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  • Survey: Americans want more Christ this Christmas

    December 12 2018 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay | with 0 comments
    Survey: Americans want more Christ this Christmas

    Most Americans want more religious meaning to the Christmas season, and for some that includes the seasonal greetings we say to each other. A new study from LifeWay Research found two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) say, “Christmas should be more about Jesus.”

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  • N.C. Baptists adopt resolution honoring Billy Graham

    November 6 2018 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    N.C. Baptists adopt resolution honoring Billy Graham

    Two days before what would have been the late Rev. Billy Graham’s 100th birthday, N.C. Baptists adopted a resolution honoring the life, ministry and legacy of the renowned evangelist during the opening session of the 2018 Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSC) Annual Meeting on Monday, Nov. 5 in Greensboro, N.C.

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  • Rainer calls on churches to get a little scrappy

    October 17 2018 by Aaron Wilson, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Rainer calls on churches to get a little scrappy

    Back in high school, LifeWay CEO and President Thom S. Rainer spent many Friday nights playing tailback for what he calls a scrappy football team. He noted they weren’t the biggest, fastest or most athletic players, but because of the team’s grit and determination, they overcame a bad season to make it into the quarterfinals …

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  • Chibok girls’ struggles subject of HBO film

    October 17 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Chibok girls’ struggles subject of HBO film

    “And by God’s grace, we’ll make it,” one of 276 Christian schoolgirls Boko Haram kidnapped from Chibok proclaims in the preview of an upcoming HBO documentary on the captives who’ve been released. “Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram” showcases 103 Chibok schoolgirls struggling to regain normalcy nearly five years after their ordeal began.

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  • Pastors weigh in on Trump’s job performance

    October 12 2018 by Aaron Earls, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Pastors weigh in on Trump’s job performance

    A slim majority of pastors say they approve of the job President Donald Trump has done in the White House, according to a new study, but many are unsure. A LifeWay Research study of Protestant senior pastors found 51 percent approve of how President Trump has handled the job, with 25 percent strongly approving.

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  • ‘Flawed,’ ‘hot mess’ precedent defeats Florida cross

    September 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Flawed,’ ‘hot mess’ precedent defeats Florida cross

    If the federal court had its way, a 34-foot cross would remain at its Pensacola, Fla., post. But “flawed precedent” that judges called a “hot mess” forced them to rule otherwise, the judges wrote in their opinion. Judges said their hands were tied by the 1983 ruling in the nearly identical case of ACLU v. Rabun County …

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  • Federal court protects liberty, life in Texas case

    July 19 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Federal court protects liberty, life in Texas case

    A federal appeals court ruling that protects a church’s internal communications buttressed both religious freedom and defense of the unborn, according to the Southern Baptist Convention’s church-state entity. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reversed July 15 a federal judge’s order requiring the Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops of Texas …

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  • Pastor appreciation: Heartfelt letters have impact

    October 3 2016 by Tobin Perry, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Pastor appreciation: Heartfelt letters have impact

    While pastors appreciate the marriage getaways and financial gifts that sometimes come their way during Pastor Appreciation Month, Dave Miller suggests there may be something even more important to consider.

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  • Thom Tapp, ‘Covered Dish’ cartoonist, dies

    July 14 2016 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Thom Tapp, ‘Covered Dish’ cartoonist, dies

    Thomas “Thom” Tapp, a pastor who drew and penned the “Church of the Covered Dish,” died of liver cancer at age 65. His Church of the Covered Dish led by pastor “Eli Chortlesnort” first appeared in 1997 in the Baptist and Reflector, Tennessee Baptists’ newsjournal, and became part of Baptist Press’ comics lineup in 2000.

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  • Special feeling comes to those who bring happiness

    July 12 2016 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 0 comments
    Special feeling comes to those who bring happiness

    The best time of the year for Donnie Wiltshire and Judy Autry comes during the five annual Happiness Retreats. “There is just a touch of heaven at Happiness,” said Wiltshire, special ministries consultant for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Autry has been directing the Happiness Retreats for 17 years.

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  • Court strikes down abortion provider regulations

    June 28 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Court strikes down abortion provider regulations

    The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a state legislature’s effort to hold abortion providers responsible for the protection of women who use their services. In a 5-3 opinion, the high court ruled portions of a Texas law that regulate abortion doctors and clinics constitute an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to abort her child and are therefore unconstitutional.

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  • Capps, Griggs running for pastor’s conference offices

    March 22 2016 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    Capps, Griggs running for pastor’s conference offices

    Two names have been announced as nominees for North Carolina Baptist Pastors’ Conference officers. Clint Pressley, senior pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, announced he will nominate Matt Capps as president elect, and Marty Jacumin, senior pastor of Bay Leaf Baptist Church in Raleigh, announced he will nominate Chris Griggs as vice-president elect.

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  • Backpacks & Bibles reach into Appalachia, Mississippi Delta

    February 2 2016 by K. Faith Morgan, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Backpacks & Bibles reach into Appalachia, Mississippi Delta

    Since 2001, Appalachian Regional Ministries, a ministry of the North American Mission Board, has collected and distributed more than 140,000 Christmas backpacks and boxes filled with toys, clothing, school supplies, food and hygiene items and a Bible. They have seen more than 4,000 decisions for Christ …

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  • Baptists to highlight SBDR volunteers Nov. 1

    October 30 2015 by Tobin Perry, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Baptists to highlight SBDR volunteers Nov. 1

    Last year Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers spent more than 25,000 hours helping disaster survivors. On Nov. 1, Southern Baptists throughout the United States will celebrate the ministry dedication of these volunteers through Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief Appreciation Day. Churches can use this time to show videos ...

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  • Pastor appreciation opportunities available

    September 2 2015 by Joe Conway, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Pastor appreciation opportunities available

    The North American Mission Board is encouraging participation in pastor appreciation month in October. Pastors need demonstrated love and support. The stresses of accepting spiritual responsibility for congregations are well-documented in scripture by Paul and today in countless surveys. Your pastor needs your support.

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