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  • New stance on assisted suicide ‘far from neutral’

    November 1 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    New stance on assisted suicide ‘far from neutral’

    A doctor association’s new “engaged neutrality” on physician-assisted suicide is a misnomer and threatening to people with Alzheimer’s disease, a Southern Baptist ethicist and a specialist on elder care say. Delegates to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) voted Oct. 9 to embrace a stance of “engaged neutrality” regarding assisted suicide.

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  • ‘Security’ only reason for Asia Bibi verdict delay

    October 24 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Security’ only reason for Asia Bibi verdict delay

    Security is the only reason Pakistan’s Supreme Court is delaying its ruling in an Oct. 8 appeal of Christian mother Asia Bibi’s blasphemy conviction, a religious liberty expert told Baptist Press. “There’s only one reason, security,” said Shaheryar Gill, senior litigation counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

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  • NAMB, Alabama Baptists plan for Crossover in Birmingham

    October 9 2018 by Tobin Perry, NAMB | with 0 comments
    NAMB, Alabama Baptists plan for Crossover in Birmingham

    With eight months until Crossover 2019, Birmingham-area Southern Baptists are looking to build upon a record number of faith commitments last year. Although specific plans have not been finalized, the North American Mission Board (NAMB) is partnering with seven Alabama Baptist associations in the effort.

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  • Pew: African, Latin American Christians most committed

    August 27 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pew: African, Latin American Christians most committed

    Commitment to prayer, church attendance and religion is highest among Christians in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, Pew Research Center said Aug. 22 in an analysis of data collected over the past 10 years. In the U.S., Christians register comparatively high levels of religious commitment among the most developed countries, …

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  • NAAF to ‘fill the gap’ in state convention church training

    July 30 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    NAAF to ‘fill the gap’ in state convention church training

    Through a new initiative of the National African American Fellowship (NAAF) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), consultants are available to help state conventions train church staff in discipleship, evangelism, missions and community ministries. NAAF’s African American Ministry Assist Team (AAMAT) is designed to fill Southern Baptist resource gaps that NAAF said are widening …

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  • ‘100 percent world-aware’: goal of Korean church

    July 10 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘100 percent world-aware’: goal of Korean church

    The world is the common denominator – and the focus of prayer – for an array of ministries of Semihan Church in Carrollton, Texas, site of the 2018 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist fellowship known informally as the “Korean Council.” Even Semihan’s name reflects the link: “Se” is part of a Korean word for world; “mi” …

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  • 2nd-gen pastors explore cross-cultural ministry

    June 26 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    2nd-gen pastors explore cross-cultural ministry

    Struggles and opportunities unique to second-generation Americans pastoring beyond their cultural heritage are a new focus of the 2nd Generation Asian-American Fellowship. The Southern Baptist fellowship drew about 20 pastors to a noon panel discussion June 12 in Dallas, kicking off a mentoring initiative to help second – and even third – generation pastors successfully navigate cross …

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  • Filipinos celebrate ministry, need more church planters

    June 22 2018 by Morgan Collier, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Filipinos celebrate ministry, need more church planters

    The Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America (FSBFNA) met together June 12 at Dallas Metroplex International Church to celebrate ministry accomplishments from the previous year and to worship followed by fellowship over lunch. The meeting was held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Dallas, June 12-13.

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  • Native American spiritual needs weigh on FoNAC

    June 22 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Native American spiritual needs weigh on FoNAC

    Native Americans balance life in both the native and white culture and too often lose to both, Gary Hawkins said in his executive director’s report during the Fellowship of Native American Christians’ (FoNAC) sixth annual gathering in Dallas. “Spiritual needs are tremendous among native people,” Hawkins said during FoNAC’s June 10-11 meeting in conjunction with …

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  • Disciple-making task force atop NAMB report at SBC

    June 19 2018 by Josie Rabbitt Bingham, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Disciple-making task force atop NAMB report at SBC

    Kevin Ezell delivered the North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) report to messengers June 13 focusing on disciple-making and relaying an update on the effectiveness of Southern Baptist church planting efforts and NAMB’s new initiative in Puerto Rico. Ezell, NAMB’s president, began the report by inviting Robby Gallaty to share findings and recommendations from the disciple-making …

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  • Send Luncheon: Pastors encouraged for ‘thankless job’

    June 15 2018 by K. Faith Morgan, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Send Luncheon: Pastors encouraged for ‘thankless job’

    One year ago, Hurricane Harvey had yet to appear on radar. One year ago, very few people had heard of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. “A lot can happen in a year” was the theme of the North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) 2018 Send Luncheon. Held during the SBC Pastors’ Conference, NAMB aimed …

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  • NAMB highlights core ministries & racial relations

    June 15 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    NAMB highlights core ministries & racial relations

    “We are here for you,” Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, said in opening his presentation to messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention. “We are grateful for you. We are eager to partner with you to push back lostness in North America.” NAMB celebrated the work of missionaries and shared new mission …

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  • Crossover Dallas, Harvest America crusade proclaim gospel

    June 12 2018 by Josie Rabbit Bingham, North American Mission Board | with 0 comments
    Crossover Dallas, Harvest America crusade proclaim gospel

    “I’m not here to talk to you about religion,” Pastor Greg Laurie told the crowd Sunday evening (June 10) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for the Crossover Dallas Harvest America crusade. “I’m here to talk to you about a relationship with God that you can experience,” he said. “Christ can fill that big hole …

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  • Filipinos to expand ministry offerings

    May 18 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Filipinos to expand ministry offerings

    Considering an executive director job description and hearing proposals for new ministry initiatives will be among highlights of the Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America’s annual meeting in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Dallas. The theme of the Filipino Fellowship’s meeting is “Together for the Gospel.”

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  • Native Americans to discuss gospel contextualization

    May 18 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Native Americans to discuss gospel contextualization

    A presentation of the gospel message to demonstrate a contextual way of ministering to unreached and under-reached Native people will be part of the Fellowship of Native American Christians’ (FoNAC) annual meeting in June. “Everyone is welcome,” FoNAC Executive Director Gary Hawkins told Baptist Press.

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