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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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SBC leaders alarmed by ‘misleading’ footage in Founders video

July 24 2019 by Seth Brown, BR Executive Editor

Four Southern Baptist seminary presidents featured in a video published online by Founders Ministries on July 23 have expressed concerns that the edited footage does not accurately portray their views or the views of other Southern Baptists. The video is a trailer for a forthcoming documentary film titled “By What Standard?” which is slated for release in September.

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Augie Boto to retire from SBC Executive Committee

July 24 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

D. August “Augie” Boto has announced he will retire from the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) Executive Committee (EC) effective Sept. 30. Boto, the EC’s executive vice president and general counsel, notified EC President and CEO Ronnie Floyd of his retirement in a July 18 letter. His retirement brings his service “full circle,” Boto told Baptist Press …

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Credentials Committee elects Stacy Bramlett as chair

July 24 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

The Credentials Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention held its initial meeting July 22 by video conferencing, electing Stacey Bramlett of Tennessee as its chair. The nine-member Credentials Committee was repurposed during the SBC’s 2019 annual meeting into a standing committee to make inquiries and recommendations for action regarding instances of sexual abuse …

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ERLC video on N. Korea: Churches meet despite risks

July 22 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

North Korean followers of Jesus continue to worship in underground churches despite the totalitarian regime’s ongoing effort to eradicate Christianity, according to a new documentary film produced by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). The ERLC premiered the 10-minute video – “Humanity Denied: Religious Freedom in North Korea …

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Mandrell ready for LifeWay to ‘make an impact’

July 19 2019 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources

New LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Ben Mandrell presented employees their first assignment under his leadership – seek to impact people for Christ. Mandrell issued this challenge to employees in his first chapel address held July 17 at LifeWay’s corporate office. To help employees live out this goal in their personal lives, Mandrell …

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‘Philosophical differences’: PPFA removes leader

July 19 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Planned Parenthood removed its president July 16 in part because of “philosophical differences,” a day after the Trump administration acted to begin cutting about 10 percent of the abortion giant’s government funding. The boards of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, PPFA’s advocacy arm …

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Netflix cuts ‘13 Reasons Why’ Season 1 suicide scene

July 19 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Netflix cut a graphic suicide scene from Season 1 of “13 Reasons Why” on the streaming platform’s website, drawing praise from groups including Christians and mental health professionals. But the Parents Television Council (PTC), among those lauding the move, continues to call on Netflix to remove the series altogether.

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Missouri Baptist university urged to clarify faith statement

July 18 2019 by Missouri Pathway Staff

Southwest Baptist University’s (SBU) Statement of Faith has not been implemented effectively across the fabric of the university, according to an external peer assessment committee that completed its work there in June. The committee, which was commissioned by SBU late last year, was led by David Dockery, chancellor of Trinity International University.

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