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Pastor David Platt Succeeds Tom Elliff as International Mission Board President


David Platt

David Platt was elected president of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board today (Aug. 27) by board trustees, meeting at the IMB’s International Learning Center in Rockville, Va. Platt, 36, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills, a Southern Baptist congregation in Birmingham, Ala., will take office effective immediately as president of the 169-year-old organization, […]

When Same-sex Attraction Hits Home: How Families Can Help


Helping Hands

It’s a moment many Christians have had to face: a family member’s announcement that he or she is gay. Amid feelings of sorrow, guilt, fear and anger that families may experience surrounding such an announcement, biblical counseling experts say believers must have hope and realize that Jesus always changes those who come to Him in […]

Churches In Ukraine Serve People Through Crisis


Ukraine Man

KIEV, Ukraine (BP) — Tensions rose to dangerous levels as Russian forces occupied Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in late February, but Ukrainian Baptists aren’t slowing down their ministry to a nation battered by months of internal crisis. In fact, they’re picking up the pace. “The response from the churches has been fantastic,” said IMB worker Shannon […]

Churches In Ukraine Share Scripture and Prayer as Violence Escalates


Ukraine Violence

KIEV, Ukraine (BP) — Scripture portions helped provide a flicker of faith as violence escalated in Ukraine on Feb. 18. At least 25 were killed and hundreds injured as government forces acted to forcibly remove protesters from Kiev’s Independence Square. The dead include civilians and police officers. The Interior Ministry demanded that protesters leave the […]

Rick Warren’s Greater Fear: God’s Disapproval


Rick and Piers

Pastor Rick Warren spoke a line to CNN’s Piers Morgan that has resonated with people who, like him, have tried repeatedly to explain why they won’t change their stance to support same-sex marriage. “I fear the disapproval of God more than I fear your disapproval or the disapproval of society,” Warren, of Saddleback Church in […]

Benghazi Victim Was a Staff Member at the Austin Stone


Ronnie Smith

AUSTIN, Texas (BP) — American teacher Ronnie Smith, who was gunned down during his morning jog near the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, served on staff at Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, before moving to Libya. The church is affiliated with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and Acts 29, an independent church planting […]

Nelson Mandela’s ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ Ends


Nelson Mandela

PRETORIA, South Africa (BP) — Former South African President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s ‘long walk to freedom’ has ended. He died today (Dec. 5) at age 95 at home after months of declining health. “All of us in the country must accept that Madiba [as Mandela was affectionately called] is now old,” South African President Jacob […]

C. S. Lewis – A Half-Century Later


C S Lewis

C.S. Lewis died the same day as John F. Kennedy 50 years ago. Twenty years before that in the midst of World War II — before the Normandy invasion when the outcome of the war was still uncertain — Lewis delivered a series of lectures for the University of Durham that he published as “The […]

How to Create a Culture In Your Church


Cross Church Pinnacle Hills

To create a culture in your church, business or nonprofit organization, you must be clear about two things: your vision and mission. Vision is a future picture of what you see or what you want to become. Mission tells you why your church, business or nonprofit organization exists and what it does. An organization’s culture, […]

5 Ways, Pastor, To Encourage Your Wife



Ever wondered how you know when someone needs encouragement? Here’s a simple test. It works every time. Check and see if they have a pulse. Pastor, one of the members in your congregation whose heart beats regularly for you is your wife. She’s your No. 1 fan and your No. 2 responsibility after your relationship […]

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