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Prayer tent volunteers venture downtown each month

July 9 2019 by Mark Maynard, Kentucky Today

Several devout members of Gano Baptist Church are taking prayer into their community. They have set up a couple of tents in the middle of downtown Georgetown, Ky., and made themselves available to pray on the second Saturday of every month for the past year. They pray for those walking up to them off the street …

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N.M. Baptists continue to aid migrants

July 5 2019 by Daniel Porter, Baptist New Mexican

Serving asylum-seeking migrants is as simple as “a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name” says Frieda Adams, a former 20-year veteran Southern Baptist missionary and current coordinator for medical personnel in New Mexico’s Dona Ana County. Adams is one of many Baptists in New Mexico providing humanitarian assistance to asylum-seeking migrants vetted and released …

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Mark Aderholt pleads guilty in sex assault case

July 5 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Former Southern Baptist missionary, minister and state convention worker Mark Aderholt pleaded guilty July 2 in a plea deal related to the sexual assault of a minor two decades ago. Aderholt, 47, pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily injury, said Sam Jordan, a communications officer with the Tarrant County, Texas, District Attorney’s Office.

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NAAF launches new website, logo, social media

July 5 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The National African American Fellowship (NAAF) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has rebranded with the new website naaftogether.org, a new logo and social media presence on several platforms. NAAF will send a letter in mid-July announcing the change to its membership of about 4,000 African American Southern Baptist pastors …

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Reading your Bible daily? Study gives closer look

July 3 2019 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Resources

Christians say the Bible is God’s Word, but even among Protestant churchgoers only a third spend time reading it every day, according to a study released July 2. The 2019 Discipleship Pathway Assessment study from LifeWay Research, conducted Jan. 14–29, found those who regularly attend Protestant churches are inconsistent in their reading and thinking about scripture.

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Nat’l CP 2.80% over YTD budget projection

July 3 2019 by Baptist Press Staff

Contributions to Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee in June were 2.80 percent above the projected budget through nine months of the current fiscal year and 0.13 percent above the amount received during the same period last year …

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Church stays ‘traditional’ amid gated communities

July 3 2019 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

“We have a choir. We have an organ and piano,” pastor Reed Buntin said. “We’re just your traditional Southern Baptist church.” For Triune Baptist Church, “traditional” also includes a missions mindset rooted in the Cooperative Program and discipleship rooted in Sunday School.

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Last abortion clinic in Missouri gets Aug. 1 reprieve

July 2 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

The battle to shutter a final abortion clinic in Missouri will continue at least until Aug. 1, according to a state commission’s ruling June 28, acting on a federal judge’s ruling a week earlier. Missouri could become the first state in the nation without an abortion clinic since 1973’s Roe v. Wade decision …

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Pastor keeps ministering while awaiting transplant

July 2 2019 by Lonnie Wilkey, Baptist and Reflector

It took a while, but Chad Ball has learned to say two words that aren’t in the vocabulary of many Southern Baptist pastors, “I can’t.” The 42-year-old pastor of First Baptist Church, Adamsville, Tenn., was diagnosed in 2006 with Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a leading cause of kidney failure.

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Truck crash destroys sanctuary, unifies church

July 2 2019 by Anna Keller, The Alabama Baptist

Pastor Ronny Jones will never forget the day a flatbed tractor-trailer truck crashed into the side of First Baptist Church Center Star, in Killen, Ala. The church’s sanctuary was destroyed. The truck “lost control on Highway 72 and crashed into the side of the building,” Center Star’s longtime pastor recalled of the March 10, 2014 incident.

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