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Greear tightens SBC Birmingham schedule

September 21 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President J.D. Greear announced via Twitter that next year’s SBC annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala., will not include any evening sessions. The announcement came the same week the SBC Executive Committee released data indicating a growing role for digital media in conjunction with this year’s SBC annual meeting in Dallas.

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Trump ‘just settled in’ at N.C. disaster relief site

September 20 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

President Trump spent approximately an hour Sept. 19 at a Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) site in New Bern, N.C., helping volunteers distribute meals and greeting victims of Hurricane Florence. “I was literally thinking” the president’s visit would last 15-20 minutes, said Jim Pennington, pastor of Temple Baptist Church in New Bern …

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SWBTS ‘moving forward’ despite ‘certain events’

September 20 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

“Although certain events took place this summer,” SWBTS interim president Jeffrey Bingham told the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee (EC), Southern Baptists are invited to “move forward” with Southwestern. During his report, Bingham referred at least five times to the termination of SWBTS president emeritus Paige Patterson …

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Chaplaincy ministry, church planting spotlighted at SEBTS

September 20 2018 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS

With more than 100 military community students, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is making strides in its efforts to engage these students and bring awareness to ministry opportunities within the military community. Affiliated SEBTS military personnel and students gathered for panel discussions and various meetings for the seminary’s first Military Community Focus Week, Sept. 4-7.

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Next-generation ministry envisioned at ‘The Call’

September 20 2018 by Lee Weeks, Baptist Press

The next generation of Christian ministry leaders must embrace and nurture God’s individual call on their lives before God will use them as ambassadors of the gospel locally and globally, speakers said during “The Call” Conference held at two Baptist universities.

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Whose approval do we seek?

September 20 2018 by David Jeremiah

Everyone is familiar with the pursuit of approval in American politics. Since the first political public opinion poll was used in Pennsylvania in 1824, the polling industry has become ingrained in American life – and not just in politics. Celebrities are offered roles or opportunities based upon their likability as well.

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‘Gospel above all’ motivates Greear agenda

September 19 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The supremacy of the gospel will motivate J.D. Greear as he leads Southern Baptists to evangelize, plant churches and mobilize college students for the Kingdom, he told Southern Baptist executives Sept. 17 in Nashville. “It is the gospel that is the source of our renewal, and it is the gospel that should be our defining characteristic as a people …

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Executive Committee members’ questions aired in open forum

September 19 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Concern over Baptist work in Utah and Idaho, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission were voiced during an Executive Committee open forum Sept. 18. The forum was initiated by the EC’s interim president, D. August Boto, in consultation with EC officers as part of the closing day’s agenda …

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After duck boat tragedy, parents’ faith gives comfort

September 19 2018 by Ben Hawkins, The Pathway

When Michelle Chaffer, a mother of 10, first heard of the death of 17 tourists on a “duck boat” in Branson, Mo., in mid-July, she was sad to hear of so many lives lost. But she saw no need to be concerned for her parents, Bill and Janice Bright …

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DR ramps up as Florence floodwaters rise

September 18 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Rising floodwaters have cut off the supply chains of some Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) efforts following Hurricane Florence, and others are increasingly threatened. But that’s not slowing down ministry to North Carolina communities hit by the storm. As Baptist state conventions partner with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) to mount a disaster relief effort …

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