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Trump hosts evangelicals to celebrate faith, freedom

August 29 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Some 100 evangelicals, including Southern Baptists, attended a White House dinner Aug. 27 to celebrate what President Trump called “America’s heritage of faith, family and freedom.” The event included remarks by Trump, prayer and an opportunity for attendees to reflect publicly on the Trump administration. Vice President Mike Pence also was in attendance.

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BGCT’s Family Gathering celebrates unity, diversity

August 29 2018 by Kalie Lowrie, Texas Baptist Communications

A celebration of unity and diversity took place as 2,054 messengers and visitors gathered at the 2018 Texas Baptists Family Gathering and Annual Meeting. Several ethnic fellowships and conventions were represented in the three-day event at the Arlington Convention Center.

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Kentucky church takes VBS ‘to the streets’

August 29 2018 by Myriah Snyder, Western Recorder

This year, Westport Road Baptist Church in Louisville took a new approach to LifeWay’s “Game On” VBS theme. They “took it to the streets” by providing six backyard Bible club-style VBS events in neighborhoods throughout Louisville. The neighborhoods included Westwood, Sycamore, Crosby Park, Hillcrest, Maples Park, Murray Hill and Portland.

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LifeWay’s Rainer to retire

August 28 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff

Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, told the organization’s board of trustees Aug. 27 that he is retiring. Rainer, 63, plans to step down whenever a replacement is named or after one year, according to a LifeWay announcement published late Monday evening.

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‘Be the light’ urged after Jacksonville shootings

August 28 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Four deaths and 13 injuries from shootings at two sporting events this past weekend in Jacksonville, Fla., have leaders lamenting “a new normal” of violence amid calls to prayer that seemingly fade away. Three were killed and 11 injured in a mass shooting at a high stakes video game tournament Sunday …

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Small church, bivocational group offers free education

August 28 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

As Joe Wright Jr. and his wife Pennie worshiped with a Southern Baptist congregation of 12 members in the Tennessee Delta just a few weeks ago, the pastor’s participation was noticeable. “We sat there and watched the pastor open his hymnbook and without a piano, he led those 12 people in about three songs …

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Johnny Hunt to lead NAMB evangelism, leadership group

August 27 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB

Johnny Hunt, longtime pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock, Ga., and past president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), will join the North American Mission Board (NAMB) as senior vice president of evangelism and leadership. Hunt and NAMB announced the news Sunday (Aug. 26).

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Army chaplain Squires cleared of all charges

August 27 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

The U.S. Army has dropped its investigation against Southern Baptist chaplain Jerry Scott Squires, fully exonerating the major of all charges Aug. 24. Squires, who had been charged with discrimination against a lesbian soldier who wanted to attend a marriage retreat, handled the situation in accordance with military policy and followed the guidelines of his denominational authority, the Army said.

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Political divides in church focus of new study

August 27 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends

America has become increasingly divided by politics in recent years. So have its Protestant churches, according to a study released Thursday (Aug. 23). More than half (57 percent) of Protestant churchgoers under 50 say they prefer to go to church with people who share their political views.

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SWBTS announces presidential search team

August 24 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's (SWBTS) board of trustees released the list of names on its presidential search team Aug. 24. The 9-member committee will seek a replacement for former president Paige Patterson who was terminated in May.

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