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  • Texas governor signs bill to ‘shield’ pastors’ sermons

    May 25 2017 by Bonnie Pritchett, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Texas governor signs bill to ‘shield’ pastors’ sermons

    Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed legislation May 21 that prohibits Texas government agencies from subpoenaing the sermons of religious leaders. In a ceremony choreographed to highlight the bill’s benefactors Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick signed the bill surrounded by Houston area clergy during the worship service at Grace Church, Woodlands, Texas.

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  • Association pioneers church revitalization model

    May 25 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Association pioneers church revitalization model

    Two years ago, First Baptist Church of Affton, Mo., knew it was dying. So it sought help from the local St. Louis Metro Baptist Association. In a process facilitated by executive director of missions Jim Breeden, First Baptist decided to replant itself in March 2016 as Church at Affton.

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  • Tennessee passes viability test for abortions after 20 weeks

    May 25 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Tennessee passes viability test for abortions after 20 weeks

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill May 12 that requires abortionists to evaluate unborn babies for their ability to live outside the womb after 20 weeks’ gestation. The new law bans abortions on unborn babies shown to be viable and requires medical opinions from two abortionists.

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  • ‘Miracle man’ Stewart continues ministry after accident

    May 25 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Miracle man’ Stewart continues ministry after accident

    A two-hour “Holy Ghost revival” was in progress in Jimmy Stewart’s office not long after he returned to work at the Alaska Baptist Convention earlier this year. A small group of ministers and friends were praising God for answering their prayers and healing Stewart from a July, 2016, gas leak explosion at his rural Alaskan cabin.

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  • Iorg challenges graduates to ‘be expert witnesses’

    May 25 2017 by Katherine Chute, Gateway Seminary | with 0 comments
    Iorg challenges graduates to ‘be expert witnesses’

    Gateway Seminary President Jeff Iorg told students graduating from the seminary’s Los Angeles-area campus May 20 that their primary role in God’s kingdom is to be witnesses to the gospel. “Tell your story and watch how God transforms those around you,” he said. “Be expert witnesses.”

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  • PrayerLink expresses its mission in logo’s redesign

    May 24 2017 by Roger S. Oldham, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    PrayerLink expresses its mission in logo’s redesign

    Calling on the Southern Baptist PrayerLink leadership team to “fan into flame a passionate pursuit of God in prayer,” Chris Schofield opened the group’s winter meeting as PrayerLink’s first executive director. “The Lord is not through with what we began years ago,” said Schofield.

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  • American views of shame, guilt studied

    May 24 2017 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    American views of shame, guilt studied

    Many Americans are more worried about their reputation than their conscience, a new study released May 23 shows. They worry less about guilt and fear and more about avoiding shame, according to the study from LifeWay Research that was conducted Sept. 27-Oct. 1, 2016.

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  • Rural Baptist church sees 900 baptisms in 6 years

    May 24 2017 by Grace Thornton, The Alabama Baptist | with 2 comments
    Rural Baptist church sees 900 baptisms in 6 years

    In 1995, Joey Hanner was a trucker who was about to give up on his marriage – and he was one Sunday service away from giving up on church too. “We were going to give church one more try and then we were going to end our marriage,” he said. ...

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