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  • Greek NT edition commended for pastors, others

    November 22 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Greek NT edition commended for pastors, others

    A new edition of the Greek New Testament, biblical scholars say, may help pastors and other Bible students gain new insight on the way early manuscripts rendered scripture. Released by Crossway, the Tyndale House Greek New Testament aligns with the wording of previous Greek New Testament editions more than 90 percent of the time.

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  • Brawler-turned-pastor transforms Montana church & town

    November 22 2017 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Brawler-turned-pastor transforms Montana church & town

    There was a petition circulating to remove violent brawler Jim Webley from town when God intervened and changed not just Webley’s life but, the course of a church and a Montana community. In his early 20s, Webley was entrenched in a rough lifestyle and people just wanted him to leave town.

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  • Tennessee Baptists adopt resolution against racism

    November 22 2017 by Lonnie Wilkey & David Dawson, Baptist and Reflector | with 0 comments
    Tennessee Baptists adopt resolution against racism

    Messengers to the Tennessee Baptist Convention’s annual meeting overwhelmingly spoke against racism during the Nov. 12-16 sessions of The Summit at First Baptist Church in Henderson. David Leavell, pastor of First Baptist Church in Millington in West Tennessee, was elected president during the meeting, which drew 993 messengers from 422 churches.

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  • Texas defends dismemberment abortion ban

    November 22 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Texas defends dismemberment abortion ban

    Should abortionists be allowed to end the life of an unborn baby by pulling it apart, or should they remove it piecemeal only after its heart has stopped beating? The answer, at least in Texas, depends on the outcome of a five-day trial concluded Nov. 8 over a new state law banning dismemberment abortions.

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  • Minn.-Wis. Churches elevate CP giving from 22 to 32%

    November 22 2017 by David Williams, Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist | with 0 comments
    Minn.-Wis. Churches elevate CP giving from 22 to 32%

    Minnesota Wisconsin Baptists took a leap forward in their goal of forwarding 50 percent of Cooperative Program receipts to the Southern Baptist Convention, jumping from 22 percent this year to 32 percent next year. With a theme of “Come to Life,” 98 messengers from the Minnesota Wisconsin Baptist Convention gathered for the 34th annual meeting.

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  • SBC Virginia decries racism in Charlottesville resolution

    Nearly 1,500 people traveled to the 2017 Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia Annual Homecoming with the theme “We Are Not Alone,” Nov. 12-14. The three-day event took aim at “every form of racism, including and specifically alt-right white supremacy, as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ” in a resolution.

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  • 400 S.C. Baptists ‘Unite’ for citywide evangelism

    November 21 2017 by Butch Blume, The Baptist Courier | with 0 comments
    400 S.C. Baptists ‘Unite’ for citywide evangelism

    Gathering under the banner of “Unite,” messengers to the 197th annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention sang, prayed, conducted business and fanned out across the city of Columbia for a “One Day” missions and evangelism effort.

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  • SBTC messengers encouraged in wake of Harvey, tragedy

    November 21 2017 by Southern Baptist Texan staff | with 0 comments
    SBTC messengers encouraged in wake of Harvey, tragedy

    Gathering Nov. 13-14 in Dallas around the Ephesians 4-inspired theme of “Belong,” the messenger count for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention’s annual meeting was its largest since 2008. Officers set out to design an environment of encouragement for pastors. And it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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  • Atonement sparks discussion at NOBTS forum

    November 21 2017 by Marilyn Stewart, NOBTS | with 0 comments
    Atonement sparks discussion at NOBTS forum

    New Testament scholars N.T. Wright and Simon Gathercole addressed the meaning of the atonement at the 14th annual Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum, Nov. 10-11, at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The question considered was whether substitution is enough to communicate the full meaning of atonement.

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  • ETS meeting focuses on Reformation heritage

    November 21 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ETS meeting focuses on Reformation heritage

    “The Heritage of the Reformation” was the theme at this year’s annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, where Southern Baptists delivered nearly a third of the gathering’s presentations and Trinity International University President David Dockery was elected president. Some 185 of the meeting’s approximately 600 presentations were offered by scholars with ties to Southern Baptist churches, seminaries and colleges.

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  • Platt, IMB welcome 32 new missionaries

    November 20 2017 by Julie McGowan, IMB | with 0 comments
    Platt, IMB welcome 32 new missionaries

    As a preschooler in Mission Friends, Amy Jones learned about God’s desire to gather people from every nation, tribe, people group and language. “It became real when my mother returned from England with stories and a tea set,” Jones recalled during a Sending Celebration that marked the appointment of 32 new International Mission Board personnel.

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  • ‘Must-see’ Bible museum opens to public

    November 20 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Must-see’ Bible museum opens to public

    Protestant, Catholic and Jewish leaders from the U.S. and Israel joined Museum of the Bible board chairman Steve Green to dedicate the eight-story attraction in Washington Nov. 17 in advance of the public opening. The more-than-$500-million structure opened exclusively to the media Nov. 14 and 15 and held a special dedication and ribbon cutting.

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  • State conventions denounce racism, white supremacy

    November 20 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    State conventions denounce racism, white supremacy

    Southern Baptists in at least five state conventions have approved resolutions decrying racism or white supremacy. Messengers to the annual meetings of the Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Virginia conventions have passed statements in November addressing the rise of white nationalism and supremacy in the United States.

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  • Longtime Billy Graham photographer Russ Busby dies

    Russ Busby, who traveled the world as evangelist Billy Graham’s photographer for six decades, died Nov. 14 at his son’s home in California following a long illness. He was 86. Busby joined the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in 1956 after a crusade in Oklahoma City.

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  • Anthony Jordan delivers final address as BGCO exec

    November 20 2017 by Chris Doyle, Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    Anthony Jordan delivers final address as BGCO exec

    Anthony Jordan delivered his final address as executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma during the annual meeting at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Jordan, who will retire next April after 22 years of leading the convention, also announced a new ministry opportunity for Oklahoma Baptists.

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