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Greek NT edition commended for pastors, others

November 22 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A new edition of the Greek New Testament, biblical scholars say, may help pastors and other Bible students gain new insight on the way early manuscripts rendered scripture. Released by Crossway, the Tyndale House Greek New Testament aligns with the wording of previous Greek New Testament editions more than 90 percent of the time.

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Tennessee Baptists adopt resolution against racism

November 22 2017 by Lonnie Wilkey & David Dawson, Baptist and Reflector

Messengers to the Tennessee Baptist Convention’s annual meeting overwhelmingly spoke against racism during the Nov. 12-16 sessions of The Summit at First Baptist Church in Henderson. David Leavell, pastor of First Baptist Church in Millington in West Tennessee, was elected president during the meeting, which drew 993 messengers from 422 churches.

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Texas defends dismemberment abortion ban

November 22 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service

Should abortionists be allowed to end the life of an unborn baby by pulling it apart, or should they remove it piecemeal only after its heart has stopped beating? The answer, at least in Texas, depends on the outcome of a five-day trial concluded Nov. 8 over a new state law banning dismemberment abortions.

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Minn.-Wis. Churches elevate CP giving from 22 to 32%

November 22 2017 by David Williams, Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist

Minnesota Wisconsin Baptists took a leap forward in their goal of forwarding 50 percent of Cooperative Program receipts to the Southern Baptist Convention, jumping from 22 percent this year to 32 percent next year. With a theme of “Come to Life,” 98 messengers from the Minnesota Wisconsin Baptist Convention gathered for the 34th annual meeting.

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SBC Virginia decries racism in Charlottesville resolution

November 21 2017 by SBCV staff

Nearly 1,500 people traveled to the 2017 Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia Annual Homecoming with the theme “We Are Not Alone,” Nov. 12-14. The three-day event took aim at “every form of racism, including and specifically alt-right white supremacy, as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ” in a resolution.

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400 S.C. Baptists ‘Unite’ for citywide evangelism

November 21 2017 by Butch Blume, The Baptist Courier

Gathering under the banner of “Unite,” messengers to the 197th annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention sang, prayed, conducted business and fanned out across the city of Columbia for a “One Day” missions and evangelism effort.

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SBTC messengers encouraged in wake of Harvey, tragedy

November 21 2017 by Southern Baptist Texan staff

Gathering Nov. 13-14 in Dallas around the Ephesians 4-inspired theme of “Belong,” the messenger count for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention’s annual meeting was its largest since 2008. Officers set out to design an environment of encouragement for pastors. And it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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Atonement sparks discussion at NOBTS forum

November 21 2017 by Marilyn Stewart, NOBTS

New Testament scholars N.T. Wright and Simon Gathercole addressed the meaning of the atonement at the 14th annual Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum, Nov. 10-11, at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The question considered was whether substitution is enough to communicate the full meaning of atonement.

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ETS meeting focuses on Reformation heritage

November 21 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

“The Heritage of the Reformation” was the theme at this year’s annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, where Southern Baptists delivered nearly a third of the gathering’s presentations and Trinity International University President David Dockery was elected president. Some 185 of the meeting’s approximately 600 presentations were offered by scholars with ties to Southern Baptist churches, seminaries and colleges.

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Platt, IMB welcome 32 new missionaries

November 20 2017 by Julie McGowan, IMB

As a preschooler in Mission Friends, Amy Jones learned about God’s desire to gather people from every nation, tribe, people group and language. “It became real when my mother returned from England with stories and a tea set,” Jones recalled during a Sending Celebration that marked the appointment of 32 new International Mission Board personnel.

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