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Budget proposal includes increase to SBC

July 16, 2018 by Chad Austin, BSC & K. Allan Blume, BR Editor
The state convention's executive committee approved a proposed 2019 budget totaling $31 million that includes an increase in support of missions and ministries of the SBC through the Cooperative Program. READ MORE 

IMB toughens cyber security after data breach

July 13, 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor
A data breach occurred at the International Mission Board that may have exposed personal information of current and former employees, volunteers and applicants. 
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Kavanaugh nod nonpartisan, pro-Kingdom, Greear says

July 16, 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press
Keeping the SBC out of politics remains a goal of the convention's officers, J.D. Greear said in defending their endorsement of President Trump’s justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh. READ MORE

Baptist Association emphasis, with new name, moves to October

July 17, 2018 by Baptist Press & LifeWay Staff
News about associational missions was among the headlines during the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting in Dallas, except for one action by messengers ... READ MORE






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Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
BR Editor
 

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Last Friday the Biblical Recorder broke the story about a data breach at the International Mission Board. If you have not read the story yet, please take a few minutes to learn the breadth of this data breach and consider the impact on those who applied for mission service overseas and for those who actually serve in international mission fields. Pray for the safety and security of everyone impacted by this cyber crime.

In last week’s BRweekly, we reported that the current top three officers of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina – president, first vice president and second vice president – do not plan to run for an office at the convention’s annual meeting later this year. Since that time, four candidates have announced for the positions. More will likely jump in the race. We’ll keep you informed as candidates share their intentions with us.

If you’re reading this column on Wednesday morning, it is possible that Andrew Brunson is in a courtroom in Turkey at this moment. Jailed as a suspected terrorist and spy, N.C. pastor and American citizen Andrew Brunson has a glimmer of hope as he approaches his Wednesday, July 18 court date. A reliable Turkish news source has suggested Brunson may be released this week after sitting in his cell for a year and a half.

His case has attracted enormous attention in the U.S., both politically and religiously. Many levels of the U.S. government have intervened on behalf of Burnson and threatened serious political consequences against the government of Turkey if they fail to release Brunson soon. A few weeks ago I wrote a story about appeals for his release that came from N.C. legislators. Pray! Pray that our brother in Christ will be found innocent of all charges and released.
 
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