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May 17, 2017

Christian persecution focus of global summit

May 15, 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press
Hundreds of church leaders from around the world gathered in solidarity at an inaugural summit in Washington, D.C., to speak up in defense of persecuted Christians – including those imprisoned, raped, tortured ... 

Life & death have value, Akin tells SEBTS grads

May 16, 2017 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS
As followers of Jesus, death and life hold great significance and allow for what Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, calls “the ultimate win-win scenario.” READ MORE

Lead pastor says unity, not uniformity, key in church growth

May 15, 2017 by BSC Communications
Dhati Lewis serves as lead pastor of Blueprint Church in Atlanta and is passionate about church planting and discipleship. His new book, Among Wolves: Disciple-Making in the City ... READ MORE

Family opens home to BCH foster care ministry

May 15, 2017 by Jim Edminson, BCH Communications
Amanda and Jeremy Parton, with their two daughters, are a Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina’s (BCH) foster care family. “Being a part of an organization ...

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Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
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Prosperity gospel fails its followers 

This week’s print edition of the Biblical Recorder has a guest column by Joe Carter on the deceptions within the claims of the prosperity gospel, also called the "health and wealth gospel." Every member of your church needs to read Carter’s critique. He summarizes this false teaching’s claims, its history, the key leaders and the problems it presents. He includes a list of five errors in the core teachings of the prosperity gospel, as explained by David W. Jones, professor of Christian ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

This is a larger problem than we may believe. I believe most pastors would be surprised how many of their congregation are followers of one of the prosperity deceivers. In the end, followers of the prosperity gospel discover that it fails them and is completely unbiblical. The disappointment leads some to completely deny the Bible. Please read the column and share it with your Bible study group.

Another valuable article in this week’s edition is a guest column by Denise George on the growing problem of teen suicide. This is another "must read" article. Learn how you can reach out to teenagers and minister to a serious need. The facts are undeniable. The need is urgent.

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