Rodeo Bible camp: ‘Christ, kids & cowboying’

July 1 2019 by Sue Sprenkle, Baptist Press

Laughter and squeals abound as water balloons fly through the air. Boys run after girls, trying to drench them. Older teens slink off to the corner, feigning that they’re too cool until a counselor is in range, and they let the water fly. The traditional water balloon fight of summer camp comes to an end …

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Ben Mandrell elected LifeWay president

June 28 2019 by Biblical Recorder Staff

LifeWay Christian Resources trustees unanimously elected Ben Mandrell as the organization’s next president and CEO in a special called meeting today in Atlanta.

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Southern Baptists respond to border crisis

June 28 2019 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN

While state and national officials craft responses to the humanitarian crisis along the Mexico border, Southern Baptist entities – including the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) and the North American Mission Board (NAMB) – are actively engaged in addressing the migrant influx. “The crisis at our southern border is unlike anything we’ve witnessed before …

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2019 human trafficking report: U.S. has work to do

June 28 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The U.S. is among 33 top countries fighting human trafficking but falls short in prosecuting traffickers, aiding victims and tackling forced labor in particular, the U.S. State Department said in its latest report. Faith communities can help countries address human trafficking, which currently victimizes an estimated 25 million adults and children worldwide …

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Pastor in his 69th year at same church

June 28 2019 by Chip Hutcheson, Western Recorder

Pastoring for 69 years is a rarity today – but very few have the distinction of pastoring the same church for that length of time. That is a distinction held by James Royalty, who will complete his 69th year at Red Hill Baptist Church, Radcliff, Ky., in July.

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Path to reconciliation focus of ‘Advocates’

June 27 2019 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

Dhati Lewis remembers flipping through election night coverage on television, Nov. 8, 2016. He felt captivated by the news cycle as the results started pouring in. Lewis recalls that night in his new book Advocates: The Narrow Path to Racial Reconciliation and remembers a common theme that moved him deeply: “our country is divided.”

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Every state at #SBC19, first time in 20 years

June 27 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

This year for the first time in at least two decades, churches in every state sent messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting, the SBC Executive Committee (EC) said in official statistics released June 25. Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam were also represented among the 8,183 messengers …

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Report: Young adults less LGBT tolerant

June 27 2019 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

America’s younger generation is becoming less comfortable with LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) individuals, according to a report released June 24. The Accelerating Acceptance report, conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the LGBT advocacy group GLAAD, showed that respondents age 18-34 were much less tolerant of LGBT people than in the prior two years’ surveys.

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Strengthen the Church: Q&A with Mark Hearn

June 26 2019 by BSC Communications

Mark Hearn serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Duluth, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta, which is one of the most diverse communities in the United States. During his tenure as pastor, Hearn has led FBC Duluth to embrace multicultural ministry, a story that has been chronicled by …

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Sutherland Springs finds healing through VBS

June 26 2019 by Joy Allmond, LifeWay Christian Resources

When First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs kicked off their annual Vacation Bible School (VBS) the week of June 3, it looked profoundly different from two years ago. On Nov. 5, 2017, a gunman entered their sanctuary, opened fire, and took the lives of 26 people. Several of those who lost their lives were instrumental …

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