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  • Churchgoers stick around for theology, not music or preachers

    June 27 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Churchgoers stick around for theology, not music or preachers

    Most churchgoers will put up with a change in music style or a different preacher. But don’t mess with a church’s beliefs or there may be an exodus, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. The study of Protestant churchgoers found most are committed to staying at their church over the long haul. 

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  • CP panels celebrate Baptist ministries, missions

    June 21 2017 by David Roach & Daniel Woodman, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    CP panels celebrate Baptist ministries, missions

    Countering declining baptism numbers, improving preaching, combatting pornography and increasing women’s involvement in the Southern Baptist Convention were among topics discussed by panelists at the Cooperative Program booth during the SBC annual meeting in Phoenix. In response to news baptisms among Southern Baptist churches have decreased eight of the past 10 years …

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  • Expository preaching conference trains pastors

    August 5 2016 by Micah Overstreet, Arkansas Baptist News | with 0 comments
    Expository preaching conference trains pastors

    In a quiet town north of Heber Springs, Ark., a church with a congregation of no more than 75 on average Sunday mornings has been providing training for pastors for the past 19 years. Through the Expository Preaching Conference, the church has helped train more than 1,500 pastors in biblical preaching and ministry.

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  • ‘But seriously folks’: Humor’s role in pulpit assessed

    May 18 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘But seriously folks’: Humor’s role in pulpit assessed

    The legendary British preacher Charles Spurgeon was once rebuked by a woman in his congregation who felt he used too much humor in his sermons. As Baptist historian Michael Haykin recounts the story, Spurgeon replied, “Well, madam, if you knew the number of things that I refrain from saying, you would give me more credit.”

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  • Midwestern launches ‘Preaching & Preachers’ podcast

    April 22 2016 by T. Patrick Hudson, MBTS | with 0 comments
    Midwestern launches ‘Preaching & Preachers’ podcast

    Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has announced the addition of a “Preaching & Preachers” in which MBTS President Jason K. Allen will interview guests on topics and issues from the sphere of preaching and beyond. The first in the series is an interaction between Allen, Timothy George and Christian George ...

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  • Merida: Make the ‘Hero’ of the Bible the hero of sermons

    March 24 2016 by Katherine Chute, GGBTS | with 0 comments
    Merida: Make the ‘Hero’ of the Bible the hero of sermons

    Tony Merida challenged students during a series of preaching lectures at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary to “make the Hero of the Bible the hero of your sermons.” Merida, associate pastor of preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, spoke during the Golden Gate’s Hester Lectureship March 16 and 17.

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  • NOBTS professor leads evangelical preaching society

    March 2 2016 by Marilyn Stewart, NOBTS | with 0 comments
    NOBTS professor leads evangelical preaching society

    New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary preaching professor Dennis Phelps is serving as the 2015-2016 president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society (EHS). EHS promotes the exchange of ideas related to instruction in biblical preaching, academic publication in homiletics and the effective communication of the gospel...

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  • Pastors’ Conference urges dependence on God’s Word

    November 2 2015 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 1 comments
    Pastors’ Conference urges dependence on God’s Word

    On a Sunday evening, when most pastors were finishing up their weekly preaching duties, the 2015 N.C. Pastors’ Conference was only beginning. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro was the setting for the Nov. 1-2 gathering that took its theme from Isaiah 55:10-11: “It Shall Not Return Void.”

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  • New school of preaching approved at SWBTS

    October 28 2015 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS | with 0 comments
    New school of preaching approved at SWBTS

    Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s board of trustees approved the establishment of a school of preaching; elected five new faculty members; received reports of a 10 percent enrollment increase for the fall semester; and conducted other business during their fall meeting, Oct. 19-21.

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  • Spurgeon’s ‘preaching rail’ now at Midwestern

    August 19 2015 by T. Patrick Hudson, MBTS | with 0 comments
    Spurgeon’s ‘preaching rail’ now at Midwestern

    A preaching rail used by Charles H. Spurgeon during his 19th century ministry has become the latest addition to Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s new library dedicated to the British preacher. President Jason Allen announced the acquisition of the preaching rail from First Baptist Church in Weaver, Ala., Aug. 10.

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  • Verse-by-verse preaching has risks, pastors say

    June 25 2015 by Lisa Cannon Green, LifeWay | with 0 comments
    Verse-by-verse preaching has risks, pastors say

    Preaching straight through the Bible has its risks, pastors acknowledged in a panel discussion held during the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio. Panelists urged a balance between verse-by-verse explanation and sermons on specific topics at a June 16 breakfast meeting sponsored by The Gospel Project ...

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  • Expository preaching commended to African American pastors

    November 14 2014 by S. Craig Sanders, SBTS/Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Expository preaching commended to African American pastors

    Christ-centered expositional preaching is cross-cultural, speakers Thabiti Anyabwile, Victor Sholar, H.B. Charles and Curtis Woods noted at an African American pastors’ conference sponsored by The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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  • Politics, gay marriage & embryo adoption focus of ethics panel

    June 20 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Politics, gay marriage & embryo adoption focus of ethics panel

    Ethicist Russell D. Moore and pastor Matt Chandler addressed issues ranging from preaching on political topics to relating to homosexual friends to adopting embryos during a question-and-answer session held in conjunction with the 2014 meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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  • Criswell’s preaching honored by seminaries

    March 7 2014 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Criswell’s preaching honored by seminaries

    Former pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas for 50 years, W.A. Criswell, is being honored in academic chairs at four Southern Baptist seminaries to model for new generations the verse-by-verse teaching that led thousands to Christ during his lifetime.
     

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  • SEBTS installs Ed Young Sr. Chair of Preaching

    November 6 2013 by SEBTS Communications | with 0 comments
    SEBTS installs Ed Young Sr. Chair of Preaching

    Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) recently installed the Dr. Ed Young Sr. Chair of Preaching. Young is the senior pastor of Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. This is the fifth endowed chair at SEBTS.

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