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Laodicea: The need for fresh water

October 30 2018 by John Mark Harrison

Seventh in a series   Located 600 miles from Jerusalem and 300 miles from Athens, Laodicea was a wealthy commercial center. It was known for its medical care and banking industries. They were resilient, secure and self-confident. They had all they needed, except clean water.

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‘Much prayer,’ ‘much power’ after synagogue massacre

October 30 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Pastor John Freeman walked into the local Jewish Community Center hours after the Oct. 27 synagogue massacre of 11 and was at once on mission. Freeman, pastor of the H2O City Church in Squirrel Hill, said the FBI was using the community center as a temporary hub where family members awaited news of victims who attended Tree of Life Synagogue.

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Truett McConnell University to launch publishing house

October 30 2018 by TMU & Baptist Press Staff

Truett McConnell University (TMU) is launching a publishing house, TMU Press, with an unnamed donor’s $200,000 gift. According to a TMU news release, the new publishing house reflects President Emir Caner’s vision “to expand the university’s academia to the Christian population across the United States.”

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Wyoming Baptists elect new leader Quin Williams

October 30 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

Quin Williams is the new state missionary of the Wyoming Southern Baptist Mission Network. Approved by the convention’s executive board during its Sept. 14 meeting, Williams will be presented to messengers as the executive leader Nov. 1 during their 35th annual meeting at Mountain View Baptist Church in Mills, near Casper.

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Greear: ‘Lie of the enemy’ led to synagogue murders

October 29 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Anti-Semitism spouted Oct. 27 by the accused Pittsburgh synagogue murderer of 11 is “a despicable lie of the enemy which we unequivocally reject,” Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President J.D. Greear tweeted. Police have arrested 46-year-old Robert Bowers and described the shootings as a hate crime, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

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McKissic’s 2006 sermon now online at SWBTS

October 29 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Pastor Dwight McKissic’s 2006 chapel sermon asserting glossolalia is still a spiritual gift has been added to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s (SWBTS) digital archive, 12 years after the school banned the message. The adjustment in no way reflects a new theological leaning at SWBTS and is not about “going around trying to undo” the decisions …

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SBC 2019 Pastors’ Conference names some speakers, theme

October 26 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The 2019 Pastors’ Conference has announced eight of the speakers for its Birmingham, Ala., meeting June 9-10 in advance of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting, with other names expected soon. “Kingdom Character” is the conference’s theme, to offer insight from the Beatitudes to help pastors and church members live faithfully …

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Housing allowance defended in appeals court

October 26 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone, and Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Lawyers for both the U.S. Justice Department and a religious freedom organization defended the constitutionality of the ministerial housing allowance Oct. 24 before a federal appeals court. A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago heard oral arguments regarding a 2017 opinion that invalidated the allowance as an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment …

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Opioids: Trump signs $6B bill to ‘end the scourge’

October 26 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

A bipartisan bill to fight the opioid crisis was signed Oct. 24 by President Donald Trump. Trump stated that the bill provides $6 billion in new funding “to end the scourge of drug addiction in America.” “We are going to end it, or we are going to at least make an extremely big dent …

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Former N.C. Baptist exec. Roy J. Smith dies

October 26 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff

Roy J. Smith, former executive director-treasurer (EDT) of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC), died Thursday, October 18.  He was in declining health for more than two months according to his widow, Charlotte Smith. Smith first joined the BSC staff in 1962 as an area missionary …

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