Bilingual discipleship leads to bilingual ministry in Calif.

August 15 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

Trinity Baptist Church in Holtville sits 10 miles from the Mexican border, but this story isn’t about immigration, the need (or lack) of a wall or border ministry. It’s much bigger than that. “We do a lot of discipleship both in English and Spanish,” said Richard Moore …

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NAMB launches evangelism group, names executive director

August 13 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB

The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is launching an evangelism and leadership group that will promote evangelism among Southern Baptist churches, provide evangelistic resources and equip pastors to help their congregations become more evangelistically active. Jim Law, who currently serves as executive pastor at First Baptist Church Woodstock, Ga., will serve as executive director of the new group.

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Central Asian believers struggle – but seek truth, faith

August 9 2018 by International Mission Board Staff

Melisa* and her university-aged daughter Ada* came to faith and were baptized in their hometown in Central Asia a few years ago. They later moved to another city for Ada’s education and got connected with the local church. Their attendance at church, however, has deteriorated into periodic participation in informal church events. 

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Pope’s death penalty reversal prompts closer look

August 7 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Pope Francis’ reversal of Catholic teaching on the death penalty continues to draw reaction, with some Southern Baptist theologians saying the move contradicts biblical principles of ethics. At the same time, the theologians surveyed by Baptist Press share Francis’ concerns about just application of capital punishment amid multiple U.S. lethal injections gone awry in recent years …

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New planters, resources energize Puerto Rico ministry

August 7 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

Two weeks after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, Félix Cabrera and his wife Denisse arrived to visit the island where he was born and deliver aid in the storm’s aftermath. Cabrera thought he was just there to help in a time of need, but God was working on something more.

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Christian ‘genocide’: naming Nigeria’s mass slaughter

August 7 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The mass slaughter of Christians in Nigeria is calculated genocide abetted by the government in the nation that is Africa’s most Christian, cries a growing number of leaders calling on the United States to intervene. Evangelical John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, is among the latest to describe as genocide …

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ERLC video: Malaysian liberty burdened by I.D. cards

August 6 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Malaysia’s religious registration requirement is a heavy burden to their freedom, non-Muslims say in a new documentary produced by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). The ERLC premiered the nine-minute video – “Malaysia: A Fight for Freedom and Identity” – during a July 26 Capitol Hill discussion of religious liberty in Southeast Asia.

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Bible website garners billions of views

August 3 2018 by Aaron Earls, Facts & Trends

Celebrating their 25th anniversary today (August 1), Bible Gateway announced their website has been viewed more than 14 billion times by people using more than 1 billion devices. “Our mission statement is ‘To honor Christ by equipping people to read and understand the Bible wherever they are,’” said Rachel Barach, general manager of Bible Gateway.

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ChinaAid to launch petition for imprisoned pastor

August 3 2018 by Morgan Collier, Baptist Press

The human rights organization ChinaAid is initiating a petition drive to free John Cao, a Chinese pastor who has been imprisoned since March 2017. According to ChinaAid, Cao was “unjustly framed” – sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $3,000 – for “organizing illegal border crossing” …

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GenSend helps students venture to the mission field

August 2 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

College-age students are moving to urban areas across North America in search of opportunity. For one group, however, the opportunity they seek is not economic but spiritual. Students who participate in Send Relief’s GenSend program want to further the cause of Christ in areas where the gospel has not taken root.

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