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LifeWay search committee now accepting nominations

October 9 2018 by Carol Pipes, LifeWay Christian Resources

The LifeWay Christian Resources presidential search committee is accepting nominations for a successor to Thom Rainer, chairman Kent Dacus has announced. The search committee met Monday, Sept. 24, to develop a process for their search of the new LifeWay president and CEO, Dacus reported.

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2017-18 Lottie Moon offering nears $159 million

October 8 2018 by Julie McGowan, IMB

In the 100th anniversary since Southern Baptists named their global mission offering in honor of esteemed missionary Lottie Moon, churches gave $158.9 million to sustain their international missionaries worldwide – the second-highest Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions ever received. 

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Rudy Fagan, 20-year SBC stewardship leader, dies

October 8 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

A. Rudolph (Rudy) Fagan, who led the former Stewardship Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention for 20 years, died Wednesday (Oct. 3) in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was 88. Fagan served as president of the Stewardship Commission from 1974 until his retirement in 1994.

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NOBTS names Kelley chancellor

October 8 2018 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) trustees named Chuck Kelley as chancellor of the school through July 31, 2019, and approved the accelerated M.Div. program during their fall meeting Oct. 3. Kelley announced his plans to retire from the school on July 31, 2019, during the Oct. 2 Founders’ Day chapel service.

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Record AAEO, new VPs top NAMB agenda

October 5 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB

North American Mission Board (NAMB) trustees meeting Oct. 1-2 in New York City were the first to hear that Southern Baptists gave an all-time record high to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions in 2018. Kevin Ezell, NAMB’s president, announced the record $61.1 million offering to the group Monday evening (Oct. 1).

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Old Testament’s viability for preaching underscored

October 5 2018 by SBTS Communications

When the apostles preached the gospel of Jesus Christ, they used Old Testament texts. Preachers in the New Testament era possess the completed canon of scripture, but that shouldn’t mean they rely exclusively on the New Testament when preaching Christ, Philip Ryken stated during the 2018 E.Y. Mullins Lectures on Christian Preaching at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Sept. 26-27.

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Nehemiah Code: ‘Never too late’ for new beginning

October 5 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources

Whether it’s revitalizing a church, dealing with a broken relationship or wrestling with one’s own self-confidence, most ministry workers and other Christians will spend at least some of the next year trying to restore something. Nehemiah provides a key example for how to approach a rebuilding task, says GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins.

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Annie Armstrong Easter Offering tops $61 million

October 4 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board (NAMB), announced to trustees during their meeting that the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions broke the $60 million mark for the first time ever in 2018, with Southern Baptists giving $6-1.1 million.

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S.C. church serves community in Florence aftermath

October 4 2018 by Laura Sikes, NAMB

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers came to bring help, healing and hope to Hurricane Florence survivors in Dillon, S.C. And they were met with overwhelming support and appreciation from the community and their host, First Baptist Church of Dillon. Dillon County, with a population of about 30,000, has suffered three major disasters from storms in the last four years.

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ERLC, BGEA back coach in appeal to Supreme Court

October 4 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and other organizations have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court decision they contend violates the First Amendment rights of public school teachers and coaches. The court has twice rescheduled a conference to consider whether to accept the appeal, according to First Liberty Institute …

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