Hemphill unveils campaign website backed by Louisiana Baptists

March 16 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

An organized campaign is underway to elect Ken Hemphill for president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), including a website, social media accounts and promotional content backed by the Louisiana Baptist Convention. The site,, includes articles, podcast episodes and a series of video interviews hosted by a Vimeo account owned by the LBC.

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A win-win: church plants & sponsoring churches

March 16 2018 by Tobin Perry, NAMB

At 30,000 people, Cleburne is not a big city – nor a small town – on the fringes of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. It’s a community full of young families with a large contingency of older citizens who have called it home for decades. But when church planter John Turner looks at …

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Greeters and gifts: How churches welcome guests

March 15 2018 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Research

If the average pastor has anything to do with it, church guests can expect multiple greetings and may even leave with a gift, a new study released March 14 shows. A study from LifeWay Research, which was conducted Aug. 30-Sept. 18, asked 1,000 Protestant pastors what their churches do to welcome guests.

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Free church security training offered through May 1

March 15 2018 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources

As public shootings continue to make headlines, many churches are evaluating where their facilities stand on security. LifeWay Christian Resources is helping churches make safety a priority by providing free security training through its Ministry Grid platform. “In light of current circumstances, we’ve offered this training to …

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Child marriage on chopping block in some U.S. states

March 15 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

An 11-year-old rape victim in Florida, a 14-year-old ninth-grader in Texas, a sexually abused 16-year-old in Kentucky. They are among thousands of girls forced to marry adult men in the past 50 years under laws permitting such unions in most U.S. states.

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California pastor A.B. Vines to be 1st VP nominee

March 14 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

California pastor A.B. Vines will be nominated for first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), former SBC President Johnny Hunt announced March 13. Vines “is a close personal friend that has a deep love for our convention,” Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., said.

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Embargoed Billy Graham documents to be released

March 14 2018 by Lisa Cannon Green, LifeWay Christian Resources

Known as “America’s pastor,” evangelist Billy Graham also had personal relationships with leaders around the world – in the Vatican, in Buckingham Palace and in nations stretching from Argentina to Yugoslavia. Starting March 19, two new collections about his ministry will be opened to the public.

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Loneliness: Pastors highlight need for community

March 14 2018 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press

Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., and Denver were named America’s loneliest cities in a recent study, but pastors in those cities are not surprised. They say the transient nature of modern life, along with selfishness and technology contribute to people feeling alone despite being surrounded by people.

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Oklahoma Senate votes for adoption protection

March 14 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Oklahoma Senate voted 35-9 for Senate Bill 1140, a proposal that would protect private organizations from being required to take part in the placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the action would violate their “written religious or moral convictions or policies.”

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Exorcists in demand? Baptists discuss demonic activity

March 14 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Amid reports of increased demand for exorcisms among some Roman Catholics, resources by Southern Baptists are helping to clarify the Bible’s teaching on demonic activity. “Can a Christian be demon possessed? No,” Southern Baptist Theological Seminary theology professor Stephen Wellum said. “To be demon possessed would mean one is outside of Christ.”

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