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Platt to step down from IMB; Meador named interim president

September 14 2018 by Julie McGowan, IMB

After receiving the resignation of David Platt, International Mission Board (IMB) president, effective Sept. 27, the Executive Committee of the board of trustees of the IMB voted Sept. 13 to approve Clyde Meador as interim president starting Sept. 27, subject to full board approval.

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SWBTS to host prayer, town halls amid pres. search

September 13 2018 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s presidential search committee has formed an advisory committee of faculty, staff and students to support them in their work. The committee will assist in two ways, according to a Southwestern news release: “(1) They will gather for several prayer meetings, and (2) they will hold several town hall meetings …

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Voters downplay candidates’ faith but shy from ‘nones’

September 13 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Relatively few Americans say a political candidate’s religious beliefs are an important factor when deciding how to vote, according to a poll released Sept. 11 by The Associated Press-NORC (AP-NORC ) Center for Public Affairs Research. Yet Americans hardly ever elect a religiously unaffiliated member of Congress, and atheists claim they are generally underrepresented in public office.

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Hammond unanimously voted Ga. Baptist exec. director

September 13 2018 by Scott Barkley, Christian Index

Georgia Baptist Convention Executive Committee members voted with a singular “yes” to a search team’s recommendation Tuesday (Sept. 11) that pastor Thomas Hammond become the convention’s next executive director. Hammond, 56, is lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Alpharetta and was president of the Georgia Baptist Convention from 2015-2017.

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Suicide: Churches awaken to persistent crisis

September 12 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Pastor Andrew McGinnis still remembers his “solemn drive” home on June 25, 1995. Then 4 years old, McGinnis had been attending a family reunion in Tennessee with his mother and two older brothers while his father Dan, pastor of Double Springs Baptist Church in Waynesburg, Ky., carried out his normal weekend duties at the church.

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‘Flawed,’ ‘hot mess’ precedent defeats Florida cross

September 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

If the federal court had its way, a 34-foot cross would remain at its Pensacola, Fla., post. But “flawed precedent” that judges called a “hot mess” forced them to rule otherwise, the judges wrote in their opinion. Judges said their hands were tied by the 1983 ruling in the nearly identical case of ACLU v. Rabun County …

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Marijuana advance stalls in Oklahoma

September 11 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Since adopting what may be America’s most permissive medical marijuana law, Oklahoma has seen pushback by medical experts and other citizens against potential misuse of the drug. State Question 788 was adopted by Oklahoma voters June 26 to legalize medical marijuana, but the ballot measure did not provide detailed instructions on ...

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Kavanaugh appears likely to gain Senate approval

September 10 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Brett Kavanaugh appears likely to gain confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court after completing the gauntlet that is now the hearing process for nominees to the country’s highest bench. The Senate is expected to hold a confirmation vote on Kavanaugh, 53, before the Supreme Court begins its term Oct. 1.

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Moore: ERLC called during ‘crisis of credibility’

September 10 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is called to equip followers of Christ to minister during a “crisis of credibility,” Russell Moore told the entity’s trustees Wednesday (Sept. 5) at their annual meeting. Moore made his comments on the occasion of his fifth anniversary as the ERLC’s president.

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Anne Graham Lotz seeks ‘healing’ from breast cancer

September 7 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Billy Graham’s daughter Anne Graham Lotz has breast cancer, she announced Sept. 4, and is seeking prayers for healing that would glorify God. “Each day since the diagnosis God has given me promises and encouragement from His Word,” Lotz said at AnneGrahamLotz.org.

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