MOTHER’S DAY: Priorities & joys
By Autumn Wall INDIANAPOLIS (BP) — As a mom of three kids under the age of 6, I shift from day to day — thinking I can conquer the world (like when I actually get all three kids dressed and in the car in under an hour and a half) to feeling like the worst […]
#SBC19: A year’s vision recapped toward more advance
by J.D. Greear BIRMINGHAM, Ala., (BP) — Last year, after accepting the nomination for presidency of the SBC, I laid out my prayers for our convention. One year in, as we prepare again for our annual meeting, I am just as excited to see God moving in every one of these areas: 1. Gospel Above […]
Acteens celebrates 50 years
by Drew Elizabeth Rushing BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) — This year, Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) celebrates the 50th anniversary of Acteens, the missions education group for girls in grades 7–12. To kick off the celebration, WMU will bring together former Acteens to reflect on the past and look to the future on Friday, June 7. The […]
Study: Relationship building good, more discipleship needed
by Aaron Earls NASHVILLE (BP) — Building relationships with other believers seems to come naturally to Protestant churchgoers. But a new study, released Wednesday (May 8), finds that for many those relationships are built apart from Bible study and spiritual growth. The 2019 Discipleship Pathway Assessment study from LifeWay Research found 78 percent of Protestant […]
MOTHER’S DAY: A permanent exhortation
By Sarah Dixon Young FORT TOTTEN, N.D. (BP) — “What is on your shirt?” “Um, permanent marker.” Every mother hates those words from the lips of her small child. Not only does she see the evidence as it appears on the offender, she also envisions the room, furniture, floor, toys and siblings that also might […]
‘Love One Another’ nationwide prayer plea May 2
by Diana Chandler WASHINGTON (BP) — Aligning American culture with God’s commandment to love one another is the vision of the 2019 National Day of Prayer (NDP) May 2, an annual event organizers say impacted perhaps 510 million people in 2018. Neither society nor the church are loving one another as God commanded, NDP Task […]
PALM SUNDAY: ‘Hosanna — He is coming!’
By Rhonda Harrington Kelley NEW ORLEANS (BP) — On a recent pilgrimage to Israel, our group made a brief stop in a small village that left a lasting impression. The town of Bethphage is located near the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem. Today a church commemorates the place where Jesus began His triumphal entry into […]
EASTER: Growing up with death
By Charles S. (Chuck) Kelley Jr. NEW ORLEANS (BP) — My childhood was different than most. I grew up in the home of a funeral director. For the first years of my life, we literally lived in the funeral home itself in an apartment above the family rooms, casket room and chapel. Far earlier than […]
EASTER: Because of the empty tomb
By J.D. Greear DURHAM, N.C. (BP) — On the third day after Jesus’ crucifixion, a group of women went to His tomb. But instead of finding a dead body guarded by strong Roman guards, they found the guards fearful, looking “like dead men,” and the tomb empty. Jesus had risen from the dead. On this […]
Ronnie Floyd elected SBC EC president/CEO
by Diana Chandler DALLAS (BP) — Ronnie Floyd is the new president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, elected today (April 2) by ballot vote in a called meeting in Dallas. A former SBC president, Floyd will resign April 7 from the longtime pastorate of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas and begin […]