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SOUTHERN SEMINARY TRUSTEES INSTALL GAINES TO VISITING PROFESSORSHIP

April 12, 2017

By Andrew J.W. Smith Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Trustees of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary unanimously approved all recommendations in the board’s April 10 meeting, including the installation of Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines to a visiting professorship honoring former SBC President Herschel H. Hobbs. The board also approved an expanded budget for the […]

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MUSLIMS OUTPACING CHRISTIANS IN BIRTHS, PEW SAYS

April 11, 2017

By Diana Chandler Baptist Press NASHVILLE (BP) — Muslims are so outpacing Christians in births that the two population groups will be nearly equal by 2060, with Christians holding only a slight majority, according to newly released Pew Research data. An increase in Muslim births compounded by an aging Christian population will put the Muslim […]

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CROSSOVER

April 7, 2017

Baptist Press PHOENIX — The goal of this year’s Crossover is to “Engage Phoenix with the Gospel” through a partnership with Harvest America. North American Mission Board and Arizona Southern Baptist Convention leaders are praying for more than 5,000 salvation decisions through this summer’s Crossover activities prior to the 2017 SBC annual meeting in Phoenix. […]

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LACK OF PLAN MARKS CHURCH RESPONSE

April 4, 2017

By Bob Smietana Lifeway Research NASHVILLE — When it comes to domestic violence, Protestant pastors want to be helpful but often don’t know where to start. Most say their church would be a safe haven for victims of domestic violence. But many don’t know if anyone in their church has been a victim of domestic […]

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VICTIM: TREAT DOMESTIC ABUSE WITH CARE

April 4, 2017

LifeWay Research NASHVILLE — Investigating claims of domestic violence can backfire for churches, said radio host and speaker Autumn Miles, who partnered with LifeWay Research on a study about churches and domestic violence. Miles, a past victim of domestic abuse, said it’s difficult for victims to come forward and ask a church for help. And […]

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TX CHURCH MOURNS LOSS OF 13 MEMBERS IN BUS TRAGEDY

March 31, 2017

Editor’s Note: One of the victims in the accident was Addie Maurine Schmeltekopf. She was the sister of Carrol Kelly, who retired as executive director of Tennessee Woman’s Missionary Union in 2001. By Diana Chandler Baptist Press NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (BP) — “Death could not hold Him,” proclaims the website of First Baptist Church of […]

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N.C.’S REPEAL OF RESTROOM BILL CALLED ‘A LOSS’

March 31, 2017

By David Roach Baptist Press RALEIGH, N.C. (BP) — North Carolina legislators have repealed a controversial law that required individuals in state buildings to use restrooms corresponding to the gender indicated on their birth certificates. The repeal of House Bill 2 today (March 30) marked a compromise between Democrats and Republicans and culminated more than […]

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COMMITTEE ON RESOLUTIONS NAMED FOR 2017 SBC

March 30, 2017

Baptist Press PHOENIX (BP) — Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines has named the members of the Committee on Resolutions for the June 13-14 SBC annual meeting in Phoenix. Gaines, pastor of Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church, appointed the committee in keeping with the provision in SBC Bylaw 20 that its members be named 75 days […]

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GHOST TOWN CHURCH SEES HOLY GHOST REVIVAL

March 29, 2017

By David Roach Baptist Press ORGAN, N.M. (BP) — With numerous dilapidated buildings and only 323 residents according to the 2010 U.S. census, Organ, N.M., appears on at least one website listing American ghost towns. But Pastor Mitch Newton prefers to think of it as a Holy Ghost town because of the surprising work God […]

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‘JESUS’ FILM REACHES MILLIONS

March 27, 2017

Baptist Press ORLANDO — The “Jesus” film will be translated into its 1,500th language this month. Josh Newell, the Jesus Film Project’s director of marketing and communications, told Baptist Press that the latest translation — into Daasanach, a language spoken by an ethnic group inhabiting parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Sudan — is part of […]

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DISCIPLE-MAKING TASK FORCE CONTINUES

March 23, 2017

By Diana Chandler Baptist Press NASHVILLE — A group tasked with encouraging and teaching disciple-making among Southern Baptist churches will extend its work an additional year, task force chairman Robby Gallaty told Baptist Press. Gallaty, hosting a task force meeting here March 9, said the group will not issue a report at the 2017 Southern […]

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ERLC ‘UNITY’ STATEMENT PRAISED BY GAINES, GRAHAM

March 22, 2017

By David Roach Baptist Press NASHVILLE (BP) — An extended statement by Russell Moore and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission executive committee, “Seeking Unity in the Southern Baptist Convention,” has drawn praise from SBC President Steve Gaines and former SBC President Jack Graham among others. Meanwhile, Christian worldview analyst John Stonestreet said in a […]

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