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Ethnic churches add English for 2nd & 3rd generations

March 28 2019 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press

Ethnic churches nationwide have realized they need to utilize English-language worship services to reach their second and third generations. For some, that has meant starting independent English-speaking churches or, for others, welcoming English speakers as a subgroup of the larger congregation.

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Greear: Ordinary people called to spread the gospel

March 28 2019 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS

The gospel needs to spread throughout the world by ordinary people, just like it did in the book of Acts, J.D. Greear said during The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s chapel March 26. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, used the example of Stephen in Acts 6-7 to bring this point home …

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Brownback: Christian media key to religious freedom

March 28 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Christian communicators play a key role in combatting persecution in foreign countries and defending religious freedom in the United States, speakers said in a public policy session March 26 during the National Religious Broadcasters’ (NRB) International Christian Media Convention, Proclaim 19.

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Cross & steeple of Franklin Ave. church grace skyline

March 27 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The near-150-foot glass steeple and solid cross mark the new home of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church led by Pastor Fred Luter Jr. “It is something that you just cannot miss,” Luter told Baptist Press. “It’s like being in St. Louis and seeing that big ‘ole arch. If you’re on the interstate, you’re going to see it.
 

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Ponds, lakes, oceans, pools: Baptism around the world

March 26 2019 by Rachel Cohen, IMB

A number of years ago, a man named Philip had an encounter with an official from Africa. After Philip shared the gospel with him, the official believed in Christ and desired to be baptized. The two men came to the only body of water at their disposal – presumably a stream or pond …

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LifeWay store closures lamented as ‘a great loss’

March 26 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Sarah Beth Van Dyke shopped at LifeWay Christian Stores during her childhood when they were called Baptist Bookstores. She worked in a LifeWay store in graduate school, and now she takes her two children to LifeWay to spend their allowance money. Generally, she shops at a LifeWay store multiple times every month.

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Credentials Committee chair, vice chair named

March 26 2019 by Baptist Press Staff

Betsy Gomez of Irving, Texas, has been named to chair the Credentials Committee for the June 11-12 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala., SBC President J.D. Greear announced March 25. Muche Ukegbu of Miami will serve as vice chair.

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Former IMB missionary leader Steve Smith, 57, dies

March 25 2019 by Mary Jane Welch, Baptist Press

Steve Smith, who filled key leadership roles in Asia with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board (IMB), died March 13 after a long illness. He was 57. Smith and his wife Laura served with IMB for 18 years, always focused on parts of the world where the gospel was little known.

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Greenway lays out ‘big-tent vision’ for Southwestern

March 25 2019 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS

“I believe Southwestern Seminary historically has been at its best when it’s been known as the big-tent seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention,” Adam W. Greenway said in his first chapel sermon as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, March 21. Evoking the imagery of big-tent revival meetings, Greenway laid out his vision for the seminary’s future …

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State pro-life bills advance after N.Y. legalization

March 25 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Pro-life governors have signed into law a host of measures to protect unborn children in the wake of efforts in New York and other states to expand abortion rights to birth and beyond. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill March 22 to prohibit abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected …

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