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  • Building honors 105-year-old M.O. Owens

    November 12 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    Building honors 105-year-old M.O. Owens

    Gaston Christian School in Gastonia honored M.O. Owens Jr. in a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new 26,000-square-foot facility Nov. 8. The Dr. M.O. Owens Worship and Fine Arts Center bears the name of a North Carolina Baptist preacher who recently celebrated his 105th birthday and is the founding visionary of the school.

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  • Bibles, joy visible in schools across U.S. Oct. 4

    October 8 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Bibles, joy visible in schools across U.S. Oct. 4

    Students rallied behind the Bible and the joy of scripture in social media posts Oct. 4, as a projected half-million or more students participated in Bring Your Bible to School Day. Focus on the Family’s (FOTF) fifth annual event drew smiles and encouragement from students and parents in a diversity of grade levels, schools and Christian communities …

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  • U.S. students urged to take Bibles to school Oct. 4

    October 3 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    U.S. students urged to take Bibles to school Oct. 4

    The freedom to distribute Bibles in schools and discuss scripture openly with fellow students is being celebrated nationwide Oct. 4 at the fifth annual Bring Your Bible to School Day. The Focus on the Family (FOTF) event founded in 2014 is on track for its largest participation to date, founder Candi Cushman told Baptist Press Oct. 2.

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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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  • Charlotte woman celebrates 65 years of perfect attendance

    August 22 2018 by Dee Dee Vogt, BR Editorial Aide | with 0 comments
    Charlotte woman celebrates 65 years of perfect attendance

    July 2018 marked Mary Payne’s 65th year of perfect attendance in Sunday School. She’s been a member of Berryhill Baptist Church in Charlotte since 1963. Despite recent health-related difficulties, Payne continues to teach Sunday School, training other teachers and shepherding her class of older adults. 

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  • Uncovering the forgotten history of Sunday School

    July 27 2018 by Aaron Wilson, Facts and Trends | with 0 comments
    Uncovering the forgotten history of Sunday School

    Robert Raikes was like a lot of cause-oriented millennial evangelicals. As a writer, he stuck to impartial reporting instead of sensational “fake news.” He fought against inhumane prison conditions and founded a program to educate underprivileged children. But Raikes wasn’t a millennial. He was born in 1736, not 1986.

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  • James L. Sullivan; the tower is gone, legacy remains

    July 24 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    James L. Sullivan; the tower is gone, legacy remains

    Thirteen years after the death of the man for whom it was named, the 11-story Sullivan Tower was imploded on July 21 in Nashville. But what continues are James L. Sullivan’s monumental legacy as a lifelong Southern Baptist and more than 60 record boxes of his papers in the Southern Baptist Library and Historical Archives.

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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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  • Francis Scott Key was ‘steadfast’ Sunday School backer

    July 5 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Francis Scott Key was ‘steadfast’ Sunday School backer

    Most Americans likely know of Francis Scott Key’s passion for the United States, expressed in his writing of the national anthem. Far fewer know he also was a passionate advocate of Sunday School, and under whose leadership in the Sunday School movement helped evangelize the West. As the United States celebrates its 242nd birthday, Christian …

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  • ‘Broken and hurting’ Santa Fe seeks hope, healing

    May 22 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Broken and hurting’ Santa Fe seeks hope, healing

    Associate pastor Joey Tombrella had a personal story to tell in his graduate recognition sermon days after the Santa Fe High School mass murder. His sister Rachel Blundell, the school’s principal, and her daughter, 18-year-old niece Faith, were among those seeking safety when a teenager walked into the school, killed 10 and injured another 10.

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  • Texas shooting: Baptists mourn ‘lives snuffed out’

    May 21 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Texas shooting: Baptists mourn ‘lives snuffed out’

    Grief counseling, prayer and offers to assist with funeral arrangements are among the ways local Southern Baptists sprang to action after a gunman killed 10 people at a Houston-area high school May 18. Nine students and one adult are among the dead at Santa Fe High School just south of Houston, according to media reports.

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  • Churches weep & minister after Florida school shooting

    February 16 2018 by Nicole Kalil, Florida Baptist Convention | with 0 comments
    Churches weep & minister after Florida school shooting

    Florida Baptists are reeling along with all of Florida and the nation after a gunman opened fire at a Parkland high school Feb. 14, leaving 17 dead and 14 injured. Florida Baptist churches are offering words of hope and help to those hurting in their community.

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  • Education secretary’s comments rattle homeschoolers

    October 6 2016 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Education secretary’s comments rattle homeschoolers

    U.S. Education Secretary John King created a flurry of frustration among homeschool advocates recently with comments viewed as ignorant at best or, at worst, hostile toward alternative education. “Students who are homeschooled are not getting kind of the rapid instructional experience they would get in school,” King said in a press conference.

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  • Transgender directive challenged by 10 more states

    July 20 2016 by Evan Wilt, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Transgender directive challenged by 10 more states

    Ten more states have signed on to sue the Obama administration over its transgender directive that forces schools to allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their perceived gender identity rather than their biological sex. “It’s putting school districts in a terrible position,” said Nebraska attorney general Doug Peterson.

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  • Who called sheriff on boy for sharing Bible?

    June 9 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Who called sheriff on boy for sharing Bible?

    A public school superintendent told Baptist Press he has been unable to discover why a deputy sheriff visited the home of a first-grade boy to warn him not to share Scripture with classmates at a school in the superintendent’s district.

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