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NOBTS President Chuck Kelley announces retirement

October 3 2018 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Charles S. “Chuck” Kelley Jr., announced his plan to retire at the end of the current academic year during Founders’ Day chapel Oct. 2. Kelley will continue to lead the seminary through July 31, 2019. “This is the biggest decision of my life in a lot of ways,” Kelley said in an interview.

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Sebastian Traeger to leave IMB VP post

October 3 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Sebastian Traeger, executive vice president (EVP) of the International Mission Board (IMB), has announced he will resign Nov. 15 at the next meeting of IMB trustees. Traeger tied his resignation to the departure of David Platt as IMB president to pastor a church in northern Virginia.

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U.S. students urged to take Bibles to school Oct. 4

October 3 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The freedom to distribute Bibles in schools and discuss scripture openly with fellow students is being celebrated nationwide Oct. 4 at the fifth annual Bring Your Bible to School Day. The Focus on the Family (FOTF) event founded in 2014 is on track for its largest participation to date, founder Candi Cushman told Baptist Press Oct. 2.

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National CP ends fiscal year 2.63% over goal

October 3 2018 by Baptist Press Staff

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) ended its fiscal year $5,044,828.14 over its 2017–2018 budgeted goal and $101,902.94 under the previous year’s Cooperative Program (CP) Allocation Budget gifts, according D. August Boto, SBC Executive Committee interim president and executive vice president for convention policy. 

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BSC board approves amended $31M budget proposal

October 1 2018 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

After much discussion and debate, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSC) Board of Directors approved an amended Cooperative Program (CP) budget proposal for 2019 totaling $31 million during the board’s fall meeting held Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 24-25 at Caraway Conference Center and Camp in Sophia, N.C.

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Platt’s IMB farewell: ‘Rise above’ SBC challenges

October 1 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

In his final address to trustees as International Mission Board (IMB) president, David Platt urged the IMB’s leaders to “rise above” current challenges in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in order to reach the world’s “2.8 billion people who have little to no access” to the gospel.

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Panel OKs Kavanaugh, but delay urged for floor vote

October 1 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee forwarded the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh along deeply divided party lines Friday afternoon (Sept. 28) but with the understanding a floor vote on his confirmation would be delayed for a FBI investigation into a sexual assault charge against the nominee. 

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Baptist DR sees urgency in getting roofs patched

September 27 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

With various South Carolina communities still plagued by flooding, Southern Baptists Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers have been working tirelessly to help survivors of Hurricane Florence since its landfall in North Carolina on Sept. 14. Several flooded rivers were expected to crest Sept. 26, and as the waters started to recede, SBDR volunteers faced a pressing need …

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Recession still impacts CP 10 years later

September 27 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., is a case study in how Cooperative Program (CP) giving has fared during the decade since the financial crisis of 2008. Ten years ago, the congregation was thriving. Worship attendance was at 3,500 and climbing; pledges had been made for a multimillion-dollar building program …

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Murderous nation needs ‘grace and mercy’ from church

September 27 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Murderous rampages have become so common that crime trackers disagree over proper terminology to describe the carnage. “Active shooter” incidents that the Federal Bureau of Investigations tracked at 30 in 2017 marked a 50 percent increase over the previous year. But that category is not as expansive as “mass shootings” …

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