Case against Army chaplain called ‘anti-religious’

August 14 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A U.S. Army investigator ignored key evidence in saying a Southern Baptist chaplain was derelict in his duties for rescheduling a marriage retreat to accommodate a lesbian couple, the chaplain’s attorney said. Army Chaplain Jerry Scott Squires refused to conduct a Strong Bonds marriage retreat because a lesbian officer planned to attend …

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Army base sees 1,459 salvations since March

August 14 2018 by Josie Rabbitt Bingham, NAMB

U. S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Jose Rondon believes “there is nothing more exhilarating in life than seeing people come to Christ.” This year Rondon has experienced that exhilaration with more than 1,400 professions of faith – something one could describe as a spiritual awakening – at Fort Leonard Wood, his place of ministry.

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GuideStone eyes 2nd century of finance aid & service

August 14 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources

In early August of 1918, William Lunsford, the founding chief executive of what today is GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, received a letter from trustee Cullen F. Thomas. In it, Lunsford was advised that the state of Texas on July 31 had granted the charter for what was named the Board of Ministerial Relief and Annuities.

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An untended garden

August 14 2018 by Randy Bennett

I was anxious to walk through my garden after being out of town for vacation to see how it had fared in my absence for two weeks.   Read More

White nationalists meet gospel witness in Va., D.C.

August 13 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

On the one-year anniversary of white nationalist protests that left three people dead in Charlottesville, Va., area believers countered the planned Unite the Right rally with worship and repentance. In Washington – where white nationalists planned a first-anniversary repeat of their Aug. 12, 2017, Unite the Right rally – police were on high alert, and Christians requested heightened prayer.

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NAMB launches evangelism group, names executive director

August 13 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB

The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is launching an evangelism and leadership group that will promote evangelism among Southern Baptist churches, provide evangelistic resources and equip pastors to help their congregations become more evangelistically active. Jim Law, who currently serves as executive pastor at First Baptist Church Woodstock, Ga., will serve as executive director of the new group.

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GuideStone marks centennial anniversary

August 13 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources

Marking the 100th anniversary of GuideStone Financial Resources, the Southern Baptist entity’s trustees gathered July 30-31 in regular session to hear ministry reports from its executive leadership team and staff. Trustees gave thanks to the Lord for the entity’s ministry and for the vision of founder William Lunsford.

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God’s discipline

August 13 2018 by Chuck Lawless

None of us likes being at the receiving end of God’s discipline – especially when we’re in the midst of it. Every believer I know, though, has been through it. If you haven’t yet been, you will be at some point.   Read More

On the road for missions: Hendersons share WMU story

August 10 2018 by Caleb Yarbrough, Arkansas Baptist News

The rumble of the on-board generator lent a muffled, but noticeable, undertone as Trennis and Pam Henderson gave a tour of their new home. Outfitted with all the modern comforts and conveniences expected in a 21st century home – if not in somewhat smaller proportions – the Hendersons’ new home is a 24-foot-long Winnebago RV. 

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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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