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Marshal Ausberry to be SBC 1st vice president nominee

May 24 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Marshal Ausberry Sr., senior pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Fairfax Station, Va., will be nominated as first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) during the SBC’s June 11-12 annual meeting, Nevada pastor Vance Pitman has announced. Ausberry, who has led the church for 24 years into numerous local and global initiatives …

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TX passes bill to shield churches that report abusers

May 24 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The Texas Legislature unanimously passed a bill initiated by Southern Baptists to provide civil immunity to churches that disclose credible sex abuse allegations. The Texas Senate passed House Bill 4345 late May 22 without opposition, two weeks after the House approved the measure. The bill is written to protect charitable organizations, their volunteers …

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IMB pledges to ‘be a leader’ in abuse prevention

May 23 2019 by Julie McGowan, IMB

International Mission Board (IMB) trustees heard recommendations May 22 from the firm conducting an external examination of IMB’s handling of past allegations of abuse and sexual harassment and IMB’s present policies and practices. IMB President Paul Chitwood responded immediately with an apology to victims and a pledge for the future.

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Missionary to urban Scottish youth dies of cancer

May 23 2019 by Mary Jane Welch, Baptist Press

Gena Wilson, a missionary to Scotland who walked the 2014 New York City marathon representing cancer survivors, lost her third battle with the disease May 13 at home with her family in Beaufort, S.C. Wilson, 51, who served more than 20 years as a Southern Baptist missionary, “shared hope because she had hope, …

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Refugees ‘people that need help,’ simulation shows

May 23 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Imagine having to either flee with the one child in your arms or run amid gunfire in search of your other children perhaps already killed by terrorists attacking your community. Brian Moore was one of about 100 others who encountered such a decision May 15 at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn. …

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Eaton explains why he’s running for recording secretary

May 22 2019 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

Eddie Eaton, pastor of Fuquay-Varina Baptist Church, believes his “well-rounded” experience as a victim’s advocate, deputy sheriff and pastor gives him a “unique perspective” on the role of recording secretary for the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). That is one of the reasons he agreed to be nominated for the position ...

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Noe Garcia to be nominated as SBC 2nd vice president

May 22 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Noe Garcia, senior pastor of North Phoenix Baptist Church, will be nominated as second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) during the SBC’s June 11-12 annual meeting, Tennessee pastor Micah Fries has announced. Fries, senior pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, said Garcia can be “a tremendous asset to the SBC” …

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Dew nominated to lead New Orleans Seminary

May 21 2019 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS

James K. “Jamie” Dew Jr., vice president for undergraduate studies and distance learning at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, has been nominated as the next president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS). The presidential search committee will present Dew to the full trustee board for a vote on June 5.

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Orlando pastor David Uth to be Pastors’ Conference nominee

May 21 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

David Uth, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Orlando, will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference in June, Georgia pastor James Merritt has announced. “David is a pastor’s pastor, a spiritual statesman, and is universally respected in his state and across our convention,” Merritt, pastor of the Atlanta-area Cross Pointe Church …

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‘Holy moments’: Floyd commissions son as successor

May 21 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Ronnie Floyd called them “holy moments.” The senior pastor of Cross Church for nearly 33 years, Floyd preached his final sermon May 19 and commissioned his son Nick as his successor. “Pastor Nick and my son, even as [the apostle] Paul knelt and he prayed, I put my hands in your hands today as a sign …

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