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Trump promotes life, prayer at breakfast

February 8 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

President Donald Trump reaffirmed the sanctity of every human life and encouraged Americans to pray for the pursuit of justice during the National Prayer Breakfast Feb. 7. The president also defended religious liberty and the work of faith-based adoption agencies in a 20-minute address at the annual event in a Washington, D.C., hotel.

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EC search committee ‘actively pursued’ resumes from non-Anglos

February 7 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Responding to “recent online stories and related social media activity,” the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee’s presidential search committee says it has “actively pursued resumes from non-Anglo candidates.” In a Feb. 7 statement to the full EC, the search committee also said it “will not have a nomination to share” at the EC’s Feb. 18-19 meeting …

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Rainer gives final presidential address

February 7 2019 by Carol Pipes, LifeWay Christian Resources

LifeWay Christian Resources trustees gathered for their first meeting of 2019 with their sights set on a season of transition and hopeful prayer for the future. Even on the heels of recent news that LifeWay will close a number of stores and shift toward a more dynamic digital strategy driven by online commerce, President and CEO Thom S. Rainer …

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NAMB: Evangelism, leadership pipeline on display

February 7 2019 by Mike Ebert, NAMB

North American Mission Board (NAMB) trustees meeting in South Florida this week saw first-hand the remarkable impact a sending church can have on its community. They also heard a challenge to be personally involved in NAMB’s new “Who’s Your One?” evangelism initiative.

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ERLC names largest Leadership Council

February 6 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The 2019 Leadership Council of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is its largest to date. The ERLC – which announced Feb. 1 its latest yearly council that consists of 120 members – provides training to help participants and their churches apply the gospel of Jesus to all areas of life.

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T. Vaughn Walker honored by SBTS with endowed chair

February 6 2019 by Aaron Hanbury, SBTS

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has announced a new endowed chair in honor of the school’s late professor T. Vaughn Walker. Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. made the announcement Feb. 2 as part of a funeral service for Walker in Alumni Memorial Chapel.

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GuideStone releases Ministers’ Tax Guide

February 6 2019 by Holly Taylor, GuideStone Financial Resources

GuideStone Financial Resources has released its 2019 Ministers’ Tax Guide for 2018 Returns, available now for GuideStone participants. The tax guide includes tax highlights for 2018 – including changes based on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 – along with step-by-step filing instructions for ministers’ personal taxes and comprehensive examples and sample forms.

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Jim Henry: ‘No gripes with God’ over wife & mother

February 6 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Jim Henry is “in the valley, but I’m not afraid in the valley” after the home going of his wife and his mother over the course of five days. A former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and longtime pastor, Henry said the “double-barrel grief ... hit our family pretty hard.” His wife Jeanette, 79, died …

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Nat’l CP 0.18% under YTD budget projection

February 6 2019 by Baptist Press Staff

With gifts received from 40 of 41 cooperating state Baptist conventions, contributions to Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee in January were 0.18 percent below the projected budget for the first four months of the current fiscal year.

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Sky Pratt of Georgia to chair Committee on Committees

February 5 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Georgia missions pastor Sky Pratt has been named chairman of the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention Committee on Committees, SBC President J.D. Greear announced Feb. 4. Greear also announced his appointment of Ashlyn Portero, a leader at City Church in Tallahassee, Fla., as vice chair.

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