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Lawless launches blog for church leaders

July 13, 2015 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor
Chuck Lawless loves the local church and those who lead her. In an effort to build stronger churches and leaders he launched a new blog, chucklawless.com, on July 1.
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Rural association engages internationals

July 14, 2015 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor
With the help of ethnographic researchers, Johnston Association is identifying and engaging global people groups. It's the first rural, Baptist association to do so.
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Executive Committee approves 2016 budget

July 14, 2015 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications
The Executive Committee gave its approval to a proposed 2016 budget that will increase giving to missions through the Cooperative Program by three percent.
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Christian colleges divided on response to Supreme Court

July 13, 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press
Though some Christian colleges are extending benefits to employees’ same-sex spouses, the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities sees no reason to do so.
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Practical blog for ministry leaders 

Chuck Lawless is a professor of missions and evangelism at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His 19 years as a seminary professor – 16 of those at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary – and 14 years as a pastor in Ohio, gives him a unique perspective on ministry in the local church. On July 1 he launched a new blog for church leaders – pastors, staff, lay leaders, missionaries, seminarians and more! Last week I interviewed Lawless so our readers can hear his heart for the blog.

Read the story about chucklawless.com and visit the site frequently. You can sign up for regular notifications of new posts. I believe you will find a lot of very practical, helpful and encouraging material from Lawless and other writers.

The Obama administration reached a nuclear deal with Iran. Did you hear any news about American pastor Saeed Abedini who is imprisoned in Iran? There was nothing reported, leaving us to believe the president has abandoned Abedini and three other American hostages. Obama promised Abedini’s wife that he would make Pastor Saeed’s release a "top priority." Violating his word again, the president left this U.S. citizen to suffer beatings and torment in one of the world’s worst prisons. Pray for Abedini. Congress still has a voice in the nuclear deal with Iran, so pray that Congress will not abandon Pastor Saeed. Pray that they will do what is right.

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