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The Recorder's 2013 Year in Review

December 31, 2013 by BR staff
Year in Review These stories are a few of the many in our Year in Review edition selected by the Biblical Recorder staff from four categories – personalities, cultural issues, Southern Baptist Convention and Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Our list is not exhaustive, but we believe you will find it helpful.

BCH to establish orphanage in Guatemala

December 27, 2013 by J. Blake Ragsdale, BCH Communications
Baptist Children’s Home of North Carolina is partnering with North Carolina Baptist Men and International Community Development to establish the Good Shepherd Children’s Home, an orphanage in Guatemala.

The Sunday of Life: abortion, adoption

December 31, 2013 by Michael McEwen, BR Content Editor
Since 1973, many Americans have observed Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SOHLS) as a day to celebrate the intrinsic value of all human life. This year it will be on Jan. 19.

A&E reinstates Robertson after backlash

December 27, 2013 by Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service
TV network A&E said that Phil Robertson will rejoin the “Duck Dynasty” reality show after his controversial comments about sexuality and race. A&E stated that it will use this event to launch a national public service campaign promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people.

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Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
BR Editor

The year in review

Welcome to 2014! Today you have 40,000 brand new laws and regulations to obey that were not on the books yesterday. You will not likely know what they are, but you’re not alone. There's a good chance that most of the legislators who voted for the laws did not read them either. And law enforcement agencies are scrambling to learn about them. What a mess!

We are living in a time of extreme confusion. The famine of wisdom is obvious. This is certain: it didn’t come from God. "For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints" (1 Corinthians 14:33, NKJ).

As we walk into this new year, the only certainties we have are found in the Bible, not in the world’s systems swirling around us. God is on His throne. He reigns. His Word is true. This is where we will find our security, hope and peace.

Our staff hopes you enjoy the "Year in Review" material we included in this week’s edition of the Biblical Recorder. Some stories will make us thankful; others will grieve us. Hopefully, all of them will remind us to keep our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2).

I wrote a column in the current edition of the Recorder to challenge all of us in the area of financial stewardship. I believe today’s church desperately needs to confront this issue. We have danced around it and avoided it too long. Now Kingdom ministry is hurting from financial shortfalls. We can reverse the trends!

Don’t forget – you can continue to give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. The need is real, but the urgency for obedience is far greater!

Our apologies for the stray BRweekly you received from us Tuesday. It was released by error. We appreciate your understanding. Thank you for your support of the Biblical Recorder. We are here to serve you as we serve the King of Kings together in 2014.

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