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Southern Baptists prepare and respond to wildfires on the West Coast

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Nev. (BP) – Several wildfires burning across the U.S. West Coast are prompting some Southern Baptists to evacuate from their homes, while others are responding to practical needs.

Game on for IMB Olympics ministry team

TOKYO (BP) – Dozens of Southern Baptists across the U.S. planned to travel to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics to serve alongside International Mission Board missionaries and Japanese Christians.

Many first-timers as Lifeway Black church confab returns onsite

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) – Donna Brooks of Belleville, Ill., found a quality at the Black Church Leadership and Family Conference (BCLFC) that she struggled to put into words.

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. 

Lawsuit opposes Platt, McLean elder election

VIENNA, Va. (BP) – Controversy over the election of three elders reached a boiling point during a contentious business meeting last Sunday (July 18) at McLean Bible Church, where former International Mission Board President David Platt is pastor. 

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.  

Litton releases video update after task force’s first meeting

NASHVILLE (BP) – SBC President Ed Litton released a video Tuesday (July 20) following the first meeting of a task force he named to oversee an independent review of the SBC Executive Committee.

Missionaries get extended time with refugees as resettlement is delayed

Many Central Asian refugees found themselves grounded in one country on the refugee highway, routes often traveled by refugees crossing country borders, in 2015 and 2016 and the grounding continues due to the pandemic. This is the longest missionaries William and Darlene King*, who serve with the International Mission Board, have had with refugees whose journey on the refugee highway is somewhat of a modern-day telling of Homer’s Odyssey.

SBC DIGEST: McCoy joins BGCT; SWBTS adds six faculty

McCoy joins Texas Baptists as Women’s Ministry Team leader; Six scholars appointed to Southwestern Seminary faculty.