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Mandrell ready for LifeWay to ‘make an impact’

July 19 2019 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources

New LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Ben Mandrell presented employees their first assignment under his leadership – seek to impact people for Christ. Mandrell issued this challenge to employees in his first chapel address held July 17 at LifeWay’s corporate office. To help employees live out this goal in their personal lives, Mandrell …

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‘Philosophical differences’: PPFA removes leader

July 19 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Planned Parenthood removed its president July 16 in part because of “philosophical differences,” a day after the Trump administration acted to begin cutting about 10 percent of the abortion giant’s government funding. The boards of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, PPFA’s advocacy arm …

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Netflix cuts ‘13 Reasons Why’ Season 1 suicide scene

July 19 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Netflix cut a graphic suicide scene from Season 1 of “13 Reasons Why” on the streaming platform’s website, drawing praise from groups including Christians and mental health professionals. But the Parents Television Council (PTC), among those lauding the move, continues to call on Netflix to remove the series altogether.

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Missouri Baptist university urged to clarify faith statement

July 18 2019 by Missouri Pathway Staff

Southwest Baptist University’s (SBU) Statement of Faith has not been implemented effectively across the fabric of the university, according to an external peer assessment committee that completed its work there in June. The committee, which was commissioned by SBU late last year, was led by David Dockery, chancellor of Trinity International University.

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Henard to transition from West Virgina executive director

July 18 2019 by WVCSB Staff

William D. “Bill” Henard, executive director-treasurer of the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists since 2015, has accepted a call to pastor First Baptist Church in Athens, Tenn., the convention reported in a July 17 news release. In a letter to the administrative committee of the convention’s Executive Board, Henard stated, “I have made the decision …

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Vietnamese Baptists to aim for year-round ministry

July 18 2019 by Tobin Perry

The Vietnamese Baptist Union of North America celebrated their largest-ever annual meeting – 1,500 attendees – when they gathered for four days in Atlanta. In their 35th annual meeting, the group adopted a new name, the Vietnamese Baptist Union of North America, from the previous Vietnamese Baptist Fellowship of North America. The union’s president, Chien Thang Uc …

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Cambodian Baptists regaining generational unity

July 18 2019 by Tobin Perry

Seang Yiv has been part of the Cambodian Southern Baptist Fellowship for nearly 30 years, but he’s never heard a prayer quite like the one shared by Timothy Sieng at the fellowship’s recent meeting. “He expressed his love for his parents and grandparents – and his desire for people in his generation to be reconciled …

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Hurricane leaves Louisiana thankful for less impact

July 17 2019 by Brian Blackwell and Philip Timothy, Baptist Message

The devastation from Hurricane Barry was less than anticipated in Louisiana based on forecasts, but for those who sustained damage it does not lessen the impact they felt. Several Louisiana Baptist churches reported that facilities suffered from floodwaters and winds as Barry subsequently trekked through the state as a tropical storm and then a tropical depression.

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Refugee crisis: NOBTS students share gospel

July 17 2019 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS

Amid the fading beauty of central Athens, not far from the ancient ruins that draw so many tourists, a monumental refugee crisis persists. Along with suffering and uncertainty, the unfolding crisis offers an unprecedented opportunity for gospel witness among Muslims. And for the past two years, members of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary …

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Churchgoers demonstrate deep faith but room to grow

July 17 2019 by Carol Pipes, LifeWay Christian Resources

When it comes to trusting God, Protestant churchgoers exercise a great deal of faith in their daily lives – whether in difficult circumstances or when the unexplainable happens, a new study released July 16 shows. The 2019 Discipleship Pathway Assessment study from LifeWay Research found 7 in 10 (72 percent) Protestant churchgoers disagree with the statement …

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