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  • 78 U.S. lawmakers call for release of jailed pastor

    February 23 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    78 U.S. lawmakers call for release of jailed pastor

    A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers have signed a letter calling for the release of Andrew Brunson, a U.S. citizen believed to have been jailed for his Christian faith in Turkey where he had pastored more than 23 years.

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  • Pastors’ Conference speakers meet to unify sermons

    February 23 2017 by Keith Collier, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Pastors’ Conference speakers meet to unify sermons

    This year’s Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference has already promised several firsts, including the first time all preachers will be from small- and medium-sized churches and all sermons will walk through a book of the Bible expositionally. This year’s conference added another first – the speakers met to discuss their passages to ensure cohesive unity.

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  • Singing ‘Down on My Knees,’ Gaines exhorts SBC to pray

    February 22 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Singing ‘Down on My Knees,’ Gaines exhorts SBC to pray

    In Nashville all of 24 hours while his wife Donna was home in Memphis, Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines had already spoken with her four times because he loves her. The conversations with his wife served as an analogy to encourage Southern Baptists to talk with God and tell others about our Savior.

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  • Baptists must be ‘correct,’ Page says of stewardship

    February 22 2017 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Baptists must be ‘correct,’ Page says of stewardship

    The use of God’s resources will gain a strengthened emphasis in Southern Baptist life, Frank Page said in addressing the SBC Executive Committee. “If we do not get the issue of stewardship correct, the work to which God is calling us will simply not be done in a way that would honor Him,” said Page.

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  • Illinois pro-lifers fight publicly-funded abortions bill

    February 22 2017 by Meredith Flynn, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Illinois pro-lifers fight publicly-funded abortions bill

    Pro-life advocates in Illinois are urging lawmakers to oppose legislation that would allow the use of public money to fund abortions. Illinois House Bill 40, currently awaiting a vote by the state’s House of Representatives, would strike from state law a provision that says Illinois’ medical assistance program cannot pay for abortions.

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  • ‘Benedict Option’: Build communities of resistance

    February 22 2017 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS | with 0 comments
    ‘Benedict Option’: Build communities of resistance

    With secular culture increasingly marginalizing the Christian faith, believers should leave behind political battles and embrace the communal life exemplified by St. Benedict of Nursia, author Rod Dreher said. Although Christianity continues to spread in Asia and the global south, it is rapidly losing its influence in the public square in the West, said Dreher.

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  • 25 church buildings in Sudan feared to be demolished

    February 22 2017 by Morning Star News, Sudan correspondent | with 0 comments
    25 church buildings in Sudan feared to be demolished

    State officials in Sudan plan to demolish at least 25 church buildings in the Khartoum area, according to Christian leaders. The government reportedly claimed the churches were built on land zoned for other uses, but Christian leaders said it is part of wider crack-down on Christianity.

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  • Church response to domestic violence focus of study

    February 21 2017 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Church response to domestic violence focus of study

    When it comes to domestic violence, Protestant pastors want to be helpful but often don’t know where to start, a new study shows. Most say their church would be a safe haven for victims of domestic violence. Only half say they have a plan in place to help if a victim comes forward.

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