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Supreme Court to rule on LGBT rights

April 25 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider in its next term whether non-discrimination protections in federal workplace law cover people who identify as gay or transgender. The high court announced April 22 it would review appeals in three different cases on an issue that touches on the continuing conflict between religious liberty and sexual liberty.

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‘Love One Another’ nationwide prayer plea May 2

April 25 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Aligning American culture with God’s commandment to love one another is the vision of the 2019 National Day of Prayer (NDP) May 2, an annual event organizers say impacted perhaps 510 million people in 2018. Neither society nor the church are loving one another as God commanded, NDP Task Force President Ronnie Floyd told Baptist Press.

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Denton Lotz, former BWA general secretary, dies

April 25 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Denton Lotz, general secretary emeritus of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), died April 23 at his home in Forestdale, Mass., at age 80. Lotz led the BWA from 1988 until his retirement in 2007; he joined the staff in 1980 as director of evangelism and education. He subsequently was pastor of Tremont Temple Baptist Church in Boston until 2017.

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‘50 Reasons’ campaign urges #SBC19 attendance

April 24 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A “50 Reasons” promotional campaign launching April 22 will unveil unique reasons to attend the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Birmingham. SBC Executive Committee President-elect Ronnie Floyd is spearheading “50 Reasons to Come to #SBC19” 50 days in advance of the event June 11-12 at the Birmingham Convention Center.

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NOBTS adds 3 new degrees, 3 professors

April 24 2019 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) trustees approved three new degrees and curriculum updates for Leavell College and elected new faculty members during their spring meeting April 17. Trustees also received updates on the seminary’s “Different Voices” diversity initiative and spring enrollment growth, and they approved the seminary’s budget for the coming academic year.

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Chitwood urges Great Commission faithfulness

April 24 2019 by SBTS Communications

A glorious vision of people from all nations worshiping God should inspire all ministry and mission, says Paul Chitwood, president of the International Mission Board. Chitwood spoke during The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s chapel, April 18. He is a two-time graduate of the seminary, having earned both his master of divinity and doctorate of philosophy at the school.

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Nominees selected by 2019 SBC Committee on Nominations

April 23 2019 by Baptist Press Staff

Nominees to serve on the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, the four denominational boards – International Mission Board, North American Mission Board, LifeWay Christian Resources, and GuideStone Financial Resources, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the six seminaries, and the Committee on Order of Business – have been selected by the 2019 SBC Committee on Nominations.

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NOBTS presidential search narrows to 4 candidates

April 23 2019 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS

Frank Cox, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) trustee board chairman, updated the board on the status of the presidential search during their spring meeting, saying the committee had narrowed its focus to four top candidates. The search committee, led by Cox, was formed last fall after Chuck Kelley announced his intention to retire on July 31, 2019.

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Biweekly prayer calls bolster ‘Who’s Your One?’

April 22 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Every other Tuesday afternoon for 15 minutes, leaders across the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) pause for a conference call to pray for their “one” – the person they’re seeking to share the gospel with as part of the “Who’s Your One?” evangelistic initiative. The initiative is a joint effort between SBC President J.D. Greear …

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87-year-old pianist achieves dream of publishing song

April 22 2019 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources

For the past 15 years, Wynness Thomas has been homebound, battling daily pain from arthritis of the spine and Parkinson’s disease. But this former church pianist and choir member at Tilly Swamp Baptist Church hasn’t let her age or ailments rob her of her love of music.

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