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  • Blaze destroys part of First Baptist Bossier City

    December 11 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Blaze destroys part of First Baptist Bossier City

    A pre-dawn fire heavily damaged the older sanctuary and nearby areas of First Baptist Church of Bossier City Dec. 10, pastor Brad Jurkovich told Baptist Press as firefighters battled the blaze for hours. No one was injured and the cause of the fire has not been established.

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  • Disciple-making conference to address cultural issues

    December 11 2018 by BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Disciple-making conference to address cultural issues

    Gender identity. Harassment. Sexual abuse. Race relations. Immigration. Many of the hot-button cultural issues of our day strike fear in the hearts of Christians, and they often respond in one of two ways. They either retreat in an attempt to …

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  • ‘No flying joke’: Pastor’s object lesson goes viral

    December 10 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘No flying joke’: Pastor’s object lesson goes viral

    Southern Baptist megachurch pastor Bartholomew Orr’s object lesson, flying to the pulpit on a zip line to signify Jesus’ return, caused a viral sensation on social media and major network talk shows. Despite both negative and comical comments from an estimated 200 million hits a week after a brief video clip of his entrance was posted …

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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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  • Puerto Rico Baptists expanding Kingdom post-Maria

    November 30 2018 by Baptist Press Staff | with 0 comments
    Puerto Rico Baptists expanding Kingdom post-Maria

    Southern Baptists of Puerto Rico gained nine new congregations at the group’s 2018 annual meeting, held just over a year after Hurricane Maria cut church attendance by as much as a third in the U.S. territory. “To the expansion of the Kingdom of God” was the theme as the Convención de Iglesias Bautistas del Sur de Puerto Rico …

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  • Bryant Wright says ‘it’s time’ to find a successor

    November 27 2018 by Scott Barkley, Christian Index | with 0 comments
    Bryant Wright says ‘it’s time’ to find a successor

    Johnson Ferry Baptist Church senior pastor and former Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright announced Nov. 25 from the pulpit that it’s time for the church to begin the search for its next pastor. Wright made the announcement toward the end of a sermon titled “Succession of a Long-Tenured Leader,” about Moses and Joshua …

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  • At Mother Emanuel, S.C. Baptists seek racial unity

    November 21 2018 by Butch Blume, Baptist Courier | with 0 comments
    At Mother Emanuel, S.C. Baptists seek racial unity

    About 300 worshipers filled the sanctuary of historic Mother Emanuel Church Nov. 13 for a session of South Carolina Baptists’ annual meeting, held at the site of the 2015 massacre of nine black worshipers by a self-avowed white supremacist. An overflow crowd of 400 watched from closed-circuit TV at the nearby Citadel Square Baptist Church.

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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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  • 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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  • Opioid crisis emerges as key W.Va. Baptist ministry

    October 26 2018 by Ken Walker, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Opioid crisis emerges as key W.Va. Baptist ministry

    Soon after West Virginia Baptists passed a resolution last November urging churches to get involved in addressing the opioid crisis, the state’s Upper Ohio Valley Baptist Association started preliminary planning for a Celebrate Recovery group. After five months of leader training, an interdenominational group of churches in the Moundsville area hosted their first Celebrate Recovery meeting in early September.

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  • Erwins unveil next plans, envision ‘Christian Pixar’

    October 22 2018 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Erwins unveil next plans, envision ‘Christian Pixar’

    Filmmaker Jon Erwin says his father often told him to “dream big, dream bold, dream the impossible.” Erwin has followed that advice, and earlier this year many of those dreams came true with his hit faith-based movie “I Can Only Imagine,” which grossed $83 million to become the No. 1 movie all time from Roadside Attractions.

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  • Imprisoned pastor Andrew Brunson free at last

    October 15 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Imprisoned pastor Andrew Brunson free at last

    Pastor Andrew Brunson arrived in the United States Oct. 13, released after two years’ incarceration on disputed charges that could have led to life imprisonment. He was welcomed by President Donald Trump in an Oval Office meeting, where Brunson knelt and prayed for the president.

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  • Kavanaugh confirmation: Prayer, civility urged

    October 10 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kavanaugh confirmation: Prayer, civility urged

    Southern Baptist leaders called for prayer and the restoration of civility in public discourse in the wake of the highly divisive battle that ended with Brett Kavanaugh’s narrow confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh, 53, in a 50-48 roll call Oct. 6 after an already bitter struggle …

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  • Human dignity addressed by ERLC in Capitol Hill event

    October 9 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Human dignity addressed by ERLC in Capitol Hill event

    Human dignity, as a biblical doctrine, should shape how Christians view the unborn, elderly and refugees as well as religious liberty, sexual assault and civil discourse, Southern Baptist ethics leaders told a gathering on Capitol Hill. The expansiveness of human dignity was set forth Oct. 2 by staff members of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission …

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  • Bibles, joy visible in schools across U.S. Oct. 4

    October 8 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Bibles, joy visible in schools across U.S. Oct. 4

    Students rallied behind the Bible and the joy of scripture in social media posts Oct. 4, as a projected half-million or more students participated in Bring Your Bible to School Day. Focus on the Family’s (FOTF) fifth annual event drew smiles and encouragement from students and parents in a diversity of grade levels, schools and Christian communities …

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