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Pastors weigh in on Trump’s job performance

October 12 2018 by Aaron Earls, Facts & Trends

A slim majority of pastors say they approve of the job President Donald Trump has done in the White House, according to a new study, but many are unsure. A LifeWay Research study of Protestant senior pastors found 51 percent approve of how President Trump has handled the job, with 25 percent strongly approving.

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Mohler’s 25 years at Southern Seminary celebrated

October 11 2018 by SBTS Communications

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s trustees presented a resolution of appreciation to R. Albert Mohler Jr. to celebrate his 25th anniversary as president of the institution during a special chapel service Oct. 9. A sermon by Atlanta-area pastor James Merritt and reflections from Mohler, who became the seminary’s president in 1993 …

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David Platt: ‘Church leaders, what is success?’

October 11 2018 by Marilyn Stewart, NOBTS

David Platt posed a question he called “critical” for church leaders to answer in a Founders’ Day chapel message at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS). “What is success for you?” Platt asked. “How do you define success in your role as a leader in the church?”

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In NYC, trustees deepen their church planting vision

October 11 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

As the No. 7 New York City subway line rises from underground in Queens, N.Y., passengers then find themselves riding above one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the world. In the school system alone, 176 languages are spoken among an estimated 800 languages spoken in Queens.

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Michael looms: DR preps against ‘compassion fatigue’

October 10 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

“This year is beginning to look more like our 2017 hurricane response,” said Sam Porter, national director for disaster relief with the North American Mission Board (NAMB), as Hurricane Michael pressed toward the Florida Gulf Coast Oct. 9. “The storms are simply happening a month later than they did last year,” said Porter …

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Kavanaugh confirmation: Prayer, civility urged

October 10 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist leaders called for prayer and the restoration of civility in public discourse in the wake of the highly divisive battle that ended with Brett Kavanaugh’s narrow confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh, 53, in a 50-48 roll call Oct. 6 after an already bitter struggle …

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NAMB, Alabama Baptists plan for Crossover in Birmingham

October 9 2018 by Tobin Perry, NAMB

With eight months until Crossover 2019, Birmingham-area Southern Baptists are looking to build upon a record number of faith commitments last year. Although specific plans have not been finalized, the North American Mission Board (NAMB) is partnering with seven Alabama Baptist associations in the effort.

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SBC goes ‘before God in fasting’ for entities

October 9 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Churches, Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) entities and Baptist state conventions have heeded SBC President J.D. Greear’s call to pray and fast Oct. 8 for the five SBC entities seeking new presidents. “Thanks to all of you going before God in fasting and prayer with Psalm 67 for what God has for us!” Greear tweeted …

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LifeWay search committee now accepting nominations

October 9 2018 by Carol Pipes, LifeWay Christian Resources

The LifeWay Christian Resources presidential search committee is accepting nominations for a successor to Thom Rainer, chairman Kent Dacus has announced. The search committee met Monday, Sept. 24, to develop a process for their search of the new LifeWay president and CEO, Dacus reported.

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2017-18 Lottie Moon offering nears $159 million

October 8 2018 by Julie McGowan, IMB

In the 100th anniversary since Southern Baptists named their global mission offering in honor of esteemed missionary Lottie Moon, churches gave $158.9 million to sustain their international missionaries worldwide – the second-highest Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions ever received. 

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