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Why sabbaticals matter

May 29 2015 by Michael Lewis, NAMB executive director of pastoral care and development

Pastor, you need rest. You were built to rest. God uses healthy pastors to build healthy churches. That’s why you and your church’s partnership in working through a sabbatical ministry plan may be one of the most important decisions you make about the future health of your church.

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Death penalty debate stirred by Boston sentence

May 29 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The death sentence of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, combined with four allegedly botched executions in the U.S. last year and an anticipated Supreme Court ruling on the death penalty this summer, has fueled debate among evangelicals regarding the legitimacy of capital punishment.

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Retired SBF executive Faye Albright dies

May 29 2015 by Baptist Press staff

Faye Stringer Albright, who retired in 2011 as executive vice president of the Southern Baptist Foundation, died May 21 in Nashville after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 71. She worked for the foundation for 28 years, beginning in 1982, and was promoted to executive vice president in 2000.

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Homeschoolers celebrate historic win on QuizBusters TV show

May 29 2015 by Jeff Koch, WORLD News Service/Baptist Press

Isaac Van Loh, 16, says his team’s victory on a Michigan quiz show helped to vindicate homeschooling and prove its rigor. The Lansing Homeschool Chargers’ late-April win was the first time in the 26-year history of “QuizBusters,” a show on Michigan PBS affiliate WKAR that a homeschool team garnered the championship.

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Page disappointed in Obama’s comments about evangelicals

May 28 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press

President Barack Obama’s suggestion that evangelicals often devote more resources to fighting abortion than caring for the poor reflects ignorance concerning denominations like the Southern Baptist Convention, Frank S. Page said on a national radio broadcast. “We are involved” in fighting poverty, Page said. “It bothered me deeply. We care about people.”

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Procter retiring from Alaska convention

May 28 2015 by Baptist Press staff

Michael Procter is retiring effective May 2016 after more than five years as executive director/treasurer of the Alaska Baptist Convention and as executive director of the Alaska Baptist Foundation. He has held the posts since 2011 and has served in Southern Baptist ministry for 45 years.

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Global uncertainty re-emerges 70 years after World War II

May 28 2015 by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press

Post-World War II chaos eventually gave way to order and development in many parts of the world. But it’s become increasingly clear that the era of relative global stability that followed the war – albeit guaranteed for long periods by the weapons of superpowers – has come to an end.

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ERLC to address culture at SBC meeting

May 27 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will cosponsor a conversation on church and culture, launch a new equipping initiative for ministry to gays and lesbians, and relaunch Light magazine during its participation at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting June 16-17 in Columbus, Ohio.

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Duggar series pulled, Josh resigns FRC

May 26 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

TLC has pulled the hit series “19 Kids and Counting” in response to media reports alleging Josh Duggar, the 27-year-old son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, sexually molested five underage girls when he was a teen. Duggar, now married with three children of his own, also resigned his position as a lobbyist.

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Brewton-Parker names seventeenth president

May 26 2015 by Peter Lumpkins, Brewton-Parker Communications

After a unanimous decision, chairman of the board of trustees for Brewton-Parker College (BPC), Ray Sullivan, notified the public May 19 that Steven Echols will become the seventeenth president of BPC. Since January 2012, Echols has served as president of Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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