Mohler to grads: Hope for gospel to ‘speed ahead’

May 25 2016 by Annie Corser, SBTS

Gospel ministers must proclaim God’s Word with the urgency of eternal consequences, said President R. Albert Mohler Jr. in his May 20 commencement address to the 2016 graduates of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. During the institution’s 216th commencement exercises on the seminary lawn in Louisville, Ky., 284 master’s and doctoral students from 44 states …

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Prison ministry focus among pastors, churches studied

May 25 2016 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Research

While most Protestant pastors visit correctional facilities and want to help prisoners and their families, their churches often lack the training or finances to run an effective prison ministry. Those are among the findings of a new phone survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors from LifeWay Research.

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Missouri appeals court orders Baptist foundation’s return

May 25 2016 by Missouri Baptist Convention & Baptist Press staff

The Missouri Baptist Convention’s governance of the Missouri Baptist Foundation must be restored, the Missouri Court of Appeals – Western District ruled May 24. The decision is among an array of court proceedings stemming from actions by breakaway trustees of the foundation, with $150 million in assets, and four other Missouri Baptist Convention entities in 2000-2001.

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Zoo Church Village helps Arkansas women out of addiction

May 25 2016 by Jessica Vanderpool, Arkansas Baptist News

As most would agree, life can be a real zoo – full of obstacles, struggles and temptations. But The Zoo Church Village in Dennard is helping women overcome these struggles, specifically those involving addiction. The church is doing so through its new women’s ministry, Zoo Outfitters Operation (ZOO): Outfitting Women to Live Without Addiction, which began in March.

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Floyd among evangelicals to meet with Trump

May 24 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd is among perhaps 500 evangelicals and other conservatives planning to meet with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump about his faith and values at a June 21 meeting in New York. Members of the steering committee will question Trump before the larger meeting, but …

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Children’s pastor arrested for sex trafficking felony

May 24 2016 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

A sex trafficking felony charge against a children’s minister has left a 4,000-member church reeling. Jason Kennedy, 46, who joined Grace Baptist Church’s staff two and a half years ago, was arrested May 19 in Knoxville – one of 30-plus individuals charged in a four-day undercover sting operation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and local police.

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Same-sex marriage advocates work to oust small-town judge

May 24 2016 by Bonnie Pritchett, World News Service

In what could be the nation’s first religious litmus test for holding a judicial post, the Wyoming Supreme Court is being asked to dismiss a small-town municipal court judge because of her biblical views about marriage. Attorneys for Judge Ruth Neely, along with a growing list of supporters, argue the efforts of an unelected state commission …

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Hispanic St. Louis community in Crossover plans

May 24 2016 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

A yearly evangelistic outreach, Crossover precedes the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in the host city. It will peak on Saturday, June 12, as local Baptists and volunteers from across the country conduct block parties and other community events throughout the metro St. Louis area.

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2016 SBC exhibits: missions, ministry & elections

May 23 2016 by Baptist Press staff

“We have a partnership in the gospel and we are bound together by our commitment to the Great Commission,” Frank Page said. “Our ties to each other are stronger than time and distance, and stronger than our circumstances. Wherever God has called you, as Southern Baptists, we are not alone.”

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Zika threat prompts abortion discussion

May 23 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press

With the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcing in April that Zika infection during pregnancy can cause “microcephaly and other severe brain defects” in unborn babies, some abortion rights advocates, including members of Congress, have suggested broadening access to abortion among Zika-infected women.

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