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August 1, 2018

Religious liberty: International conference seen as key advance

July 31, 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press
Religious liberty advocates drew hope from a first-ever international gathering of government officials, civil society representatives and faith leaders to promote the freedom of all people to practice their beliefs. READ MORE 

'LGBT Christians' conf. draws responses

July 30, 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press
The Revoice Conference for “LGBT Christians,” which provoked a messenger question at June’s SBC annual meeting, continued to draw a range of responses from ... READ MORE

California wildfires: Chaplains become first phase of DR

July 31, 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB
California Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) chaplaincy teams have begun providing spiritual and emotional counseling to survivors of Northern California’s Carr fire ... READ MORE

Charles Fuller, SBC Peace Committee chair, dies

July 31, 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press
Charles Fuller, a Virginia pastor who chaired the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) Peace Committee, died July 28 in Roanoke, Va. He was 86.

Forbes names LifeWay one of best U.S. employers for women
NAAF to 'fill the gap' in state convention church training
COLUMN: Ministry not for the faint of heart
Race relations gets 'Shrink the Divide' insights
Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
BR Editor

Around the state 

One of the most enjoyable things I do as editor of the Biblical Recorder is to speak in churches, associational meetings, conferences and other special events. I enjoy face-to-face fellowship with many North Carolina Baptists in these gatherings. It’s both refreshing and enlightening to fellowship with our larger family of faith.

Such was the case last Sunday at Trading Ford Baptist Church in Salisbury where I preached for Pastor Mike Motley. He has served this congregation for more than 18 years. In many rural settings, churches experience decline. But Trading Ford is thriving under Mike’s leadership. The church just paid off the debt on a new worship facility. The people are involved in hands-on missions in their community and overseas. They’ve made changes in ministry where needed without changing the message of scripture. The worship services are alive. Keep up the great work, brothers and sisters!

The first day of August is like a warning bell. It’s message says summer is almost over and school starts again very soon! Churches gear up for seasonal fall and winter ministries. The nominating committee is looking for volunteers, and the budget and finance committee begins preparations for next year’s budget.

As your church weighs the best use of the member’s generous gifts, do you realize that mission dollars grow when people are informed? As church members read the stories of lives changed by their investment in missions, they give more. So, putting the Biblical Recorder in your church budget is a strong investment in missions. If your church does not have a group subscription plan, we would like to help you get an economical plan in your church budget. Please contact Liz Tablazon, BR’s circulation manager. She will be glad to help you. Call 919-459-5693 or email liz@brnow.org. Get the BR advantage in your church. I believe this will strengthen Kingdom ministry.

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