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Hurricane Dorian: Bapt. disaster relief on alert

August 30 2019 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

Hurricane Dorian missed the island of Puerto Rico. While the storm reportedly appeared to be within striking distance, Dorian took a hard turn northward, providing relief to residents who endured the devastating 2017 Hurricane Maria. “I was relieved, and I was relieved not for myself or for Send Relief,” said Jonathan Santiago …

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Feds find Vt. hospital violated conscience rights

August 30 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

A Vermont medical center has violated federal law by forcing a nurse to participate in an abortion and has 30 days to declare its intention to correct its policies, the Trump administration announced Aug. 28. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) disclosed it had issued a notice …

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3 Mass. collegians seek to impact peers for Christ

August 30 2019 by Stephen Sargent, Baptist Foundation of New England

College sophomore Victoria Williams saw God change her life a year ago just before entering Bridgewater State University, the second-largest state school in Massachusetts. Victoria’s best friend, Bayleigh Westerlund, had invited her to summer camp. Though Victoria spent countless hours in a Catholic pew growing up, it was first time she ever felt a significant connection with God.

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Dakotas, West Virginia set exec. director search deadlines

August 29 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

October deadlines have been set by Baptists in the Dakotas and West Virginia for executive director nominees. Oct. 9 is the deadline for individuals to submit their names or their nominations to the Dakota Baptist Convention (DBC), Oct. 31 for the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists (WVCSB).

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Is the ‘worship war’ ending?

August 29 2019 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Resources

For most pastors, the so-called “worship wars” over the style of the music used in their church have subsided, according to a study released Aug. 28.  The study from LifeWay Research found 15 percent of Protestant pastors in the U.S. say the biggest challenge they face in the area of music is navigating the varying preferences of members.

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TRUSTEES: Mandrell celebrates ‘new day’ at LifeWay

August 29 2019 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Resources

In his first trustee meeting as president and CEO, Ben Mandrell gave board members an optimistic vision for the future of LifeWay Christian Resources. He described the current season as “a new day” for both himself and the 128-year-old organization, during LifeWay’s Aug. 26-27 trustee meeting. “I truly believe God built me for this job …

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Beth Moore simulcast to emphasize mentoring

August 29 2019 by Joy Allmond, LifeWay Christian Resources

Five years ago, Karen Francka never would’ve believed where she’d be today. A vibrant Christian life seemed out of reach for her, as she reeled from grief after losing her best friend to cancer. “I felt very lonely, like I had no purpose,” said Francka, a member of First Baptist Church of Bolivar, Mo.

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Multisite church ID shift to help SBC ties

August 28 2019 by Aaron Earls and Carol Pipes, LifeWay Christian Resources

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is built upon relationships between local churches, associations, state conventions and national entities. A new change to church tracking could help strengthen those relationships and provide more information to better reach communities with the gospel. A growing trend in the SBC is the multisite church – a single church that meets in multiple locations.

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Applause greets $572 million penalty on opioids

August 28 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

An Oklahoma judge’s $572 million verdict Aug. 26 against the pharmaceutical manufacturer Johnson & Johnson for its role in the state’s opioid crisis gained endorsements from federal and state government leaders. Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman, from his courtroom in Norman, Okla., issued the ground-breaking ruling in what is reportedly the first major lawsuit …

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Mandrell installed as LifeWay’s 10th president

August 28 2019 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources

LifeWay Christian Resources trustees, employees and special guests gathered at the organization’s headquarters on Aug. 26 to celebrate the inauguration of Ben Mandrell as the 10th president of LifeWay. On a day marked with heavy rain and overcast skies, Mandrell forecast a bright future for the organization …

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