Faith and Culture

IMB plans organizational ‘reset’ to ease budget woes

August 27 2015 by Biblical Recorder staff

International Mission Board leaders outlined a plan to address revenue shortfalls and complete a reset of the organization in order to move forward with innovative vision, wise stewardship and accountability. The plan was presented by senior leaders, including President David Platt, during an Aug. 27 town hall meeting including missionaries and staff.

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Baptist leaders respond to Ashley Madison news

August 27 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press

In July, hackers stole the personal data of more than 30 million users of the adultery-facilitating Ashley Madison website and released it online in August, according to media reports. With the potential affairs of millions exposed Southern Baptist leaders have offered counsel to affected families, churches and individuals.

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SBC entities back GuideStone at high court

August 27 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed Aug. 24, GuideStone Financial Resources received support from other Southern Baptist Convention entities in its challenge to the Obama administration’s abortion/contraception mandate. The International Mission Board, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary called in the brief for the high court to …

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Seminary community mourns loss of John Gibson

August 27 2015 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS

The first day of a new semester was marred by sadness as New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s students learned of the death of John Gibson, professor of communication. Gibson, 56, died Aug. 24. A memorial service for Gibson will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28 ...

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Children give to help those in need

August 27 2015 by Lily Jameson, Baptist Global Response

Through giving their pennies, nickels and dimes and more, kids at Circle Drive Baptist Church are seeking to help others through Baptist Global Response. For the past several years, the church’s children’s ministry has encouraged kids to raise money to help Haitian earthquake survivors recover from disaster …

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What happens to children who die in infancy?

August 26 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press

In response to the release of a series of videos showing Planned Parenthood employees reportedly discussing the sale of baby parts obtained through abortion, evangelicals have expressed a range of views on the eternal destiny of children who die in infancy. Among Southern Baptists, most agree scripture suggests ...

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NOBTS celebrates redemption on 10th Katrina anniversary

August 26 2015 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS Public Relations

The story of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s Katrina decade is immersed in grace and redemption and punctuated by hope. On the tenth anniversary of the storm, the seminary community is counting blessings rather than losses and leaning into the future with anticipation. “Here we are 10 years later ...

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Midwestern receives $7M gift toward student center

August 26 2015 by T. Patrick Hudson, MBTS

In what President Jason Allen called an answer to prayer for one of the “most significant institutional needs” since Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s inception, the school has received $7 million from an Oklahoma family for a new student center. Allen said he could not adequately express gratitude to God …

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Planned Parenthood protests draw Southern Baptists

August 25 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Southern Baptists were among an estimated 50,000-75,000 pro-life activists who protested at Planned Parenthood clinics across America Aug. 22, calling for the defunding of the nation’s largest abortion provider. Protestors in more than 350 cities across 47 states joined what The Washington Post called “the largest-ever rally against” Planned Parenthood.

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Declining High Point church morphs into four new congregations

August 25 2015 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications

Albertson Road Baptist Church was once a strong congregation, drawing members from around south High Point to its building. But in more recent years, the church was ailing as local factories closed. By 2013 the church’s situation was critical. Only a small number of mostly older members remained.

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