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  • World Series umpire Lance Barksdale’s pivotal moment

    October 22 2019 by Tim Ellsworth, Union University | with 0 comments
    World Series umpire Lance Barksdale’s pivotal moment

    Lance Barksdale was a 13-year-old pitcher in a baseball game in Jackson, Miss., and he wasn’t happy with the home plate umpire. The young pitcher thought pretty highly of himself, by Barksdale’s own admission. But the balls and strikes...

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  • Combatting abuse: Victims’ advocates save lives

    October 22 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Combatting abuse: Victims’ advocates save lives

    Domestic violence suffered by the wives of a police officer and a disc jockey became Beck Dunn’s first foray into summoning churches for a response. At age 27, Dunn had taken a job to open the third domestic violence shelter certified by the...

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  • Local associations meeting needs for Kingdom gains

    October 22 2019 by Rebecca Manry, SBC Executive Committee | with 0 comments
    Local associations meeting needs for Kingdom gains

    Associational leader is the most fulfilling role that Sean McMahon has held in nearly 40 years of ministry. “I absolutely love my job. I love what I have the opportunity to do,” said McMahon, executive director of the Florida Baptist...

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  • ‘Healthier culture’ sought at SBC Executive Committee

    October 21 2019 by Seth Brown, BR Executive Editor | with 0 comments
    ‘Healthier culture’ sought at SBC Executive Committee

    The Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee announced Oct. 16 that it is reorganizing its communications department and seeking new editorial leadership for its news outlet, Baptist Press. The announcement came the day after...

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  • IMB worker Andy Leininger dies at 56

    October 21 2019 by Leslie Peacock Caldwell, IMB | with 0 comments
    IMB worker Andy Leininger dies at 56

    Andrew (Andy) N. Leininger, who served as a Christian worker in the former Soviet Union for 22 years, died in his home state of Missouri on Oct. 13, 2019. He was 56. In November 2016, Leininger was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, an...

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  • House of Grace reaches Hispanics on Kansas-Missouri state line

    October 21 2019 by Keila Diaz, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    House of Grace reaches Hispanics on Kansas-Missouri state line

    Iglesia Bautista Casa de Gracia (House of Grace) in the Northland area of Kansas City is working to reach the small but growing Hispanic community settling in an area that straddles the Kansas-Missouri state line. “We are one the first...

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  • Sexual abuse among breakout topics at Annual Meeting

    October 18 2019 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Sexual abuse among breakout topics at Annual Meeting

    Highlighted by a panel discussion hosted by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), more than a dozen church and ministry leaders will address the sexual abuse crisis in the church during a...

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  • SEBTS trustees & donors gather, celebrate 25th anniversary of college

    Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) donors and trustees gathered together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The College at Southeastern (The College) during their biannual meetings Oct. 13-15. “The days are evil. The need...

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  • Judge’s ruling on health-care conscience rights praised

    October 18 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Judge’s ruling on health-care conscience rights praised

    Religious freedom and pro-life advocates commended a new federal court decision that protects freedom of conscience for health-care professionals. In an Oct. 15 ruling, federal judge Reed O’Connor annulled a 2016 Obama-era rule that required...

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  • Veteran Southern Baptist journalist James A. Smith Sr. joins SWBTS staff

    Veteran Southern Baptist journalist and communicator James A. Smith Sr. has been appointed director of public relations at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, (SWBTS) President Adam W. Greenway announced Oct. 17. “Jim Smith...

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