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New Year offers new start for Bible reading
By Tess Schoonhoven, Baptist Press
December 31 2019
With a new year comes opportunities for new commitments, resolutions and goals. YouVersion, a popular Bible reading app, reported that in 2019 1.1 billion Bible plan days were completed in the app... read more
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Sex abuse response, entity transitions top 2019 stories
By Tobin Perry, Baptist Press
December 30 2019
As Southern Baptists head toward 2020, they close the books on a year of transitions at several national entities, along with decisive action across the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) to help churches care well for those affected by sexual abuse and harassment... read more
GUEST COLUMN
How to overcome common obstacles in church revitalization
By John Ewart & Chuck Lawless, SEBTS
December 30 2019
Southeastern Seminary professors John Ewart and Chuck Lawless talk about how to overcome common obstacles in church revitalization. read more
NEWS
Religious liberty advances in 2019
By Tom Strode, Baptist Press
December 30 2019
It was a good year for religious liberty in the United States, and the Supreme Court has the opportunity to advance such protection in 2020, say advocates for the country’s first freedom guaranteed in the Bill of Rights... read more
NEWS
NAMB reports more than 200 replants in 2019
By Biblical Recorder Staff
December 25 2019
Mark Clifton, director of replanting at the North American Mission Board, announced in a Facebook video Dec. 17 that more than 200 Southern Baptist churches recovered from the brink of closure in 2019. read more
Here's to a happy and healthy new year
Below, I attached a snippet of a forthcoming editorial I wrote this week. It's about some of the key news media habits I believe we must exercise in the coming year to become a healthy convention of churches. Be sure to pick up the next print issue of the Biblical Recorder to read the full article.

"Making sure Southern Baptists have access to information should be a high value for our media providers. Our efforts to promote truth are ineffective if the information never reaches the majority of our audiences.

"Brand new media platforms are cropping up at a fast rate, and each Southern Baptist has his or her preferred ways of receiving the news. Plus, our audiences are fractured and polarized. That means what is published online may never reach certain print readers. Similarly, a cover story in a print issue may never surface in social media conversations.

"Southern Baptist news outlets must commit to publish information in innovative and cooperative ways that distribute the news as widely as possible. From the most traditional print reader to the early adopter on the newest social media app, let’s serve Southern Baptists by deploying our best and brightest to keep them informed and inspired."

Happy New Year!


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