National

Budget proposal includes increase to SBC

July 16 2018 by Chad Austin, BSC & K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

The Executive Committee of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina approved a proposed budget for 2019 totaling $31 million that includes an increase in support of missions and ministries of the Southern Baptist Convention through the Cooperative Program. To offset rising expenses and accommodate the increased allocation to the SBC …

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Kavanaugh nod nonpartisan, pro-Kingdom, Greear says

July 16 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Keeping the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) out of politics remains a goal of the SBC’s president and vice presidents, J.D. Greear said in defending their endorsement of President Trump’s justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “All three of us have a desire to keep the SBC out of politics, but we also want to speak with clarity …

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Tiny houses: Sanctuary for needy shows ‘God is good’

July 16 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Tiny homes under construction spearheaded by a small Appalachian congregation will offer sanctuary and livelihood to people recovering from addiction and other life setbacks. Crossroads Community Church in Stearns, Ky., bought a 13-acre site and is building 20 homes of 300-540 square feet to meet the needs of a community impacted by poverty …

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In-school newscast’s cancelation celebrated

July 16 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Channel One, the daily TV newscast for schoolchildren that once drew criticism from a Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) resolution, announced it has ceased its daily broadcasts. The announcement was greeted with celebration from the conservative group Eagle Forum, which said in a July 11 news release Channel One’s 12-minute newscast for “a captive audience” …

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Looking for community?

July 16 2018 by Melissa Meredith

There’s a little watering hole on the way to my sister’s old place. As soon as I take the exit off the highway, I know I have 10 miles of curvy country back roads lined with canopies of evergreens before I reach it.

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Survey: 2/3 of churchgoers invited someone to church

July 13 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends

America’s Protestants like to invite their friends to church. At least once in a while. Nearly two-thirds of Protestant churchgoers say they’ve invited at least one person to visit their church in the past six months, according to a new LifeWay Research study. “It’s a fairly easy thing for churchgoers to do …

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Tariff concerns needn’t be ‘distraction’ to investors

July 13 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources

Current news of tariffs and trade disputes has added volatility to the financial markets due to the uncertainty it creates but likely will have little impact on long-term investors, according to analysts with GuideStone Financial Resources. Despite initial concerns that the moves could hamper growth, global markets have generally continued to trade …

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Lessons from a cave rescue

July 13 2018 by Lonnie Wilkey

For nearly three weeks, the world’s attention has been focused on Thailand where 12 soccer players and their coach were trapped in a cave for 18 days. The boys escaped the cave with little time to spare as water pumps failed immediately after their rescue, flooding the area they had vacated.

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In Haiti, ‘Lord kept us in eye of storm’

July 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Safe flights from Haiti following a violent citizen uprising have allowed most Southern Baptist mission teams to return to the U.S., Baptist Press has learned. Teams from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and Tennessee returned to the U.S. beginning July 9 after air travel resumed from the island nation.

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SBC messengers 'getting younger,' Dallas report shows

July 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Nearly twice as many messengers attended the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting when compared to the previous year, fueled by a strong Southern Baptist presence in Texas, the SBC Executive Committee has announced. The latest registration report also showed increases in first-time attendees and those in the 18- to 39-year-old range.

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