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Latonya Chilcutt of Woodland Baptist Church, Brownsville, shares a testimony during a crusade in the Philippines.

TEAM SEES 9,000-PLUS DECISIONS

March 24, 2017

Baptist and Reflector SOMERVILLE — A team of nine missions volunteers serving on the Cross Partners Ministry team recently returned from two weeks in the Republic of the Philippines where they served with about 40 churches in three different Baptist associations.   The team participated in more than 100 evangelistic crusades with Filipino Baptists on […]

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Ilsa Nagel, a student at Belmont University, Nashville, tutors Sangolo Mtambala, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, during a tutoring session at Woodmont Baptist Church, Nashville. Mtambala is a member of the Swahili Baptist Church of Woodmont, which meets at Woodmont.

HELPING REFUGEES IN LIGHT OF U.S. POLICY

March 23, 2017

By Connie Davis Bushey News Editor, Baptist and Reflector NASHVILLE — Refugee resettlement is in the news. President Donald Trump recently issued a revised policy on refugee resettlement in the United States which is being challenged in court. Refugee resettlement agencies are downsizing and closing offices in Tennessee in response. Tennessee became the first state […]

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Steve Gaines speaks March 5 at the second annual West Tennessee Evangelism Rally in Union University’s G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel. 
-Photo by Kristi Woody

RALLY: TALK ABOUT JESUS AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY

March 22, 2017

By Nathan Handley Union University JACKSON — Steve Gaines, pastor at Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova and president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said evangelism should be the priority of every Christian. “Heaven and hell are looming in the balance, and that’s a lot more important than anything else,” Gaines said March 5 at the […]

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TENNESSEE PASTORS SPOTLIGHTED IN UNION EVENT

March 22, 2017

By Lonnie Wilkey Editor, Baptist and Reflector JACKSON — Four Tennessee Baptist pastors were front and center during the Festival of Preaching held March 8 at Union University. The festival was held prior to Union’s REF500 Conference on the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The Festival of Preaching focused on the five central themes […]

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Members of Tennessee Valley Community Church, Paris, worship at YEC 2017. From left are Dan Hassell, Haleigh Henegar, Hannah Henegar, Alayna Fuson, Michael Flowers, and Joey Craig. On the right is Shane Webb, youth director at Hamblen County Substance Abuse Coalition, Morristown, who brought a group of teens associated with the coalition. He is a member of Witt Baptist Church, Morristown. 
— Photo by Connie Bushey

712 TEENS ACCEPT CHRIST AT YEC

March 21, 2017

By Connie Davis Bushey News Editor, Baptist and Reflector See also: YEC 2017 Photo Gallery NASHVILLE — Youth Evangelism Conference 2017 drew about 7,383 participants to Municipal Auditorium here March 10-11. At least 712 teens made professions of faith during the Friday evening session. In addition, 392 students recorded that they had been a lukewarm […]

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REF500 FESTIVAL CELEBRATES PROTESTANT REFORMATION’S 500TH ANNIVERSARY

March 20, 2017

By Nathan Handley Union University JACKSON, Tenn. — Union University celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with the REF500 festival March 9-11. The festival included lectures, music, theater, film, sermons, and a public reading of the entire Bible. Ray Van Neste, professor and director of the Ryan Center for Biblical Studies at Union […]

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Phil Young, left, director of missions, Knox County Association of Baptists, based in Knoxville, visits with Jim Florea, church planter, Forward Church, Knoxville, in the church’s new sanctuary, which formerly was Gayland Heights Baptist Church, Knoxville.

CHURCH GIVES FACILITY TO CHURCH PLANT

March 14, 2017

By Connie Davis Bushey News Editor, Baptist and Reflector KNOXVILLE — Phil Young hoped the meeting would go well. He was going to meet with Gayland Heights Baptist Church members to discuss options. The congregation had declined to a very small group of older members. Young, director of missions, Knox County Association of Baptists, proposed […]

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NASHVILLE NATIVE PENS AUTOBIOGRAPHY

March 13, 2017

By David Dawson Contributing Writer, B&R NASHVILLE — As those who have spent their lives in the ministry can attest, the phrase “retired pastor” is often a misnomer, perhaps even an oxymoron. That is certainly the case for Nashville native and former Tennessee Baptist pastor (Two Rivers Baptist Church, Nashville) Jim Henry. The former president […]

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Bellevue Baptist Church

BELLEVUE GIVES $1 MILLION THROUGH COOPERATIVE PROGRAM

March 13, 2017

By Lonnie Wilkey Editor, Baptist and Reflector BRENTWOOD – Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova has become the first church in the Tennessee Baptist Convention to send $1 million through the Cooperative Program over a 12-month period. In early March, the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board received a check for $83,333 that brought Bellevue’s total giving through […]

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Union graduate Erin Mount takes part in the Scripture reading marathon under Miller Tower.
-Photo by Kristi Woody

SCRIPTURE READING MARATHON CONTINUES AT UNION UNIVERSITY

March 10, 2017

By Tim Ellsworth Associate VP for Communications, Union University JACKSON, Tenn. — Despite drenching rain and forceful winds, the Scripture reading marathon at Union University went on as scheduled. About 500 volunteers from Union and the broader Jackson and West Tennessee communities are participating in the five-day public reading of the Bible from start to […]

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APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR BHET GRANTS

March 9, 2017

Baptist and Reflector BRENTWOOD — Applications are now being received for grants from the Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee Medical Missions Fund. The Baptist Healthcare System of East Tennessee was begun by Tennessee Baptists soon after the end of World War II. More than $2 million was contributed by 800 churches in 32 counties of […]

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