A short survey of Biblical apologetics
By Dan DeWitt The modern apologist stands on the shoulders of faithful Christians from previous generations. That is because apologetics is a basic expectation for every believer in every generation. As one apologist noted, preaching the Gospel is “inseparable from defense [of the Gospel].”(1) Every person whose life has been transformed by Jesus is necessarily an […]
Open Doors: Christian persecution up 14% worldwide
by Diana Chandler WASHINGTON (BP) — The number of Christians suffering high to extremely high persecution is 14 percent more in 2019, Open Doors reported, counting 245 million individuals globally. Persecution driven by Islamic extremism and Communist authoritarianism in the world’s two most populous countries, India and China, marked the increase, Open Doors said today […]
Be missional in the marketplace this holiday season
by Aaron Wilson NASHVILLE (BP) — Five years ago around this time of year, I was on my phone scrolling through social media when a few posts written by Christian friends grabbed my attention. They read: — “So tired of this corporate greed. The holidays are about faith and family. #StayHomeDontShop” — “Take back Thanksgiving […]
‘Much prayer,’ ‘much power’ after synagogue massacre
by Diana Chandler PITTSBURGH (BP) — Pastor John Freeman walked into the local Jewish Community Center hours after the Oct. 27 synagogue massacre of 11 and was at once on mission. Freeman, pastor of the H2O City Church in Squirrel Hill, said the FBI was using the community center as a temporary hub where family […]
2017-18 Lottie Moon offering nears $159 million
by Julie McGowan RICHMOND, Va. (BP) — In the 100th anniversary since Southern Baptists named their global mission offering in honor of esteemed missionary Lottie Moon, churches gave $158.9 million to sustain their international missionaries worldwide — the second-highest Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions ever received. “We praise the Lord and thank Southern […]
Southern Baptist churches send 66 new missionaries to the nations
By Julie McGowan  RICHMOND, Virginia—Southern Baptists celebrated the sending of 66 new international missionaries on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia — with each new missionary sharing firsthand how God has woven throughout their lives a desire to take His gospel to people who have never heard it. Each person’s story is […]
China shutters churches, demands recant of faith
by Diana Chandler BEIJING— China is raiding and shuttering churches, assaulting worshipers, destroying crosses and burning Bibles in escalating persecution of Christians under a Communist constitution that claims to grant religious freedom. Police shut down the largest house church in Beijing Sunday (Sept. 9), the multisite Zion Church, Reuters reported. The Chaoyang District Civil Affairs […]
South Asian believers partner with Southern Baptists for healthy church leadership
By IMB Staff Sampson* grew up in a Christian home where his father was the pastor of a large, traditional church in South Asia. When Sampson got married, God began to stir his heart for a new work in one of the largest cities in South Asia—more than 250 miles from his home and family. […]
In Central Asia, Defne shares her faith boldly, faithfully despite struggles
By IMB Staff Two years ago, Defne* got her hands on a Bible. The love of a Father-God attracted her — it was foreign to anything she had ever experienced in her 22 years of life. Abandoned by her parents, Defne grew up with her grandmother and the constant reminder that no one wanted her. […]
Calif. fires leave locals ‘shocked,’ DR active
by David Roach CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. (BP) — California Southern Baptists have found themselves dispensing hope amid the death, destruction and weariness caused by more than a dozen wildfires burning across the state. The largest recorded fire in California history — the Mendocino Complex fire in the northern part of the state — has burned […]