Hong Kong Christians fear China persecution

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HONG KONG (BP) — A proposed extradition law sparking violent protests at Hong Kong’s airport would make it easier for China to persecute Hong Kong Christians, a religious freedom advocate told Baptist Press. Hong Kong police used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters across the city.Screen capture from CBS NewsChristians, who comprise about 10 percent of Hong Kong residents, … Read More

SBTS: Chitwood urges Great Commission faithfulness

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) — A glorious vision of people from all nations worshiping God should inspire all ministry and mission, says Paul Chitwood, president of the International Mission Board. Chitwood spoke during Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s chapel, April 18. He is a two-time graduate of the seminary, having earned both his master of divinity and doctorate of philosophy at the … Read More

Montana engages in its first Crossover outreach

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HELENA, Mont. (BP) — Twenty-nine people from across Montana stayed an extra day after the 2018 annual meeting of the Montana Southern Baptist Convention to participate in the convention’s first-ever Crossover evangelistic initiative. The 29 messengers from the annual meeting assisted four of Helena’s Southern Baptist churches Oct. 6 by joining in door-to-door Gospel conversations, canvassing neighborhoods and distributing flyers … Read More

Study shows troubling picture of teens, mental health

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Depressed Teen

NASHVILLE (BP) — Mental health struggles and thoughts of suicide may be more common than church leaders realize — even among some of the youngest members of a congregation. Around 1 in 3 high school students (31.5 percent) say they’ve experienced persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, according to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey recently released by the Centers for … Read More

Graham’s indelible impact on global missions

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Billy Graham in Zimbabwe.

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) — Besides Billy Graham’s unprecedented impact as an evangelist in the United States, he also profoundly influenced international missions in a way many Christians may not realize, Southern Baptist international missions leaders said. Not only did Graham, who died Wednesday (Feb. 21), preach in person to large gatherings in more than 180 countries, but for 40 years … Read More

Study: Young Bible readers more likely to be faithful adults

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BPNews Study

NASHVILLE (BP) — Most churchgoing Protestant parents of young adults say their kids grew up to be Christians. But half of them don’t actually practice the Christian faith, their parents say, according to a LifeWay Research survey released today (Oct. 17). And the biggest factor predicting their spiritual health as young adults is whether they read the Bible regularly as … Read More

Showing Neighborly Love Through Literacy

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Showing Neighborly Love Through Literacy

MEMPHIS (BP) — Born and raised in the “birthplace of Rock ‘N Roll,” Donna Gaines returned 25 years later armed with a background in education and a heart for the county that claims one of the highest rates of childhood poverty. Gaines is a women’s ministry leader and wife to Southern Baptist Convention president Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist … Read More

ACP: Churches Up in 2016; Baptisms, Membership Decline

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NASHVILLE (BP) — Southern Baptists experienced growth in the number of churches that cooperate with the SBC in 2016, according to the latest Annual Church Profile report (ACP). However, other key measures declined in 2016, including membership, baptisms, average worship attendance and total giving, according to the ACP compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources in cooperation with Baptist state conventions. The … Read More