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Vision team to help implement SBCAL recommendations

August 20 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

An 11-member vision team will study ways to help Southern Baptist state associations implement recommended changes including a new title and system-wide professional proficiencies for directors of missions (DOMs). The Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL) vision team will research ways to help state associations implement a study team’s recommendations that were adopted during the SBCAL annual meeting in June.

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Greg Laurie on censored ad: ‘Hold the Bible high’

August 20 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

After promotional materials for the SoCal Harvest crusade were taken down from two Southern California malls because they showed Pastor Greg Laurie holding a Bible, Laurie is asking attendees of the event to hold up their Bibles in a show of support for God’s Word. “Apparently, in our intolerant culture, we no longer can display the Bible in public,” …

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Dave Miller ‘on the recovery trail’ after cancer surgery

August 17 2018 by Compiled by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Iowa pastor Dave Miller, president of last year’s Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference, has reported he is “on the recovery trail” after surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on his kidney June 26. Miller, senior pastor of Southern Hills Baptist Church in Sioux City, Iowa, underwent surgery to remove his gall bladder and spleen on May 3, when the tumor was discovered.

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Betty Dilday, wife of former SWBTS president, dies

August 17 2018 by Compiled by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Betty Dilday, 87, wife of former Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Russell H. Dilday, died Aug. 9 from pulmonary fibrosis complications, according to an obituary in the Dallas Morning News. Betty Dilday served with her husband during his 16 years as Southwestern's president (1978-1994) and his 17 years as pastor of churches in Texas and Georgia.

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University of Iowa reinstates religious groups for now

August 17 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The University of Iowa has reinstated multiple religious student groups as registered campus organizations after one group threatened to seek a temporary restraining order amid pending litigation. InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship sued the university Aug. 6 because school officials revoked the fellowship’s status as an official student organization over a requirement …

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Military chaplain plays historic role; comforts families

August 17 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB

Before dawn on July 27, Southern Baptist United States Army Chaplain (Colonel) Samuel S. Lee, stepped onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft at Osan Air Base to lead prayer for crew members who were about to take off on a historic flight across the border to North Korea.

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Heaven on earth

August 17 2018 by Joshua Crutchfield

I love preaching about heaven – but hardly in the way that you might expect.   I do not limit it to the place that you go to when you die but what has already erupted on earth due to the salvation that God is imparting to those who trust in Him.

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4 steps every new small group should take

August 16 2018 by Phanuel Roxas

Small groups build community and help new church members feel more connected to the local church. A smaller setting helps shrink down a large congregation to smaller, more intimate gatherings where members can establish deeper roots.   No matter how each group is formed, there are some practical elements to consider when launching a brand-new group.

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Greear: Catholic abuse report requires ‘bold steps’

August 16 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A Pennsylvania grand jury’s report alleging unprecedented levels of sexual abuse and cover-up by Roman Catholic clergy has drawn reaction from Southern Baptists. Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear said Southern Baptists should respond to the report by taking all steps necessary to eradicate sexual abuse “from within our community.”

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Again: Colorado says cake artist Jack Phillips broke law

August 16 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Christian cake artist Jack Phillips is in court again, defending the same religious freedom right the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed on his behalf in a previous case in June. This time, transgender attorney Autumn Scardina filed a discrimination complaint against Phillips for refusing to bake a birthday cake celebrating Scardina’s transition from a male to female identity.

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