Baptist Life

When Larry and Melissa Lewis and their family moved to Czechia in 2009 as IMB church planters, they knew they had a tough job ahead. Only 29 percent of the population acknowledges the existence of a god and less than 1 percent choose to follow Jesus. In fact, Czechia is well known for being the most irreligious country in Europe.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (BP) – Robin Covington remembers the day she was no longer an outsider. “It was in a little village where everyone knew everyone,” she said. “We loved living there. It also had a little museum where we would take visitors.”

MARIETTA, Ga. – Replacing a legendary pastor in one of Georgia’s premier churches is no easy task.

DULUTH, Ga. – Fans of The Chosen are making their way into cinemas to watch a much-heralded Christmas project that has begun a 10-day run in theaters.

PHILADELPHIA (BP) – American Bible Society research shows practicing Christians are more generous than others.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (BP) – Victor Chayasirisobhon, newly elected president of the California Southern Baptist Convention, believes he can leverage his background to help unify the diverse convention.

ATLANTA, Ga. – Decking the halls in Georgia’s state Capitol involves lots of garlands, bows, Poinsettias and an enormous evergreen sparkling with thousands of lights.

WASHINGTON – As a showdown over abortion played out in the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, Georgia Baptist Mission Board Executive Director W. Thomas Hammond Jr. issued a call to prayer.

LAS VEGAS (BP) – Churches within the Southern Baptist Convention have become prolific reproducers of new congregations, Outreach Magazine reported in its September/October issue.

NEWNAN, Ga. -- The student choir at  First Baptist Church in Newnan  is playing a key role building community within the congregation, providing a sense of genuine belonging, offering new opportunities for learning, encouraging student engagement, building character, enhancing worship and glorifying God.

NASHVILLE (BP) – Caring for orphans and vulnerable children in the United States and around the world calls for multi-faceted ministry by followers of Jesus and helpful public policies amid the dramatic decline in adoptions by Americans, says a leading child-welfare advocate.

DULUTH, Ga. (BP) – As the nation’s oldest continuously publishing religious newspaper, The Christian Index has provided news for and about Georgia Baptists since 1822. But it’s always been exclusively in English until now.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (BP) – A Southern Baptist pastor recently joined other area clergy representing “the rich diversity in our community” and calling for peace in a video as the trial over the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery approaches a verdict.

DALLAS (BP) – With food supplies falling as low as 11 percent below last year, church-based feeding programs are finding it more difficult to provide traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners this holiday season.

PALMETTO, Ga. – Tears escape from Sharalene Roper’s eyes and cascade down her cheeks. They’re tears of joy, and they come naturally for a woman who is fulfilling God’s calling on her life to care for elderly residents at the Baptist Retirement Communities of Georgia.

Shorter University’s School of Education earned top marks in the state according to Program Effectiveness Measures released this week by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

DULUTH, Ga. – In the television world where adult themes often find their way even into sitcoms and gameshows, believers now have an alternative that offers authentically Christian and theological sound programming.

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (BP) – The look in his gunner’s eyes told Marine Cpl. Daniel Weathers that danger approached from behind.

Stephen Peeples, a gracious, humble, and passionate servant of Christ, is pastor of Roopville Road Baptist Church. He commented, “Our purpose is to preach the Word, love the people, be on mission and just be who we are.” It is good for a church to have a distinctive identity.

DULUTH, Ga. (BP) – Sunday worship at First Baptist Church looks a lot different than most congregations across the nation. And while it may sound different to many of the parishioners, a single Gospel message comes through loud and clear. 

JONESBORO, Ga. – Churches that are being started by a steady stream of immigrants moving into the state are adding ethnic diversity to the Georgia Baptist Convention.

JONESBORO, Ga. – Kevin Williams will serve a second term as president of the Georgia Baptist Convention, having drawn no opponent for the position at an annual meeting held Monday and Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Jonesboro.

JONESBORO, Ga. – Spending cuts instituted by the Georgia Baptist Mission Board over the past three years have the organization on sound financial footing, the organization’s chief operating officer said Tuesday.

JONESBORO, Ga. – The Georgia Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee has voted to create a Special Committee on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse “to make recommendations for developing programs, best practices, and policy guidelines for preventing sexual abuse.”

JONESBORO, Ga. – Retirees of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board will continue to receive stipends to help them pay for supplemental insurance plans under an arrangement with the Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation.

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