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  • Rainer, at MBTS, assesses SBC & church transition

    September 24 2018 by T. Patrick Hudson, MBTS | with 0 comments
    Rainer, at MBTS, assesses SBC & church transition

    Hopefulness for the future of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in a season of denominational transition was voiced by Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, in a discussion Sept. 19 with Jason Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS).

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  • Greear tightens SBC Birmingham schedule

    September 21 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Greear tightens SBC Birmingham schedule

    Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President J.D. Greear announced via Twitter that next year’s SBC annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala., will not include any evening sessions. The announcement came the same week the SBC Executive Committee released data indicating a growing role for digital media in conjunction with this year’s SBC annual meeting in Dallas.

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  • N.C. Baptists ‘shine bright’ in aftermath of Hurricane Florence

    September 17 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff | with 0 comments
    N.C. Baptists ‘shine bright’ in aftermath of Hurricane Florence

    As rainfall from Hurricane Florence continued to drench much of North Carolina, Southern Baptist response teams were already at work feeding residents, ramping up recovery efforts and planning to provide long-term aid. The storm made landfall early Sept. 14 as a Category 1 hurricane near Wilmington, N.C. …

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  • ‘Flawed,’ ‘hot mess’ precedent defeats Florida cross

    September 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Flawed,’ ‘hot mess’ precedent defeats Florida cross

    If the federal court had its way, a 34-foot cross would remain at its Pensacola, Fla., post. But “flawed precedent” that judges called a “hot mess” forced them to rule otherwise, the judges wrote in their opinion. Judges said their hands were tied by the 1983 ruling in the nearly identical case of ACLU v. Rabun County …

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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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  • Moore: ERLC called during ‘crisis of credibility’

    September 10 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Moore: ERLC called during ‘crisis of credibility’

    The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is called to equip followers of Christ to minister during a “crisis of credibility,” Russell Moore told the entity’s trustees Wednesday (Sept. 5) at their annual meeting. Moore made his comments on the occasion of his fifth anniversary as the ERLC’s president.

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  • Don Hadley retires after 45 years in Havelock

    September 5 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    Don Hadley retires after 45 years in Havelock

    First Baptist Church of Havelock, N.C., recently celebrated the ministry of Don and Sara Hadley at the close of his 45 years as their pastor. The Aug. 25 celebration drew 200 church members, community leaders and friends to the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

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  • University Hills pastor moving to Botswana

    September 4 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    University Hills pastor moving to Botswana

    On Aug. 12, the senior pastor of University Hills Baptist Church in Charlotte shared with the congregation his plans to serve in a different mission field. Fourteen years ago, Coye and Sherra Still left their work as Southern Baptist missionaries in South Asia to serve the University Hills church.

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  • Multifamily housing spurs mission strategy

    September 4 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Multifamily housing spurs mission strategy

    The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina initiated a strategy last year to help churches engage a mission field that is estimated to be 95 percent unchurched. The targeted group, said to number in the millions, includes people from all over the world who span the economic spectrum. 

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  • Labor Day: Owen Cooper’s faith inspired array of ventures

    August 31 2018 by Tim Tune, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Labor Day: Owen Cooper’s faith inspired array of ventures

    On Labor Day, Americans will celebrate U.S. workers who have built and shaped the nation and influenced the world. One of the most successful entrepreneurs of the 20th century in Mississippi was also one of Southern Baptists’ most influential laymen. The late Owen Cooper, who died Nov. 8, 1986, worked tirelessly in both arenas.

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  • Baptist promoted to Air Force Deputy Chief of Chaplains

    August 30 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Baptist promoted to Air Force Deputy Chief of Chaplains

    The U.S. Senate confirmed the promotion of U.S. Air Force Chaplain Colonel Ronald M. Harvell to the rank of Brigadier General on Aug. 20. With the promotion, Harvell, a Southern Baptist, becomes the Air Force’s 26th Deputy Chief of Chaplains. He has been serving as the Air Mobility Command Chaplain based at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

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  • Reaching gamers with the gospel

    August 28 2018 by Aaron Wilson, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Reaching gamers with the gospel

    For Drew Dixon, taking the gospel to the nations involves traversing the Kingdom of Hyrule, visiting the Planet Gaia, and mingling with settlers of Catan. For those who are not familiar with these locations, don’t bother trying to find them on Google Earth. Each of these lands acts as a virtual or imaginary setting for a popular video or tabletop game.

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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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  • Army chaplain Squires cleared of all charges

    August 27 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Army chaplain Squires cleared of all charges

    The U.S. Army has dropped its investigation against Southern Baptist chaplain Jerry Scott Squires, fully exonerating the major of all charges Aug. 24. Squires, who had been charged with discrimination against a lesbian soldier who wanted to attend a marriage retreat, handled the situation in accordance with military policy and followed the guidelines of his denominational authority, the Army said.

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  • LifeWay Global & B&H Español named Spanish Publisher of the Year

    August 23 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    LifeWay Global & B&H Español named Spanish Publisher of the Year

    LifeWay Global and its trade publishing division B&H Español were named Publisher of the Year at the Spanish Evangelical Publishers Association’s (SEPA) awards banquet Aug. 8 in Miami. LifeWay also received eight additional awards for bestselling books and sales milestones at the SEPA banquet, which took place at Expolit, the largest annual Christian Spanish literature and music convention in the world.

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