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Isaac-flooded Southern Baptist church now key site for victims

LAPLACE, La. (BP) -- In the span of a few days, Celebration Church's River Parishes Campus in LaPlace, La., changed from a dark, damaged, isolated church in the middle of a flood-created lake to a shining city on a hill -- the site of ministry to hundreds of Hurricane Isaac victims.

Isaac's four- to six-foot storm surge inundated much of LaPlace, a city of about 36,000 people 22 miles west of New Orleans.

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Roy Fish, distinguished professor of evangelism emeritus at Southwestern Seminary, dies at 82

FishFORT WORTH, Texas – Roy Fish, 82, distinguished professor emeritus of evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, died Sept. 10. Fish served Southwestern for nearly 50 years and once occupied the L. R. Scarborough Chair of Evangelism (“The Chair of Fire”), and his name has become synonymous with “evangelism” throughout the Southern Baptist Convention.

Emil Turner, executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, reflected on Fish's legacy and friendship.

"Dr. Fish was not only a great evangelist, and motivator of evangelism, he was a warm and gracious man," said Turner. "There were times when I was on the program with him, and I know most folks, including me, would have rather heard Dr. Fish. He was always encouraging and kind.  I will miss him."

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- Fish's message at the 2012 ABSC evangelism conference in January Read


Christian pastor jailed in Iran for three years is freed, watchdog group says

Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who was originally sentenced to death in his native country for his Christian faith, was acquitted of apostasy charges and released from custody. Nadarkhani, 32, was imprisoned for three years and waiting execution for refusing to renounce his Christian faith.

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Study: Fewer than half of churchgoers understand membership

Fewer than half of church-going Americans realize their house of worship offers official membership, according to a new study. One-third believe their church does not offer any sort of official membership, 19 percent said they weren’t sure, and 48 percent believe their church offers official membership.

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LIfeWay Research study: Most churchgoers don't read their Bible daily

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – While the majority of churchgoers desire to honor Christ with their lives and even profess to think on biblical truths, a recent study found few actually engage in personal reading and study of the Scriptures.