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Picking up the pieces in El Paso

August 13 2019 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

Beverly Engle snapped a photo of the El Paso Walmart as she and her husband David walked in Aug. 3 to grab some vitamin water. She meant to post it on Facebook to say it was the Southern Baptist couple’s last stop on the way home to Arkansas after ministering to migrants at a center …

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Church models low-cost, replicable homeless ministry

August 13 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Any church can do this, pastor Rolland Slade told Baptist Press (BP). On a vacant lot at Slade’s senior pastorate Meridian Baptist Church in El Cajon, Calif., a tiny cabin is being built as an emergency, secure shelter for homeless women and children. “All that we were doing before was growing tumbleweeds …

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600 baptisms: Church reaches goal for year

August 13 2019 by Mark Maynard, Kentucky Today

The water in the baptistry at Hillvue Heights Church is never still. That’s entirely by design. During the past 12 months, more than 600 have been baptized by the Bowling Green, Ky., church. Baptism is a focus of the church and believers move in and out of the water regularly every Sunday of the year.

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SWBTS denies liability in sex abuse lawsuit

August 12 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) says it is not liable for any monetary damages to a former student who claims in a lawsuit she was raped on campus at gunpoint by a student SWBTS employed. SWBTS filed legal documents Aug. 7 answering the lawsuit by plaintiff “Jane Roe,” according to the Eastern District of Texas …

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Christian leaders need Bible as foundation, Hispanics told

August 12 2019 by Mike Creswell, BSC Contributing Writer

Church planters and leaders must depend steadfastly on the Bible as God’s Word, on Jesus Christ and the gospel if they want to give glory to God as they lead. That was the essence of eight sermons delivered to more than 300 Hispanic church leaders who attended a Hispanic Congress held July 19-20 …

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Kendricks on ‘Overcomer’: One saved ‘better than 10’ Oscars

August 12 2019 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

Alex and Stephen Kendrick have enjoyed box-office success that few filmmakers ever will experience. Their movies “Fireproof” (2008) and “Courageous” (2011) both opened in the Top 4. Their 2015 movie “War Room” climbed to No. 1 in America on its second weekend. They’ve been interviewed by big-city newspapers and broadcast networks.

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Border crisis prompts ministry support, new opportunities

August 9 2019 by Liz Tablazon, BR Assistant Editor

Eight months after he started serving asylum seekers in Tijuana, Mexico, Juvenal Gonzalez is seeing more support come from all over the United States. In the last few months, he received calls from churches in California, Texas, Georgia and, most recently, Pennsylvania, about how to get involved with ministry on the border.

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Denying self is key to serving Christ, churchgoers say

August 9 2019 by Carol Pipes, LifeWay Christian Resources

A majority of Protestant churchgoers believe making sacrificial decisions to serve Christ is essential to their faith, and most try to avoid situations that might lead to immoral thoughts or actions, according to a new study released Aug. 8. The 2019 Discipleship Pathway Assessment study from LifeWay Research found two-thirds (66 percent) of Protestant churchgoers …

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Alzheimer’s, dementia: Pastor shares lessons learned

August 9 2019 by Lonnie Wilkey, Baptist and Reflector

As a minister for more than 40 years, Mike Glenn walked through the valley of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease with many families through the years. But he admits that until you face it personally it is truly hard to understand what a family goes through.  “Caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is totally consuming …

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SWBTS launches Center for Church Revitalization

August 8 2019 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) is establishing a Center for Church Revitalization, President Adam W. Greenway has announced. Kenneth Priest will serve as the center’s interim director. “Ever since our founding by pastor-theologian B.H. Carroll, the heartbeat of Southwestern Seminary has been training pastors and ministry staff members for more faithful service in local …

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