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  • Still jailed in Turkey, Brunson gave ‘bold’ witness

    July 20 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Still jailed in Turkey, Brunson gave ‘bold’ witness

    American pastor Andrew Brunson’s continued imprisonment in Turkey following a July 18 court hearing is probably an act of political maneuvering rather than Islamic persecution, two Islamic studies professors say. Resurgent conservative Islam in Turkey is, however, part of the background, the professors say …

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  • Stateside pastors begin Virgin Island partnerships

    July 20 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Stateside pastors begin Virgin Island partnerships

    Pastors leading U.S. Virgin Island churches still recovering from devastating 2017 hurricanes are receiving new stateside ministry partners as another hurricane season threatens. The only Southern Baptist congregations on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas are networking with stateside leaders as guests of the 2018 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference.

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  • LifeWay's former Sullivan Tower to be imploded

    July 20 2018 by LifeWay & Baptist Press Staff | with 0 comments
    LifeWay's former Sullivan Tower to be imploded

    Implosion of the 11-story Sullivan Tower on the former campus of LifeWay Christian Resources is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21. Sullivan Tower, on Ninth Avenue North in downtown Nashville, was built in phases from 1940-1956 and named for James L. Sullivan, president of the Sunday School Board (now LifeWay) from 1953-1975.

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  • ‘Word Matters’ podcast celebrates 50th episode

    July 20 2018 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    ‘Word Matters’ podcast celebrates 50th episode

    Bible readers may be tempted to skip challenging passages like 1 Corinthians 15:29, which speaks of people being baptized for the dead, or Genesis 6:4, which references the Nephilim – a mysterious people the King James Version calls giants. But puzzling passages like these are worth extra attention for Brandon Smith and Trevin Wax.

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  • IMB, ex-missionary’s accuser differ over abuse response

    July 19 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    IMB, ex-missionary’s accuser differ over abuse response

    The International Mission Board (IMB) and an alleged sexual assault victim of a former missionary have presented differing accounts of how the board handled an investigation of the alleged misconduct. After Baptist Press published a July 16 update on the case of former IMB missionary Mark Aderholt – who has been charged in …

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  • SBC seminaries: #MeToo is ‘wakeup call for the church’

    July 19 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBC seminaries: #MeToo is ‘wakeup call for the church’

    Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) seminaries long have sought to train ministers in personal integrity, but amid the #MeToo movement, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Daniel Akin said, they have “heightened the alert.” From Southeastern in North Carolina to Gateway Seminary in Southern California, SBC seminaries are training students and faculty to recognize and deal with abuse …

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  • Federal court protects liberty, life in Texas case

    July 19 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Federal court protects liberty, life in Texas case

    A federal appeals court ruling that protects a church’s internal communications buttressed both religious freedom and defense of the unborn, according to the Southern Baptist Convention’s church-state entity. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reversed July 15 a federal judge’s order requiring the Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops of Texas …

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  • O’Brien sets retirement as Carson-Newman president

    July 19 2018 by Lonnie Wilkey, Baptist and Reflector | with 0 comments
    O’Brien sets retirement as Carson-Newman president

    Randall O’Brien, president of Carson-Newman University, has announced his plans to retire, effective Dec. 31. O’Brien celebrated his 10th anniversary on July 8 as the 22nd president of the Baptist-affiliated liberal arts college in Jefferson City, Tenn. O’Brien was elected by trustees in July 2008, officially joining the college on Jan. 1, 2009.

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