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Bailey Smith, early SBC conservative president, dies

January 15 2019 by Christian Index & Baptist Press Staff

Evangelist Bailey Smith, who helped sustain the Conservative Resurgence at its outset in the Southern Baptist Convention, died Jan. 14 at his home in Duluth, Ga. He was 79. Smith’s election as SBC president in 1980 was the second victory for conservatives following the landmark election of the late Memphis pastor Adrian Rogers in 1979.

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Former N.C. pastor answers plea for help at Tijuana border

January 15 2019 by Liz Tablazon, BR Staff Writer

The day Juvenal Gonzalez spoke with the Biblical Recorder started just like every other day for him since early December: preparing and serving breakfast – tamales, chilaquiles, sometimes bacon and eggs and pancakes – to asylum seekers at El Barretal, an abandoned concert venue in Tijuana, Mexico, that now houses caravan migrants from Central America.

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Trafficking bill applauded, bolstered with ministry

January 15 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Amid the gridlock of a partial federal government shutdown, President Donald Trump and lawmakers came together across party lines to enact anti-human trafficking legislation named for the 19th-century abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Travis Wussow, vice president for public policy with Southern Baptists’ Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, voiced gratitude “for the leadership of Congressman Chris Smith …

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Protestants remain majority group in Congress

January 14 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Self-identified Protestant Christians – including more than 30 Southern Baptists – continue to make up by far the largest religious group in Congress. Protestants total 293 members, or 55 percent, of the 116th Congress, according to a study published Jan. 3 by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center.
 

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Chick-fil-A founder’s legacy seen in daughter’s new book

January 14 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Mountains fascinate Trudy Cathy White, from the mountaintop outside her childhood home where parents Jeannette and Truett Cathy of Chick-fil-A fame led family Bible studies to the rough spiritual mountains that have tried her faith. White, a Christian entrepreneur, speaker and former International Mission Board (IMB) missionary, offers wisdom from personal mountaintops in a new book …
 

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Whitlock transitions from OBU president to chancellor

January 14 2019 by Oklahoma Baptist Messenger Staff

After more than a decade of service, Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) President David W. Whitlock retired Jan. 8 to serve the remainder of the academic year as chancellor. Whitlock will assist OBU trustees in the presidential transition and retire from university employment effective May 31, 2019.
 

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Love for Mixtec people leads to surprise encounter

January 11 2019 by Grace Thornton, Alabama Baptist

Lisa Rose said she wishes she had snapped a photo of Terry Long’s face when he realized what had happened that day. “The look on his face was just incredible,” she said. The day had seemed pretty typical, she remembered. She and John Halbrook – both of whom serve in ministry to the Mixtec people of Montgomery, Ala. …

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Evangelist Rick Stanley, stepbrother to Elvis, dies

January 11 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Rick Stanley, a stepbrother to Elvis Presley who turned to Christ two months after Presley’s death in 1977 and, as an evangelist, spoke at Billy Graham-sponsored events and in a multitude of other settings, died Saturday evening, Jan. 5, in Aiken, S.C. Stanley returned to First Baptist Church in Eureka, S.C., five years ago …

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Sexual purity movement undaunted by new critics

January 11 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Amid new claims sexual abstinence pledges harm teen girls, an early leader in the evangelical purity movement says he does not “second-guess the rightness of the original message.” “Inviting teenagers into a lifetime of sexual holiness and purity, if consistent with scripture, is a beautiful thing,” Richard Ross, cofounder of the True Love Waits …

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New SBC efforts focus on evangelism

January 10 2019 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

Southern Baptists can expect to hear a lot about evangelism in 2019, according to Jim Law, executive director of evangelism and leadership for the North American Mission Board. “We’re looking for every opportunity to talk evangelism,” he told the Biblical Recorder in a phone interview about the recently announced “Who’s Your One?” initiative.

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