Cooperating for the Gospel

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FIRST-PERSON: It’s the people

One of my favorite lines in all of literature is a humorous and somewhat cryptic speech delivered by Bilbo Baggins during his eleventy-first birthday party: “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”

FIRST-PERSON: This is why we cooperate

When I saw the social media post from Dr. Paul Chitwood, president of our SBC International Mission Board, reporting that there are 1,268 candidates in the IMB’s missionary sending pipeline, my immediate response was, “This is why we cooperate!”

FIRST-PERSON: If our cooperation is going to work

LONGVIEW, Texas (BP) – In the last couple of years, I’ve been asked a question more frequently than I ever anticipated having to answer: “Pastor, why are we still in the Southern Baptist Convention?” As Southern Baptists, it seems like we can’t catch a break. Our cooperative efforts as Southern Baptists are at a tension […]

Send Relief Sunday highlights gospel impact that takes place when churches serve others

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – Brant Fountain came to Christ while serving on a mission trip when he was 18. At least two of the students in his ministry recently came to him asking about baptism, and when Fountain asked to hear their testimony, they shared about the impact their 2021 trip to serve the Send Relief Ministry Center in Atlanta made on them.

Southern Colorado association sees opportunities for planting, revitalization

PUEBLO, Colo. (BP) — Necessary changes and new resources have become part of the refining process to new leaders at the associational level.

Hope for the Hopi

HOPI RESERVATION, Ariz. (BP) -- Amid mesquite trees and towering, sand-colored rocks sits a modest and historic church. True to its name, Keams Canyon Community Church is nestled in the breathtaking Keams Canyon. 

For McLaurin, Southern Baptist cooperation is ‘much more than the dollars’

NASHVILLE (BP) – Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee Interim President and CEO Willie McLaurin doesn’t believe any pastor, ministry leader or church member should have to go it alone.

Puerto Rico convention ‘a demonstration of what Southern Baptists can do’ together

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) – Southern Baptists have hidden treasure in the Caribbean: the Convención de Iglesias Bautistas del Sur de Puerto Rico (CIBSPR) – in English, the Convention of Southern Baptist Churches of Puerto Rico. But it won’t be hidden for long if Luis Soto and Felix Cabrera have anything to do with it.

Nevada church growing through God’s love

RENO, Nevada (BP) – Mark Morton was a sergeant with the Reno Police Department when he was called in 2005 out of the congregation to be the pastor of Granite Hills Baptist Church.

‘Remnant’ churches looking for those with a vision

MOSCOW, Vermont (BP) — The last 20 months in a new location and different ministry context have made several things clear to Gerald Hunt, associate pastor at Grace Bible Church. He knew ministry would be different when he and his family moved to Vermont in November 2021. But since then, it has become apparent how […]