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‘America’s Got Talent’ singer hits high notes of faith

August 8 2019 by Baptist Message staff

“America’s Got Talent” contestant Robert Finley paid a visit to the Zion Hill Church Family on Aug. 4 to share a simple, yet profound musical message of hope. “Hold onto God’s unchanging hand,” Finley said in between songs at the church in Pineville, La. “Keep your faith. Good things come to those who wait …

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NAMB lawsuit defends church’s ministry expansion

August 7 2019 by Joe Westbury, NAMB

A couple of old, uninhabitable farmhouses from the 1900s are in the spotlight of a lawsuit between the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and the City of Clarkston, Ga. NAMB says the city is slow walking a demolition permit that would allow the Southern Baptist entity to continue the expansion of the historic Clarkston International Bible Church.

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‘Who’s Your One?’ tour aims to boost evangelism

August 7 2019 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

What would it take to boost evangelism and baptism numbers among Southern Baptists? Johnny Hunt says the answer is pretty simple. “If just 10 percent of the people who attend our churches prayed for and reached just one person,” Hunt said, “the results would be the best year for baptisms our convention has ever experienced.”

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Floyd dialogues with convention advancement groups

August 7 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

“Five keys” are vital in transforming the culture of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) to reach the world for Christ, SBC Executive Committee (EC) President Ronnie Floyd told two convention advancement groups Aug. 1-2 in Atlanta. “I believe one of the greatest issues we’ve had in the last decade of Southern Baptist life is our culture …

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‘Letters to My Students,’ a guide for ministers

August 7 2019 by T. Patrick Hudson, MWBTS

Through the years, Jason Allen has kept up with his correspondence and questions about ministry – some of it in the form of letters, emails, classroom lectures, phone conversations, or conference sermons and presentations. This material helped fuel a new book project, Letters to My Students, authored by Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MWBTS).

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Southern Baptists respond to ‘horrific’ acts of violence

August 6 2019 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

As two mass shootings over the weekend brought the total to three such tragedies in just over a week, Baptists prayed, met needs and called for an urgent look at how white supremacy can “fuel” violence. The shootings – all committed by young men – took the lives of 34 people across three cities.

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Churchgoers’ need for community studied

August 6 2019 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Resources

Protestant churchgoers say they can walk with God just fine by themselves, but they also say they need other believers to help them do it, a newly released study says. A LifeWay Research survey sponsored by the Center for Church Revitalization at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary – conducted Jan. 14–29 – finds majorities of those who …

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GuideStone affirms 20/20 & SBC response

August 6 2019 by Timothy E. Head, GuideStone Financial Resources

GuideStone Financial Resources trustees heard reports from the Southern Baptist entity’s executive leadership team and staff about the ministry’s key lines of business during their July 29–30 meeting in San Francisco. Trustees also adopted a response to a motion during the SBC annual meeting in June for convention entities to “provide an update related …

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VBS continues despite Hurricane Michael devastation

August 5 2019 by Tess Schoonhoven, LifeWay Christian Resources

Uprooted dead trees line the ground. Uninhabitable apartment buildings are empty. Street signs are missing. Businesses are closed. Families have vacated their homes. It might sound like a war zone, but this is Panama City, Fla., and the surrounding community that was devastated by Hurricane Michael in October 2018.

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Joshua Harris’ ‘falling away’ stirs doctrine reaction

August 5 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Former megachurch pastor Joshua Harris’ departure from Christianity has spurred dialogue about apologetics, legalism and the doctrine of salvation. Harris, former pastor of the mega Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Md., announced in July he and his wife Shannon are divorcing, that he no longer considers himself a Christian, and that he regrets having taught …

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