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California pastors begin planning for 2022 SBC annual meeting

ANAHEIM (BP) – In terms of national influence and Gospel impact, the importance of Southern Baptist work in California cannot be overstated, agreed SBC leaders and pastors from the state … more

Cooperative Program crosses $20 billion in cumulative giving

NASHVILLE (BP) – Since 1925, Southern Baptists have given more than $20 billion through the Cooperative Program to fund its entities and missionaries taking the Gospel throughout the … more

Send Relief helps Southern Baptists care for the vulnerable

God calls local churches to show love and provide tangible support to their communities, and Send Relief is enabling them to do so. A collaboration of the International Mission Board and … more

Why a pastor should pastor his children first

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). I’ve heard it said that a new father has lots of opinions and … more

Finding Greatness in Gentleness

According to a study from Gallup, 40% of adults from 115 countries globally said they had experienced worry or stress, and about one in four or more experienced sadness (27%) or anger (24%) in … more

Gospel conversations don’t happen by accident, pastor says

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (BP) – Many Christians spend time thinking about ways to start Gospel conversations, but pastor David Evans says evangelism starts “way before” the actual in-person conversation... more

Encanto Southern Baptist Church Community Services

The Encanto community is extremely diverse.  The Encanto Southern Baptist Church vision is, “To become a diverse family united by faith in the Gospel, motivated by love for God and others … more

Local Haitian Pastors Helping Migrants Get From Texas to San Diego

The Biden Administration said at least 1,000 migrants gathered at the U.S.-Mexico border in Del Rio, Texas, have been deported to Haiti, but thousands more remain. Pastors from Haitian churches in … more

Pathways Church Baptisms

Pathways Church of Santee, California gathered at La Jolla Shores this past month for fun, fellowship, worship and the baptism of 16 people. Children, Teens, and adults of all ages publicly … more

From luxury stays to 'champing' in the sanctuary

(RNS) — After the death of their founding pastor a few years ago, membership at Cullen Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, took a nosedive. With less revenue coming in pledges and … more

Leaning on faith and prayer: One family’s journey with the God who carried them through

Chad and Anna Nelson prepared to welcome their first child in Spring 2010. Everything appeared normal until just 18 weeks into the pregnancy, when an anatomy scan uncovered a problem and the couple … more

Widespread devastation stretching Southern Baptist Disaster Relief thin

HARRISBURG, Pa. (BP) – Kenton Hunt, disaster relief director of the Baptist Resource Network of Pennsylvania/South Jersey, expresses a heartfelt burden to help the hundreds of homeowners in his … more

Son leads 85-year-old father to Christ through online Bible study

NASHVILLE (BP) – Barry Calhoun opened the Bible study book on his desk and thought about Jesus’ parable of a man who refused to stop knocking on his neighbor’s door for help. It … more

Local Churches Caring for Afghan Refugees at Home

In the days since the tragic fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, thousands of Afghans have fled the only home they’ve ever known to seek safety in other countries. In the coming weeks, some of … more

Five simple ways to motivate church volunteers

Summer is almost over, families are back from vacation and everyone is returning to work and school. Pastors and church staff are gearing up for the new year too, and the needs are many. First, … more

Hurricane Ida: SBDR response begins amid ongoing efforts to restore water, power to hard-hit areas

A massive response is just getting started in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, which struck the state Aug. 29 as a Category 4 storm. Ida made two landfalls, the first near Port … more

FIRST-PERSON: Through it all, God Is still working

NASHVILLE (BP) – Over the past 10 days, I have been ministering, speaking, preaching and leading with Southern Baptists in multiple settings in Texas, California, Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio and … more

Baptism at Crown Point Bay

It was a joy to witness 6 members of King’s Cross Church get baptized at the Crown Point Bay in San Diego. Over 150 people were in attendance. It was a beautiful time to celebrate all Jesus … more

National Dog Day 2021:

GREEN TREE, Pa. (RNS) — Today, Aug. 26, is National Dog Day, a holiday designated since 2004 to celebrate dogs and encourage adoption. It's a day that has special meaning for one of the … more

‘My Jesus’ singer-songwriter’s journey born through tragedy

NASHVILLE (BP) – Anne Wilson was always reaching for the stars. She just never dreamed it would be as a contemporary Christian music artist. The 19-year-old Kentucky native had aspirations … more
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