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Southern Baptists respond to ‘horrific’ acts of violence
Aug05

Southern Baptists respond to ‘horrific’ acts of violence

EL PASO, Texas (BP)—As two mass shootings over the weekend brought the total to three such tragedies in just over a week, Baptists prayed, met needs and called for an urgent look at how white supremacy can “fuel” violence. The shootings—all committed by young men—took the lives of 34 people across three cities. In El Paso, Texas, a 21-year-old man is in custody after a shooting in a Walmart left 22 people dead and 26...

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Church membership drop, anxiety spotlight Gospel need
May12

Church membership drop, anxiety spotlight Gospel need

NASHVILLE (BP) — As recent polls put U.S. church membership at an all-time low and anxiety at an all-time high, some Southern Baptist leaders say the numbers are a wake-up call to Christians’ deep need to take the Great Commission personally. A Gallup Poll published in mid-April found that around 50 percent of Americans self-reported as members of a church, synagogue or mosque in 2018. That’s a sharp drop from around...

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Nat’l Day of Prayer: Love, forgive radically
May06

Nat’l Day of Prayer: Love, forgive radically

WASHINGTON (BP) — “From the church house to the state house and all the way to the White House, we need to learn how to love one another,” Ronnie Floyd told the crowd present at a National Day of Prayer (NDP) observance May 2 in the U.S. Capitol. “I want to remind everyone here tonight — government cannot fix us. Politics cannot heal us. But loving one another can change the world,” said Floyd, NDP...

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Community seeing ‘glimmers of light’ after tornado
Apr06

Community seeing ‘glimmers of light’ after tornado

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (BP) — So much more — that’s what the March 3 tornados were to Rusty Sowell. So much more than he ever could’ve fathomed. He’d heard that tornado’s sound like a freight train, but as he and his wife laid on the floor and an F-4 storm crossed over their house, he said it was so much louder than a freight train could ever be. And it was more deadly than Sowell ever could’ve...

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Church with a food truck worships in parking lot
Feb14

Church with a food truck worships in parking lot

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) — Jayson Albers, who grew up in a Baptist church, made a living for a long time as an opening shift supervisor for Ryan’s steakhouse. “When they would start a new restaurant I would go in and train them on how to open the store,” he said. Then life came crashing down — his wife and son died in an accident, something which he speaks little about. One thing led to another and Albers...

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