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September 11, 2013
September 9, 2013 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications
Sample Image Hurricane Irene hit North Carolina's coast two years ago – old news for most people. But mention "Irene" to Carroll and Cheryl Voliva and they still cringe. Learn how the N.C. Missions Offering provided relief. 
SBC ethicists: criteria for 'just war' not met
September 9, 2013 by Gregory Tomlin, Baptist Press 
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The use of chemical weapons against civilians is a human tragedy with moral urgency, but the United States should not intervene in Syria because the conditions for a "just war" have not been met, according to two Southern Baptist ethicists.
Trail Life USA to provide alternative to Scouts
September 9, 2013 by Warren Cole Smith, World News Service
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More than 1,200 people from 44 states gathered over the weekend in Nashville for the inaugural meeting of Trail Life USA, a new group that hopes to be a Christian alternative for the Boy Scouts of America.
Students awaken to prayer's
potential at inaugural SPAN

September 10, 2013 by Don Graham, International Mission Board
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Fifteen students made up the inaugural class of the School of Prayer for All Nations (SPAN) July 29-Aug. 2 at the International Mission Board's missionary training facility.

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Glorieta lawsuit targets SBC, EC, LifeWay, trustees

Syrian refugees thankful for hunger assistance

Unsafe abortions on rise across Africa
Guest column: Small church pastors & SBC
Black church plants grow, research shows
Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
BR Editor

9/11 changed everything

We’ll never forget that vicious attack on America 12 years ago today by Muslim terrorists. The massive loss of life, the shock to our personal security and the extreme changes in air traffic proved to be the beginning of significant alterations to our lifestyles.

For a short time in 2001 Americans turned to God and churches for hope. But the spiritual "revival" did not last long. Since then we have become more secular and less religious than any time in the history of our country. We  have continued to take the life of millions of innocent children by abortion, elected a secularist president over a Mormon, endorsed homosexual "marriage," experienced national financial chaos and saw declines in both church attendance and giving to churches. Worldwide the USA has been engaged in costly wars and battles.

Churches and church leaders need a "second wind" to run the race and navigate the challenging obstacle course of secular culture. Alex McFarland is a leader in equipping the church with a biblical worldview. In a few weeks he is leading a powerful conference in Charlotte.

I strongly encourage you to attend "Truth for a New Generation 2013" at Northside Baptist Church, Charlotte, September 27-28. The strong lineup of speakers includes Eric Metaxas, Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell, Elmer Towns, Tony Perkins, Erwin Lutzer, Mike Licona and Fox News anchor, Lauren Green.

Tell your church family about this event and register today on the Truth for a New Generation website.

Please continue to give generously to the N.C. Missions Offering this month. This offering is very important to our Kingdom witness in North Carolina!

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