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Dave Ramsey’s love for pastors fuels mission

November 16 2018 by Shawn Hendricks, Baptist Press

For Dave Ramsey, pastors have a special place in his heart. This summer at the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in Dallas, the CEO of Ramsey Solutions and author of Financial Peace University (FPU) spoke to pastors and other Baptist leaders about stewardship and what the Bible teaches about debt. He offered FPU for free to pastors who …

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2019 SBC theme announced by Greear

November 15 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The supremacy of the gospel will motivate Southern Baptist Convention President J. D. Greear as he leads Baptists to evangelize, plant churches, and mobilize college students for the Kingdom, he said in announcing his theme for the 2019 SBC annual meeting. Greear stated his theme as “Gospel Above All”…

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Tax on churches looms, ERLC coalition urges repeal

November 15 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

A diverse coalition led by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) has urged members of Congress to repeal a section of a federal law that could force churches to file tax returns for the first time in American history. The ERLC – joined by 32 other organizations – sent a letter Nov. 13 …

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Women urged to be ‘Confident’ amid cultural issues

November 14 2018 by Joy Allmond, LifeWay Christian Resources

There was a collective gasp among the 1,600 women gathered for the kickoff of the 2018 LifeWay Women’s Leadership Forum. During a panel discussion on racial reconciliation, Missie Branch shared about a shocking thing she once heard from some Christians heading to China for mission work. 

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Kentucky Baptists cut ties with dually aligned churches

November 14 2018 by Kentucky Today and Baptist Press

The Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) will cut ties with a small group of churches that remain dually aligned with a missions network that took steps earlier this year to allow the hiring of LGBT staff members. Messengers to the KBC annual meeting voted Nov. 13 to accept a recommendation from the Credentials Committee …

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Mars Hill University inaugurates 22nd president

November 13 2018 by Mars Hill Communications

A rainy day did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm as John Anthony “Tony” Floyd, J.D., was inaugurated as Mars Hill University’s 22nd president Nov. 9. In his address to the assembled audience, Floyd laid out his vision for the institution’s future – a vision that puts its focus squarely on its students, whom Floyd calls “his Lions.”

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Hankins announces retirement plans

November 13 2018 by Baptist Press Staff

David Hankins, executive director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention (LBC), announced his plans to retire Nov. 12 during the pre-convention meeting of the convention’s Executive Board in Ruston, La. “At the close of this annual meeting, I will be giving Dr. Bailey, president of the Executive Board, official notice of my intention to retire,” said Hankins. 

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Abortion, marijuana, gambling win, lose in states

November 8 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Abortion rights, marijuana use and legalized gambling drew mixed results on state ballots across the U.S. Nov. 6. Alabama voters authorized display of the Ten Commandments in public places in a measure that prohibits the use of public funding to support challenges to the state constitutional amendment in court.

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Pastors see economic turnaround in 2018 giving

November 8 2018 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Resources

The economic recovery appears to have reached the offering plate, according to a new study released Nov. 7. Today, 8 in 10 Protestant pastors (79 percent) say the total offerings at their church this year are at or above last year’s levels, including 42 percent who say this year is ahead of last year.

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Former House staffer joins ERLC staff in Washington

November 8 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Former congressional staff member Chelsea Sobolik is a new policy director in the Washington office of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). Sobolik worked on pro-life, adoption and foster care issues as well as domestic and international religious freedom during three years of service in the House of Representatives.

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