IMB, Billy Graham Center focus on rural churches stateside and abroad

October 14 2019 by Julie McGowan, IMB

The International Mission Board (IMB) and the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College’s Rural Matters Institute (RMI) have launched a five-year research project that aims to arm the rural church with resources needed to advance the gospel within and beyond the United States. “The idea is to provide information that will benefit rural practitioners …

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NOBTS approves new mission statement, faculty

October 14 2019 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS

Trustees of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) and Leavell College affirmed new president Jamie Dew's vision for the institution by approving a new mission statement during their fall meeting Oct. 9. The newly approved mission statement reads, "New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Leavell College prepare servants to walk with Christ, proclaim His truth …

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Hurricane Michael: One year later, partnerships vital

October 14 2019 by Margaret Colson, Florida Baptist Convention

Joshua Fidler walked across a field that had been covered for almost ten months by massive debris – “a void that used to be our sanctuary” when he saw a page that had been ripped from a Bible in the cleanup following the fury of Hurricane Michael on Oct. 10, 2018.

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NAMB celebrates offering, meets missionaries

October 11 2019 by Mike Ebert, NAMB

North American Mission Board (NAMB) trustees gathered for their annual fall meeting Oct. 7-8 with much to celebrate as Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, announced to the group that Southern Baptists had given $62.2 million to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering in 2019. It marked an all-time high for …

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Church sees its value in local, national and international outreach

October 11 2019 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

Russian nesting dolls are among Jeff Rasnick’s illustrations of the way Southern Baptist churches work together locally, in state conventions and across the U.S. and the world. The ethnic flavor of Maruschka or Matryoshka dolls, also known as “nesting” dolls that fit inside each other, adds to the illustration, said Rasnick …

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Man baptized at church he vandalized 6 months earlier

October 11 2019 by Tobin Perry, Baptist Press

Feb. 28, 2019, was one of the worst days of 23-year-old Brenton Winn’s life. But it paved the way for one of the best. Angry at God after he relapsed from an addiction to methamphetamines despite spending time at a faith-based recovery program, Winn knew nothing about Central Baptist Church of Conway, Ark. …

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Explainer: The NBA, China and Hong Kong

October 11 2019 by Josh Wester, ERLC

A tweet from an executive with the Houston Rockets has touched off an international controversy and brought attention to an ongoing dispute between Hong Kong and China. On Oct. 4, Daryl Morey, general manager of the Texas-based NBA franchise, posted an image on Twitter with the words: “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.”

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God is ‘changing hearts,’ says Lively

October 10 2019 by Liz Tablazon, BR Assistant Editor

Attendees saw tears of relief, not just sadness, Megan Lively said at an event focused on addressing sex abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). In April, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) changed the direction of its 2019 national conference in the wake of news reports about abuse in Southern Baptist churches.

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Pastors on discipleship efforts: room for growth

October 10 2019 by Carol Pipes, LifeWay Christian Resources

Most Protestant pastors feel confident about the discipleship taking place in their churches. But there’s still plenty of room for growth, according to a new study from LifeWay Research. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) say they are satisfied with the state of discipleship and spiritual formation in their local church, while 78 percent indicate there’s room for improvement.

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Court debates gay, transgender protections

October 10 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The U.S. Supreme Court deliberated for two hours Oct 8 on whether longstanding, non-discrimination federal workplace law provides protection based on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity,” and at least some justices appeared persuaded it does. The high court heard oral arguments in two consolidated cases addressing “sexual orientation,” followed by arguments in an appeal regarding …

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