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  • Singing ‘Down on My Knees,’ Gaines exhorts SBC to pray

    February 22 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Singing ‘Down on My Knees,’ Gaines exhorts SBC to pray

    In Nashville all of 24 hours while his wife Donna was home in Memphis, Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines had already spoken with her four times because he loves her. The conversations with his wife served as an analogy to encourage Southern Baptists to talk with God and tell others about our Savior.

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  • Baptists must be ‘correct,’ Page says of stewardship

    February 22 2017 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Baptists must be ‘correct,’ Page says of stewardship

    The use of God’s resources will gain a strengthened emphasis in Southern Baptist life, Frank Page said in addressing the SBC Executive Committee. “If we do not get the issue of stewardship correct, the work to which God is calling us will simply not be done in a way that would honor Him,” said Page.

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  • Illinois pro-lifers fight publicly-funded abortions bill

    February 22 2017 by Meredith Flynn, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Illinois pro-lifers fight publicly-funded abortions bill

    Pro-life advocates in Illinois are urging lawmakers to oppose legislation that would allow the use of public money to fund abortions. Illinois House Bill 40, currently awaiting a vote by the state’s House of Representatives, would strike from state law a provision that says Illinois’ medical assistance program cannot pay for abortions.

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  • ‘Benedict Option’: Build communities of resistance

    February 22 2017 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS | with 0 comments
    ‘Benedict Option’: Build communities of resistance

    With secular culture increasingly marginalizing the Christian faith, believers should leave behind political battles and embrace the communal life exemplified by St. Benedict of Nursia, author Rod Dreher said. Although Christianity continues to spread in Asia and the global south, it is rapidly losing its influence in the public square in the West, said Dreher.

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  • 25 church buildings in Sudan feared to be demolished

    February 22 2017 by Morning Star News, Sudan correspondent | with 0 comments
    25 church buildings in Sudan feared to be demolished

    State officials in Sudan plan to demolish at least 25 church buildings in the Khartoum area, according to Christian leaders. The government reportedly claimed the churches were built on land zoned for other uses, but Christian leaders said it is part of wider crack-down on Christianity.

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  • Church response to domestic violence focus of study

    February 21 2017 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Church response to domestic violence focus of study

    When it comes to domestic violence, Protestant pastors want to be helpful but often don’t know where to start, a new study shows. Most say their church would be a safe haven for victims of domestic violence. Only half say they have a plan in place to help if a victim comes forward.

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  • Missouri governor to fight St. Louis abortion ‘sanctuary’

    February 21 2017 by Missouri Pathway & BP staff | with 0 comments
    Missouri governor to fight St. Louis abortion ‘sanctuary’

    Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has pledged to lead a fight to repeal a bill passed by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen essentially making St. Louis a “sanctuary city” for abortion, with critics contending it threatens the religious freedom of citizens and institutions opposing it.

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  • Leadworship Workshop coming to N.C. this spring

    February 21 2017 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Leadworship Workshop coming to N.C. this spring

    The ministry of acclaimed worship artist Paul Baloche has impacted millions of people around the world, including Kenny Lamm, senior consultant for worship and music with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. “Much of my ministry has been greatly influenced by Paul Baloche,” said Lamm.

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  • Memorial Church launches Christian school

    February 21 2017 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    Memorial Church launches Christian school

    Memorial Baptist Church in Norwood broke ground Feb. 1 for its newly formed Christian school. Norwood town officials joined church members and Tillery Christian Academy’s board of directors for the event that board chairman Tom Gray called a “milestone.”

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  • ‘Jane Roe’ of Roe v. Wade died as ‘friend of life’

    February 21 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Jane Roe’ of Roe v. Wade died as ‘friend of life’

    Roe v. Wade abortion rights plaintiff Norma McCorvey is being remembered for her Christian conversion and pro-life advocacy. She died Feb. 18 at age 69 in a Katy, Texas, assisted living facility of heart failure, the New York Times reported.

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  • Pro-life ministry barred again from Raleigh facility

    February 20 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Pro-life ministry barred again from Raleigh facility

    A Hand of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center faced another setback when the Raleigh Board of Adjustment re-classified the organization as a medical facility, overturning the city attorney’s designation of the pro-life ministry as a civic group. The board’s designation effectively bars Hand of Hope from operating out of its Jones Franklin Road office.

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  • Prestonwood escrows CP funds, cites ERLC actions

    February 20 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Prestonwood escrows CP funds, cites ERLC actions

    A Dallas-area megachurch has decided to escrow Cooperative Program funds temporarily in order to evaluate future support of Southern Baptist Convention causes. Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, will escrow what would amount to $1 million annually, Louisiana’s Baptist Message newsjournal reported Feb. 16.

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  • House votes to annul rule protecting Planned Parenthood

    February 20 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    House votes to annul rule protecting Planned Parenthood

    The U.S. House of Representatives acted to rescind a two-month-old rule from the Obama administration that effectively restricts states from prohibiting funds for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. Representatives took the action under Congress’ authority to review agency rulemaking – in this case, the Department of Health and Human Services.

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  • Canadian pastor finds new flock with The Gathering

    February 20 2017 by Jim Burton, North American Mission Board | with 0 comments
    Canadian pastor finds new flock with The Gathering

    John D’Antonio’s family knew that his four-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, would soon be over. Many of his Italian-Canadian family and friends had gathered in his Windsor hospital room to say goodbye to the 30-year-old father and husband. ...

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  • Micah Fries wants N.C. leaders to rethink disciple-making

    February 20 2017 by BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Micah Fries wants N.C. leaders to rethink disciple-making

    Micah Fries serves as senior pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn., and is a frequent church and conference speaker. Fries will be speaking at the 2017 N.C. Baptist Disciple-Making Conference on Feb. 27. He will also be participating in a disciple-making panel discussion at the event.

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