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May 8, 2019

Islam in North America event urges hope, not fear

May 6, 2019 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB
By the year 2050, the Muslim population in North America is reportedly projected to double. That figure might trouble some people in the United States, but ...

Hispanic Baptist unity: a gospel imperative

May 6, 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press
Unity is a biblical mandate vital for empowering Hispanic Baptists’ witness for Christ, two leaders said in setting forth their vision for cooperative efforts that transcend cultural impediments. READ MORE

Warren Wiersbe, 'one of evangelicalism's giants,' dies

May 6, 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press
Warren Wiersbe, an author and pastor credited with influencing thousands of preachers toward biblical exposition, died May 2. He was 89. "I first heard Dr. Wiersbe ... 

Church membership drop, anxiety spotlight gospel need

May 7, 2019 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press
As recent polls put U.S. church membership at an all-time low and anxiety at an all-time high, some Southern Baptist leaders say the numbers are a wake-up call to Christians’ deep need to take ... READ MORE

Floyd names Upton as assistant to the president
'Alive from New York': Pro-lifers rally in Times Square
COLUMN: Why rest isn't optional for Christians on mission
Study: 46.1M Bible-curious ripe for church
Allan Blume
Seth Brown
BR Content Editor

Honor your mother

A special Sunday is fast approaching when people across the country will take time to honor their mothers. Mother's Day (May 12) offers Christians a unique opportunity to demonstrate biblical obedience and gratitude. Inscribed in the heart of God's law is a command to "honor your father and mother" (Exodus 20:12). The Apostle Paul expressed gratitude for Timothy's "grandmother Lois and ... mother Eunice" for the "sincere faith" they passed down to the Ephesian pastor (2 Timothy 1:5). Paul even used the metaphor of a nursing mother to illustrate the pastoral gentleness he exhibited with the church in Thessalonica (1 Thessalonians 2:7). I could go on, but the point is clear. Mothers are important in our personal lives and in the life of the church. It is good and right for us to honor them this Sunday.

As you review the news items in this edition of the BRweekly, I would like to call your attention to the leading article about an event held May 2 on Islam in North America. The North American Mission Board hosted a conference based on a new book titled, "Islam and North America: Loving our Muslim Neighbors." It is an important topic that is vital to the missions and evangelism efforts of many Southern Baptist churches. Take time to read the news story and consider seeking out resources or training to further equip you and your church to reach the nations with the gospel.

As always, the Biblical Recorder staff welcomes your prayers, especially during this season of transition. Many of you know that Allan Blume is retiring as editor-president May 31, and the Recorder's board of directors elected me to succeed him in that role. As I look forward to June 1, I'm filled with both excitement and trepidation. I believe the work of Baptist news agencies – providing reliable information – is important in the life of our cooperative missions and ministries. I often say, journalism is our process, but our real product is trust. Trust is what fuels our voluntary partnerships. I am eager to continue serving North Carolina Baptists in ways that enhance our local church and convention ministries in the days to come.

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