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Man dumps retirement, launches new career in ministry

August 10 2018 by Roger Alford, Kentucky Today

With his walking cane firmly in hand, pastor Forrest Ivy strides intentionally into his church, a new knee still tender from replacement surgery. A few aches and pains won’t keep this 66-year-old from preaching the gospel. At a stage in life when most people are settling into retirement, Ivy is launching out on a whole new career as a Kentucky Baptist pastor.

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New Billy Graham tributes launched

August 9 2018 by Joy Allmond, Facts & Trends

On Aug. 20, the permanent Sirius XM channel dedicated exclusively to messages from “America’s Pastor,” who preached over the decades in hundreds of venues around the globe, will launch. The Billy Graham Channel began a series of limited runs last November, beginning with Graham’s 99th birthday, and included a temporary tribute channel …

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University ends baby body parts program

August 9 2018 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD

Researchers at the University of New Mexico will no longer procure, sell, or dissect aborted baby body parts, the university announced recently. The research program led for two decades by Robin Ohls, a pediatrics professor, was halted following an internal investigation.

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University of Iowa sued again over religious liberty

August 9 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

For the second time in less than a year, a Christian student group has sued the University of Iowa to protect its right to select leaders who hold traditional Christian beliefs. The InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship filed a lawsuit in federal court Aug. 6 after the university revoked the fellowship’s status as an official student organization …

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Can you spiritually multitask?

August 9 2018 by David Jeremiah

Instead of having one slow brain, today’s computers have several really fast brains that can handle tasks independently of each other. While the brain God gave us is more powerful than any computer, we only have one. And it works best when it is focused on one thing at a time.

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BGCO’s Falls Creek settles lawsuit

August 8 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) has settled a lawsuit related to the alleged 2016 rape of a 13-year-old at the BGCO’s Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center. Terms of the settlement are undisclosed, The Oklahoman newspaper reported Aug. 5, but one sentence of the settlement agreement is not under seal: …

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‘Baptist Hymnal’ celebrates 10-year anniversary

August 8 2018 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources

This August, LifeWay Christian Resources is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the latest Baptist Hymnal. It’s a milestone Mike Harland, director of LifeWay Worship, finds humbling – especially considering a physical form of the 2008 hymnal wasn’t initially supposed to exist. “The original idea was that a new hymnal for Baptists would be digital only.”

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Pastor: Ohio law, church can help with payday lending

August 8 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Ohio’s new law regulating payday lending is an important advance, but the church plays a vital role in helping people who often become casualties of the predatory industry, Southern Baptist pastor David Gray says. Gov. John Kasich signed into law July 30 what some advocates have described as a model for the country in addressing abuses by lenders …

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LifeWay’s Selma Wilson announces retirement

August 8 2018 by Carol Pipes, LifeWay Christian Resources

Selma Wilson, senior vice president of organizational development and chief people officer at LifeWay Christian Resources, has announced she will retire effective Oct. 1. “It has been an incredible honor to be a part of the mission of LifeWay for the past 28 years,” Wilson said.

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John Bisagno, pastor & church innovator, dies at 84

August 7 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

John Bisagno, an evangelistic innovator and longtime pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church, died Aug. 5 in Nashville following a battle with cancer. He was 84. During Bisagno’s 30-year tenure at Houston’s First beginning in 1970, the congregation grew from fewer than 400 to 22,000 members, Baptist Press reported in 1999.

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