|October 10, 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press|
|Southern Baptist and other religious freedom defenders have hailed the Trump administration’s new guidelines to safeguard in federal law the free exercise of religion.|
|October 10, 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor|
A district judge decided Oct. 6 that an income tax exemption for clergy housing is unconstitutional because it favors religious employees over similarly situated secular employees.
|October 10, 2017 by Joe Westbury, The Christian Index|
When Vance Pitman stood before the Hope Church congregation in Las Vegas Sunday morning, he looked over a group of people who had been forever changed in a matter of days.
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K. Allan Blume
There are many ways to reach people. Jesus touched lives through face-to-face conversations, public teaching and social gatherings such as weddings or dinners. Today all of these avenues of contact are available to us. But we also have options to use tools that did not exist in the first century. We are able to spread the message of the gospel through printed materials, radio, television, telephone (millennial translation: cell phone), internet, social media, texts and roadside billboards.
With all of these tools, we should be able to tell the world that Jesus loves them, died for them, resurrected from the dead for them and will forgive them. But we’re obviously not getting the job done. Maybe some of these new tools that we have should be set aside in favor of simple gospel conversations. We don’t talk about Jesus as freely as we could. So, the North American Mission Board is offering some help with our gospel conversations.
Recently we posted a story on BRnow.org about the new web site, gcchallenge.com, that includes the "Gospel Conversation Pledge." Pastors are encouraged to sign the pledge, committing the number of gospel conversations their church will have between now and June 2018. There is also a place to record and upload a "GC60" video, where people can share about their most recent gospel conversation. A prayer guide and additional resources are also available.
Are you joining your fellow North Carolina pastors and lay leaders for the annual meeting in Greensboro? The time is approaching. I hope to see you at the Koury Convention Center, November 5-7 for the Pastor’s Conference and the annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Plan to visit the Biblical Recorder’s booth in the exhibit hall. We look forward to seeing you!