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  • Study: Americans fond of Bible, but how many read it?

    April 28 2017 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Study: Americans fond of Bible, but how many read it?

    Americans appear to have a positive view of the Bible. And many say scripture is filled with moral lessons for today. However, more than half of Americans have read little or none of the Bible, and a third of Americans never pick it up on their own, a study released by LifeWay Research shows.

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  • ‘SBC This Week’ podcast reaches 100th episode

    April 28 2017 by Mike Schueler, The Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma | with 0 comments
    ‘SBC This Week’ podcast reaches 100th episode

    If it’s happening in the Southern Baptist Convention, there’s a good chance Jonathan Howe and Amy Whitfield are talking about it. Howe and Whitfield host the podcast “SBC This Week” which celebrates its 100th episode April 28. The show, for roughly 30 minutes each Friday, features a roundup of “news and views” from across the SBC.

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  • Porn deemed public health crisis, harmful in 5 states

    April 28 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Porn deemed public health crisis, harmful in 5 states

    At least five states have officially declared pornography a public health crisis or harmful to the public, and at least one other is considering a similar measure, according to bill updates filed on state legislature websites.

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  • USCIRF cites Russia, 3 terrorist groups for violations

    April 28 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    USCIRF cites Russia, 3 terrorist groups for violations

    The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) made some ground-breaking recommendations in its latest annual report, but the bipartisan watchdog made clear one reality is not new – the ability to exercise one’s faith continues to deteriorate. In its 2017 report, USCIRF set a precedent by calling for Russia to be classified as one of the world’s worst violators of religious liberty.

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  • Fred Powell, behind-the-scenes stalwart, dies at 86

    April 28 2017 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Fred Powell, behind-the-scenes stalwart, dies at 86

    Fred Powell, a behind-the-scenes leader during the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) Conservative Resurgence, died April 24. He was 86. Powell became the top aide to Charles Stanley shortly after the Atlanta pastor was elected as SBC president in 1984, serving under Stanley as he presided over the two most-attended SBC annual meetings in history.

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  • Prestonwood to resume CP giving ‘without designation’

    April 27 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Prestonwood to resume CP giving ‘without designation’

    Prestonwood Baptist Church has announced it will resume giving through the Cooperative Program after two months of evaluating its support. “After a time of prayerful evaluation, Prestonwood is renewing our commitment to Southern Baptist missions by giving to the Cooperative Program without designation,” said Prestonwood executive pastor Mike Buster.

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  • SWBTS apologizes for Twitter photo

    April 27 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SWBTS apologizes for Twitter photo

    Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has “deeply” apologized for a photograph posted by faculty members on social media featuring some of the seminary’s preaching professors dressed as hip hop artists. Among responses to the photo on social media were allegations it evidenced racial prejudice.

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  • SEBTS reports gains in minority enrollment

    April 27 2017 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS | with 0 comments
    SEBTS reports gains in minority enrollment

    Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary hosted the biannual meetings of the board of trustees and Southeastern Society April 16-18 at the Wake Forest, N.C., campus. President Danny Akin, reviewing key accomplishments at the seminary, noted to the trustees and Southeastern Society donor supporters that enrollment has increased to 3,580 students.

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