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The Week's Top News
Hendersonville church models revitalization
By Liz Tablazon, BR Assistant Editor
January 20 2020
Ebenezer Baptist Church in Hendersonville, N.C., averaged 70-80 people in attendance five years ago. Today there are more than 500 members. Steven Blanton, senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist, attributes the growth to “God’s favor and a willing people... read more
Tennessee pastor stuck in India after judge retains passport
By Diana Chandler, Baptist Press
January 20 2020
There are no immediate options to bring home a U.S. pastor whose passport was confiscated in India on a customs charge, his wife told Baptist Press (BP) Jan. 17 after his fifth unsuccessful court appearance... read more
Conference to emphasize ‘Gospel Above All’
By Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer
January 21 2020
There is nothing more important in life than the gospel of Jesus Christ. Everyone needs to hear the gospel, and as followers of Christ, we never outgrow our need for the gospel. The message of Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection is both life-changing and life-altering... read more
Greear urges churches to 'Fill the Tank' on Easter
By Tess Schoonhoven, Baptist Press
January 17 2020
J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), is calling SBC churches to participate in a nationwide focus on baptism this Easter Sunday, April 12. After the success of the first "Baptism Sunday" in September 2019, Greear and other SBC leadership hope to continue to focus on growing proclamations of faith through public baptism services... read more
Impeachment, the 2020 election cycle and the church
By Chris Hefner, Wilkesboro Baptist Church
January 17 2020
Even with the political divisions in our country, it should be our aim as pastors and evangelicals to prioritize the gospel of Jesus Christ and diminish, as much as possible, the division politics causes in the body of Christ... read more
Better news, better churches
In this week's newsletter I want to share a passage from an article recently published by the Alabama Baptist, written by Margaret Colson. The column is about how to tell the difference between credible journalism and "fake news." But there is a section about the role that journalism plays in community life. I think it's especially relevant to our N.C. Baptist community.

"Clay Carey, assistant professor of journalism and mass communication at Samford University, told TAB News host Jennifer Davis Rash and co-host Debbie Campbell that the central purpose of trustworthy journalism is to inform people in order to facilitate a better public conversation.

"'All of us are part of at least one community and sometimes many different types of communities,' Carey said. 'In those communities when we can be active participants, when we can put our ideas, our beliefs and our thoughts into the ebb-and-flow of discussion in those places, then we become active participants, and the community becomes better for our participation.'"

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