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  • Academic competition to debut for Christian schools

    September 11 2018 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Academic competition to debut for Christian schools

    The Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools (SBACS) has announced it will begin an online-based academic competition, Knowledge Quest, for its member schools next spring. Students from third grade through 12th grade can complete test modules in individual core subjects, electives and Bible knowledge, competing with other schools without having to travel …

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  • TRUSTEES: ERLC names Mohler, Waggoner for key awards

    September 7 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    TRUSTEES: ERLC names Mohler, Waggoner for key awards

    Trustees of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission approved a seminary president and a courtroom advocate as recipients of the Southern Baptist entity’s 2018 awards Wednesday (Sept. 5) during their annual meeting. The ERLC board unanimously endorsed R. Albert Mohler Jr. for the Distinguished Christian Service Award and Kristen Waggoner for the Religious Liberty Award.

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  • Hindu nationalists host world conference in U.S.

    September 6 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Hindu nationalists host world conference in U.S.

    An international Hindu confab in the U.S. that organizers describe as a unity initiative will include radical and violent Hindu nationalists, International Christian Concern (ICC) charged Sept. 5. The second World Hindu Congress convening Sept. 7-9 in Chicago will encourage the use of Hindu philosophy, according to event organizers, to address issues of politics, education and commerce …

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  • McGill resigns Dublin church, focuses on The Lake Church

    September 4 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    McGill resigns Dublin church, focuses on The Lake Church

    Cameron McGill, former president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, announced his resignation as pastor of Dublin First Baptist Church to assume responsibilities as pastor of The Lake Church in White Lake, N.C. He has led both churches since The Lake Church launched in 2014.

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  • Abortion procedure legal in U.S. draws ire in England

    August 31 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Abortion procedure legal in U.S. draws ire in England

    An abortion procedure in use for 17 years in the U.S. is drawing ire from a Christian medical group as England prepares to adopt the practice by year’s end. Under the new plan, women in England will be allowed to take at home the second dose of the pharmaceutical combo commonly called the abortion pill, BBC news reported Aug. 25.

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  • LifeWay’s Rainer to retire

    August 28 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff | with 0 comments
    LifeWay’s Rainer to retire

    Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, told the organization’s board of trustees Aug. 27 that he is retiring. Rainer, 63, plans to step down whenever a replacement is named or after one year, according to a LifeWay announcement published late Monday evening.

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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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  • University of Iowa reinstates religious groups for now

    August 17 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    University of Iowa reinstates religious groups for now

    The University of Iowa has reinstated multiple religious student groups as registered campus organizations after one group threatened to seek a temporary restraining order amid pending litigation. InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship sued the university Aug. 6 because school officials revoked the fellowship’s status as an official student organization over a requirement …

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  • University of Iowa sued again over religious liberty

    August 9 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    University of Iowa sued again over religious liberty

    For the second time in less than a year, a Christian student group has sued the University of Iowa to protect its right to select leaders who hold traditional Christian beliefs. The InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship filed a lawsuit in federal court Aug. 6 after the university revoked the fellowship’s status as an official student organization …

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  • Geiger leaving LifeWay, joining California church staff

    August 1 2018 by LifeWay Christian Resources Staff | with 0 comments
    Geiger leaving LifeWay, joining California church staff

    Eric Geiger, senior vice president of LifeWay Christian Resources, has accepted a call as senior pastor of Mariners Church in Irvine, Calif., beginning in September. Geiger came to LifeWay as vice president of LifeWay’s Resources Division in February 2011. “Serving the church through the mission of LifeWay has been a deep joy and honor …

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  • ‘LGBT Christians’ conference draws SBTS, ERLC responses

    July 30 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    ‘LGBT Christians’ conference draws SBTS, ERLC responses

    The Revoice Conference for “LGBT Christians,” which provoked a messenger question at June’s Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, continued to draw a range of responses from Southern Baptists as it convened July 26-28. Revoice states its aim on the conference website as “Supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians …

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  • Stateside pastors begin Virgin Island partnerships

    July 20 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Stateside pastors begin Virgin Island partnerships

    Pastors leading U.S. Virgin Island churches still recovering from devastating 2017 hurricanes are receiving new stateside ministry partners as another hurricane season threatens. The only Southern Baptist congregations on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas are networking with stateside leaders as guests of the 2018 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference.

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  • LifeWay's former Sullivan Tower to be imploded

    July 20 2018 by LifeWay & Baptist Press Staff | with 0 comments
    LifeWay's former Sullivan Tower to be imploded

    Implosion of the 11-story Sullivan Tower on the former campus of LifeWay Christian Resources is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21. Sullivan Tower, on Ninth Avenue North in downtown Nashville, was built in phases from 1940-1956 and named for James L. Sullivan, president of the Sunday School Board (now LifeWay) from 1953-1975.

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  • First seminary chairwoman saw ‘God’s open door’

    July 5 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    First seminary chairwoman saw ‘God’s open door’

    Becky Gardner believed she would grow up to be a schoolteacher in West Tennessee. But now, as superintendent of an award-winning Christian school in Central Illinois and the first-ever chairwoman of a Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) seminary’s board of trustees, she believes she is right where God wants her to be.

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  • Court ruling to help Christian teachers, supporters say

    June 29 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Court ruling to help Christian teachers, supporters say

    Christians and other teachers in public schools, as well as the school-choice movement, stand to benefit from the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision June 27 that public-sector unions may not require fees from nonmembers, supporters of the ruling say. In a 5-4 opinion, the high court ruled against such mandates …

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