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  • Tennessee Baptist pioneer reinterred

    December 18 2017 by David Dawson, Baptist and Reflector | with 0 comments
    Tennessee Baptist pioneer reinterred

    The remains of Tennessee pastoral pioneer Tidence Lane have been moved to the grounds of a church he pastored beginning in 1785. Around 1779, Lane helped found what some believe to be the first organized church of any denomination in Tennessee, Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church near Jonesboro.

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  • Cookie ministry provides comfort

    December 15 2017 by Pam Horne, Southern Exposure Magazine | with 0 comments
    Cookie ministry provides comfort

    The simplicity of a single homemade cookie. Could it be a source of sustenance for those mourning the death of a loved one? Six and a half years and more than 50,000 cookies later, the answer is most definitely yes.

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  • TN fires: Churches reflect on God’s grace 1 year later

    December 6 2017 by David Dawson, Baptist and Reflector | with 0 comments
    TN fires: Churches reflect on God’s grace 1 year later

    For pastor Kim McCroskey and his congregation, the odyssey appears to be nearly over. After spending nearly exactly one year in temporary venues, the members of Roaring Fork Baptist Church in Gatlinburg will soon be returning to their original location.

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  • Union settles lawsuit over HHS abortion mandate

    November 28 2017 by Tim Ellsworth, Union University | with 0 comments
    Union settles lawsuit over HHS abortion mandate

    Union University has settled its lawsuit against the U.S. government concerning the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate that Union provide abortion-causing drugs as part of its employee health plans.

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  • Tornado sends church members to elementary school

    November 27 2017 by David Dawson, Baptist and Reflector | with 0 comments
    Tornado sends church members to elementary school

    A Tennessee church is trekking across the street to an elementary school for worship after sustaining damage from an EF-1 tornado, including a toppled steeple that left a hole in the roof above the sanctuary. Mark Marshall said he is thankful the school is willing to lend its facilities.

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  • Tennessee Baptists adopt resolution against racism

    November 22 2017 by Lonnie Wilkey & David Dawson, Baptist and Reflector | with 0 comments
    Tennessee Baptists adopt resolution against racism

    Messengers to the Tennessee Baptist Convention’s annual meeting overwhelmingly spoke against racism during the Nov. 12-16 sessions of The Summit at First Baptist Church in Henderson. David Leavell, pastor of First Baptist Church in Millington in West Tennessee, was elected president during the meeting, which drew 993 messengers from 422 churches.

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  • Women’s leadership event: ‘Be steadfast’

    November 17 2017 by Joy Allmond, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Women’s leadership event: ‘Be steadfast’

    Facing breast cancer and the breakdown of her marriage, Proverbs 31 Ministries founder Lysa TerKeurst stood before 1,800 women Nov. 9 and urged them to remain steadfast in Christ. There was a collective gasp from the audience at LifeWay’s annual Women’s Leadership Forum as TerKeurst shared she would undergo a double mastectomy the following day.

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  • Church with a woman pastor declined by Tennessee convention

    November 15 2017 by Lonnie Wilkey, Baptist & Reflector | with 0 comments
    Church with a woman pastor declined by Tennessee convention

    Messengers to the Tennessee Baptist Convention (TBC) annual meeting voted overwhelmingly not to seat messengers from First Baptist Church in Jefferson City, which has a woman as pastor, during the TBC’s opening session. First Baptist attempted to register seven messengers, including new pastor Ellen Di Giosia, who has been in the position since Aug. 1.

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  • Union University to open R.G. Lee birthplace Nov. 11

    October 31 2017 by Nathan Handley, Union University | with 0 comments
    Union University to open R.G. Lee birthplace Nov. 11

    A piece of Southern Baptist history has been moved to the campus of Union University. On Nov. 11, the university will open the renovated birthplace of R.G. Lee, which has been moved to Union’s campus in Jackson, Tenn., from Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis.

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  • As protests loom, Tennessee Baptists denounce racism

    October 26 2017 by Lonnie Wilkey, Baptist and Reflector | with 0 comments
    As protests loom, Tennessee Baptists denounce racism

    With white supremacist rallies scheduled for this weekend in Tennessee, a mix of ethnically diverse Tennessee Baptists gathered to publicly denounce the white supremacist movement and racism. “We believe it is impossible to stand silently by while the white supremacy movement plans to invade our state ...,” said Randy C. Davis.

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  • Church should lead way on civility, Gov. Haslam says

    October 11 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Church should lead way on civility, Gov. Haslam says

    The church should be at the forefront of promoting civility in a deeply divided culture, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told Christian leaders at a Southern Baptist-sponsored event in Nashville. “We, of all people, understand grace,” Haslam said of Christians at an Oct. 3 lunch held by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

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  • Vegas shooting leaves West Tennessee church heartbroken

    October 5 2017 by Chris Turner, Baptist and Reflector | with 0 comments
    Vegas shooting leaves West Tennessee church heartbroken

    A small West Tennessee Baptist church continues to feel the blow of Sunday night’s mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert after it learned one of the victims was a native son. Sonny Melton, who attended Ramble Creek Baptist Church, was killed when he was struck by gunfire while shielding his wife.

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  • Prayer vigils held after church shooting

    September 26 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Prayer vigils held after church shooting

    Prayer services continued as Nashville mourns a mass shooting at an area church that killed one and injured eight others including the pastor at the close of morning worship. Burnette Chapel Church of Christ hosted a prayer vigil Sept. 25 on the outskirts of its front lawn in Antioch.

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  • Nashville church shooting draws calls for prayer

    September 25 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Nashville church shooting draws calls for prayer

    One person is dead and eight injured following what police have called a “mass casualty” church shooting in Nashville Sunday morning. Government officials and Southern Baptist leaders reacted with expressions of sadness and sympathy. The gunman was identified by media reports as 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson.

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  • Congregational singing alive and well at ‘Sing!’ conference

    September 25 2017 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Congregational singing alive and well at ‘Sing!’ conference

    The first time Keith Getty sat down to write the melody for a new hymn, he penned the now-classic tune for “In Christ Alone.” It’s been all downhill from there, Getty said with a wry smile at the recent “Sing!” conference in Nashville. A few of his friends may disagree. ...

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