Apr 8, 2014
MACOMB, Mich. (BP)–Scott Blanchard is familiar with all the public perceptions of Detroit and its surrounding area: Metro Detroit is dying. No one wants to live in the city. The Church can’t survive—much less thrive in the Motor City.
Apr 8, 2014
NEW YORK (BP)–High school student Shamar Smith has been attending Graffiti 2 Community Ministries’ after-school program for years. Raised in the South Bronx neighborhood of Mott Haven, Shamar is no stranger to the lifestyle and perils that mark the lives of many in the neighborhood; his own brother is already serving out a sentence on Rikers Island, New York’s primary jail complex. Had he not found his safe haven at Graffiti 2, Shamar knows his path might have looked the same.
Mar 24, 2014
LENNOXVILLE, QC (BP)—Canadians easily dismiss Christianity—especially in Quebec. The history of mistrust is woven deep within the fabric of Québécois culture—a culture that’s decidedly Catholic and, at the same time, increasingly secular.
Mar 7, 2014
HOMESTEAD (BP)—You could say Patrick Coats is a product of his spiritual legacy. But it’s a legacy he attempted to elude—at least for a time.
A native of Miami, Coats was raised by his grandfather, Joe Coats, the first African-American pastor to affiliate with the Florida Baptist Convention in 1968. The elder Coats planted a church in a school building and saw it grow to 4,000 members.
Feb 25, 2014
Miami’s Patrick Coats family is Day 3 focus
The North American Missions Emphasis is a time to nurture in Southern Baptists an awareness of and sensitivity to the need to penetrate lostness among all people in North America. It is also a time to encourage Christians to be intentionally active in sharing the Gospel with their families, friends, and communities. During the emphasis, churches and individuals also increase awareness of and participation in giving to North American missions efforts through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering®, 100 percent of which goes directly to the mission field that is the United States, Canada, and their territories.
Feb 7, 2014
LUTZ (FBW)—Driven to discover what the average Florida Baptist in the pew thinks about the Bible, a religion professor and longtime Florida Baptist embarked on a study in 2011 to explore the topic in relation to completing an advanced degree.
David A. McGee, a member of Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz and a candidate for the doctor of education at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., recently completed research used in his dissertation titled “A Mixed-Methods Study of the Variables that Influence Florida Southern Baptists’ Affirmation of the Inerrancy of the Bible.”
Feb 6, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)—Challenges in biblical inerrancy facing Christian colleges and seminaries were aired during the Evangelical Theological Society's annual meeting in Baltimore.
Jan 7, 2014
BRAUNSCHWEIG, Germany (BP)—Martha Moore doesn’t waste time dreaming small. The Southern Baptist missionary from Tampa, Fla., has learned to fully expect that God will do something miraculous.
Without question, she expects that will happen tonight when her apartment in northern Germany will be filled with students—some excited to be with other believers, some still wondering if this Christianity they are hearing about can be trusted. Moore fills her table with a traditional German abendbrot—a meal of bread, sausage and cheese. She knows there won’t be much left over.
Jan 2, 2014
SEVILLE, Spain (BP)—Abraham Rios, age 29, has a full day ahead of him. He has a discipleship meeting, an English conversation club and a Bible study to plan. He also agreed to lead a salsa dancing class for a friend. In between these events, he is studying for a final exam to receive an advanced biology degree.
Today, Rios lives with purpose, knowing that God is at work in and around him. But he remembers when life felt empty and confusing, and he’s grateful to Christians who pointed him toward Jesus.
Dec 19, 2013
LEESBURG (FBW)—Kingstone Comics is donating 50 percent of what they make from comic book sales at First Baptist Church in Leesburg to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering for International Missions.