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March 16, 2016

ERLC, IMB urge prayer for refugees

March 15, 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press
The March 15 focus of the campaign – #PrayForRefugees – comes on the fifth anniversary of the outbreak of hostilities in the Middle Eastern country. The ERLC and its partners are calling ...

'Embedded racial inequity' described at NAAF

March 15, 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press
At the National African American Fellowship’s spring symposium, LifeWay executive Mark Croston shared an example of what he termed “embedded racial inequity.” 

Floyd names Committee on Committees

March 15, 2016 by Baptist Press staff
Floyd named Willy Rice, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater, Fla., to serve as chairman, and Ed Litton, senior pastor of Redemption Church in Saraland, Ala., will serve as vice chairman. READ MORE

Canadian Christian wins religious discrimination case

March 14, 2016 by Laura Finch, World News Service
Bethany Paquette a graduate from Trinity Western University was denied a job with a Vancouver wilderness company called Amaruk because of her affiliation with the university. READ MORE

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Kingdom ministry in N.C.

My schedule in the past week gave me a close look at the amazing breadth of kingdom ministry North Carolina Baptists are doing. I traveled across the state in four different cities.

Last Tuesday night I joined Milton Hollifield, Chuck Register and other N.C. Baptist leaders to honor Southern Baptist missionaries who took the Voluntary Retirement Incentive that the International Mission Board offered last year. The dinner meeting at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem was a strong statement of encouragement and support for our missionaries. Watch for a news story about this event soon.

Last Thursday I was the guest teacher for Fruitland Baptist Bible College students who study at the Rockingham extension center in Roberdel Baptist Church. Bill Mackey coordinates this equipping ministry for several dozen students. These men and women are hungry to grow and serve on the front lines of church ministry. I thank God for Fruitland and the students who attend this great school!

Friday through Sunday I was the teacher for a Lay Renewal Weekend at Front Street Baptist in Statesville. Bob and Phyllis Foy lead these powerful weekends in churches across the Southern Baptist Convention with volunteers from many other churches. Pastor Tim Stutts and the Front Street church are doing a lot of great ministry in their community and around the world. I was very blessed to spend these three days with such a sweet-spirited fellowship.

Monday evening, my wife (Pam) and I led breakout sessions at Newbridge Baptist Church in Asheville for church leaders in the Buncombe Baptist Association. Perry Brindley, director of missions, along with his staff and associational leaders held a one night equipping event with breakouts for evangelism, women’s ministry, children’s ministry and so much more. It is very encouraging to see churches working together in this association to impact lostness in their neighborhoods.

Information is rolling out on the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, June 13-14. This week convention president Ronnie Floyd announced his appointees to the Committee on Committees. Two candidates have announced for the presidency of the convention. A lot more news is forthcoming. Read all of it in the Biblical Recorder, on BRnow.org and in the BRweekly!

Have a happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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