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Near Yellowstone, 6-member church impacts the world

August 16 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

Most churches would consider closing their doors if their active membership dipped to six people, but Gardiner Baptist Church is holding steady. The debt-free church – located near Yellowstone National Park’s north entrance – is raising money for a two-story community building on its two acres to serve as a food pantry, thrift store and medical clinic …

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Administration gains high marks on religious liberty

August 16 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Trump administration is receiving high marks so far for its religious liberty record from many advocates for the First Amendment freedom. The July 30 announcement of a religious liberty task force in the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Aug. 10 release of a Department of Labor policy directive to protect religious free exercise …

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California fires leave locals ‘shocked,’ DR active

August 15 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

California Southern Baptists have found themselves dispensing hope amid the death, destruction and weariness caused by more than a dozen wildfires burning across the state. The largest recorded fire in California history – the Mendocino Complex fire in the northern part of the state – has burned more than 340,000 acres, destroyed 147 homes and left a firefighter dead Aug. 13.

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Main Event examines what it means to ‘be a man’

August 15 2018 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources

“What does it mean to be a man?” asked James MacDonald to more than 2,900 men at this year’s Main Event conference presented by LifeWay Christian Resources. “There’s a ton of confusion on that point,” said MacDonald, senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago, as he read from 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 …

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Multiethnic worship caps Charlottesville demonstrations

August 14 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Evangelical pastors in Charlottesville, Va., say a community interracial worship service appeared to be the largest local gathering during what media described as a weekend of peaceful but tense demonstrations in the city. One year after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned violent and left three people dead, an attempted repeat in Washington …

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Saddleback celebrates 50,000th baptism

August 14 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends

Not long after Saddleback Church held its first services in 1980, Rick Warren waded in the water and baptized a handful of new believers. Nine people came forward that day to declare their newfound faith in Jesus. Since then, at least 49,991 people have followed in their footsteps.

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Case against Army chaplain called ‘anti-religious’

August 14 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A U.S. Army investigator ignored key evidence in saying a Southern Baptist chaplain was derelict in his duties for rescheduling a marriage retreat to accommodate a lesbian couple, the chaplain’s attorney said. Army Chaplain Jerry Scott Squires refused to conduct a Strong Bonds marriage retreat because a lesbian officer planned to attend …

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Army base sees 1,459 salvations since March

August 14 2018 by Josie Rabbitt Bingham, NAMB

U. S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Jose Rondon believes “there is nothing more exhilarating in life than seeing people come to Christ.” This year Rondon has experienced that exhilaration with more than 1,400 professions of faith – something one could describe as a spiritual awakening – at Fort Leonard Wood, his place of ministry.

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GuideStone eyes 2nd century of finance aid & service

August 14 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources

In early August of 1918, William Lunsford, the founding chief executive of what today is GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, received a letter from trustee Cullen F. Thomas. In it, Lunsford was advised that the state of Texas on July 31 had granted the charter for what was named the Board of Ministerial Relief and Annuities.

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An untended garden

August 14 2018 by Randy Bennett

I was anxious to walk through my garden after being out of town for vacation to see how it had fared in my absence for two weeks.   Read More

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