Baptist Press

73-year-old grandmother launches Facebook cooking show and spikes online viewership at rural Alabama church

<p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1596497581741_36">ANDALUSIA, Ala. (BP) &#8212; &#8220;Big Mama&#8221; Brenda Gantt is up mornings at 4:30 brewing coffee, slow-cooking grits until they&#8217;re creamy, hand-kneading buttermilk biscuits she bakes on a cast-iron griddle, and preparing smoked sausage, blueberry fried pies and such for guests at her bed-and-breakfast in Andalusia, Ala.</p>

U.S. Senate confirms Southern Baptist as Air Force Deputy Chief of Chaplains

<p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1596497581180_34">Chaplain Col. Randall (Randy) E. Kitchens of the U.S. Air Force received confirmation from the U.S. Senate to become the Air Force&#8217;s 27th Deputy Chief of Chaplains on Thursday evening (July 30). The confirmation entails the promotion to the rank of brigadier general.</p>
<p>&#8220;I was in shock and awe,&#8221; Kitchens said, recalling when he learned the news. &#8220;I was humbled and honored.&#8221;</p>

FIRST-PERSON: Reflection on a longtime Georgia pastor

<p>MEANSVILLE, Ga. (BP) &#8212; One of the most startling marks of the crisis caused by coronavirus is its impact on funerals.</p>

<p>There are no long greeting lines, there are no 50-car processions to the cemetery, there are no long hugs. In many cases, there are only a few close family members, a funeral director and a pastor. This was the setting as we said &#8220;goodbye&#8221; to a friend and longtime Georgia Baptist pastor, Rev. Marvin Cochran, this past Resurrection Sunday.</p>

FIRST-PERSON: Coronaweary

<p>NEWNAN, Ga. (BP) &#8212; I&#8217;m coronaweary, and I have a feeling you are too.</p>
<p>I&#8217;m not saying that we&#8217;re tired of coronavirus, though we probably are. I am saying that we&#8217;re weary because of the overload this pandemic has caused. I&#8217;m reluctant to make this declaration because some people have gotten the virus and even died with it, so my weariness doesn&#8217;t compare.</p>

FROM THE SEMINARIES: SBTS adds Irving, Presley to faculty; SWBTS changes provide ‘wider opening’ for doctoral students

<p><b>SBTS adds Justin A. Irving and Stephen O. Presley to faculty</b><br />
By Forrest Strickland</p>
<p>LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) &#8212; Two scholars are joining the faculty of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for the new academic year beginning in August. President R. Albert Mohler Jr. announced that Justin A. Irving and Stephen O. Presley will serve in the areas of leadership and church history.</p>

Baptisms celebrate ‘transformed lives’ at The Journey Church

<p>ORANGE CITY, Fla. (BP) &#8212; Although he grew up in the church, Jordan Harris identified himself as an agnostic during his college years at Florida State University. Returning home to start his career, his parents bribed him to go with them to the Journey church &#8212; worship attendance in exchange for a free meal at a restaurant. For a starving young man starting his own company, any dinner was a step above the Ramen noodles he usually feasted on.</p>