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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.

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.  

‘The Ringer’ NBA writer shares testimony through cancer diagnosis

DALLAS (BP) – As a 33-year-old with a young family, NBA writer Jonathan Tjarks had never really thought about his own mortality, which is why he said it was “absolutely shocking,” to be diagnosed with cancer this April.

Most pastors feel supported by other local ministers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The vast majority of pastors say they feel support from other ministers in their communities, but that encouragement is less prevalent in some places.

Grant will help UK, SBTS preserve sacred songbooks

LEXINGTON, Ky. (BP) – A grant will allow the University of Kentucky, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and other educational entities to preserve historic southern sacred songbooks dating back to the middle of the 19th century by digitizing them.

Surgical misstep leads Ohio pastor to dietary life change, testimony

COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- Before his "eureka moment," one of Pastor Reginald Hayes' favorite meals was a McDonald's fish sandwich. He could buy one, eat it in the car and be tempted to buy another upon reaching the next McDonald's just around the corner.

‘The Chosen’ season 2 finale premieres Sunday

NASHVILLE (BP) – The popular video series “The Chosen,” which depicts the life of Jesus and His followers, will release the final episode of its second season Sunday (July 11). The show has become a sensation, with episodes having been viewed more than 150 million times and translated into more than 50 different languages.  

COVID-19 affected anti-trafficking effort, report says

WASHINGTON (BP) – Human traffickers took advantage of the conditions produced by the COVID-19 pandemic in the last year, but those working to combat the trade in human beings adapted their efforts to protect the vulnerable and aid victims, according to the U.S. State Department.

‘Because He Lives’ still resonates 50 years later

NASHVILLE (BP) – Fifty years ago, as they prepared to bring their third child into what seemed to be increasingly chaotic times, Bill and Gloria Gaither found themselves concerned about the kind of world their son Benjy would grow up in.

‘It is OK to get help’ for mental illness, Oklahoma WMU president says

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) – When Julie Busler returned to America with her family after serving as missionaries, everything seemed great from the outside. No one would have guessed she had returned due to a mental health crisis.