• SBTS releases report on its history of slavery, racism

    December 13 2018 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS | with 0 comments
    SBTS releases report on its history of slavery, racism

    The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary released a report Dec. 12 that discloses the history of slavery and racism at the seminary. “Slavery was not only tolerated in many schools, but also expressly defended and even praised as divinely ordained,” the seminary said in its initial news release on the school’s past.

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  • God promises to never leave, Akin tells SEBTS grads

    December 12 2018 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS | with 0 comments
    God promises to never leave, Akin tells SEBTS grads

    Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) President Danny Akin encouraged 169 new seminary graduates and 30 undergraduates Dec. 7 to trust in the steadfast promise that God will never abandon them. Akin highlighted two points in his commencement message from Hebrews 13:5. First, he said God is the one who makes this promise.

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  • Former Houston’s First minister indicted for embezzlement

    December 12 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Former Houston’s First minister indicted for embezzlement

    A former pastoral staff member at Houston’s First Baptist Church has admitted to embezzling more than $800,000 from the congregation. Jerrell Altic, 40, was indicted Dec. 10 for first degree felony theft of more than $800,000 from 2011-17, Houston’s First said in a statement by pastor Gregg Matte and deacon chairman Craig Bloodworth.

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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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  • Camp Cale dedicates bunkhouse

    December 11 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    Camp Cale dedicates bunkhouse

    Camp Cale in Hertford, N.C., celebrated the dedication of its first year-round housing facility on Nov. 30. The evening dinner event that was promoted as a fund raiser received a $51,000 boost for the ministry. About 180 supporters attended the gathering.

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  • Annual meeting videos now available

    December 11 2018 by BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Annual meeting videos now available

    Last month’s annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) emphasized loving and reaching our neighbors for Christ. Recordings of the sermons and ministry reports from both the annual meeting and the N.C. Baptist Pastors’ Conference are now available online through BSC’s Vimeo channel.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • South Carolina church honors memory of enslaved members

    December 3 2018 by Baptist Courier Staff | with 0 comments
    South Carolina church honors memory of enslaved members

    A South Carolina congregation has taken a step to officially honor the memory of past members of the church who were enslaved prior to 1865. On Nov. 11, First Baptist Church of Charleston dedicated a marker that says: “In memory of the thousands of enslaved members of the First Baptist Church of Charleston …

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  • Hawaii Baptists get missions training, tweak budget

    November 30 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Hawaii Baptists get missions training, tweak budget

    Messengers to the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention (HPBC) received evangelism training from International Mission Board (IMB) personnel and welcomed into their fellowship congregations in Okinawa, Japan and the Philippines. Gathering around the theme “We Are Hawaii Pacific Missions,” 191 messengers and 87 guests met Nov. 8-9 at Olivet Baptist Church in Honolulu.

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