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April 11, 2018

SEBTS aiding Cuban convention's momentum

April 10, 2018 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS
The Cuban church planting movement has been on the move for nearly 30 years as house churches have grown in number and people have come to Christ by the thousands. READ MORE 

Greear, Hemphill rally prayer, civility amid transitions

April 10, 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press
Amid two Baptist entity leadership searches and upcoming national SBC elections, both SBC presidential candidates have issued a joint call for prayer, grace and civility.

Jimmy Draper named EC ambassador

April 10, 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press
Jimmy Draper, former SBC president and president emeritus of LifeWay, has been named “EC Ambassador” by D. August Boto, interim president of the SBC Executive Committee. READ MORE

Gaines names SBC Committee on Committees

April 9, 2018 by BP staff
Appointments to the SBC Committee on Committees have been announced by President Steve Gaines, pastor of the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn. READ MORE

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Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
BR Editor

Discernment needed!

Returning from a meeting in Greensboro Tuesday afternoon, I listened by radio to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testify before Senate committees in Washington, D.C. As you know, people are concerned about their private information being sold or otherwise publicly available through social media. Facebook’s privacy policies and lack of standards are at the center of the discussion.

We’ve grown accustomed to putting our information “out there,” trusting it will go no farther. And sometimes we are careless to say things that should not be written or spoken in public forums. There is also concern about misinformation that is widely spread across the Internet.

Do you get those emails that aren’t sure who you are? I received an email this week that began, “Dear Joey.” I have no idea who Joey is. But I frequently receive emails that begin, “Dear Norman.” I know that database is not current. Norman is the previous editor of the Biblical Recorder. Other emails open with, “Dear Tony.” Tony was the BR editor who retired 11 years ago. I recently received one that began, “Dear R.G.” Seriously! R.G. Pucket retired from the Recorder 20 years ago. My point is this: a lot of data is sold on the open market, but like some “news” you read, it is not accurate.

Be careful! Don’t believe everything you read on social media, on the Internet or even through media outlets. In Hebrews 5:14, the Bible says, “But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” I like that – “trained” to discern good and evil. Discernment is not a natural gift. It takes training. Train yourself and disciple those in your circle of believers to “discern good and evil.”

By the way, you can be sure that the Biblical Recorder has not, and does not, sell or share your email or other information with anyone! That’s our policy, and we live by it.

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