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  • Students join hurricane relief efforts in N.C.

    October 19 2018 by Laura Sikes, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Students join hurricane relief efforts in N.C.

    When an East Carolina University cross country team found they had an off weekend from running, they decided to go and help survivors of Hurricane Florence. They joined a college-wide effort to help Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers serve in the hard-hit New Bern, N.C., area. 

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  • Pressler sexual abuse claims dismissed

    October 19 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pressler sexual abuse claims dismissed

    A Texas court has dismissed several defendants and multiple counts in a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by retired Texas state district judge Paul Pressler. The lawsuit filed by plaintiff Gerald Duane Rollins in October 2017 alleged sexual misconduct by Pressler and also sought to hold several other defendants responsible, including the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).

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  • SWBTS ‘pressing on’ with ‘refreshed orientation’

    October 19 2018 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS | with 0 comments
    SWBTS ‘pressing on’ with ‘refreshed orientation’

    Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s board of trustees affirmed the institution’s presidential search committee, approved actions of the trustee executive committee and conducted other business during their fall meeting Oct. 15-17. In addition to their meeting, the trustees enjoyed multiple opportunities for personal interaction with Southwestern students and faculty.

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  • MBTS dedicates Mathena Student Center

    October 19 2018 by T. Patrick Hudson, MBTS | with 0 comments
    MBTS dedicates Mathena Student Center

    Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS) celebrated a landmark in its history with the dedication of the new Mathena Student Center in conjunction with the fall trustee meeting Oct. 15-16 at the Kansas City, Mo., campus. The meeting’s highlights came on Tuesday in opening the 40,000-square-foot student center named for Harold and Patricia Mathena …

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  • No single artist dominated 2018 Dove Awards

    October 19 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    No single artist dominated 2018 Dove Awards

    Cory Asbury’s “Reckless Love” ballad garnered the worship pastor three wins at the 2018 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, but no single artist dominated the night that recognizes work in 40 categories. Reckless Love was named Song of the Year, Worship Song of the Year and Worship Album of the Year at the 49th annual event …

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  • SEBTS marks record enrollment increase, expands programs

    October 18 2018 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS | with 0 comments
    SEBTS marks record enrollment increase, expands programs

    The announcement of a record enrollment increase dominated much of the conversation during the bi-annual Board of Trustees (BOT) and Southeastern Society (SES) meetings at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. With the approval of the Master of Arts in Student Ministry, Southeastern is poised to continue fulfilling its call to equip students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission.

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  • Q&A: Erickson on family, faith and food

    October 18 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Q&A: Erickson on family, faith and food

    Erick Erickson, a journalist and media personality known for his strident defense of conservative politics, says a period of suffering in his life led to deep reflections on faith, family and the lack of civility in current political discussions. Those meditations resulted in a book framed as a letter to his children …

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  • SWBTS trustees move forward, uphold Patterson firing

    October 18 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SWBTS trustees move forward, uphold Patterson firing

    In a meeting characterized by unity despite differences of opinion, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s (SWBTS) trustees voted to uphold the trustee executive committee’s decision in May to terminate former president Paige Patterson. Trustees revisited Patterson’s termination at their Oct. 15-17 meeting based on a motion, referred to Southwestern by the Southern Baptist Convention in June …

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  • ERLC panel: Openness about brokenness needed

    October 18 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC panel: Openness about brokenness needed

    Christians need to be more open about their personal and family brokenness to give hope to those inside and outside the church, panelists said Oct. 12 during the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s (ERLC) annual national conference. The panel addressed “The Sin-shattered Family: Gospel Hope for Broken Families and Broken Homes” …

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  • Atlanta accepts $1.2M settlement with Kelvin Cochran

    October 18 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Atlanta accepts $1.2M settlement with Kelvin Cochran

    The Atlanta city council has agreed to a $1.2 million settlement with former fire chief Kelvin Cochran over his January 2015 termination for his views about marriage and sexuality. The city council voted 11-3 after an executive session Oct. 15 during which city attorneys recommended a settlement and legal fees negotiated with the religious liberty organization …

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  • Beth Moore: Parenting goal focused on Jesus

    October 17 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Beth Moore: Parenting goal focused on Jesus

    Beth Moore’s primary parenting goal was for her daughters to know Jesus is everything, the popular Bible teacher told the audience at the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s (ERLC) 2018 national conference. Moore answered questions from ERLC President Russell Moore in an Oct. 12 session during “The Cross-shaped Family” …

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  • Rainer calls on churches to get a little scrappy

    October 17 2018 by Aaron Wilson, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Rainer calls on churches to get a little scrappy

    Back in high school, LifeWay CEO and President Thom S. Rainer spent many Friday nights playing tailback for what he calls a scrappy football team. He noted they weren’t the biggest, fastest or most athletic players, but because of the team’s grit and determination, they overcame a bad season to make it into the quarterfinals …

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  • Food trucks open doors for Florida church

    October 17 2018 by Keila Diaz, Florida Baptist Convention | with 0 comments
    Food trucks open doors for Florida church

    Thomasville Road Baptist Church in Tallahassee is using food trucks on Wednesday night as a way of engaging and building relationships with their community. “You meet a lot of different kinds of individuals at food trucks,” said Brooke Miley, missions ministry associate. “They offer a non-awkward opportunity to start a conversation with someone you might not get to talk to otherwise,” …

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  • Chibok girls’ struggles subject of HBO film

    October 17 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Chibok girls’ struggles subject of HBO film

    “And by God’s grace, we’ll make it,” one of 276 Christian schoolgirls Boko Haram kidnapped from Chibok proclaims in the preview of an upcoming HBO documentary on the captives who’ve been released. “Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram” showcases 103 Chibok schoolgirls struggling to regain normalcy nearly five years after their ordeal began.

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  • SWBTS: Bingham ‘speechless’ at call to lead, serve

    October 16 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SWBTS: Bingham ‘speechless’ at call to lead, serve

    For Jeffrey Bingham, God’s call to the interim presidency of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) was literally a phone call. As a May 22-23 meeting of Southwestern’s trustees stretched into the early-morning hours, Bingham, dean of the seminary’s School of Theology, couldn’t sleep in his hotel room at a conference in Chicago.

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