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LifeWay rethinks plans to sell Glorieta conference center to Christian college

NASHVILLE – A deal to sell a financially troubled Southern Baptist camp owned by Nashville-based LifeWay Christian Resources to a Christian college may unravel this week. In July, LifeWay announced tentative plans to sell the Glorieta Conference Center outside Albuquerque to Olivet University, a small college based in San Francisco.

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Panel asks: Can Christians vote for a Mormon?

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Addressing an issue on the minds of many evangelical voters as a Mormon runs for president, a Baptist seminary panel said Tuesday that evangelicals must jettison -- for the good of their faith -- the idea that the White House occupant must be a "religious mascot" for Christianity.

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary hosted the panel discussion, less than two months before American voters will choose between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who is Mormon.

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Isaac-flooded Southern Baptist church now key site for victims

LAPLACE, La. (BP) -- In the span of a few days, Celebration Church's River Parishes Campus in LaPlace, La., changed from a dark, damaged, isolated church in the middle of a flood-created lake to a shining city on a hill -- the site of ministry to hundreds of Hurricane Isaac victims.

Isaac's four- to six-foot storm surge inundated much of LaPlace, a city of about 36,000 people 22 miles west of New Orleans.

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Roy Fish, distinguished professor of evangelism emeritus at Southwestern Seminary, dies at 82

FishFORT WORTH, Texas – Roy Fish, 82, distinguished professor emeritus of evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, died Sept. 10. Fish served Southwestern for nearly 50 years and once occupied the L. R. Scarborough Chair of Evangelism (“The Chair of Fire”), and his name has become synonymous with “evangelism” throughout the Southern Baptist Convention.

Emil Turner, executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, reflected on Fish's legacy and friendship.

"Dr. Fish was not only a great evangelist, and motivator of evangelism, he was a warm and gracious man," said Turner. "There were times when I was on the program with him, and I know most folks, including me, would have rather heard Dr. Fish. He was always encouraging and kind.  I will miss him."

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- Fish's message at the 2012 ABSC evangelism conference in January Read


Christian pastor jailed in Iran for three years is freed, watchdog group says

Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who was originally sentenced to death in his native country for his Christian faith, was acquitted of apostasy charges and released from custody. Nadarkhani, 32, was imprisoned for three years and waiting execution for refusing to renounce his Christian faith.

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