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Diaspora missions conf. called 'catalytic moment'

God is "the Divine Maestro, orchestrating the movements of the nations," J.D. Payne told attendees during the Aug. 26-27 "Reaching the Nations in North America" conference at Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, Tenn.
2016 politics: Change looms for church, speakers say

The increasing threat to religious liberty and the brokenness of politics in this election year demonstrate the need for change among Christians in America, speakers said at a gathering Aug. 27 in Nashville.
SBC seminaries healthy, face M.Div. challenge

When it comes to training pastors, Southern Baptist Convention seminaries compare favorably with North American seminaries generally, according to a comparative data analysis by Baptist Press.
SBDR brings stability to La. flood survivors

The stench of floodwater filled the air, mingling with a hint of mold. Kim Rowland, a volunteer with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, remained undaunted. Baptist DR volunteers continue efforts to bring stability to Louisiana flood survivors.
New birth sprouts among dozens of flood survivors

Amid Louisiana flood recovery, several dozen survivors have made professions of faith in Christ, disaster relief chaplains with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention report.
Pro-gay 'shame list' heavy on Baptist colleges

Nearly a third of the 102 institutions of higher education on a pro-homosexual activist group's list of "the absolute worst colleges for [LGBT] youth" have Southern Baptist ties.
FROM THE STATES: Ala., Ill., N.M. evangelism/missions news; 'We are seeing me...

Today's From the States features items from: The Alabama Baptist; The Illinois Baptist; The Baptist New Mexican<br>
FIRST-PERSON: Essential discipleship

Discipleship entails three essential elements, David McKinley writes. Versus a "myopic view," discipleship encompasses conversion, spiritual formation and mission, the Georgia pastor notes in underscoring to believers, "You are an evangelist, mentor and missionary."

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