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Patriot players put their faith before football

January 30 2015 by Shawn Hendricks, Baptist Press

Players for the New England Patriots shared during Media Day (Jan. 27) how winning is better when kept in proper perspective. On a team from the Northeast, outside the Bible Belt, there seems to be a solid group of Patriot players who don’t shy away from sharing about their Christian faith.

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Despite Boko Haram, gospel impacts Nigeria

January 30 2015 by Baptist Press staff

As Boko Haram militants continue to attack Nigeria and threaten neighboring countries, Christian workers there say the gospel is going forth and impacting receptive hearts. Nigerians continue to seek peace in the midst of the country’s struggles, according to Christian workers.

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SEBTS lecturer examines North American Christianity

January 30 2015 by Baptist Press staff

Derek Hicks, assistant professor of religion and culture at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., was the 2014 Page Lecture guest speaker at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary last fall. He spoke on the topic of African American religion and tradition.

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God’s hand at work years after Arab Spring

January 30 2015 by Nicole Lee and Charles Braddix, IMB Media

Though the fourth anniversary of the Arab Spring uprisings arrives with little sign of real change in the Arab world, there is reason to hope because God is at work in the midst of the chaos. Many refugees are able to hear the Good News for the first time …

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Latter-day Saints on LGBT rights called naïve, unhelpful

January 29 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will support civil rights for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people (LGBT) if religious freedom protections also are ensured, its leaders announced Jan. 27. Southern Baptists said the approach is naive and unhelpful, as well as unacceptable to proponents of LGBT rights.

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Crime scenes provide ministry opportunity

January 29 2015 by Marilyn Stewart, Baptist Press

Gun violence in New Orleans’ quiet neighborhood once was rare, but after four shootings rocked Gentilly Baptist Church in a year’s time, pastor Ken Taylor decided something had to change. Taylor’s commitment came in the wake of a church family grieving the loss of two teenage sons whose deaths occurred mere months apart…

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ABS to move headquarters to Philadelphia

January 29 2015 by Baptist Press staff

After nearly 200 years in New York City, the American Bible Society has announced a relocation of its headquarters to Philadelphia. ABS works to distribute scripture across the world and equip Bible translators, according to the organization’s website.

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Ex-IMB missionary gets 2-year sentence

January 29 2015 by Baptist Press staff

Former Southern Baptist missionary Brady Nurse has been sentenced to two years in prison for obtaining nearly $300,000 in mission funds by submitting fraudulent expense reports to the International Mission Board. IMB became aware in January 2014 of “suspicious transactions” by Nurse related to shipping of household items from Portugal to the US…

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NAMB, IMB to partner on Send North America Conf.

January 28 2015 by Joe Conway, NAMB/Baptist Press

North American Mission Board (NAMB) President Kevin Ezell has announced that the International Mission Board is partnering with NAMB to make the Send North America Conference fully comprehensive in missions scope. The conference holds promise to be one of the largest missions gatherings in North American history. Paid registration has already surpassed 7,300.

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Winter storm underscores disaster preparedness

January 28 2015 by Meredith Yackel, NAMB/Baptist Press

Winter storm Juno hit areas of the Northeast Jan. 26-27 and continues to bring moderate to heavy snow in some areas. Wind gusts reached 30 mph in Boston and topped 70 mph in eastern Massachusetts. An estimated 36,000 customers are without power in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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