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IMB website to better serve Southern Baptists

March 13 2019 by Julie McGowan, IMB

The International Mission Board’s website – IMB.org – has launched a new home page and renovation of other online pages to make it easier for Southern Baptists to partner with the IMB in global mission praying, giving, going and sending. “Our very task as Southern Baptists’ International Mission Board depends on a cooperative effort to strategically …

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Parolee housing units become church’s mission field

March 12 2019 by Erin Roach, Southern Baptist TEXAN

Imagine a person was just released from prison and wanted to get his life on the right track, and he knew going to church needed to be part of that plan. But because of his criminal record, he was required to stay away from churches.

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Trump’s Bible signing called Southern tradition

March 12 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

When President Trump signed Bibles in an Alabama region devastated by tornadoes, he was giving comfort to survivors by participating in a time-honored Southern tradition, some observers say. Others claim signing scripture was inappropriate. In the South, signatures in a person’s Bible “bring back great memories of relationships and friendships and moments in our life …

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Trump visits storm-ravaged Alabama, DR volunteers

March 11 2019 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited storm-ravaged Lee County, Ala. on Mar. 8 in the aftermath of an EF-4 tornado that killed 23 people. After disembarking from Air Force One, Trump met with Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, telling her that he had seen “unbelievable” destruction during his flight, according to The New York Times.

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Georgia pastor repents, church fires accused staff member

March 11 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A Georgia pastor has confirmed the termination of a church staff member who allegedly “admitted to assaulting several young people years ago.” The pastor also apologized to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and SBC President J.D. Greear for having “failed my duty as a pastor in not taking action sooner.”

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Editors meet to ‘press on’ in Kingdom communication

March 11 2019 by Margaret Colson, Arkansas Baptist News

Members of the Association of State Baptist Publications (ASBP) learned from university professor and author Penelope Muse Abernathy during their annual meeting in Charleston, S.C. The ASBP meeting “gives those who lead state Baptist newspapers and other publications the opportunity to discuss opportunities and challenges faced in today’s ever-changing publishing environment,” said Tim Yarbrough …

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Film evidences Moses’ authorship of Pentateuch

March 11 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Evidencing Moses’ authorship of the Pentateuch takes filmmaker Timothy Mahoney on a journey connecting God’s creation of the alphabet to His design to spread His Word. In making “Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy,” in theaters March 14, 16 and 19 only, Mahoney goes beyond his intended premise of discovering Moses’ authorship of the first …

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New details of former SBTS prof’s resignation alleged

March 8 2019 by Baptist Press & Biblical Recorder Staff

Nine months after The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) professor David Sills resigned for undisclosed reasons, a woman has released a statement of allegations including details of what she describes as sexual abuse by Sills, beginning while she was a Southern Seminary student.

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GuideStone declares ‘Year of the Harvest’

March 8 2019 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone

After marking GuideStone Financial Resources’ centennial anniversary in 2018 and moving to new leased office space, the ministry continues forward, focusing on 2019 and beyond, GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins told trustees during their March 4-5 meeting. Hawkins frames each year with a verse of Scripture and a theme, declaring 2019 as GuideStone’s “Year of the Harvest.”

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LifeWay Research looks for new faces in the pews

March 7 2019 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Resources

Many churches are not seeing new faces in the pews, according to a new study from Exponential conducted by LifeWay Research. Six in 10 Protestant churches are plateaued or declining in attendance, according to data released March 6. More than half saw fewer than 10 people become new Christians in the past 12 months.

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