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National Day of Prayer launches PRAY magazine

January 9 2019 by Baptist Press Staff

Ronnie Floyd, president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, has introduced a new quarterly magazine, PRAY. While PRAY will seek to “encourage and equip Christians in how to pray more effectively,” Floyd noted to Baptist Press that “it is also published for men and women who lead local church prayer ministries.”

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Clemson coach Chavis recounts radical transformation

January 7 2019 by Tim Ellsworth, Union University

Despite being a big-time college football player headed to the NFL, Miguel Chavis was on a path to destruction. Self-centered and vile. Hedonistic and drunk. A tough brute who partied hard and pursued every fleeting pleasure he could think of. You name it, and Chavis, during his early years as a defensive tackle at Clemson, was probably guilty of it.

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Greear to launch ‘Who’s Your One?’ with associations

January 7 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A Jan. 31 simulcast for associational leaders will help launch Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President J.D. Greear’s “Who’s Your One?” evangelistic initiative among the 1,000-plus associations within the Southern Baptist network. “Who’s Your One?” encourages every Southern Baptist to intentionally build a relationship with one person over the course of 2019, share the gospel …

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John Stonestreet expounds on faith, culture and worldview

January 7 2019 by BSC Communications

John Stonestreet serves as president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is a speaker, writer, cultural commentator and host of Breakpoint Radio, a program and podcast devoted to Christian worldview founded by the late Chuck Colson. Stonestreet is passionate about illuminating a biblical worldview for today’s culture, and he will be the keynote speaker …

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National CP 4.5% under YTD budget projection

January 7 2019 by Baptist Press Staff

Contributions to Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee in December were 4.50 percent below the projected budget for the first quarter of the current fiscal year. And they were 0.19 percent above the amount received during the same period last year …

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Alabama football players give boost to local ministry

January 4 2019 by Tim Ellsworth, Union University

Alabama running back Josh Jacobs and three other Crimson Tide football players provided a pleasant surprise for a 13-year-old boy while delivering a mattress and bed to a Tuscaloosa home in partnership with Calvary Baptist Church’s S.D. Allen Ministry. Jacobs walked into the house, and the boy who lived there looked him up and down.
 

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SBU professor’s firing, university’s theology discussed

January 3 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

As a former Southwest Baptist University (SBU) professor appeals his termination for allegedly accusing faculty colleagues of deviating from theological orthodoxy, the university has commissioned an “external peer assessment” to include “evaluations regarding orthodoxy” on the Bolivar, Mo., campus. In the month since SBU’s Nov. 28 termination of Clint Bass, assistant professor of theology and philosophy …

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‘Lord protected us,’ Baptist pastor says of gunman

January 3 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

“The Lord protected us,” a Texas pastor proclaimed after police arrested a masked gunman more than 250 miles away who cited the specific church as his destination. “There is an overwhelming recognition that the Lord protected us and provided for us,” Terry Wright of First Baptist Church in Vidor told Baptist Press (BP) Jan. 2.

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Miracle cardiologist cherishes ‘power of prayer’

January 3 2019 by Mark Maynard, Kentucky Today

A cardiologist who had a miracle recovery from a grim cancer diagnosis this summer spoke emotionally Dec. 16 from the pulpit at Rose Hill Baptist Church. After receiving a standing ovation from a packed house in Ashland, Ky., David Bush thanked a congregation who had lifted him up in prayer during a two-month stretch when doctors gave him little hope.

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Jon Nelson: from atheist to 1st black Missouri Baptist VP

January 3 2019 by Christopher Pearson, The Pathway

The Missouri Baptist Convention’s first African American officer, Jon Nelson, is not only a husband, father and church planter. He’s also a testimony to the grace of God that can take an adversary of faith, such as Nelson once was, and bring him into the service of the one he had hated.

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