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MCLAURIN REFLECTS ON BLACK CHURCH GROWTH

February 23, 2017

Editor’s Note: You can hear Willie McLaurin discuss the growth of African-American churches during Episode 5 of Radio B&R, the official news podcast of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.   BRENTWOOD — Two events stand out in the mind of Willie McLaurin as they relate to the growth of African-American churches across both the Tennessee […]

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation complained that students’ rights were violated when Eric Dill, student pastor of Bayside Baptist Church in Harrison, Tenn., prayed over an injured student at a September 2016 high school football game in Chattanooga, Tenn. The student has since made a full recovery.
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FOOTBALL PRAYER LEADS TO EMPLOYEE TRAINING

February 22, 2017

By Diana Chandler Baptist Press CHATTANOOGA — A public school system has agreed to update employees on applicable constitutional law after a special interest group complained of a Tennessee Baptist minister’s impromptu prayer over an injured player at a high school football game. The Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE) will “provide additional training to […]

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DR HELPS 253 FAMILIES AFTER FIRES

February 22, 2017

By Connie Davis Bushey News Editor, Baptist and Reflector GATLINBURG — Disaster relief fire response “is so different … . We can’t go door to door saying, ‘Hey, we’re here for you,’ because there are no doors,” explained Kaye Thomas of Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief, referring to the hundreds of homes destroyed here by fires […]

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Steve Gaines, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, fields questions about topics of interest to Southern Baptists, from President Trump to the need for revival, during the annual meeting of state Baptist paper editors.
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GAINES TO HEADLINE RALLY

February 21, 2017

Compiled by B&R JACKSON — Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines will be the keynote speaker at the second annual West Tennessee Evangelism Rally March 5 at Union University. Ernest Easley, professor of evangelism at Union, said last year’s rally was much more successful than he had hoped, with more than 800 people attending. He […]

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Steve Gaines, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, fields questions about topics of interest to Southern Baptists, from President Trump to the need for revival, during the annual meeting of state Baptist paper editors.
-Photo by Lonnie Wilkey

GAINES Q&A: FROM TRUMP TO PRAYER FOR REVIVAL

February 20, 2017

Baptist Press ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) — Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines discussed a range of topics of interest to Baptists in a question-and-answer session with state Baptist paper editors during their Feb. 14-16 annual meeting in Ontario, Calif. The discussion covered President Donald Trump’s first 25 days in office including the refugee crisis; controversial […]

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JACKSON LAYMAN LIVES OUT ‘BLIND FAITH’

February 13, 2017

By Lonnie Wilkey Editor, Baptist and Reflector JACKSON  — By all medical accounts, Scott Duck shouldn’t be around today. On March 21, 1977, Duck was one of triplets born three months prematurely. According to medical reports, he was in the worst condition of the three infants and the one doctors gave the least chance of […]

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It’s not the perfect practice site for a Bible drill, but this bathroom at Camp Smoky is the only place these Bible drillers from Roaring Fork Baptist Church, Gatlinburg, have to practice after their church was destroyed by fire last November. From left are Kylie Brower, Chloe Devine, Sierra Devine, James Cooper, Jordan Deaver, Keegan Ward, Morgan Wallace, Brantley Cooper, Cinnamon Grey, Barret Crawley, and Alex Willis.

OVERCOMING OBSTACLES TO LEARN GOD’S WORD

February 13, 2017

No building and a bathroom practice site doesn’t deter Bible drillers By Lonnie Wilkey Editor, Baptist and Reflector GATLINBURG — The youth of Roaring Fork Baptist Church here are not unlike countless other teenagers across Tennessee who are participating in Youth Bible Drill, preparing for associational and state competitions later this spring. What sets the […]

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CARING FOR PEOPLE INVOLVES THE GOSPEL

February 10, 2017

By Lonnie Wilkey Editor, Baptist and Reflector Editor’s Note: You can listen to Joe Sorah discuss compassion ministry during Episode 2 of Radio B&R, the official news podcast of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board. BRENTWOOD — Compassion ministries involve much more than just caring about people, says Joe Sorah, compassion ministries specialist for the Tennessee […]

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GAINES TO HEADLINE SECOND WEST TENNESSEE EVANGELISM RALLY MARCH 5

February 9, 2017

By Tim Ellsworth Associate VP for Communications, Union University JACKSON, Tenn. — Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines will be the keynote speaker at the second annual West Tennessee Evangelism Rally March 5 at Union University. Ernest Easley, professor of evangelism at Union, said last year’s rally was much more successful than he had hoped, […]

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UNION STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN D.C. EVENT

February 9, 2017

Baptist Press JACKSON — Thirteen Union University students took part in the annual March for Life, a peaceful pro-life demonstration, held Jan. 27 in Washington, D.C. The students are members of Life139, Union’s pro-life student group. They also participated in Evangelicals for Life and Students for Life conferences while in D.C. “Abortion is the greatest […]

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Arabic and ethnic Baptist leaders in Tennessee pause during a leadership conference for Arabic Baptist churches in Middle Tennessee on Jan. 21 in Murfreesboro. From left are Maged Boles, pastor, Arabic Baptist Church, Murfreesboro; Anderow Shafik, member, Arabic Baptist Church of Tusculum Hills Baptist, Nashville; William Burton, ethnic evangelism/church planting specialist, Tennessee Baptist Mission Board; and Nathan Awad, pastor, Arabic Baptist Church of Tusculum Hills Baptist.

MUSLIMS DO BECOME CHRISTIANS, SAYS ARAB PASTOR

February 9, 2017

By Connie Davis Bushey News Editor, Baptist and Reflector Editor’s note: You can hear William Burton discuss ethnic ministries during Episode 4 of Radio B&R,the  official news podcast of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board. MURFREESBORO — Muslims do become Christians, said Maged Boles, pastor of the Arabic Baptist Church here. He should know. He lived in Egypt all […]

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TN BAPTIST JOINS ERLC

February 8, 2017

Baptist Press NASHVILLE — Former Tennessee GOP Executive Director Brent Leatherwood has been appointed as the new director of strategic partnerships for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. In this role, Leatherwood will work to further the organization’s reach in the public square through coalition building and mobilizing, and by serving as an advisor on […]

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