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March 13, 2019

Trump's Bible signing called Southern tradition

March 12, 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press
When President Trump signed Bibles in an Alabama region devastated by tornadoes, he was giving comfort to survivors by participating in a time-honored Southern tradition, some say. READ MORE 

Details of former SBTS prof's resignation alleged

March 8, 2019 by Baptist Press & BR Staff
Nine months after professor David Sills resigned for undisclosed reasons, a woman has released a statement of allegations including details of what she describes as sexual abuse ... READ MORE

Georgia pastor repents, church fires accused staff member

March 11, 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press
A Georgia pastor has confirmed the termination of a church staff member who allegedly “admitted to assaulting several young people years ago.” The pastor also apologized ... READ MORE

Committee extends deadline for nominations

March 12, 2019 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications
The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSC) Committee on Nominations has voted to extend the deadline to submit recommendations for individuals to serve ...

Editor's meet to 'press on' in Kingdom communication
Jeremiah: Adversity, suffering & Christ's healing
Trump visits storm-ravaged Alabama, DR volunteers
Film evidences Moses' authorship of Pentateuch
Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
BR Editor

Gospel Conversations 

Southern Baptists have been talking about “gospel conversations” in recent years. The main point of the discussion is to discover ways that believers can steer ordinary, daily conversations toward gospel truths. These ordinary conversations might be about sports, culture, personal needs or a host of other topics. This could eventually lead to our friends, fellow workers or family members making a decision to follow Christ.
Pastors and teachers, let’s consider some ways you might steer your sermons or Bible studies toward gospel truths. First, ask “What are people thinking when they arrive for worship or attend my Bible study group?” They might be thinking about this week’s ACC tournament, news headlines or a family emergency.
This Sunday, March 17, many of them will be wearing something green. It’s St. Patrick’s Day. So, what can you do to use this opportunity to point someone to the gospel? Do you know enough about the missionary and bishop in Ireland’s history who is recognized on this special day? The information is easy to find if you want to learn it. You don’t have to agree with everything about the man’s life to use Patrick's story as a starting point for “gospel conversations” from the pulpit. It’s what many people are thinking about, so it’s a great place to connect with them where they are.
At a recent gathering of Baptist editors from across the country, we heard from a professor or journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who shared some very interesting perspectives on the value of community journalism. Take a few minutes to read this story and especially note her thoughts about the survival of journalism.
Have a super-blessed week! Thank you for allowing the BR staff to serve on your team.

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