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August 7, 2019

Southern Baptists respond to ‘horrific’ acts of violence

August 6, 2019 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press 
As two mass shootings brought the total to three such tragedies in just over a week, Baptists prayed, met needs and called for an urgent look at how white supremacy can “fuel” violence.

IMB notes increase in missionary candidates, plans to send more

August 2, 2019 by Seth Brown, BR Executive Editor 
The International Mission Board cited sharp increases in the number of missionary candidates it has received since last fall, and leaders are preparing to rally even more Southern Baptists to do mission work.

SEBTS to host second annual military week

August 6, 2019 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS 
Students and local minsters alike can come and learn more about opportunities for military chaplaincy, local church military ministry and church planting in military communities.

Churchgoers’ need for community studied

August 6, 2019 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Resources 
Protestant churchgoers say they can walk with God just fine by themselves, but they also say they need other believers to help them do it, a newly released study says.

VBS continues despite lasting Hurricane Michael devastation​
Joshua Harris’ ‘falling away’ stirs doctrine reaction​
COLUMN: Why we must send more missionaries of color​
Q&A: Gregory Love with MinistrySafe

Southern Baptist Deaf meet at Ridgecrest
Allan Blume
Seth Brown
Executive Editor

Good News for the grieving 

We mourn yet again at news of mass shootings in our country. The latest instance marks number 251 in the U.S. in 2019. There is no shortage of opinionated ink being spilled about why such horrific acts of violence occur and how Americans should respond to these tragedies. 

I suppose it is good and right for us to hash out such matters in open public discourse. Indeed, we must. As we do, I pray that Christians across the country will pause to lament and grieve as we press toward solutions that benefit our communities.

We live in the midst of a world that desperately needs to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ and see His character in our lives.

Let us remember that we serve a Lord acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3). Let us be quick to hear from the hurting and slow to speak (James 1:19). Let us be humble enough to stand for truth and bold enough to do so with gentleness, like our Savior before us (Isaiah 42:1-3). 

On a more positive note, I recently spoke with Paul Chitwood, president of the International Mission Board. He described an encouraging uptick in the number of missionary candidates currently in the pipeline at the IMB. Be sure to read the story that came out of that interview.

There are a number of other significant articles in this issue of the BRweekly. Don't forget, you can also visit BRnow.org to stay up-to-date on the latest news.

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