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  • Paul Chitwood elected unanimously as IMB president

    November 16 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Paul Chitwood elected unanimously as IMB president

    About a decade ago, Paul Chitwood became convinced God was calling him to mobilize missions and missionaries, he told International Mission Board (IMB) trustees. That call culminated Nov. 15, he said, with his election as IMB president. “Being a member of this board for eight years changed my ministry and it changed my life …

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  • NOBTS presidential search committee meets, selects chair

    November 6 2018 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS | with 0 comments
    NOBTS presidential search committee meets, selects chair

    New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s (NOBTS) 11-member presidential search committee held its first meeting Nov. 1. The group unanimously elected Frank Cox to chair the committee. The committee spent the day on the NOBTS campus in focused prayer and began developing a profile of the type candidate they are seeking to lead the seminary. 

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  • Outcry at Trump gender memo shows ‘pain,’ confusion

    October 24 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Outcry at Trump gender memo shows ‘pain,’ confusion

    Angry reaction to news the Trump administration may revert to the traditional definition of gender in some federal programs, three evangelical commentators say, reveals society’s confusion and need for ministry. The administration’s proposal “may sound controversial, but it is not,” Andrew Walker of Southern Baptists’ Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission wrote in an Oct. 23 commentary.

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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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  • Imprisoned pastor Andrew Brunson free at last

    October 15 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Imprisoned pastor Andrew Brunson free at last

    Pastor Andrew Brunson arrived in the United States Oct. 13, released after two years’ incarceration on disputed charges that could have led to life imprisonment. He was welcomed by President Donald Trump in an Oval Office meeting, where Brunson knelt and prayed for the president.

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  • NOBTS trustee chairman appoints search committee

    October 12 2018 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS | with 0 comments
    NOBTS trustee chairman appoints search committee

    New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) trustee chairman Frank Cox announced the names for the 11-member presidential search committee Oct. 11 and called on Southern Baptists to pray through the search process. “We ask that Southern Baptists pray for us as we seek God’s man to lead New Orleans Seminary into the next century of ministry …

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  • Pastors weigh in on Trump’s job performance

    October 12 2018 by Aaron Earls, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Pastors weigh in on Trump’s job performance

    A slim majority of pastors say they approve of the job President Donald Trump has done in the White House, according to a new study, but many are unsure. A LifeWay Research study of Protestant senior pastors found 51 percent approve of how President Trump has handled the job, with 25 percent strongly approving.

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  • SBC goes ‘before God in fasting’ for entities

    October 9 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBC goes ‘before God in fasting’ for entities

    Churches, Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) entities and Baptist state conventions have heeded SBC President J.D. Greear’s call to pray and fast Oct. 8 for the five SBC entities seeking new presidents. “Thanks to all of you going before God in fasting and prayer with Psalm 67 for what God has for us!” Greear tweeted …

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  • LifeWay search committee now accepting nominations

    October 9 2018 by Carol Pipes, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    LifeWay search committee now accepting nominations

    The LifeWay Christian Resources presidential search committee is accepting nominations for a successor to Thom Rainer, chairman Kent Dacus has announced. The search committee met Monday, Sept. 24, to develop a process for their search of the new LifeWay president and CEO, Dacus reported.

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  • NOBTS President Chuck Kelley announces retirement

    October 3 2018 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS | with 0 comments
    NOBTS President Chuck Kelley announces retirement

    New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Charles S. “Chuck” Kelley Jr., announced his plan to retire at the end of the current academic year during Founders’ Day chapel Oct. 2. Kelley will continue to lead the seminary through July 31, 2019. “This is the biggest decision of my life in a lot of ways,” Kelley said in an interview.

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  • Trump ‘just settled in’ at N.C. disaster relief site

    September 20 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Trump ‘just settled in’ at N.C. disaster relief site

    President Trump spent approximately an hour Sept. 19 at a Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) site in New Bern, N.C., helping volunteers distribute meals and greeting victims of Hurricane Florence. “I was literally thinking” the president’s visit would last 15-20 minutes, said Jim Pennington, pastor of Temple Baptist Church in New Bern …

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  • SWBTS to host prayer, town halls amid pres. search

    September 13 2018 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS | with 0 comments
    SWBTS to host prayer, town halls amid pres. search

    Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s presidential search committee has formed an advisory committee of faculty, staff and students to support them in their work. The committee will assist in two ways, according to a Southwestern news release: “(1) They will gather for several prayer meetings, and (2) they will hold several town hall meetings …

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  • LifeWay trustees begin search for new president

    August 30 2018 by Carol Pipes, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    LifeWay trustees begin search for new president

    LifeWay Christian Resources trustees began the initial steps to search for a successor to President and CEO Thom S. Rainer during their Aug. 27-28 meeting in Nashville. Trustee chairman Jimmy Scroggins named a seven-person search committee to find LifeWay’s next leader.

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  • Johnny Hunt to lead NAMB evangelism, leadership group

    August 27 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Johnny Hunt to lead NAMB evangelism, leadership group

    Johnny Hunt, longtime pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock, Ga., and past president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), will join the North American Mission Board (NAMB) as senior vice president of evangelism and leadership. Hunt and NAMB announced the news Sunday (Aug. 26).

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  • UPDATE: White withdraws BSC 2nd VP bid

    July 13 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff | with 0 comments
    UPDATE: White withdraws BSC 2nd VP bid

    UPDATE: Randy White, executive director of missions for the New South River Baptist Association (NSRBA), has withdrawn his candidacy for second vice president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC), he told the Biblical Recorder on July 13.

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