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‘Exalt the Lord,’ Rolland Slade exhorts on 2022 National Day of Prayer

WASHINGTON (BP) – As America observed National Day of Prayer May 5, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee Chairman Rolland Slade exalted church and community leaders in San Diego at one of tens of thousands of local prayer events across the U.S.

Angola inmate pastor granted parole

ANGOLA, La. (LBM) – Robert Hyde, the immediate past pastor of Grace Baptist Church in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, is now a free man after being granted parole a few weeks ago.

Pivotal moment for America’s first Korean Southern Baptist church

LOS ANGELES (BP) – Berendo Street Baptist Church (BSBC) is known as the “mother church” of all 970 churches that worship in a Korean context in the United States, and it’s changing its name. Not officially. Not legally. But it will now be known as Saenuri.

Bible Study: Christ’s unmistakable return

One day Jesus is coming back, and the signs of the powerful, can’t-miss event will be clear and unmistakable.

Special prayer service, prayer room await 2022 SBC messengers, leaders

ANAHEIM, Calif. (BP) – Long Hollow Church Senior Pastor Robby Gallaty of Hendersonville, Tenn., knows the value of crying out to God and sitting silently for His response.

Southern Baptist church plants increase for second consecutive year

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Cliff McCray was playing football at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2007 when one of his teammates tragically passed away. Through the tragedy, God led McCray to faith and kickstarted a journey that led to full-time ministry and church planting.

Mentoring among ways to push back on pastor shortage

ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) – Ray Swift spends a lot of time maintaining contact with churches across Louisiana. One thing apparent to him has become apparent to many – there are a lot of churches looking for pastors, and not nearly candidates enough to fill them.

SBC prayer guide, Pray.com crypto token on tap for National Day of Prayer

WASHINGTON (BP) – Offer focused prayers for the seven pillars of influence in America with the aid of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee’s prayer guide for 2022 National Day of Prayer May 5.

FIRST-PERSON: Ongoing prayers for the end of Roe

CARY, N.C. (BP) – Nearly 50 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide through its decision in a case known as Roe v. Wade. Since that time, millions of Christians have been praying for the reversal of that decision, and now there are strong indications the high court is closer than ever.

Church size irrelevant to partnering with schools; willing spirit required

MONTICELLO, Miss. (BP) – Pastor Sam Taylor of Monticello Baptist Church heard about the challenges of being a teacher. It came from several in the profession – active and retired – in his congregation. He heard it from his wife, Alyssa, who works as a teacher’s aide at Monticello Elementary.