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87-year-old pianist achieves dream of publishing song

April 22 2019 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources

For the past 15 years, Wynness Thomas has been homebound, battling daily pain from arthritis of the spine and Parkinson’s disease. But this former church pianist and choir member at Tilly Swamp Baptist Church hasn’t let her age or ailments rob her of her love of music.

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‘Save Chick-fil-A Day’ promotes religious liberty

April 22 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Religious liberty advocates held “Save Chick-fil-A Day” at the Texas Capitol April 17 after the restaurant was banned from the San Antonio airport for donating to religious non-profits. Religious freedom group Texas Values hosted the event in support of two bills before the Texas Legislature banning religious discrimination, weeks after the San Antonio City Council cited Chick-fil-A’s religious outreach …

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NAMB announces multisite, multi-format Send Conference

April 18 2019 by NAMB Staff

The North American Mission Board (NAMB) announced April 17 that its next Send Conference will happen through a series of local and regional conferences that will take place in more than 70 locations throughout North America beginning this fall. “It’s about maximizing momentum,” NAMB president Kevin Ezell said.

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Chonda Pierce’s ‘Unashamed’ in theaters May 7 & 9

April 18 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Chonda Pierce is at a new stage in life. Widowhood and online dating give new material to her comedy routine, but her latest film “Unashamed” goes beyond her own testimony. “This time in my life, I want the testimony of this movie to be about what Jesus did, and not about what I did …

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Hate crime charges added in Louisiana church arsons

April 17 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Hate crime charges have been filed against a white man accused of arson that destroyed three Louisiana black Baptist churches more than a century old. Holden Matthews, 21, pleaded not guilty April 15 to the charges in St. Landry Parish Criminal Court, according to the St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court’s office.

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Baptist communicators meet for networking & learning

April 17 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Kimber Huff once was in Russia engaging in church planting in the nation’s fourth-largest city, Yekaterinburg, with an estimated 1.4 million people. Today, Huff is in Northborough, Mass., writing and editing articles for the Baptist Convention of New England (BCNE) and its 360 churches. She also designs and updates the BCNE website and blog …

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Mission:Dignity: Alabama couple ‘can’t thank you enough’

April 17 2019 by John Ambra, Mission:Dignity

Rick and Betty Hall, who live in a modest mobile home in central Alabama, have a multitude of stories about the small churches they served throughout the eastern part of the state over the course of three decades. In the Halls’ last church, five people attended on the first Sunday.

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SWBTS removes controversial stained-glass windows

April 16 2019 by Carrie Brown McWhorter, The Alabama Baptist

The stained-glass windows in the MacGorman Chapel of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) have been removed. The windows featured Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) leaders who figured prominently in the denomination’s “Conservative Resurgence” movement, including former SWBTS president Paige Patterson; Paul Pressler, considered one of the architects of the resurgence; and several past presidents of the SBC.

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Credentials committee for 2019 announced

April 16 2019 by Baptist Press Staff

Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear has announced appointees to the 2019 Credentials Committee. “This year’s SBC Annual Meeting is all about prioritizing the gospel above all,” Greear said. “In order to do that, hundreds of volunteers will put in countless hours of work. This year’s Credentials Committee is a part of the incredible effort …
 

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Greear to be nominated for 2nd term as SBC president

April 12 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear will be nominated for a second term as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Pennsylvania pastor K. Marshall Williams announced today (April 12). “In these troublesome and turbulent times, we need a pastor-preacher-prophet that will stand in the gap and lead with …

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