Cambodian Baptists regaining generational unity

July 18 2019 by Tobin Perry

Seang Yiv has been part of the Cambodian Southern Baptist Fellowship for nearly 30 years, but he’s never heard a prayer quite like the one shared by Timothy Sieng at the fellowship’s recent meeting. “He expressed his love for his parents and grandparents – and his desire for people in his generation to be reconciled …

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Hurricane leaves Louisiana thankful for less impact

July 17 2019 by Brian Blackwell and Philip Timothy, Baptist Message

The devastation from Hurricane Barry was less than anticipated in Louisiana based on forecasts, but for those who sustained damage it does not lessen the impact they felt. Several Louisiana Baptist churches reported that facilities suffered from floodwaters and winds as Barry subsequently trekked through the state as a tropical storm and then a tropical depression.

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Refugee crisis: NOBTS students share gospel

July 17 2019 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS

Amid the fading beauty of central Athens, not far from the ancient ruins that draw so many tourists, a monumental refugee crisis persists. Along with suffering and uncertainty, the unfolding crisis offers an unprecedented opportunity for gospel witness among Muslims. And for the past two years, members of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary …

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Churchgoers demonstrate deep faith but room to grow

July 17 2019 by Carol Pipes, LifeWay Christian Resources

When it comes to trusting God, Protestant churchgoers exercise a great deal of faith in their daily lives – whether in difficult circumstances or when the unexplainable happens, a new study released July 16 shows. The 2019 Discipleship Pathway Assessment study from LifeWay Research found 7 in 10 (72 percent) Protestant churchgoers disagree with the statement …

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Johnson Ferry announces senior pastor candidate

July 16 2019 by Christian Index Staff

The search team for Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, Ga., announced July 14 that North Carolina pastor Clay Smith will preach in view of a call on Aug. 4 to occupy the pulpit previously filled by former Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright. Smith, who currently serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church …

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Title X abortion rule remains amid legal challenge

July 16 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and other pro-life leaders have commended a federal appeals court’s latest action to permit the Trump administration’s Protect Life Rule to remain in effect while it undergoes a legal challenge. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled in a 7-4 decision July 11 …

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Amid hurricane’s onslaught, churches tap technology

July 16 2019 by Brian Blackwell, Baptist Message

Louisiana pastors employed social media to reach out to congregations they had urged stay home out of safety concerns in the face of Hurricane Barry – with dining room tables, home offices and vacant worship centers serving as pulpits. Stewart Holloway, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Pineville, said this was the first time …

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‘Gospel Above All’ study follows Greear’s SBC theme

July 15 2019 by Joy Allmond, LifeWay Christian Resources

Having exhorted messengers to place the “Gospel Above All” at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, SBC President J.D. Greear is aiming to mobilize Christians to take gospel action in their homes, churches and communities. Through the aptly named “Gospel Above All,” Greear leads an eight-session Bible study that includes videos featuring conversations …

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Persecuted church draws 2 passionate advocates

July 15 2019 by Tim Tune

One is a former FBI intelligence analyst supervisor, the other a longtime missionary. In their respective ways, they’re intent on raising awareness of Christians facing persecution across the world. Patrick Carberry, who was with the FBI for 17 years, worked on intelligence matters in the Middle East war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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New voices can positively shape SBC, Litton says

July 12 2019 by Carrie Brown McWhorter, The Alabama Baptist

In her new role as registration secretary for the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Kathy Litton will help shape the response of the convention to issues such as sexual abuse. “Shaping” is an important word, she said. “It’s not about power but about partnership,” she said. “It’s about hearing from women …

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