Whitewater guides go to church for a meal & shower

August 16 2019 by Sue Sprenkle, Baptist Press

The red raft bobs up and down, then picks up speed down the rushing river in the Rocky Mountains. Everyone onboard readies for the first rapid as the guide gives last-minute instructions. The raft suddenly dips, drops and then twists, getting everyone onboard excited except Tommy, the laid-back guide sitting at the back.

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103 people saved during Hispanic revivals campaign

August 16 2019 by Daniel Porter, Baptist New Mexican

Twenty-nine churches participated in the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s (BCNM) 2019 Hispanic Simultaneous Revivals campaign. The number rose from 24 churches during the 2018 campaign. Based on reports from 28 of the 29 participating churches, a total of 783 non-Christian Hispanics attended the outreach events.

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‘Caring Well’ conf. on sex abuse passes 1,300 registrants

August 15 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

More than 1,300 people have registered for a Southern Baptist-sponsored, national conference on sexual abuse in churches. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) – in partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) Sexual Abuse Advisory Study – will host “Caring Well: Equipping the Church to Confront the Abuse Crisis …

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‘Bible tax’ reprieve welcomed by So. Bapt. leaders

August 15 2019 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Resources

Southern Baptist leaders welcomed indications from the U.S. Trade Ambassador on Aug. 13 that a so-called “Bible tax” will be avoided. Bibles and religious literature currently are no longer subject to the upcoming 10 percent tariff hike set to be imposed on goods imported from China beginning Sept. 1.

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Court cases continue for 4 Christian business owners

August 15 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

At least four Christian business owners continue to fight for their religious liberty in years-long court battles. Kentucky T-shirt printer Blaine Adamson, Colorado cake baker Jack Phillips and Oregon bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein are fighting for their right to reject business projects that violate their freedom of conscience.

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Preschoolers, missions & a stirring for New England

August 15 2019 by Trennis Henderson, WMU

In sharing stories about missions and missionaries with enthusiastic preschoolers, Kathryn Nunnelley began to sense God’s call in her own heart. She took note of stories “about just regular families who were on mission,” Nunnelley recalled of her Missions Friends involvement. “It just really started stirring my heart that my family could also be on mission …

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Baptist leader urges TN legislators to stand for life

August 14 2019 by Lonnie Wilkey, Baptist and Reflector

When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law one of the nation’s most comprehensive abortion laws earlier this year, he “woke a sleeping giant,” declared Randy C. Davis, president and executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board. Davis was one of five pro-life proponents who appealed to a nine-member Tennessee Senate Judiciary Summer …

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Youth on Mission group seeks practical ministry impact

August 14 2019 by Trennis Henderson, WMU

How important is an engaging missions education experience for youth? According to Candi Mains and her sister, Linda Bradley, it makes a tremendous difference in young people’s missions interest and involvement – both today and in the future. Mains, who serves as family life director at Fruitland Baptist Church in Hendersonville, N.C., and Bradley …

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Sturgis biker outreach segues to F.A.I.T.H. Riders

August 14 2019 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

“Their eternity is forever changed,” Garvon Golden said of 10,647 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally attendees who named Jesus as their Lord and Savior during the past 14 years. Golden, executive director of the Dakota Baptist Convention (DBC), added that “volunteers who have had the opportunity to share their testimony with nearly 54,000 bike rally attenders …

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Disaster relief chaplains share hope in El Paso

August 14 2019 by Jane Rodger, Southern Baptist TEXAN

Four veteran Disaster Relief chaplains from the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) packed quickly to drive from different regions of the state to El Paso to minister to victims, families and the community following the Aug. 3 shootings at the Cielo Vista Walmart. The four men, all pastors, arrived in El Paso …

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