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BSC board cuts 2015 budget by $1 million

October 6, 2014 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications
BSC The Board of Directors Budget Committee for the BSC of North Carolina approved the proposed budget, which will be presented to messengers at the annual meeting.
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Truth for a New Generation calls for bold witness

October 6, 2014 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor
McFarland
Alex McFarland held a series of youth rallies in Greensboro in 1991 and labeled them “Truth for a New Generation.” Twenty-three years later he looks back and is confident...
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9Marks affirms the importance of church membership

October 8, 2014 by Michael McEwen, BR Content Editor
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More than 850 attendees gathered Sept. 26-27 at SEBTS to hear from conference speakers for this year’s 9Marks conference on church membership.
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Gay marriage left standing by SCOTUS

October 7, 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press
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The U.S. Supreme Court paved the way Oct. 6 for same-sex marriages to be legally recognized in 11 additional states. When that seemingly assured expansion takes effect, gay marriage will be legal in 30 states.

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The Pastor's Wife

A few days ago I enjoyed sharing God’s Word at a regional retreat of Gideons International. These men and their wives, who serve in the Gideons Auxiliary, are fully committed to distributing God’s Word and proclaiming the gospel to the whole world. They are also very committed to the local church and their pastors.

One of the men spoke to me about his burden to pray for pastors and pastors’ wives. He said he is especially concerned for pastors’ wives, believing the responsibilities and pressures are great on these women. I really appreciate this man’s concern. During this pastor appreciation month, please join me in praying for the wives of pastors and church staff. They are very special women. Take time to let your pastor’s wife know that you appreciate her and pray for her.

I am writing this column from Boston where the trustees of the North American Mission Board (NAMB) are meeting this week. Kevin Ezell, president of NAMB, invited the editors of Baptist state papers to join him and the trustees in this “SEND City.” Since North Carolina Baptists have a strong partnership with Boston, and some of our churches have sent church planters to serve here, I was excited to accept Ezell’s invitation. You will be reading more about the work in Boston in coming issues of the Biblical Recorder.

Ezell also announced some news that every pastor should know. On Oct. 1 NAMB launched SBC Pastoral Care Line, a phone line that is 100 percent confidential and was established in partnership with Focus on the Family. Any pastor or church staff can call 1-844-Pastor1 (844-727-8671) for anonymous, confidential consultation with any struggle in his life. Pastors, please write down this number, put it in your contact list and call any time you need a confidential friend.

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