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December 2015 Issue

It’s no secret that the past few months have been tough for the International Mission Board family.
We are headed to a small town—I would tell you the exact location but can’t for security reasons. The plan is to interact with workers we support and local partners working with families who have fled their homes.
Week of Prayer is an opportunity for churches to join in prayer for the work of missionaries they send to proclaim the glory of God to the nations.
As Southern Baptists seek to discern the magnitude and urgency of the current IMB financial crisis, I would like to share some thoughts as a former IMB missionary and current missions professor.
Speaking from Jesus’s parable of the invitation to the great banquet (Luke 14), Gordon Fort noted that the guests who declined the invitation didn’t respect those who invited them, didn’t think they would miss out on anything, and didn’t realize the invitation was a once in a lifetime opportunity, a “kairos” invitation.
Yes, these men turned the world upside down. And it all began in a prayer meeting under a haystack.
2016 SBC Annual Meeting

Within hours of the conclusion of our 2015 Southern Baptist Convention in Columbus, Ohio, shots rang out in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, taking the lives of nine people. Within nine days of the conclusion of our 2015 Columbus Convention, the United States Supreme Court redefined marriage. When you think of all that has occurred in our nation since these two tragedies, we do not even live in the same America that existed while we were in Columbus. The entire landscape has changed.

This is why we must gather more people than we have gathered in many years to our upcoming convention in Saint Louis. We need to do all we can with all we are and all we have to gather them by the thousands.

With all that is at stake in America in 2016, from the ongoing battles we face regarding religious liberty, to the approaching United States presidential election, to the reality that over 74 percent of our own churches are plateaued or declining, to the de...

College students are not the future of our church; they are the church. Take some time today to love, invest in, and pray for the college students in your life.
Baptist Student Ministry is an effective platform to gain access to college students who need the Gospel.
I really don’t know where I’d be—or who I’d be—if God hadn’t brought me to the Baptist Campus Ministry at Syracuse.
Leading the church to do ministry outside the church’s four walls has been Frank S. Page’s passion since his conversion to faith in Jesus Christ.
Doug Hixson, former Texas pastor, is in the process of planting his fourth church in five years in South Dakota.
"ERLC and Evangelicals for Life" by Russell Moore; "A Christian’s Response to the Planned Parenthood Videos" by Samuel James.
Scripture affirms God’s creation and love of the not-yet-born.
Racism is from Satan and his demonic forces, and the only hope for its defeat is the church of Jesus Christ united across societal divisions, Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd told a culturally diverse group of Baptists in Mississippi November 4.
Let’s see if we can learn a spiritual lesson from a personal garment.