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  • Dave Ramsey’s love for pastors fuels mission

    November 16 2018 by Shawn Hendricks, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Dave Ramsey’s love for pastors fuels mission

    For Dave Ramsey, pastors have a special place in his heart. This summer at the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in Dallas, the CEO of Ramsey Solutions and author of Financial Peace University (FPU) spoke to pastors and other Baptist leaders about stewardship and what the Bible teaches about debt. He offered FPU for free to pastors who …

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  • 2019 SBC theme announced by Greear

    November 15 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    2019 SBC theme announced by Greear

    The supremacy of the gospel will motivate Southern Baptist Convention President J. D. Greear as he leads Baptists to evangelize, plant churches, and mobilize college students for the Kingdom, he said in announcing his theme for the 2019 SBC annual meeting. Greear stated his theme as “Gospel Above All”…

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  • NFL’s Watson aids life through Psalm 139

    November 14 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    NFL’s Watson aids life through Psalm 139

    National Football League player Benjamin Watson has again joined with the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) ethics entity to provide an ultrasound machine for the benefit of women in crisis pregnancies. Watson, a veteran tight end with the New Orleans Saints, and his wife Kirsten donated a machine through the Psalm 139 Project …

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  • Faith, technology, innovation explored at conference

    November 14 2018 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Faith, technology, innovation explored at conference

    In the future, could a machine lead a human to faith in Christ? Actually, it’s already been done, said data scientist Daniel Whitenack. At Faith Leads Tech, a conference hosted Nov. 9 at LifeWay Christian Resources’ corporate headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., Whitenack described a chatbot that uses artificial intelligence (AI) software to tell people about Jesus.

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  • Messengers hear reports from convention ministries

    November 13 2018 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Messengers hear reports from convention ministries

    Representatives from several ministry groups of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) gave updates to messengers during reports throughout the 2018 BSC annual meeting held Nov. 5-6 at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, N.C. Following are highlights and summaries of those reports.

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  • Hankins announces retirement plans

    November 13 2018 by Baptist Press Staff | with 0 comments
    Hankins announces retirement plans

    David Hankins, executive director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention (LBC), announced his plans to retire Nov. 12 during the pre-convention meeting of the convention’s Executive Board in Ruston, La. “At the close of this annual meeting, I will be giving Dr. Bailey, president of the Executive Board, official notice of my intention to retire,” said Hankins. 

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  • Q&A: Loritts on racism, ethnicity and being an ‘insider-outsider’

    November 12 2018 by Maina Mwaura, Special to the Recorder | with 0 comments
    Q&A: Loritts on racism, ethnicity and being an ‘insider-outsider’

    Bryan Loritts is the son of a well-known evangelical preacher, Crawford Loritts, and has himself become a popular speaker and author in evangelical circles. He is the lead pastor of Abundant Life Church in the Silicon Valley area of California and president of The Kainos Movement …

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  • Breakout, luncheons draw annual meeting attendees

    November 12 2018 by BSC Communications & BR Staff | with 0 comments
    Breakout, luncheons draw annual meeting attendees

    The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSC) annual meeting Nov. 5-6 featured more than 40 breakout sessions and a number of auxiliary events that covered a wide range of topics. Below are descriptions of a limited selection of breakouts and other events.

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  • Key leaders focus on discrimination, Kingdom first

    November 12 2018 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 0 comments
    Key leaders focus on discrimination, Kingdom first

    Two key North Carolina leaders challenged messengers to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) annual meeting Nov. 6 to confront discrimination and pursue holiness. “Discrimination was a problem in James’ day,” said Lee Pigg, pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church in Monroe and president of the BSC …

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  • Vote splits Congress; judicial outlook called hopeful

    November 9 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Vote splits Congress; judicial outlook called hopeful

    Voters returned control of the U.S. House of Representatives to the Democratic Party Nov. 6, but seemed to have strengthened the Republican Party’s hold on the Senate and on its ability to confirm conservative Supreme Court justices and federal judges. Meanwhile, at least two Southern Baptists appear to have won first-time seats in Congress …

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  • Speaker offers roadside assistance to minister’s wives

    November 9 2018 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 0 comments
    Speaker offers roadside assistance to minister’s wives

    Laughter and fellowship make up each year’s meeting of the North Carolina Ministers' Wives. “You’re God’s girls, and you’re influencing so many women,” said Shannon Warden, assistant teaching professor in the Wake Forest University Department of Counseling and director of women’s ministries at Triad Baptist Church in Kernersville.

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  • Abortion, marijuana, gambling win, lose in states

    November 8 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Abortion, marijuana, gambling win, lose in states

    Abortion rights, marijuana use and legalized gambling drew mixed results on state ballots across the U.S. Nov. 6. Alabama voters authorized display of the Ten Commandments in public places in a measure that prohibits the use of public funding to support challenges to the state constitutional amendment in court.

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  • Pastors see economic turnaround in 2018 giving

    November 8 2018 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Pastors see economic turnaround in 2018 giving

    The economic recovery appears to have reached the offering plate, according to a new study released Nov. 7. Today, 8 in 10 Protestant pastors (79 percent) say the total offerings at their church this year are at or above last year’s levels, including 42 percent who say this year is ahead of last year.

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  • Southeastern’s Logan Carson passes away at 86

    November 7 2018 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS | with 2 comments
    Southeastern’s Logan Carson passes away at 86

    On Nov. 3, Logan Carson, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary’s (SEBTS) first full-time African-American professor, passed away at the age of 86. Carson, who taught theology at SEBTS from 1994-2009, will be remembered for his vibrant zeal for life, love for teaching scripture to his students and his humility in serving others.

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  • International Religious Freedom Act marks 20 years of impact

    November 7 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    International Religious Freedom Act marks 20 years of impact

    The International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) addressed a serious shortcoming in American foreign policy, the law’s advocates said at the 20-year mark of its stand against religious persecution. The legislation, promoted by many evangelical Christian and other religious leaders, became law with President Bill Clinton’s signature on Oct. 27, 1998, and its effect has been widespread.

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