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SBC name change task force reaches decision

December 9 2011 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press

ATLANTA (BP) – The task force appointed to study the possibility of changing the Southern Baptist Convention’s name has reached a decision that they believe “will please the Father and greatly strengthen our ability to reach more people with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Billy Graham released from hospital

December 7 2011 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

ASHEVILLE – Evangelist Billy Graham was released from the hospital Tuesday, six days after being admitted with pneumonia. A statement from Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C., said Graham had made “good clinical progress” in his response to antibiotics and had “advanced daily” in showing increased strength and mobility.

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Ariz. Baptists hear transition report

December 5 2011 by Elizabeth Young

PHOENIX (BP) – After a call to seek God’s face and an invitation to attend a convention-wide sacred assembly in January, Arizona Southern Baptist Convention messengers concluded the 83rd annual meeting on their knees in prayer.

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Miss. Baptists support the unborn

December 5 2011 by William H. Perkins Jr.

JACKSON, Miss. (BP) – Messengers to the Mississippi Baptist Convention unanimously passed a resolution supporting a constitutional amendment that would have defined human life as beginning at conception.

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Utah-Idaho Baptists decrease budget

December 5 2011 by Bill Pepper

JEROME, Idaho (BP) – Messengers to the 47th annual meeting of the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention celebrated the theme “Building for the Future” based on Nehemiah 4:13-20 and approved a decreased budget.

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CP: 11.14% below last year’s pace

December 5 2011 by Baptist Press

Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 11.14 percent below the same time frame last year, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Frank Page.

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Billy Graham hospitalized, in stable condition

December 1 2011 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

ASHEVILLE ­– Evangelist Billy Graham has been hospitalized, potentially with pneumonia, and is in stable condition, according a hospital statement. The 93-year-old Graham was admitted to Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C., “alert, smiling and waving at hospital staff,” according to the statement.

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Christmas Day services will go on, pastors say

December 1 2011 by Chris Turner

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – Nine in 10 pastors plan for their churches to host Christmas Day services this year. A LifeWay Research study of 1,000 Protestant pastors shows that 91 percent of Protestant pastors plan to have services on Christmas Day while 69 percent said they plan to host Christmas Eve services.

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Bivocational pastors needed for church planting

November 29 2011 by Mickey Noah

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – If the North American Mission Board’s Send North America evangelistic church planting initiative is to succeed, it must include thousands of bivocational pastors who are willing to plant churches.

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W.Va. adopts plan for church planting, CP

November 29 2011 by

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (BP) – A six-point plan to streamline the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists and focus more sharply on church planting was adopted by a 60/40 margin during the WVCSB’s annual meeting Nov. 4-5.

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