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Harvey anniversary to be marked by prayer

August 24 2018 by Southern Baptist TEXAN Staff

One year later, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) Executive Director Jim Richards and other SBTC leaders plan to commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey with prayer and fellowship gatherings scheduled for Aug. 25-27. Hurricane Harvey devastated the southeast coast of Texas and portions of Louisiana, dumping as much as 60 inches of rain in less than a week.

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Ebook ‘Porn and the Pastor’ available now

August 24 2018 by SBTS Communications

A new ebook released Aug. 23 addresses the gravity of pornography addiction among pastors and outlines methods for fighting it. Porn and the Pastor: The Life and Death Consequences of Addiction in Ministry, edited by C. Jeffery Robinson and Garrett Kell, is published jointly by Southern Equip, …

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Former slave sees God’s answer to his prayers

August 24 2018 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

The dirt road snaked long and lonely out to Cudjo’s cabin on the outskirts of Mobile as Mary Ellen Caver tried to mentally prepare to meet the former slave. Caver had lived as a single missionary among a tribe in Nigeria before coming home to Alabama. For years, she had been accustomed to the unusual …

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Don’t ditch your denomination

August 24 2018 by Fred Luter

In September 1986, my life was changed forever when I was elected as pastor of a dying Southern Baptist mission called Franklin Avenue Baptist Church.   Read More

Greear to state execs: ‘How may I serve you?’

August 23 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Agreements to “assume the best in one another” and that a “gospel-above-all culture needs to prevail” in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) were among the outcomes when SBC President J.D. Greear met Aug. 20 with 15 executive directors of Baptist state conventions.

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LifeWay Global & B&H Español named Spanish Publisher of the Year

August 23 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

LifeWay Global and its trade publishing division B&H Español were named Publisher of the Year at the Spanish Evangelical Publishers Association’s (SEPA) awards banquet Aug. 8 in Miami. LifeWay also received eight additional awards for bestselling books and sales milestones at the SEPA banquet, which took place at Expolit, the largest annual Christian Spanish literature and music convention in the world.

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GuideStone launches new era at Pinnacle Tower

August 23 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources

Reflecting on the number of days GuideStone Financial Resources has served hundreds of thousands of participants, O.S. Hawkins noted that Aug. 20, 2018 – the first day at GuideStone’s new home – was a momentous one, following the 100th anniversary of its beginnings in Dallas on July 31, 1918.

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Mentoring initiative nurtures churches & seminarians

August 22 2018 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS

Noah Madden chose New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS), in part, due to the lostness in the city. After spending his formative years in Canada, Madden wanted to be involved in gospel witness outside the Bible Belt. Madden planned to immerse himself in the city, study at NOBTS and apply the practical aspects of ministry in a local church setting.

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‘Queen of soul’ Aretha Franklin rooted in gospel

August 20 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

From the submissive surrender of her “Amazing Grace” to the womanly exclamations of “Respect” and other provocative hits, the late queen of soul Aretha Franklin is widely remembered for the gospel music foundations she learned at her father’s Baptist church. New Bethel Baptist Church (non-SBC), the Detroit congregation where Franklin grew up singing in the choir …

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Vision team to help implement SBCAL recommendations

August 20 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

An 11-member vision team will study ways to help Southern Baptist state associations implement recommended changes including a new title and system-wide professional proficiencies for directors of missions (DOMs). The Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL) vision team will research ways to help state associations implement a study team’s recommendations that were adopted during the SBCAL annual meeting in June.

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