LifeWay completes sale of downtown Nashville campus

November 27 2015 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

LifeWay has completed the sale of its 14.5-acre campus in downtown Nashville. “Although this momentous event is cause for thanksgiving, it is also bittersweet,” Thom S. Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, wrote in an email to the Southern Baptist entity’s trustees and employees Nov. 24 after the sale was announced around 5 p.m.

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Prosecutor faces pastor’s ‘provocative question’

November 27 2015 by Luana Ehrlich, Baptist Press

As a prosecutor for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, attorney Travis White was familiar with asking probing questions and trying to ascertain the truth. However, White wasn’t prepared for “a very provocative question” from Chris Smith, teaching pastor at Yukon Church in Yukon, Okla.

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8 things I’m thankful for

November 25 2015 by Erich Bridges, IMB

It’s Thanksgiving season. Around this time of year, I try to make a list of things I’m thankful for. Here’s my list for 2015:   1. I’m thankful that my wife has come through breast cancer surgery and treatment after being diagnosed last year.

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Tennessee churches cross racial barriers

November 25 2015 by Connie Davis Bushey, Baptist and Reflector

Race relations are tense across the U.S., but in Columbia, Tenn., especially in several Baptist churches, “we work together,” reported Dale Ledbetter, director of missions, Maury Baptist Association. “Others should see God’s work in our little corner of the world to counteract all the negative we see and hear,” he said.

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Angola prison church joins Baptist association

November 25 2015 by Mark H. Hunter, Louisiana Baptist Message

It may be the first time a local Baptist association has accepted a prison church into its fellowship. Washington Baptist Association now counts among its members Grace Baptist Church of the Main Camp in Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, La. The association encompasses 38 churches in Washington and St. Tammany parishes.

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Pro-marriage professor faces possible dismissal

November 25 2015 by Benjamin Hawkins, Baptist Press

A tenured, Southern Baptist professor at a university in California could face dismissal for allegedly “retaliating” against a student who complained about his support for traditional marriage. “If I were to use legal terms – even though this is not a legal proceeding – I’ve been convicted but not sentenced.”

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Montana Baptists to sell site, downsize

November 25 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Montana Baptists are downsizing from their Billings headquarters for a building to better accommodate their smaller, less centralized staff, messengers voted at their 2015 annual meeting. Fred Hewett, Montana Southern Baptist Convention executive director, said the current site is too large, as the office staff has decreased from about 12 to three since 2008.

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Meeting needs key to church’s ministry

November 25 2015 by Tobin Perry, Baptist Press

“Is this a Jesus thing?” a homeless man asked Charity Brown. That day Brown and a team of volunteers from The Branch church in Corvallis, Ore., were making it their mission to serve those most in need in the community. And one of the ways the team was doing that was through washing feet.

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Syrian refugees: balancing compassion & security

November 19 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press

With at least 31 U.S. governors opposing the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states following terrorist attacks in Paris, Christians have found themselves discussing the appropriate balance between security and compassion in immigration policy.

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Marriage advocates’ rights bill draws Baptist support

November 19 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

A Southern Baptist Convention ethicist and advocate for religious freedom, Russell Moore, has joined other church leaders to endorse revised legislation to prevent discrimination by the federal government against Americans who object to same-sex marriage. Moore  and nine others endorsed the latest version of the First Amendment Defense Act ...

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