• SBTS releases report on its history of slavery, racism

    December 13 2018 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS | with 0 comments
    SBTS releases report on its history of slavery, racism

    The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary released a report Dec. 12 that discloses the history of slavery and racism at the seminary. “Slavery was not only tolerated in many schools, but also expressly defended and even praised as divinely ordained,” the seminary said in its initial news release on the school’s past.

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  • List: Top 50 N.C. churches that gave to Lottie Moon in 2017

    December 13 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff | with 0 comments
    List: Top 50 N.C. churches that gave to Lottie Moon in 2017

    Below is a list of 50 North Carolina churches that gave the largest gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions (LMCO) from Jan. 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2017. The data was provided by the business services office of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and …

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  • World Vision among aid groups ousted from Pakistan

    December 13 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    World Vision among aid groups ousted from Pakistan

    Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim country known for persecuting religious minorities, has expelled 18 aid organizations including World Vision and other Christian groups. The expulsions will affect more than 11 million aid recipients in the country that suffers in healthcare and education, entailing an estimated loss of more than $130 million in annual aid, the Associated Press reported.

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  • Russell Moore book on family receives top CT award

    December 13 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Russell Moore book on family receives top CT award

    Russell Moore’s “The Storm-Tossed Family” has been named by Christianity Today as its 2019 Book of the Year, the second time in four years Moore has authored the publication’s top honor. CT said the book “best embodies our pursuit of Beautiful Orthodoxy.”

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  • Chitwood to continue IMB abuse & harassment study

    December 12 2018 by Baptist Press Staff | with 0 comments
    Chitwood to continue IMB abuse & harassment study

    Newly-elected International Mission Board (IMB) President Paul Chitwood has promised to continue an independent study of “IMB’s handling of past allegations of abuse and sexual harassment and IMB’s present policies and practices,” according to an IMB news release today (Dec. 12).

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  • God promises to never leave, Akin tells SEBTS grads

    December 12 2018 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS | with 0 comments
    God promises to never leave, Akin tells SEBTS grads

    Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) President Danny Akin encouraged 169 new seminary graduates and 30 undergraduates Dec. 7 to trust in the steadfast promise that God will never abandon them. Akin highlighted two points in his commencement message from Hebrews 13:5. First, he said God is the one who makes this promise.

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  • High court’s order raises question on abortion

    December 12 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    High court’s order raises question on abortion

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to rule on cases involving government funding of Planned Parenthood has raised the question of whether pro-life advocates can count on a majority of justices in abortion-related cases. The high court announced Dec. 10 it would not review lower court opinions …

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  • Former Houston’s First minister indicted for embezzlement

    December 12 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Former Houston’s First minister indicted for embezzlement

    A former pastoral staff member at Houston’s First Baptist Church has admitted to embezzling more than $800,000 from the congregation. Jerrell Altic, 40, was indicted Dec. 10 for first degree felony theft of more than $800,000 from 2011-17, Houston’s First said in a statement by pastor Gregg Matte and deacon chairman Craig Bloodworth.

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  • Survey: Americans want more Christ this Christmas

    December 12 2018 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay | with 0 comments
    Survey: Americans want more Christ this Christmas

    Most Americans want more religious meaning to the Christmas season, and for some that includes the seasonal greetings we say to each other. A new study from LifeWay Research found two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) say, “Christmas should be more about Jesus.”

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  • Blaze destroys part of First Baptist Bossier City

    December 11 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Blaze destroys part of First Baptist Bossier City

    A pre-dawn fire heavily damaged the older sanctuary and nearby areas of First Baptist Church of Bossier City Dec. 10, pastor Brad Jurkovich told Baptist Press as firefighters battled the blaze for hours. No one was injured and the cause of the fire has not been established.

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  • Disciple-making conference to address cultural issues

    December 11 2018 by BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Disciple-making conference to address cultural issues

    Gender identity. Harassment. Sexual abuse. Race relations. Immigration. Many of the hot-button cultural issues of our day strike fear in the hearts of Christians, and they often respond in one of two ways. They either retreat in an attempt to …

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  • Camp Cale dedicates bunkhouse

    December 11 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    Camp Cale dedicates bunkhouse

    Camp Cale in Hertford, N.C., celebrated the dedication of its first year-round housing facility on Nov. 30. The evening dinner event that was promoted as a fund raiser received a $51,000 boost for the ministry. About 180 supporters attended the gathering.

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  • Annual meeting videos now available

    December 11 2018 by BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Annual meeting videos now available

    Last month’s annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) emphasized loving and reaching our neighbors for Christ. Recordings of the sermons and ministry reports from both the annual meeting and the N.C. Baptist Pastors’ Conference are now available online through BSC’s Vimeo channel.

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  • Lilly receives special Christmas gift from Chitwoods

    December 10 2018 by Roger Alford, Kentucky Today | with 0 comments
    Lilly receives special Christmas gift from Chitwoods

    Sure, 6-year-old Lilly has the typical wish list for Christmas, including Barbie dolls and a dollhouse. But it was something much more meaningful that she longed for most: a family of her own. For the past three years, Lilly had been in foster care through Sunrise Children’s Services, a Kentucky Baptist organization that ministers to abused and neglected kids.

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  • ADF, state conventions partner on religious liberty

    December 10 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ADF, state conventions partner on religious liberty

    Partnership with the Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) was a recurring theme at Baptist state convention annual meetings this fall. Of the 41 state and regional conventions that maintain cooperative relationships with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), at least a dozen have forged partnerships with ADF through its Church Alliance program.

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