Alleged sex abuse victim sues Village Church for $1M

July 30 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A Texas woman has sued The Village Church for more than $1 million, alleging she was sexually assaulted at age 11 in 2012 by Matthew Tonne, whom the church employed as a minister and counselor. Identified in the lawsuit as “Jane Doe One,” the plaintiff accuses The Village Church of negligently breaching the church’s duty …

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Music students to welcome Michael W. Smith Center

July 30 2019 by Timothy Cockes, Baptist Press

School of Music students at Liberty University will be introduced this fall semester to the new Michael W. Smith Center for Commercial Music. Elijah Chau, a senior worship leadership major at Liberty, said he began listening to Smith’s worship music as well as interviews featuring Smith in high school and believes hands-on experience …

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Church gets fresh start after recent rebuild

July 30 2019 by Brian Blackwell, Baptist Message

On Feb. 7, 2017, an EF-3 tornado ripped apart the worship center and education building of the Suburban Baptist Church in New Orleans. But in 2019, the congregation has experienced a spiritual rebirth marked by nine baptisms, coinciding with the final repairs to the facilities. “For the last two years I have been inwardly focused …

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On the border: ‘Urgent need’ to show Christ’s love

July 29 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The two adult sisters risked their lives in a months-long journey from Cameroon in Central Africa to Tijuana, Mexico. Southern Baptist pastor Marshal Ausberry was surprised to see them at the Southern U.S. border seeking asylum in America. “It’s just not people from Central America and South America that are coming,” Ausberry …

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Gray named new executive director of Kentucky Baptist Convention

July 29 2019 by Brandon Porter, Kentucky Today

Todd Gray has been named the new executive director-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC). Gray, a Kentucky native, was confirmed by the Mission Board of the Kentucky Baptist Convention to the position in a special called meeting on July 25 in Louisville. Gray called the appointment a great honor.

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MedAdvance connects medical workers to missions

July 29 2019 by Chris Doyle, Baptist Messenger

Medical professionals and medical missionaries met together this month to discuss how to share the gospel and care for health needs around the world. Attendees gathered July 18-20 for the MedAdvance conference at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. The event is part of the International Mission Board’s (IMB) strategy to introduce medical missions …

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Not all stories end happily, but gospel prevails

July 26 2019 by Lonnie Wilkey, Baptist and Reflector

Clayton Gangji would have been 16 years old on June 6. Yet, more than two years ago, Clayton was killed by gunfire at the age of 14 after being involved in a robbery involving stolen cars. But as always, God can use evil for His good.

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Southern Baptist Media Day slated for July 28

July 25 2019 by Margaret Colson, Baptist Communicators Association

Longtime trusted sources for information and inspiration, Southern Baptist media are now being celebrated and recognized with a day to call their own: Southern Baptist Media Day. Recently added to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) calendar, Southern Baptist Media Day, on July 28, is set aside to celebrate how God has used and continues to use …

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New Hispanic churches often do more with less

July 25 2019 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Resources

New Hispanic church works in the U.S. are reportedly seeing similar patterns of attendance growth and conversions as other church plants despite having a fraction of the financial support and training. This, in addition to facing complications from the immigration status of members and leaders, according to a new study released July 24.

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State Department religious liberty event shows gains

July 25 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Described as the largest religious freedom event in world history, the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom demonstrated a growth in support for the cause even as advocates received a reminder of its grave need. The U.S. State Department convened its second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom July 16-18 in Washington, D.C. …

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