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Osborne church prays & fasts for spiritual awakening

July 28, 2014 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor
Osborne Steve Griffith, senior pastor of Osborne Baptist Church in Eden since 1992, received a phone call last October that launched a movement of prayer and fasting in the church.
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Diversity itself is theological, professor says

July 28, 2014 by Michael McEwen, BR Content Editor
SEBTS
Since August 2013, the Kingdom Diversity initiative at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary addresses two issues: raising the voice of diverse cultures and of women on its campus.
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Bethel Baptist thinks big with small congregation

July 29, 2014 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor
Bethel
Organized in 1806, Bethel Baptist Church in Hertford is one of the oldest churches in North Carolina. With an average worship attendance around 100, its size matches the majority of Southern Baptist churches.
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Va. appeals court rules in favor of gay marriage

July 29, 2014 by Richard Wolf, USA Today/Religion News Service
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A federal appeals court panel in Virginia became the second one this summer to strike down a state ban against same-sex marriage July 28.

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Marriage redefined by courts again 

As expected, on Monday the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond, Va., ruled 2-1 that homosexual men and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry. The impact on North Carolina’s marriage amendment is not certain, but our state’s attorney general is prematurely moving ahead to enforce the panel’s action. Read more in the full story.

This week’s print edition of the Biblical Recorder is filled with stories about churches and ministries that are moving forward in God’s Great Commission assignment. I hope you are encouraged by each one. Give special attention to the movement of prayer and fasting at Osborne Baptist Church in Eden. God is doing a great work in that church through Steve Griffith's leadership. 

Each year LifeWay’s Thom Rainer publishes a list of the Southern Baptist Convention’s largest churches, as reported in the Annual Church Profile data submitted by each church. We extracted North Carolina churches from the list and published it for you.

Rainer's list made me curious about the average size of all SBC churches. So I gathered additional information from LifeWay and wrote an editorial about it. I believe you will find it interesting.

Last weekend Pam and I had a great time with Cameron McGill, his family, the good people at Dublin First Baptist Church and the wonderful vacationers/residents at Dublin's White Lake church. It is exciting to see how God is working to impact lostness in N.C.

Tell someone today that Jesus loves them and has purchased eternal life for them.

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