Faith and Culture

SBC annual meeting to feature Women’s Leadership Breakfast

May 22 2015 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

The 2015 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting will feature for the first time the Women’s Leadership Breakfast sponsored by the North American Mission Board and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The meeting is scheduled for June 17, 7-8:15 a.m. in the Harrison Room of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus, Ohio.

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Disciple-making strategy working in NC

May 22 2015 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s board of directors took action on several items and heard reports on Cooperative Program giving and the convention’s disciple-making strategy in the board’s regularly scheduled May meeting. During their two-day meeting held May 19-20 at the Caraway Conference Center …

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Boy Scouts should allow gay leaders, BSA pres. says

May 22 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) should end its ban on gay adult leaders, BSA President Robert Gates said May 21, lending credence to the concern expressed in a 2013 Southern Baptist Convention resolution that opening the group’s membership to homosexual youth was “merely the first step toward future approval of homosexual adult leaders.”

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Ohio Baptists praying outside 88 county seats

May 22 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Ohio Southern Baptists are praying publicly outside all 88 county headquarters across the state through May 29, proclaiming scripture, praising Jesus and pleading for county officials, businesses and community concerns, said organizer Cathy Pound, Women’s Missions and Ministries Resource Group leader with the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio.

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Franklin Graham’s targets Supreme Court justices online

May 21 2015 by Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service

Evangelist Franklin Graham has taken to Facebook to plead for prayers on behalf of each U.S. Supreme Court justices as they prepare to rule on gay marriage. Recognizing same-sex marriage as a constitutional right “would be a wicked, wicked thing,” said Graham, “The only hope we have is prayer.”

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Ethnic summit seeks to reach diverse population

May 21 2015 by K. Faith Morgan, NAMB

Kim Robinson and North American Mission Board (NAMB) president, Kevin Ezell, hosted a two-day summit in Alpharetta, Ga., to address this growing need. More than 20 Southern Baptist leaders representing several different ethnic groups sat down to discuss current outreach efforts and explore how NAMB could effectively help plant churches for diverse populations …

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Missions fuels Jimmy Draper scholarship recipient

May 21 2015 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Resources

Not long after LifeWay Chistian Stores associate Anna Dible began asking customers if they would like to purchase a Bible to send to South Asia, she asked God a question as well: “Can I go?” Being chosen as the recipient of LifeWay’s Jimmy Draper Mission Scholarship made Dible’s desire possible.

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Two Sudanese Christians face death penalty

May 21 2015 by Fredrick Nzwili, Religion News Service

Last year, a death penalty sentence slapped on a pregnant Sudanese doctor for refusing to renounce her Christian faith stirred international outrage and demands on the government to increase religious liberty. Meriam Yahya Ibrahim was released a month later, but now two Christian pastors have been jailed and also face a possible death sentence.

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Yadkinville man shares Christ through gift of cross

May 20 2015 by Jesse Miles, Special to the Recorder

After several years battling a serious lung disease, Mickie Reavis of Bethel Baptist Church in Yadkinville, credits his recovery to determination, answered prayers and “God’s amazing grace.” Now Mickie uses his time to hand craft small wooden crosses that he offers to people as a ministry tool.

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Church strengthening: What makes a church strong & healthy?

May 20 2015 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

A group of consultants at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina serve on the Church Strengthening Team which works with churches to help them become stronger and healthier as they seek to carry out the Great Commission. Antonio Santos leads the Church Strengthening Team ...

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