Prayer cards connecting churches and chaplains

As he developed his May 25 children’s sermon Mark Standridge planned to hold back one card from his young audience. The pastor of Placer Heights Baptist Church in Placerville, Calif., opened his brief message with a question for the children. “Have any of you ever collected baseball cards?” Standridge asked. “When I was a boy […]

Sudanese Christian detained again

The Sudanese Christian woman who was freed from prison yesterday (June 23) has been detained while trying to leave Sudan with her family. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, 27, was confronted by a team of approximately 50 security personnel and taken into custody at the Khartoum airport today (June 24), NBC News reported. Ibrahim’s lawyer, Elshareef Ali […]

Students share Christ’s love in Brazil amid World Cup frenzy

There were no flashbulbs or television cameras, only teammates — mostly children half his size and barefoot — who celebrated and mobbed Dane Van Ryckeghem after he assisted in a goal during the game. The frenzy of World Cup soccer had nothing on the jubilant Brazilian neighborhood kids playing with visitors from the United States […]

The Astonishing Teaching of Jesus

The teaching of Jesus astonished people, and his instructional style can serve as a model for all Christ-followers who seek to be better teachers. What Jesus taught was often tied closely to how he taught. Christian educator Roy Zuck writes: “How [Jesus] gained interest, how he stimulated thinking, involved students, told stories, applied truths, answered […]

Ronnie Floyd wins Southern Baptist presidency

In a year when the Southern Baptist Convention focused on “Restoration & Revival Through Prayer,” Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd, who has sought to encourage Southern Baptists to deepen their spiritual walk through books, Sunday School studies and pastor prayer meetings, has been elected as the Southern Baptist Convention’s president. Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in […]

Great Commission Advance to beckon Baptists to ‘do more’

SBC Executive Committee president Frank S. Page will issue a challenge to Southern Baptists at the SBC annual meeting to “do more” to reach the world with the Gospel. Page will set forth his vision for Great Commission Advance, an initiative to increase missions involvement among individuals and churches, during his report to the convention […]

Sojourn: Missions is ‘who we are’ locally & internationally

The majestic brick church with stained glass windows towers above a dilapidated neighborhood. This is a seedy section of Louisville where drug deals go down daily, prostitutes line the streets and murders are routine. Boarded-up houses, broken glass and graffiti dot the streets in every direction. But Sojourn Community Church is a beacon of hope […]

Abedini threatened with more jail time over Gospel witness in prison, wife says

Iranian authorities are threatening to extend the prison sentence of jailed U.S. pastor Saeed Abedini because he leads people to faith in Christ everywhere he is detained, Abedini’s wife Naghmeh told Baptist Press. “I don’t see him [witnessing] as an act of defiance,” Naghmeh Abedini said. “Knowing Saeed’s heart as a pastor, he’s seeing people in […]

Myers Family Prepares for Life in Canada

Brett Myers, pastor of Corinth Baptist Church in Westminster for the past four and a half years, had the idea of church planting in his mind since his student days at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Now, he and his family are moving to Calgary, Canada, next year to plant a church in what he calls […]