Refugee crisis: IMB’s Chitwood goes to Capitol Hill

May 20 2019 by Julie McGowan, IMB

Only days after witnessing Venezuelan refugees’ plight on the Colombia border, and mere weeks after praying with refugees in Uganda, International Mission Board (IMB) President Paul Chitwood traveled to Capitol Hill May 16 to discuss the global refugee crises with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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SBC exhibits: new leaders, conversation & fun

May 20 2019 by Baptist Press Staff

Southern Baptist leaders once again will have much to talk about at this year’s Cooperative Program (CP) exhibit hall booth during the 2019 SBC Annual Meeting in Birmingham, Ala. Among the topics at the CP Stage and Platform are everything from adoption, the sexual abuse crisis and church revitalization to the new movie, “Overcomer.”

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House passes expansive LGBT bill

May 20 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The U.S. House of Representatives approved May 17 an expansive gay and transgender rights bill that opponents warn would devastatingly undermine freedom of religion, conscience and speech, as well as protections for women, girls and unborn children. The Democratic-controlled House voted 236-173 for the Equality Act, H.R. 5, marking the first time a bill …

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N.C. pastor Eddie Eaton to be recording sec. nominee

May 17 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

North Carolina pastor Eddie Eaton will be nominated for recording secretary of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), Florida pastor Mike Orr announced May 16. Eaton is “a proven leader,” “Kingdom-minded,” and “administratively gifted,” Orr, pastor of First Baptist Church in Chipley, Fla., told Baptist Press (BP) in relaying his intent to nominate Eaton …

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J.D. Greear’s new book urges gospel ‘above all’

May 17 2019 by Joy Allmond, LifeWay Christian Resources

J.D. Greear believes the future of the church is bright because of the gospel. But the Southern Baptist Convention president also noted the church can be susceptible to placing secondary things – like programs, strategies and messages – above the gospel. Greear aims to steer the attention and allegiance of the church back to the gospel …

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Longtime Baptist journalist Jim Burton dies at 63

May 17 2019 by Joe Westbury, The Christian Index

Jim Burton, 63, Southern Baptist international photojournalist and storyteller and Baptist Press contributor, died on May 10 after living with ALS for six years.  He was a resident of Cumming, Ga., but had been living at a skilled nursing care facility in Dahlonega since July 2018. Burton’s career spanned four decades …

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Akin to grads: Run Christian race for ‘Lord’s glory’

May 16 2019 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS

Referencing Hebrews 12:1-3, Danny Akin urged graduates of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) to run the Christian race with endurance to the very end. On May 10, 263 seminary and The College at Southeastern graduates walked across the stage of Binkley Chapel to receive their diplomas during their spring commencement ceremony.

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U.S. births, fertility rates hit record low

May 16 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

U.S. births are at their lowest point in 32 years and fertility is at a record low, statistics released May 15 show. Births and fertility rates both fell 2 percent in 2018 from the previous year, the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Md., said. For the past decade, fertility has been consistently below the replacement rate …

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TX reps OK bill for churches to report sex predators

May 15 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The Texas House of Representatives has passed a bill shielding from civil liability churches that disclose credible sexual abuse allegations – but the bill has only 17 days to pass the Senate this legislative session. Representatives May 8 unanimously approved House Bill 4345, assigned May 10 to the Senate State Affairs committee.

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SWBTS grads urged to touch world, impact eternity

May 15 2019 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS

“This is a graduation ceremony. These are commencement exercises. But first and foremost, this is a service of Christian worship,” said President Adam W. Greenway during Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s (SWBTS) spring commencement service, May 10. He explained, “We have gathered together to sing hymns of praise, to hear an address from God’s Word …

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