• BCH president considers baptism great honor

    October 23 2012 by J. Blake Ragsdale, BCH Communications | with 0 comments
    BCH president considers baptism great honor

    Wearing white robes, Blackwell, Thane and Kelsey waded into a shallow part of the lake. “I was excited and nervous,” Kelsey said. “As we were standing in the lake, I was just praying for God to be with me. When I went under the water, I just felt awesome.”

  • SBC baptisms & churches up in 2011, membership declines

    June 13 2012 by Russ Rankin, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    SBC baptisms & churches up in 2011, membership declines

    The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in 2011 reported an increase in the number of baptisms and total churches over the previous year, but declined in total membership, according to the Annual Church Profile (ACP) compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources in cooperation with Baptist state conventions.

  • ‘We are beyond excited,’ report N.C. pastors about Easter services

    More than a week later, North Carolina Baptist pastors are still sharing testimonies of what God did – and continues to do – in their congregation on Easter Sunday and in the days to follow. All across the state churches baptized new believers on Easter, and many reported record attendance.

  • Lives changed, N.C. baptism numbers up

    February 27 2012 by Shawn Hendricks, BR Managing Editor | with 0 comments
    Lives changed, N.C. baptism numbers up

    She had been raised to be an atheist. Growing up in China, those around Jing taught her to be skeptical of any religious teaching. Still, a curiosity about Jesus rested deep inside her.

  • Baptism still symbol, but ‘problems’ need answers

    October 28 2008 by Marv Knox, Associated Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    After four centuries, believers’ baptism remains the symbol of Baptist identity, historian Bill Leonard stressed during a lecture series at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary. But in the 21st century, Baptists must respond to two pressing “problems” with baptism — the widespread requirement that long-term Christians be immersed before joining a Baptist church and the rebaptism of church members, Leonard urged.

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