STEVE GAINES EXHORTS SOUTHERN BAPTISTS TO PRAY

By Diana Chandler
Baptist Press

Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines encouraged prayer and evangelism in his sermon at the SBC Executive Committee meeting Feb. 20-21 in Nashville. -Photo by Morris Abernathy

Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines encouraged prayer and evangelism in his sermon at the SBC Executive Committee meeting Feb. 20-21 in Nashville.
-Photo by Morris Abernathy

NASHVILLE — In Nashville all of 24 hours while his wife Donna was home in Memphis, Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines had already spoken with her four times, he said, because he loves her and simply loves to hear her voice.

The conversations with his wife served as an analogy to encourage Southern Baptists to talk with God and tell others about our Savior, the theme of his sermon on the first evening of the SBC Executive Committee meeting in Nashville Feb. 20-21. [Read more…]

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FOOTBALL PRAYER LEADS TO EMPLOYEE TRAINING

By Diana Chandler
Baptist Press

The Freedom From Religion Foundation complained that students’ rights were violated when Eric Dill, student pastor of Bayside Baptist Church in Harrison, Tenn., prayed over an injured student at a September 2016 high school football game in Chattanooga, Tenn. The student has since made a full recovery. WRCB-TV screen capture

The Freedom From Religion Foundation complained that students’ rights were violated when Eric Dill, student pastor of Bayside Baptist Church in Harrison, Tenn., prayed over an injured student at a September 2016 high school football game in Chattanooga, Tenn. The student has since made a full recovery.
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CHATTANOOGA — A public school system has agreed to update employees on applicable constitutional law after a special interest group complained of a Tennessee Baptist minister’s impromptu prayer over an injured player at a high school football game.

The Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE) will “provide additional training to its employees on the application of the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses in public schools,” HCDE attorney D. Scott Bennett told the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) Jan. 30. [Read more…]

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REMEMBER THIS: IT’S NEVER WRONG TO PRAY

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

PrayHands-portraitChalk up another victory for political correctness.

A school system in Tennessee has to go to the time and expense of providing training to employees on the constitutional law concerning “the application of the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses in public schools” (see story here).

All of this is happening because a Tennessee Baptist youth pastor dared to do what’s right — pray for an injured high school football player. [Read more…]

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SAY A SPECIAL PRAYER FOR SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS

By Erich Bridges
Freelance Writer, Richmond, Va.

school-bus-childrenMy heart aches for the six young lives lost in the crash of school bus No. 366 in Chattanooga.

I think about their families, now facing Christmas without beloved children. I think about the kids on the bus who survived. Some of them suffered critical injuries; all of them experienced the horror of seeing friends die.

And I think about the tens of thousands of school bus drivers across the United States. Their noble — and challenging — calling has been overshadowed by the actions of 24-year-old driver Johnthony Walker. [Read more…]

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LEARN TO PRAY FROM THE MASTER — JESUS CHRIST

By Steve Gaines
President, Southern Baptist Convention

praying-in-the-dark-bibleIf I could encourage the Southern Baptist Convention in one area, it would be to pray. I want us to be the greatest army of prayer warriors in the world.

Jesus is the only “expert” in prayer. When we read the gospels, we see how important prayer was to Him.

There is only one thing recorded in the gospels that Jesus’ disciples specifically wanted Him to teach them. They said, “Lord, teach us to pray.” [Read more…]

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ONE MILLION STUDENTS GATHER AT FLAGPOLES

Baptist Press

Students at Knoch High School in Saxonburg, Pa., posted this photo on Facebook of their Sept. 28 See You At the Pole prayer event.  Facebook photo/Ignition

Students at Knoch High School in Saxonburg, Pa., posted this photo on Facebook of their Sept. 28 See You At the Pole prayer event.
Facebook photo/Ignition

NASHVILLE — An estimated million or more students in the U.S. and 63 foreign countries publicly gathered around school flagpoles Sept. 28 and prayed to the Lord Jesus Christ.

The annual See You At the Pole (SYATP) interdenominational Christian outreach was augmented this year with the launch of the I Am Hope outreach leading up to the Oct. 21 release of the film “I’m Not Ashamed.” [Read more…]

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TENNESSEE MISSIONARY CHARLIE WORTHY ASKS FOR PRAYER FOLLOWING EARTHQUAKE IN ITALY

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

160829italy1AREZZO, Italy — Prayer is the greatest thing people can do in response to the 6.2 magnitude earthquake which devastated several towns and villages in central Italy Aug. 24, said Tennessee native Charlie Worthy.

Worthy, who hails from Memphis and is a graduate of Union University, Jackson, and his wife Shannon are Southern Baptist International Mission Board missionaries in Arezzo in the Tuscany region of Italy. The Tennessee Baptist Convention has been in a partnership with evangelical believers in Italy since 2013. The Worthys coordinate volunteer teams from Tennessee that travel to Italy for missions opportunities. [Read more…]

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9/11 PRAYER OUTREACH SPOTLIGHTS ‘CRITICAL’ YEAR

By Diana Chandler
Baptist Press

160811awakenCLEVELAND, Tenn. (BP) — On the 15th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history, Southern Baptists are being urged to join hundreds of thousands of Christians from many denominations and ethnicities in praying for a Christian awakening in the nation.

The Sept. 11 Cry Out America prayer outreach of the Awakening America Alliance and Center for Spiritual Renewal, an 8-year-old cooperative initiative encompassing more than 150,000 churches, ministries and parachurches in North America, is increasingly popular this year as more Christians recognize the nation’s deep spiritual need, Awakening America executive director Kay Horner told Baptist Press. [Read more…]

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SIX WAYS TO PRAY DURING TERRORISM

On Mission Today

Christian-Woman-kneeling-in-Prayer-SilhouetteTerrorists opened fire at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul recently before detonating explosives, killing 42 people and injuring more than 200. It was the second terrorist attack in Istanbul in June, the month of Ramadan.

Weeks earlier, during the height of morning rush hour, a car bomb tore through a crowded area of Istanbul, killing 11 people and wounding dozens more. In a moment, Ramadan, a time associated with heightened spiritual devotion and prayer, turned violent and chaotic. [Read more…]

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A DETERMINED RESPONSE

By Randy C. Davis
TBC Executive Director

Randy C. Davis

Randy C. Davis

Last week’s national nightmare seemed unending.

The unrelated shooting deaths of two African-American men and the heinous sniper attack killing five Dallas police officers left me crying out to God in desperation over the hate, division, and spiritual darkness consuming our country. Habakkuk’s words ring loudly with contemporary clarity.

“O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted (Habakkuk 1:2-4).

Of course God saw and heard. He responded to Habakkuk in a powerful way, leaving Habakkuk to humble himself in genuine worship, saying, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (2:14). [Read more…]

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