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Baptists react to Obama's 'marriage' decision
May 10 2012 Michael Foust, Baptist Press
On May 9 President Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to support gay “marriage” publicly, an announcement that was surprising perhaps only in its timing and one that could impact the general election.
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N.C. Baptists chosen to serve SBC
May 15 2012 by Baptist Press & BR staff
Appointments to the Southern Baptist Convention's (SBC) Committee on Committees have been announced by SBC President Bryant Wright. Joel Stephens of Westfield Baptist Church and Aaron Wallace of Hephzibah Baptist Church, Wendell, will represent N.C.
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Guest Column: The marriage debate & the future of evangelical response
May 11, 2012 by Ed Stetzer, Baptist Press
North Carolina reversed the trend and became the 30th state to amend its constitution to define marriage as an act between one man and one woman ... At the end of the day, all evangelicals will still have to deal with an issue on which the evangelical view is perceived as narrow and bigoted.
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N.C.'s Anthony Allen to lead Mo. Bapt. college 
May 10 2012 by Brian Koonce, The Pathway
Sample Image HANNIBAL, Mo. (BP) – After a seven-month long search, Hannibal-LaGrange University (HLGU)  trustees unanimously elected Anthony Allen as HLGU’s 17th president.
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Ezell introduces missionary development plan 
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Guest column: America's moral fabric is ripped
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U.S. split on homosexual behavior as sin 
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Iranian pastor: I'm surrendered 'to God's will'
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Mayan calendar draws spotlight; a troubled culture struggles 
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Arizona defunding of Planned Parenthood continues trend  
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Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
BR Editor
Ministry's greatest challenge
May 16 2012

What do you consider the greatest challenge in your ministry? Whether you serve as a pastor, as part of a church staff or a lay leader, you probably have at least a mental list of the things you find most challenging.
 
At the top of the list for many is the challenge of making disciples. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations...” (Matthew 28:19a, NKJ). Jesus said, “Go and make disciples” – not converts, not church members, not Sunday School attenders – but disciples. We can get people to attend a Bible study or to join a church, but are they on course to become a disciple of Jesus Christ?
 
Discipleship is more than attending events and acquiring head knowledge. It is learning to give Jesus Christ total control of every part of life. It is learning to listen to everything He is saying – first through the scriptures, and then through the circumstances of daily living. Discipleship demonstrates itself most clearly when every activity of life grows from a serious relationship with Christ – when truth is not just believed, but lived.
 
Jesus carefully selected 12 men to be His disciples. When He finished preparing them to face the world three years later, the disciples went out in such power that their world was never the same again. They were not perfect men. But they had been in boot camp with Jesus, and others could see the mark of Christ on their attitudes and their actions.
 
What kind of disciples are produced in your church? As others watch us navigate through a crisis, do they see the living Lord? Do our children see the difference Christ makes when we face a need? What difference does the presence of Jesus Christ make in our life?
 
Have you found an effective strategy to make disciples? I would like to hear from you. The Biblical Recorder wants to be your partner in the challenge of disciple making. Please email me: editor@BRnow.org.

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