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'In All Things Pray' opens 2018 for Southern Baptists

December 19, 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press
The month-long prayer emphasis “In All Things Pray” opens 2018 on the Southern Baptist Convention calendar, encouraging churches to pray corporately for 60 minutes at least weekly in January. READ MORE 

Housing allowance order stayed for now; appeals likely

December 19, 2017 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone
A federal district court judge in Wisconsin has entered a final order declaring the minister’s housing allowance unconstitutional. The Dec. 13 order, however, has been stayed for 180 days. READ MORE

Reformed theologian, pastor R.C. Sproul dies

December 18, 2017 by WORLD News & Baptist Press
Robert Charles “R.C.” Sproul, the Reformed theologian, pastor, teacher and lecturer who founded Ligonier Ministries and authored close to 100 books, including “The Holiness of God,” died Dec. 14. READ MORE

Security tightens at small churches after Texas shooting

December 18, 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press
“Shell shocked.” That’s how Michigan pastor Mathew Vroman felt after learning of the massacre at a small Sutherland Spring, Texas, church that left 26 worship attendees dead at the hands of a gunman. READ MORE




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Christmas highlights our five senses 

All of the emphasis on Christmas festivities made me think about the way we use our five God-given senses to stretch our enjoyment of the season. I wrote an editorial for last week’s print edition of the Recorder that focuses on one of those gratifying creations of God – the sense of smell. If you have not read it yet, please click here and take a moment to read, “What’s cooking?”

George Braswell shared a story with us that adds an interesting twist to Christmas celebrations. He writes as a former international missionary and seminary professor who had an occasion to meet a real Magi in the Middle East. The story has become one of the most popular articles on our website this week. If you missed it, click here to enjoy Braswell’s story.

Next week’s printed Biblical Recorder is our annual “year in review” edition. Your BR staff hopes the summary will be a helpful reminder of the important people and events from 2017.

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All of us at the BR hope you have a safe and enjoyable celebration of the birth of our Savior. We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
  
 

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