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Study: Many churchgoers make friends, not disciples

May 9 2019 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Resources

Building relationships with other believers seems to come naturally to Protestant churchgoers. But a new study, released May 8, finds that for many, those relationships are built apart from Bible study and spiritual growth. The 2019 Discipleship Pathway Assessment study from LifeWay Research found 78 percent of Protestant churchgoers say …

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ERLC’s Moore launches YouTube channel

May 9 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore launched a YouTube channel May 7 to address a variety of theological and cultural issues. The YouTube channel featuring Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), opened with a series titled “On the Issues,” according to a news release from the entity.

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Jason DeRouchie to join MBTS faculty

May 9 2019 by T. Patrick Hudson, MBTS

Jason DeRouchie of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis is joining Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s (MBTS) faculty as research professor of Old Testament and biblical theology. MBTS President Jason Allen said DeRouchie is “another tremendous addition to a faculty already teeming with accomplished scholars and devoted churchmen.”

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Horn unanimously elected to lead Louisiana Baptists

May 9 2019 by Baptist Message Staff

The Louisiana Baptist Convention (LBC) Executive Board voted unanimously to elect Steve Horn as the 19th executive director of the organization during the entity’s spring meeting at the Tall Timbers Baptist Conference Center in Woodworth May 7. He was nominated by a search committee composed of board members and led by Waylon Bailey …

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NDP helps communities heal, ‘love one another’

May 8 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Prayer saturated America through tens of thousands of gatherings held on National Day of Prayer (NDP) May 2, many of them in communities healing from tragedy. Participation estimates are being tabulated following the annual observance that included 56,000 events in 2018 and enjoys the support of NDP coordinators and volunteers in each state …
 

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Acteens celebrates 50 years

May 8 2019 by Drew-Elizabeth Rushing, WMU

This year, Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) celebrates the 50th anniversary of Acteens, the missions education group for girls in grades 7-12. To kick off the celebration, WMU will bring together former Acteens to reflect on the past and look to the future on Friday, June 7.

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Moore’s Storm-Tossed Family honored by ECPA

May 8 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Russell Moore’s The Storm-Tossed Family has received another award – this time from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). The book by the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) won the 2019 Christian Book Award in the Faith & Culture category, the ECPA announced April 30 at its awards celebration in Chicago.

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Floyd names Upton as assistant to the president

May 7 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Ronnie Floyd, who will assume office as president/CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) Executive Committee (EC) on May 20, has named Ed Upton as assistant to the president. Upton, 38, has been president of the Cross Church School of Ministry in northwest Arkansas since May 2017.

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HHS rule protecting conscience rights lauded

May 7 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Religious liberty and pro-life advocates have commended Donald Trump’s administration’s new rule protecting freedom of conscience for health care providers. The final rule – issued May 2 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – provides for the enforcement of 25 federal laws protecting conscience rights that were not enforced by the Obama administration.

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Study: 41.6M Bible-curious ripe for church

May 7 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A significant rise in the number of adults looking to the Bible for answers this year gives the church a prime opportunity to draw more people to biblical truth, the American Bible Society (ABS) told Baptist Press (BP). John F. Plake, director of the American Bible Society’s ministry intelligence team, drew the optimism from …

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