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  • Newcomers, young adults embrace black church conference

    July 26 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Newcomers, young adults embrace black church conference

    Ryan Littlejohn of Wichita, Kan., attended his first Black Church Leadership and Family Conference July 17-21 after hearing a glowing report of the previous year’s gathering. “I came because my pastor and first lady came last year, and they just really, really loved what this place offered and everything they learned,” Littlejohn said.

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  • Gallup: Non-denominational Protestants on the rise

    July 26 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Gallup: Non-denominational Protestants on the rise

    Data pointing to a dwindling percentage of Americans who identify with a specific Protestant denomination has spurred calls for churches marked by God’s “presence and power” and for reemphasis of biblical doctrine. Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines said a strong denominational identity doesn’t seem to hinder the church he pastors.

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  • Trump administration cuts target contraceptive-based sex ed.

    July 26 2017 by Daniel Woodman, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Trump administration cuts target contraceptive-based sex ed.

    Teen pregnancy prevention programs that advocate the use of contraceptives have been notified by the Trump administration their federal funding will be cut by more than $200 million annually. Ascend, formerly the National Abstinence Education Association, lauded the cuts as appropriate given the “controversial and explicit” nature of some sex education programs.

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  • Houseparents sow spiritual seeds at children’s home

    July 26 2017 by Hannah Hanzel, Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    Houseparents sow spiritual seeds at children’s home

    “When we first came, the Holy Spirit just kept saying over and over again, ‘This is your home.’ It still feels like home to this day. This is where God wants us to be,” Lieschen Saale said while rocking back and forth in her living room.

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  • Millennial and bivocational: church’s intentional DNA

    July 26 2017 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS | with 0 comments
    Millennial and bivocational: church’s intentional DNA

    As both a crew member at Trader Joe’s and a minister at Progression Church in Baton Rouge, La., Joe Handy gets to pastor two locations – his “Trader Joe’s campus” and his “Progression Church campus.” At Trader Joe’s, Handy rubs shoulders with coworkers from a wide range of backgrounds, most of whom have no interest in visiting a church. ...

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  • Randall House’s Ron Hunter hopes to help families connect

    Ron Hunter Jr. is the executive director & CEO of Randall House, a Christian publisher that promotes generational discipleship through curriculum, books and events. Hunter helps church leaders, parents and grandparents live out the disciple-making principles of Deuteronomy 6 through D6 Family Ministries and as an author, conference speaker and leadership consultant.

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  • Ole Miss coach resigns amid scandal, requests prayer

    July 25 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Ole Miss coach resigns amid scandal, requests prayer

    The forced resignation of Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze – an outspoken follower of Jesus – amid what the university described as “moral turpitude” has left believers disappointed and expressing hope for repentance. “I truly believe that [Freeze] is a good man,” said Mississippi pastor Clarence Cooper, a friend of Freeze’s for two decades.

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  • Survey of young leaders shows CP in positive light

    July 25 2017 by Roger S. Oldham, SBC Life | with 0 comments
    Survey of young leaders shows CP in positive light

    Many younger pastors have a positive view both of the name “Cooperative Program” (CP) and the ministries funded through CP, according to the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee Young Leaders Advisory Council Survey. The 22-member council is chaired by Jordan Easley, senior pastor of Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, Tenn.

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