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  • Abortion decline calls for ongoing pro-life effort

    December 7 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Abortion decline calls for ongoing pro-life effort

    The continued drop in the number, rate and ratio of abortions in the United States is a cause for celebration but also for further efforts to protect children and assist women in need, Southern Baptist pro-life advocates say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Nov. 23 the total, rate and ratio of abortions in 2015 …

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  • Felix Cabrera new Puerto Rico executive director

    December 7 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Felix Cabrera new Puerto Rico executive director

    Felix Cabrera is the new executive director of the Convention of Southern Baptist Churches in Puerto Rico, he confirmed to Baptist Press (BP) Dec. 6. The executive board of the Convención de Iglesias Bautistas del Sur de Puerto Rico (CIBSPR) asked Cabrera to fill the executive post after the group met this week.

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  • BGAV ‘Living the Story’ at 195th annual meeting

    December 7 2018 by Baptist Press and BGAV Staff | with 0 comments
    BGAV ‘Living the Story’ at 195th annual meeting

    The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) continues the purpose of its 1823 founding to strengthen local churches and help them work cooperatively in ministry, Executive Director John Upton said at the BGAV’s 195th annual meeting. Cooperatively, churches can accomplish more than an individual congregation, Upton said at the Nov. 12-14 event …

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  • IMB workers, Summit Church reaching Ukraine

    December 7 2018 by IMB staff | with 0 comments
    IMB workers, Summit Church reaching Ukraine

    In Ukraine, Southern Baptist missionary Russell Woodbridge often encounters people who fled their homes in the eastern part of the country when war broke out a few years ago. And in the midst of that heartbreak, the International Mission Board (IMB) worker and Ukrainian believers – along with help from his home pastor J.D. Greear and The Summit Church …
     

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  • Advancement council deploys data in diversity strategy

    December 6 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Advancement council deploys data in diversity strategy

    The Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee is making efforts to encourage greater participation of ethnic minorities in Southern Baptist life and leadership. One of its consulting groups, the Convention Advancement Advisory Council, uses a database to track progress and develop strategies for the future.

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  • N.C. pastor’s election to Congress still uncertain

    December 6 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    N.C. pastor’s election to Congress still uncertain

    On election night, it appeared former Southern Baptist pastor Mark Harris finally had fulfilled a years-long sense of calling by being elected to Congress. But a month later, North Carolina’s State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement has yet to certify Harris’ narrow victory in the state’s 9th Congressional District amid allegations of election fraud.

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  • MBTS’ Spurgeon College to offer communications degree

    December 6 2018 by MBTS and Baptist Press Staff | with 0 comments
    MBTS’ Spurgeon College to offer communications degree

    A new degree program in communications has been introduced at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s (MBTS) undergraduate school, Spurgeon College. The bachelor of arts in communications, is “specifically designed to equip students to expand the footprint of Christ’s Kingdom no matter what industry, vocation or geographical location they find themselves in,” the seminary stated in a news release.

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  • NOBTS presidential search sets Jan. 10 nominations deadline

    December 6 2018 by NOBTS and Baptist Press Staff | with 0 comments
    NOBTS presidential search sets Jan. 10 nominations deadline

    Recommendations or resumes for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s (NOBTS) presidency must be submitted to the presidential search committee by Jan. 10, 2019. Committee chairman Frank Cox’s Dec. 4 announcement followed the 11-member committee’s second meeting, which Cox said was marked by a good spirit and progress.

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  • Baptist DR efforts endure crisis after crisis

    December 6 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Baptist DR efforts endure crisis after crisis

    In recent months, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) has diligently responded to both national and local crises across North America: two major hurricanes in the Southeast, wildfires in California, tornadoes across the United States and even a typhoon in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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  • Open on Sunday? Churchgoers share views on Sabbath

    December 5 2018 by Aaron Earls, Lifeway Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Open on Sunday? Churchgoers share views on Sabbath

    According to Genesis, God created everything in six days before resting on the seventh. But around a quarter of churchgoers say they don’t follow His example, according to a study released Dec. 4. Seventy-seven percent of churchgoers say they take an intentional day of rest and most do so on Sunday …

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  • Hispanic church’s ‘miracle’ partnership

    December 5 2018 by IMB staff | with 0 comments
    Hispanic church’s ‘miracle’ partnership

    Daniel Tuchez remembers the day he got the call. The International Mission Board’s (IMB) director of Hispanic mobilization called and said, “I need you to pray about this city in Southeast Asia, because it is going to be opening up, and maybe there are opportunities,’” recalled Tuchez, who serves as pastor of Iglesia Bautista El Shaddai in Jackson, Tenn.

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  • W.C. Fields, SBC public relations pioneer, dies at 96

    December 5 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    W.C. Fields, SBC public relations pioneer, dies at 96

    W.C. Fields, a forerunner in denominational journalism as vice president for public relations for the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) Executive Committee from 1959-1987, died Dec. 3 in Nashville at age 96. As an Executive Committee vice president, Fields was the SBC’s press representative and director of Baptist Press, the convention’s news service.

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  • National CP 2.47% under YTD budget projection

    December 5 2018 by Baptist Press Staff | with 0 comments
    National CP 2.47% under YTD budget projection

    Contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) Executive Committee in November were 2.47 percent below the projected budget for the first two months of the current fiscal year. And they were 4.47 percent above the amount received during the same period last year …

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  • Will Starbucks block Wi-Fi porn in 2019?

    December 4 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Will Starbucks block Wi-Fi porn in 2019?

    Internet safety advocate Enough Is Enough (EIE) continues to call for Starbucks to keep its November pledge to block Wi-Fi pornography from its 29,000 U.S. coffee shops by 2019. “We will continue to engage the media to keep the pressure on Starbucks until they finally implement filtering in their U.S.-based stores,” …
     

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  • Garnetta Smith appointed women’s support coordinator

    December 4 2018 by SBTS Communications | with 0 comments
    Garnetta Smith appointed women’s support coordinator

    In light of challenges facing campuses about the place of women in those communities, R. Albert Mohler Jr. has appointed Garnetta Smith to the new position of women’s support coordinator for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In comments about Smith’s appointment, Mohler said it further buttresses policies already in place to protect women ...
     

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