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Returning chaplain: Iraq ‘white unto harvest’

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (FBW)—He’s 25 pounds lighter after two bouts with dysentery, he’s worn a chemical suit and dodged bullets behind his Humvee. He’s marched with the troops of Operation Iraqi Freedom through the powdery sands of Kuwait and Iraq, where temperatures reached over 100 degrees on a daily basis. He never fired a single weapon, however, or launched a solitary missile.

On-stage ministry for U.S. military

FORT STEWART, Ga. (FBW)–A crowd of over 2,000 people joined a group of Florida musicians in a candlelight service at the close of Military Spouse Appreciation Day at Fort Stewart, Ga., May 9.

Alabama team lends hand in Miami church start

MIAMI (LAM)–Pastor Dick Thomassian believes in order to reach people, Christians need to get out of the church and go where non-Christians are.

Equip de Alabama ayuda a comenzar nueva iglesia en Miami

MIAMI (LAM)- El pastor Dick Thomassian cree que para poder alcanzar a la gente los cristianos deben salir fuera de la iglesia e ir adonde los no-cristianos están.


Father’s Day didn’t wait on the Steckmann family this year–it came a week early at a memorial service to celebrate the life of my 49-year-old brother-in-law, Joseph Steckmann Sr.


Any argument on behalf of Christian missions is generally needless or useless. It is needless for Christian believers; it is useless for unbelievers. An honest study of the principles of any missionary enterprise leads one group to believe with deeper conviction and a firmer hope, and shakes the skepticism and opposition of the others.


Five years ago, Congress passed the International Religious Freedom Act. The act’s goal was to “strengthen United States advocacy on behalf of individuals persecuted in foreign countries on account of religion.”

Church planter takes his own advice, plants church

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–After playing a role in the start of nearly 30 African-American churches in Jacksonville through a process of mentoring, Carl Logan decided that God was calling him to do what he had encouraged of others.

Jacksonville congregations merge, model reconciliation

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)–A few months ago, layers of rust filled the baptismal pool of Jacksonville’s Allendale Baptist Church. In recent years, the congregation had dwindled to a handful of members.

Intensive youth discipleship foundation for ‘holiness’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)—Youth ministry must do more than merely make converts, but must also intentionally grow disciples of Jesus Christ, youth minister Rob Shelton said recently at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Commencement time tests new federal prayer guidelines

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—New federal guidelines on prayer at public school graduations haven’t stopped complaints from popping up nationwide, including a “bizarre” one in Wisconsin.

Teen sex study underscores need for parental involvement, Ross says

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—A recent report showing that nearly one in five young teenagers has had sex highlights the need for increased parental involvement in their children’s lives, an expert who helped found the “True Love Waits” abstinence campaign said.

450 Korean Americans commit to overseas service

LOS ANGELES (BP)—Nearly 450 Korean Southern Baptists made commitments to overseas missions service at a May 10-11 missions celebration at Berendo Street Baptist Church in Los Angeles, the oldest Korean Baptist church in the country.

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