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WMU Foundation: $500K to support national WMU work

March 1 2019 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

WMU Foundation recently gave more than half a million dollars to national Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU), a gift earmarked to help the organization carry on its missions work. The foundation presented national WMU with grants totaling $512,354 from 14 different funds and endowments during the entity’s board meeting Jan. 13.

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Greenway: SWBTS to ‘reinvigorate’ its legacy

February 28 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Adam Greenway says he wants to continue Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s (SWBTS) legacy as the “big-tent seminary of the SBC,” where Southern Baptists who differ on secondary theological issues can unite behind rigorous scholarship, missions and evangelism. Greenway laid out his vision at a Feb. 27 press conference following his election as Southwestern’s ninth president.

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By slim vote, Methodists maintain biblical marriage

February 28 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

United Methodist bishops are promoting unity in the global church after delegates narrowly retained biblical marriage and a ban on LGBT ordination at a contentious 2019 General Conference in St. Louis. Delegates approved Feb. 26 the so-called Traditional Plan by a margin of 53.3 percent to 46.7 percent, going against the One Church Plan …

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Stinson elected provost at SWBTS

February 28 2019 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS

Randy L. Stinson has been elected provost and vice president for academic administration at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS). Stinson was recommended to the seminary’s board of trustees by the seminary’s Academic Administration Committee, and the board voted to approve the recommendation during a special called meeting on Feb. 27.

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Military draft ruling a ‘blow’ to gender equality

February 28 2019 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

A federal judge in Texas has ruled the all-male military draft unconstitutional, a move that some Baptist leaders say is a blow to gender equality, not a win for it. Judge Gray H. Miller of Federal District Court in the Southern District of Texas said earlier this week that the “time has passed” for debate …

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Greenway to lead SWBTS, Stinson named provost

February 27 2019 by Biblical Recorder Staff

The trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) voted today (Feb. 27) to elect Adam Greenway as the next president. Greenway, 41, is an alumnus of SWBTS and currently serves as a dean for The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Trustees also confirmed Greenway’s nomination of Randy Stinson to serve as provost.

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‘Who’s Your One?’ emphasis officially launched

February 27 2019 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

The North American Mission Board (NAMB) officially launched the “Who’s Your One?” evangelism initiative Feb. 26 as part of an effort to encourage Southern Baptists to engage people with gospel conversations throughout the year. This evangelism emphasis asks believers to pray for and focus on one individual in the hope that that person may come to Christ.

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New HHS pro-life rule applauded

February 26 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Donald Trump’s administration’s new rule to eradicate family planning funds for Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform or promote abortions received high marks from pro-life leaders. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final regulation Feb. 24 that bars the use of Title X money “to perform, promote, refer for, or support abortion …

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BGR joins movement for disaster response standards

February 26 2019 by BGR and Baptist Press Staff

Baptist Global Response (BGR) has been accepted as an associate member of Sphere, a movement to uphold high standards in humanitarian work during disaster responses. With its inclusion in Sphere, BGR “joins other international organizations in affirming the need for knowing what to do in a time of crisis to meet the survival needs of people …

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Excavating business didn’t undercut his trust in God

February 26 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Roads for new subdivisions, basements for new homes and ponds dug around town were the construction jobs handled by Gale Hutchens Excavating. Hutchens and his 10 employees operated backhoes, bulldozers and scrapers to clear trees and debris and to move dirt and rock from one place to another.

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