Faith and Culture

Volunteers needed for Crossover

March 28 2017 by Tobin Perry, NAMB

The goal of this year’s Crossover is to “Engage Phoenix with the Gospel” through a partnership with Harvest America. North American Mission Board and Arizona Southern Baptist Convention leaders are praying for more than 5,000 salvation decisions through this summer’s Crossover activities prior to the 2017 SBC annual meeting in Phoenix.

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Each Thursday, they ramp up their ministry

March 27 2017 by Scott Barkley, The Christian Index

Richard Eckler has helped construct more than 120 accessibility ramps since 2014 for homes in Elbert County, Ga., as part of Elberton First Baptist Church’s ramp building team. People need the ramps for different reasons. Whatever the case, a basic set of steps out their front door becomes a danger.

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Dearborn’s Arab-Americans receptive, seminarians say

March 24 2017 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS

In Dearborn, Mich., home of the largest concentration of Arab-Americans in the United States, students from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary learned about praying for and sharing the gospel with local Muslims during a three-day visit to the city. The team interacted with Arab Americans who comprise at least 45 percent of Dearborn’s population.

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Wyoming judge censured for gay marriage opposition

March 23 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Proponents of religious liberty have expressed mixed opinions on the Wyoming Supreme Court’s censure of a judge for saying her religious beliefs would prevent her from performing same-sex weddings. Wyoming Southern Baptist Convention executive director Lynn Nikkel said the ruling “gives reason for concern for the overall cause of religious liberty” in the state.

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Gardner-Webb divinity alum brings hope to Sudan

March 21 2017 by Gardner-Webb Communications

The people of South Sudan flee their war-torn country looking for refuge in Uganda. Mostly women and children, they experience the trauma of losing husbands, fathers, siblings and their own self-worth. Jamie Elizabeth Efird, a graduate of Gardner-Webb University, has worked with mission groups to bring them a message of hope.

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In marijuana-ripe region, church defends the faith

March 17 2017 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

“At one time there were three very healthy churches in Redway and now we are the last church standing.” Dave Seaford, pastor of First Baptist Church in the northern California town of 1,200, ventured to one of the nation’s most fertile regions for growing marijuana, legally and illegally, in 2014.

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Church in marijuana mecca offers ‘radical grace’

March 17 2017 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

“These are radical professions of faith from people who are coming from a very different place,” Derk Schulze said of the 200 people he has baptized during 21 years as a pastor in one of the nation’s top marijuana growing regions. Baptism, he said, “is really a public profession of faith, a testimony of what God has done in your life.”

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‘Bubbling’ strategy sees five Christians grow to 10,000

March 16 2017 by Katherine Chute, Gateway Seminary

Dan serves in an area of Southeast Asia where “nobody had been and nobody wanted to go.” “During appointment week, I learned I was not allowed to go to that location,” he said. He eventually was told he could go there if he wanted, but there would be no help.

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Bellevue reaches $1M in Cooperative Program gifts

March 15 2017 by Lonnie Wilkey, Baptist and Reflector

Bellevue Baptist Church has become the first church in the Tennessee Baptist Convention to send $1 million through the Cooperative Program over a 12-month period. In early March, the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board received a check for $83,333 that brought Bellevue’s total giving through the Cooperative Program to $1 million since April 2016.

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‘Breakfast Club’ delivering blessings every Sunday

March 15 2017 by Linda Morgan, The Baptist Messenger

The griddle begins to sizzle, coffee is brewing and gravy is being stirred. Several members of Red Oak First Baptist Church’s Breakfast Club gather in the church’s kitchen every Sunday morning to prepare breakfast for homebound citizens. The “early morning crew” works to prepare sausage, eggs, pancakes, biscuits and gravy for senior citizens in Red Oak, Okla.

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