, like tares among the wheat (Matthew 13:30).

Theological training – How it’s leading to church growth in West Africa

TOGO, West Africa (BP) -- "How do we become a healthy, biblical church?" That was the question two Togolese men had for IMB missionary Trevor Yoakum.

FIRST-PERSON: Why churches need to be multigenerational, and why it’s hard to do

Many churches consist of one primary generation, and that’s not the healthiest church. At the same time, though, growing an intentionally multi-generational church is not easy. Take a look at these reasons to be a multi-generational congregation, and then be aware of why it’s hard to get there.

Bible Study: Finding peace in God’s presence

As the COVID-19 pandemic wanes, in-person interactions are resuming. In the Book of Job, Job's struggles taught him to find peace in the presence of God, a peace that is available to us today through a personal relationship with Jesus.

With a sense of expectation, students return to camp this summer

NASHVILLE (BP) – Like other student ministers, Dylan Bone jumped on Zoom last year when the COVID-19 pandemic all but shut down in-person events. And although teenagers at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, where he serves, eagerly joined the online format, he found that the initial zeal just as quickly dissipated.