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BSC helps make churches a ‘safe place’

February 22 2019 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

In the wake of a major investigative news report about sex abuse in Southern Baptist churches, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina is reassuring congregations across the state that assistance is available to help them protect churchgoers, respond to abuse allegations and minister to survivors.

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IMB mobilizer Edgar Aponte to lead Idlewild missions

February 22 2019 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

Edgar Aponte, vice president for mobilization at the International Mission Board (IMB) and former director of Hispanic leadership development at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, will transition to the missions staff of Idlewild Baptist Church near Tampa, Fla., later this spring. Aponte will oversee local, national and international missions for the church, which is led by

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Sharing a 'Jesus dream' in Salt Lake City

February 21 2019 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

Luis Soto traveled across South America with Wycliffe Global Alliance, teaching and mobilizing in eight nations during a seven-year span. His missionary journey eventually led him and his family to Salt Lake City where he launched a new church. “We arrived here to preach at a conference for a week,” Soto said.

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His thanks to Graham: ‘One of those souls is mine’

February 21 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

A soldier stuck his head into the tent where Alfred Rawson was quartered during the Korean War with several other soldiers at an Air Force base in Japan. It was in November 1952. The soldier asked if anybody wanted to go hear Billy Graham at another Air Force base about 30 miles away.

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10-year-old advances SBC ministry day

February 21 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Zak McCullar was 9 years old when he knocked on a stranger’s door in Black Mountain, N.C., eager to tell her about Jesus. “I said we’re from Walker County in Alabama and we’re with Oteen Baptist Church and we want to invite you to church, and if there’s any questions ask me.”

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Immigration & pastor’s views spotlighted in study

February 21 2019 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Resources

As U.S. lawmakers continue to debate the best approach to illegal immigration, most Protestant pastors say the solution should be multifaceted, according to a study released Feb. 20. LifeWay Research surveyed 1,000 Protestants pastors Jan. 14-30 on their views on illegal immigration and how the church should view those in the country illegally.

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EC search committee found ‘God’s candidate’

February 20 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The search committee seeking the next president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee (EC) has “identified God’s candidate for such a time as this” and will announce the nominee “very soon,” search committee vice chairman Adron Robinson reported Feb. 19.

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With ‘Gospel above all,’ Greear tackles sex abuse

February 20 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Maintaining his signature theme of the “Gospel Above All,” Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear detailed a prescription to battle sex abuse and its enablers at the SBC Executive Committee meeting Feb. 18 in Nashville. “We serve a God who laid down His life to protect the vulnerable,” Greear said in his presidential address.

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Ruling affirmed in Missouri Baptist Home, university cases

February 20 2019 by Missouri Pathway staff

Missouri Baptists are one step closer to restoring The Baptist Home and Missouri Baptist University (MBU) to the “MBC family.” On Feb. 19, the state’s Appeals Court in Kansas City affirmed a lower-court ruling ordering The Baptist Home and MBU to seat trustees elected by the Missouri Baptist Convention.

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Gateway to offer all master’s degrees online

February 20 2019 by Kathie Chute, Gateway Seminary

Gateway Seminary will become the first Southern Baptist seminary to offer all its master’s degrees completely online in the fall of 2019. Approval to offer the final two degree programs online came from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) on Feb. 15. “Having all of our master’s degrees online means that more than ever before …

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