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Despite unrest, Portland pastors see the gospel moving

Tess Schoonhoven, Baptist Press
August 03 2020

 "Don't give up on Portland. This is a place filled with people that Christ has died for," pleaded Aaron Bennett, pastor of Garden Church in downtown Portland. Bennett said news in recent weeks from the city, which has been roiled by unrest, protesting and violence, might tempt some in the Christian community to regard it as hopeless... read more

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Baptisms celebrate 'transformed lives' at the Journey church

Barbara Denman, Florida Baptist Convention
August 03 2020

Although he grew up in the church, Jordan Harris identified himself as an agnostic during his college years at Florida State University. Returning home to start his career, his parents bribed him to go with them to the Journey church: worship attendance in exchange for a free meal at a restaurant... read more

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Study: Churchgoers confident in the Bible, but sometimes find it challenging

Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Resources
August 03 2020

Most churchgoers say they can address doubts others have about the Bible, but half admit they have problems understanding scripture on their own. Despite repeatedly affirming confidence in their own abilities to explain and understand the Bible, a recent LifeWay Research study in partnership with Explore the Bible curriculum found 57% of Protestant churchgoers say they find it challenging to make sense of the Bible when they read it on their own... read more

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Pastor resigns after celebrating KKK leader

Baptist Press Staff
July 31 2020

A bivocational Southern Baptist pastor resigned from his church Wednesday (July 29), after backlash resulting from his participation in an annual birthday celebration for Nathan Bedford Forrest, a leader in the Confederate Army and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan... read more

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N.C. ministry connects with retirees amid COVID-19 isolation

Carol Layton, NCBAM
July 31 2020

In late March, when many churches stopped meeting and senior adults were advised to self-isolate due to the COVID-19 pandemic, regional directors at North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry (NCBAM) heightened efforts to make contact with retired ministers – making 200 contacts in the first month... read more