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  • ‘Unbroken’ follow-up opens as audience favorite

    September 18 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Unbroken’ follow-up opens as audience favorite

    “Unbroken: Path to Redemption” was an audience favorite, but a low earner at $2.4 million and a fourth place showing among new releases on its opening weekend, according to industry insider reports. Audiences rated the movie an A in CinemaScore polling, the highest among new releases on more than 1,500 screens.

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  • Kavanaugh appears likely to gain Senate approval

    September 10 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kavanaugh appears likely to gain Senate approval

    Brett Kavanaugh appears likely to gain confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court after completing the gauntlet that is now the hearing process for nominees to the country’s highest bench. The Senate is expected to hold a confirmation vote on Kavanaugh, 53, before the Supreme Court begins its term Oct. 1.

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  • Anne Graham Lotz seeks ‘healing’ from breast cancer

    September 7 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Anne Graham Lotz seeks ‘healing’ from breast cancer

    Billy Graham’s daughter Anne Graham Lotz has breast cancer, she announced Sept. 4, and is seeking prayers for healing that would glorify God. “Each day since the diagnosis God has given me promises and encouragement from His Word,” Lotz said at AnneGrahamLotz.org.

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  • Kavanaugh hearings open, abortion draws spotlight

    September 5 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kavanaugh hearings open, abortion draws spotlight

    Abortion drew the spotlight Sept. 4 as the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings opened for judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. The Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, expressed concern about Kavanaugh’s seeming willingness to restrict abortion rights …

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  • Puerto Rico hurricane toll ‘a miracle’ at 2,975

    August 30 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Puerto Rico hurricane toll ‘a miracle’ at 2,975

    It’s “a miracle” Hurricane Maria’s death toll in Puerto Rico is not even higher than the new official total of 2,975, a massive jump from the long purported 64, a Southern Baptist disaster relief leader told Baptist Press. The new count, based on an independent study that the territory commissioned from George Washington University …

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  • Trump hosts evangelicals to celebrate faith, freedom

    August 29 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Trump hosts evangelicals to celebrate faith, freedom

    Some 100 evangelicals, including Southern Baptists, attended a White House dinner Aug. 27 to celebrate what President Trump called “America’s heritage of faith, family and freedom.” The event included remarks by Trump, prayer and an opportunity for attendees to reflect publicly on the Trump administration. Vice President Mike Pence also was in attendance.

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  • Multiethnic worship caps Charlottesville demonstrations

    August 14 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Multiethnic worship caps Charlottesville demonstrations

    Evangelical pastors in Charlottesville, Va., say a community interracial worship service appeared to be the largest local gathering during what media described as a weekend of peaceful but tense demonstrations in the city. One year after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned violent and left three people dead, an attempted repeat in Washington …

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  • Religious liberty: International conference seen as key advance

    July 31 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Religious liberty: International conference seen as key advance

    Religious liberty advocates drew hope from a first-ever international gathering of government officials, civil society representatives and faith leaders to promote the freedom of all people to practice their beliefs. The U.S. State Department convened the inaugural Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom July 24-26 in Washington, hosting delegations from more than 80 governments …

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  • Imprisoned U.S. pastor in Turkey moves to house arrest

    July 26 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Imprisoned U.S. pastor in Turkey moves to house arrest

    American pastor Andrew Brunson has been granted transfer from a Turkish prison to house arrest awaiting an Oct. 12 hearing, his attorneys said July 25. The move comes a week after a Turkish court denied Brunson’s plea for release after nearly two years’ imprisonment on allegations of terrorism and spying.

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  • Missouri DR deploys after 17 killed at Branson lake

    July 23 2018 by Benjamin Hawkins, The Pathway | with 0 comments
    Missouri DR deploys after 17 killed at Branson lake

    Seventeen people, including children, died July 19 after a sudden violent storm capsized a “duck boat” on Table Rock Lake near the tourist hotspot of Branson, Mo. The tragedy prompted a response from Missouri Disaster Relief (DR) today, as well as from other Southern Baptists in the region.

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  • Still jailed in Turkey, Brunson gave ‘bold’ witness

    July 20 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Still jailed in Turkey, Brunson gave ‘bold’ witness

    American pastor Andrew Brunson’s continued imprisonment in Turkey following a July 18 court hearing is probably an act of political maneuvering rather than Islamic persecution, two Islamic studies professors say. Resurgent conservative Islam in Turkey is, however, part of the background, the professors say …

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  • ‘Word Matters’ podcast celebrates 50th episode

    July 20 2018 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    ‘Word Matters’ podcast celebrates 50th episode

    Bible readers may be tempted to skip challenging passages like 1 Corinthians 15:29, which speaks of people being baptized for the dead, or Genesis 6:4, which references the Nephilim – a mysterious people the King James Version calls giants. But puzzling passages like these are worth extra attention for Brandon Smith and Trevin Wax.

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  • O’Brien sets retirement as Carson-Newman president

    July 19 2018 by Lonnie Wilkey, Baptist and Reflector | with 0 comments
    O’Brien sets retirement as Carson-Newman president

    Randall O’Brien, president of Carson-Newman University, has announced his plans to retire, effective Dec. 31. O’Brien celebrated his 10th anniversary on July 8 as the 22nd president of the Baptist-affiliated liberal arts college in Jefferson City, Tenn. O’Brien was elected by trustees in July 2008, officially joining the college on Jan. 1, 2009.

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  • Kavanaugh nod nonpartisan, pro-Kingdom, Greear says

    July 16 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kavanaugh nod nonpartisan, pro-Kingdom, Greear says

    Keeping the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) out of politics remains a goal of the SBC’s president and vice presidents, J.D. Greear said in defending their endorsement of President Trump’s justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “All three of us have a desire to keep the SBC out of politics, but we also want to speak with clarity …

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  • Evangelical leaders embrace Kavanaugh nomination

    July 11 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Evangelical leaders embrace Kavanaugh nomination

    Southern Baptist and other evangelical Christian leaders embraced President Trump’s nomination of federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh Monday (July 9) and called for his quick confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump announced his selection of Kavanaugh, 53, Monday night from the White House, ending speculation on who would be chosen from a list …

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