Faith and Culture

Cooking with Karla: Special recipes & fellowship

August 18 2017 by Emily Howsden, Oklahoma Baptist Messenger

Laughter and pleasant aromas fill Karla Boone’s kitchen as she gathers with some of her favorite friends to cook delicious meals together. Boone and her husband Steve have served in several special needs programs across Oklahoma, but she wanted to make a difference in someone’s life rather than just volunteering for a few hours.

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SBC evangelism task force holds first meeting

August 17 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

How to increase Southern Baptists’ passion for personal evangelism and encourage preachers to include evangelistic invitations in every sermon were among the topics discussed at the first meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention’s task force on soul winning and evangelistic preaching. “I cannot remember a meeting that encouraged my heart as much as this one,” Paige Patterson said.

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SBC staffers serve on World Changers mission team

August 16 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Retired Army Maj. Tim Morgan spent years as a soldier serving his country. Now he’s focused on serving others as a bivocational pastor. Morgan now seeks to bring the same courage and tenacity to his ministry that he was decorated for as a special operations helicopter pilot.

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Donna Gaines showing neighborly love through literacy

August 14 2017 by Kara Bettis, ERLC

Born and raised in the “birthplace of Rock ’N Roll,” Donna Gaines returned 25 years later armed with a background in education and a heart for the county that claims one of the highest rates of childhood poverty. Gaines is the founder and president of a literacy program that targets at-risk children.

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New Mexico village’s Baptists see CP as missions priority

August 3 2017 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

The multicultural mix of 750 people in the small, arid village of Cuba, N.M., is one of the qualities that drew Stephen Reynolds to pastor First Baptist Church there. The village off busy U.S. 550 draws the Navajo and Jicarilla Apache Native Americans and others from 30 square miles of high desert lands.

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Church begun in 1794 holds first Vacation Bible School

July 28 2017 by Scott Barkley, Georgia Christian Index

Island Creek Baptist Church joined in for the first time since its founding in 1794. The church had a Vacation Bible School. Over time, folks from Atlanta-area communities had bought retirement homes on the shores of Lake Sinclair and found a church home at Island Creek near Sparta, Ga.

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Illustrating the need for religious liberty

July 28 2017 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service

An address by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to a group of Christian attorneys drew fire and false accusations from media sources. The incident served to illustrate the theme of Sessions’ speech – the essential role of religious liberty in America and the need to preserve it.

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Houseparents sow spiritual seeds at children’s home

July 26 2017 by Hannah Hanzel, Baptist Messenger

“When we first came, the Holy Spirit just kept saying over and over again, ‘This is your home.’ It still feels like home to this day. This is where God wants us to be,” Lieschen Saale said while rocking back and forth in her living room.

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Millennial and bivocational: church’s intentional DNA

July 26 2017 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS

As both a crew member at Trader Joe’s and a minister at Progression Church in Baton Rouge, La., Joe Handy gets to pastor two locations – his “Trader Joe’s campus” and his “Progression Church campus.” At Trader Joe’s, Handy rubs shoulders with coworkers from a wide range of backgrounds, most of whom have no interest in visiting a church. ...

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Survey: Good deeds by Christians often go unseen

July 24 2017 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends

Many Americans are unaware of various efforts by local Christians or churches to serve their neighbors, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. LifeWay Research looked at 13 service programs conducted by churches and asked Americans if they’d heard of churches or church members being involved in those activities in the past six months. ...

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