After fire: FBC Bossier City sees ‘great days ahead’

December 18 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Days after fire destroyed about 75 percent of its campus, First Baptist Church of Bossier City praised God amid anticipation for “great days ahead.” “I get exciting about dreaming, and building and developing ministry to reach even more people for Jesus,” pastor Brad Jurkovich told his congregation.

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SBTS releases report on its history of slavery, racism

December 13 2018 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary released a report Dec. 12 that discloses the history of slavery and racism at the seminary. “Slavery was not only tolerated in many schools, but also expressly defended and even praised as divinely ordained,” the seminary said in its initial news release on the school’s past.

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Russell Moore book on family receives top CT award

December 13 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Russell Moore’s “The Storm-Tossed Family” has been named by Christianity Today as its 2019 Book of the Year, the second time in four years Moore has authored the publication’s top honor. CT said the book “best embodies our pursuit of Beautiful Orthodoxy.”

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Chitwood to continue IMB abuse & harassment study

December 12 2018 by Baptist Press Staff

Newly-elected International Mission Board (IMB) President Paul Chitwood has promised to continue an independent study of “IMB’s handling of past allegations of abuse and sexual harassment and IMB’s present policies and practices,” according to an IMB news release today (Dec. 12).

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Former Houston’s First minister indicted for embezzlement

December 12 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A former pastoral staff member at Houston’s First Baptist Church has admitted to embezzling more than $800,000 from the congregation. Jerrell Altic, 40, was indicted Dec. 10 for first degree felony theft of more than $800,000 from 2011-17, Houston’s First said in a statement by pastor Gregg Matte and deacon chairman Craig Bloodworth.

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Blaze destroys part of First Baptist Bossier City

December 11 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A pre-dawn fire heavily damaged the older sanctuary and nearby areas of First Baptist Church of Bossier City Dec. 10, pastor Brad Jurkovich told Baptist Press as firefighters battled the blaze for hours. No one was injured and the cause of the fire has not been established.

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Lilly receives special Christmas gift from Chitwoods

December 10 2018 by Roger Alford, Kentucky Today

Sure, 6-year-old Lilly has the typical wish list for Christmas, including Barbie dolls and a dollhouse. But it was something much more meaningful that she longed for most: a family of her own. For the past three years, Lilly had been in foster care through Sunrise Children’s Services, a Kentucky Baptist organization that ministers to abused and neglected kids.

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ADF, state conventions partner on religious liberty

December 10 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Partnership with the Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) was a recurring theme at Baptist state convention annual meetings this fall. Of the 41 state and regional conventions that maintain cooperative relationships with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), at least a dozen have forged partnerships with ADF through its Church Alliance program.

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‘No flying joke’: Pastor’s object lesson goes viral

December 10 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist megachurch pastor Bartholomew Orr’s object lesson, flying to the pulpit on a zip line to signify Jesus’ return, caused a viral sensation on social media and major network talk shows. Despite both negative and comical comments from an estimated 200 million hits a week after a brief video clip of his entrance was posted …

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BGAV ‘Living the Story’ at 195th annual meeting

December 7 2018 by Baptist Press and BGAV Staff

The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) continues the purpose of its 1823 founding to strengthen local churches and help them work cooperatively in ministry, Executive Director John Upton said at the BGAV’s 195th annual meeting. Cooperatively, churches can accomplish more than an individual congregation, Upton said at the Nov. 12-14 event …

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