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  • Bailey Smith, early SBC conservative president, dies

    January 15 2019 by Christian Index & Baptist Press Staff | with 0 comments
    Bailey Smith, early SBC conservative president, dies

    Evangelist Bailey Smith, who helped sustain the Conservative Resurgence at its outset in the Southern Baptist Convention, died Jan. 14 at his home in Duluth, Ga. He was 79. Smith’s election as SBC president in 1980 was the second victory for conservatives following the landmark election of the late Memphis pastor Adrian Rogers in 1979.

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  • Former N.C. pastor answers plea for help at Tijuana border

    January 15 2019 by Liz Tablazon, BR Staff Writer | with 0 comments
    Former N.C. pastor answers plea for help at Tijuana border

    The day Juvenal Gonzalez spoke with the Biblical Recorder started just like every other day for him since early December: preparing and serving breakfast – tamales, chilaquiles, sometimes bacon and eggs and pancakes – to asylum seekers at El Barretal, an abandoned concert venue in Tijuana, Mexico, that now houses caravan migrants from Central America.

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  • Trafficking bill applauded, bolstered with ministry

    January 15 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Trafficking bill applauded, bolstered with ministry

    Amid the gridlock of a partial federal government shutdown, President Donald Trump and lawmakers came together across party lines to enact anti-human trafficking legislation named for the 19th-century abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Travis Wussow, vice president for public policy with Southern Baptists’ Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, voiced gratitude “for the leadership of Congressman Chris Smith …

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  • Foster care and adoption infused into church plant

    January 15 2019 by Chris Forbes, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma | with 0 comments
    Foster care and adoption infused into church plant

    From a church planting perspective, The Well is averaging approximately 100 in weekly attendance, recently baptizing several new believers. Meanwhile, the planters – Stephen Myers and Steven Giblet – have worked to cultivate a culture within the church conducive to foster care and adoption. Now in its second year, the church plant of the Baptist General Convention …

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  • 5 ways to make TV safe for kids: See PTC’s 2019 list

    January 15 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    5 ways to make TV safe for kids: See PTC’s 2019 list

    Protecting children from obscenity on television has never been more difficult than in 2019, the Parents Television Council (PTC) said in listing the top five reforms the entertainment industry needs to make this year. “Even with the most diligent parental oversight, the industry has exceptional power and leverage to influence our children,” the PTC said.

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  • ERLC releases update on sex abuse study group

    January 14 2019 by Biblical Recorder Staff | with 0 comments
    ERLC releases update on sex abuse study group

    Phillip Bethancourt, executive vice president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said the study group on sexual abuse launched last summer by J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is currently focused on assessing needs and reviewing ways to prevent abuse and care for survivors.

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  • Protestants remain majority group in Congress

    January 14 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Protestants remain majority group in Congress

    Self-identified Protestant Christians – including more than 30 Southern Baptists – continue to make up by far the largest religious group in Congress. Protestants total 293 members, or 55 percent, of the 116th Congress, according to a study published Jan. 3 by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center.
     

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  • Chick-fil-A founder’s legacy seen in daughter’s new book

    January 14 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Chick-fil-A founder’s legacy seen in daughter’s new book

    Mountains fascinate Trudy Cathy White, from the mountaintop outside her childhood home where parents Jeannette and Truett Cathy of Chick-fil-A fame led family Bible studies to the rough spiritual mountains that have tried her faith. White, a Christian entrepreneur, speaker and former International Mission Board (IMB) missionary, offers wisdom from personal mountaintops in a new book …
     

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  • Whitlock transitions from OBU president to chancellor

    January 14 2019 by Oklahoma Baptist Messenger Staff | with 0 comments
    Whitlock transitions from OBU president to chancellor

    After more than a decade of service, Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) President David W. Whitlock retired Jan. 8 to serve the remainder of the academic year as chancellor. Whitlock will assist OBU trustees in the presidential transition and retire from university employment effective May 31, 2019.
     

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  • Dutch backlash to Nashville Statement ‘ominous’

    January 14 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Dutch backlash to Nashville Statement ‘ominous’

    In the Netherlands, signatories of The Nashville Statement on biblical sexuality have been threatened with criminal prosecution, admonished by employers and derided by protests. The episode has been cited by The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. as “an ominous warning” of religious liberty restrictions to come in the U.S.

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