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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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Greg Laurie on censored ad: ‘Hold the Bible high’

August 20 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

After promotional materials for the SoCal Harvest crusade were taken down from two Southern California malls because they showed Pastor Greg Laurie holding a Bible, Laurie is asking attendees of the event to hold up their Bibles in a show of support for God’s Word. “Apparently, in our intolerant culture, we no longer can display the Bible in public,” …

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Dave Miller ‘on the recovery trail’ after cancer surgery

August 17 2018 by Compiled by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Iowa pastor Dave Miller, president of last year’s Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference, has reported he is “on the recovery trail” after surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on his kidney June 26. Miller, senior pastor of Southern Hills Baptist Church in Sioux City, Iowa, underwent surgery to remove his gall bladder and spleen on May 3, when the tumor was discovered.

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Betty Dilday, wife of former SWBTS president, dies

August 17 2018 by Compiled by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Betty Dilday, 87, wife of former Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Russell H. Dilday, died Aug. 9 from pulmonary fibrosis complications, according to an obituary in the Dallas Morning News. Betty Dilday served with her husband during his 16 years as Southwestern's president (1978-1994) and his 17 years as pastor of churches in Texas and Georgia.

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University of Iowa reinstates religious groups for now

August 17 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The University of Iowa has reinstated multiple religious student groups as registered campus organizations after one group threatened to seek a temporary restraining order amid pending litigation. InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship sued the university Aug. 6 because school officials revoked the fellowship’s status as an official student organization over a requirement …

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Military chaplain plays historic role; comforts families

August 17 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB

Before dawn on July 27, Southern Baptist United States Army Chaplain (Colonel) Samuel S. Lee, stepped onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft at Osan Air Base to lead prayer for crew members who were about to take off on a historic flight across the border to North Korea.

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Heaven on earth

August 17 2018 by Joshua Crutchfield

I love preaching about heaven – but hardly in the way that you might expect.   I do not limit it to the place that you go to when you die but what has already erupted on earth due to the salvation that God is imparting to those who trust in Him.

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