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Planning to 'Eat Mor Chikin' today? 
July 27, 2012 by BR Staff
Chick-fil-A supporters, including many North Carolinians, are expected to line up today to participate in "Support Chick-fil-A Day." In recent days, evangelist Billy Graham and others have voiced their support for the company.
U.S. archer Wukie learns to trust God
July 30, 2012 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press
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U.S. Olympic archer Jacob Wukie shares his desire to represent Christ while competing on one of the world's biggest athletic platforms.
Democratic platform to endorse gay marriage 
July 31, 2012 by Baptist Press
Sample Image The Democratic Party’s new platform is set to include a plank endorsing the legalization of gay marriage. It will mark the first time either major party has taken such a position, according to media reports.
Miss. wedding refusal not indicative of SBC
July 31, 2012 by Diane Chandler, Baptist Press
The inability of an African American couple to wed at  predominantly white First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs, Miss., is not indicative of Southern Baptists, denominational leaders said. It is an unfortunate, isolated incident from which pastors can learn, Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter said.

Learn how 'Church & Family Connect'
July 25, 2012 by Brian Upshaw, BSC Congregational Services
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Brian Upshaw, ministry team leader for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina's Congregational Services, explains how churches can better minister to and disciple families.

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Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
BR Editor
SEND North America 2012

I’ve been attending the SEND North America conference this week in Woodstock, Ga. I was very encouraged to see the passion in the eyes of hundreds of pastors and church planters of every age. Honestly, I left with a sense that God is doing something very special in America. He is always at work in this world, but there is a unique wind of the Spirit that is beginning to blow.

Throughout 40 years of ministry, I have longed to see the kind of cooperation we now have between IMB and NAMB. Thank you, Tom Elliff and Kevin Ezell! I have longed to see the kind of quality leadership we now have in state conventions and seminaries. I tell you, God is up to something.

What is SEND North America? It is about penetrating lostness. It is about connecting existing churches with church plants. It is about focusing on the places of influence – the strategic cities – where the masses live. It is about praying for laborers. It is about revitalizing churches that have plateaued or declined. It is about evangelism, making disciples and multiplying disciples in healthy churches.

NAMB president Kevin Ezell said, "...everything we do must connect people to the local churches and new church plants where they can meet Christ. I’m convinced that we can see a considerable change in the spiritual landscape of North America. I’ve got to think [that] every church is going to want to be part of that."

Yes! I hope we want to be part of this, also.

Get started now. Click here to visit the NAMB website.

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