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Jamie Dew elected pres. of New Orleans Seminary

June 6 2019 by Marilyn Stewart and Gary D. Myers, NOBTS

James K. “Jamie” Dew Jr. has been elected ninth president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) in a special called trustee meeting June 5. Dew comes to NOBTS from his position as vice president for undergraduate studies and distance learning at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.

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Greear: Love well, tip well, come ready for #SBC19

June 6 2019 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

Love each other, love Birmingham well and be ready to ask tough questions – that was J.D. Greear’s challenge to the thousands of Southern Baptists planning to gather in Alabama for their annual meeting June 11-12. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), shared his thoughts on the upcoming event in a Facebook Live video posted June 4.

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Louisiana pastor Michael Wood to be pastors’ VP nominee

June 6 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Michael Wood, lead pastor of First West church in West Monroe, La., will be nominated for vice president of the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference, Tennessee pastor Jordan Easley has announced. Wood has “a love for the local church and our convention,” said Easley, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Cleveland, Tenn.

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Chitwood to emeritus missionaries: ‘Nobody’s done’

June 6 2019 by Ann Lovell, Baptist Press

Karl and Peggy Wallace were in the next-to-last group of missionaries appointed by then-Foreign Mission Board President Baker James Cauthen in 1978. The Wallaces served 40 years in Peru and Colombia with the FMB, now International Mission Board (IMB), under five different presidents through seven major reorganizations.

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Acteens panelists to be featured at WMU meeting

June 5 2019 by Kendall Christian, WMU

Five Acteens from four states have been selected by WMU as national Acteens panelists and will be featured during the WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting, June 9-10, in Birmingham, Ala. Serving on this year’s panel are Grace Cain of First Baptist Church in Pineville, La.; Dominique DuPar of St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church …

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National CP 3.47% over YTD budget projection

June 5 2019 by Baptist Press Staff

Contributions to Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee in May were 3.47 percent above the projected budget through eight months of the current fiscal year and 0.93 percent above the amount received during the same period last year, according to a news release …

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Texas sues San Antonio for Chick-fil-A decision docs

June 5 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the San Antonio City Council June 3 for public records involved in the council’s decision to exclude Chick-fil-A from an airport concessions contract. The council excluded the chain in March expressly because of behavior Councilman Roberto Treviño described as “anti-LGBTQ,” based on Chick-fil-A’s financial donations to nonprofits …

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In ‘living sent,’ church sustains its CP giving

June 5 2019 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

This state-capital First Baptist Church exists as a “missions factory.” “We want to be a factory that produces disciples who look like Jesus and engage our world with practical expressions of God’s love and light,” Jay Wolf, pastor of First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., told Baptist Press (BP).

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Virginia Beach tragedy: Baptist church mourns loss

June 4 2019 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

A Virginia Baptist church is mourning the loss of one of its own in the wake of a mass shooting that left 12 dead in a Virginia Beach office building on May 31. The tragedy also opened the door for Virginia pastor David Platt to share the gospel as he prayed over President Donald Trump …

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IMB sex abuse prevention underway amid new report

June 4 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A new media report on sex abuse allegations, admissions and convictions involving former International Mission Board (IMB) workers comes as the IMB is implementing extensive sex abuse prevention reforms. The IMB is hiring a full-time senior staff member to oversee prevention response efforts, will involve outside legal counsel when reports of child abuse …

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