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MLK taught as 'Christian hero' at SBC seminaries Jan 21, 2019

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MLK taught as 'Christian hero' at SBC seminaries

When a white supremacist gunned down nine black worshipers at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, S.C.,...

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Abortion defunding bill fails in Senate Jan 21, 2019

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Abortion defunding bill fails in Senate

The effort to remove the federal government from the abortion business failed Thursday (Jan. 17) in...

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Prohibition & Baptists 100 years later Jan 17, 2019

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Prohibition & Baptists 100 years later

When the 18th Amendment was ratified 100 years ago and prohibition became law of the land,...

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Christian women targets for persecution: Open Doors Jan 17, 2019

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Christian women targets for persecution: Open Doors

Targeted Christian persecution tailored to hurt women is trending globally, Open Doors reported in its 2019...

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Evangelicals for Life opens with Platt, Chapman Jan 17, 2019

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Evangelicals for Life opens with Platt, Chapman

Obedience to the Great Commission leads Christians "inevitably to treasure the sanctity of human life," David...

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J.D. Greear: How to answer eight common arguments for legal abortion Jan 17, 2019

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J.D. Greear: How to answer eight common arguments for legal abortion

WASHINGTON (BP) – Tomorrow in our nation's capital, thousands upon thousands of people will participate in...

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James MacDonald takes 'indefinite sabbatical' Jan 17, 2019

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James MacDonald takes 'indefinite sabbatical'

The elders of Harvest Bible Chapel announced Wednesday (Jan. 16) that pastor James MacDonald would take...

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'Trying to be Jesus': 4 testimonies of persecution Jan 17, 2019

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'Trying to be Jesus': 4 testimonies of persecution

Hana describes her most distressing experience as a persecuted Christian in Southwest Asia as perhaps her...

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Abortion defunding effort resumes in Congress Jan 17, 2019

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Abortion defunding effort resumes in Congress

Pro-life advocates in Congress have not given up on extracting the federal government from the abortion...

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LifeWay to reduce 'brick-and-mortar channel' Jan 16, 2019

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LifeWay to reduce 'brick-and-mortar channel'

In light of "an accelerated rate of erosion" at "brick-and-mortar" stores, LifeWay Christian Resources President Thom...

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Open Doors: Persecuted Christians up 14% worldwide Jan 16, 2019

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Open Doors: Persecuted Christians up 14% worldwide

The number of Christians suffering high to extremely high persecution is 14 percent higher in 2019,...

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Pope County residents fight casino they voted down Jan 15, 2019

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Pope County residents fight casino they voted down

WHO SHOULD DECIDE whether or not a casino is built in Pope County?

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ECON 2019 set for Jan. 28-29 at Geyer Springs First Baptist Jan 15, 2019

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ECON 2019 set for Jan. 28-29 at Geyer Springs First Baptist

The Arkansas Baptist State Convention’s (ABSC) Conference on Evangelism and Church Health (ECON) 2019 will be...

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Judges block rules on abortion mandate Jan 15, 2019

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Judges block rules on abortion mandate

Federal conscience protections for American employers who object to the abortion/contraception mandate are on hold.

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European homeschool ruling 'ignores' parents' rights Jan 15, 2019

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European homeschool ruling 'ignores' parents' rights

A European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling to uphold Germany's homeschool prohibition has been called...

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New book, 'Within Reach,' relays insight for student ministry Jan 15, 2019

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New book, 'Within Reach,' relays insight for student ministry

Today's high school graduate is faced with an abundance of choices. Go to college or enter...

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Church dropout rate among young adults studied Jan 15, 2019

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Church dropout rate among young adults studied

Church pews may be full of teenagers, but a study released Tuesday (Jan. 15) suggests college...

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Former SBC President Bailey Smith dies Jan 15, 2019

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Former SBC President Bailey Smith dies

DULUTH, Ga. (BP) – Evangelist Bailey Smith, former Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) president and father of...

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Greear to launch 'Who's Your One?' with associations in Jan. 31 simulcast Jan 15, 2019

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Greear to launch 'Who's Your One?' with associations in Jan. 31 simulcast

A Jan. 31 simulcast for associational leaders will help launch Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear's...

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Trafficking bill applauded, bolstered with ministry Jan 14, 2019

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Trafficking bill applauded, bolstered with ministry

Amid the gridlock of a partial federal government shutdown, President Trump and lawmakers came together across...

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PTC's 5 ways to make TV safe for kids Jan 14, 2019

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PTC's 5 ways to make TV safe for kids

Protecting children from obscenity on television has never been more difficult than in 2019, the Parents...

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Therapy bans and reports of trans regret grow Jan 14, 2019

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Therapy bans and reports of trans regret grow

The success of LGBT activists in dictating how therapists counsel minors about sexuality and gender dysphoria...

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Arkansas ranked second most pro-life state in America Jan 10, 2019

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Arkansas ranked second most pro-life state in America

Arkansas has been named the second most pro-life state in America

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Jimmy Allen, SBC president and 'energetic dreamer,' dies Jan 9, 2019

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Jimmy Allen, SBC president and 'energetic dreamer,' dies

Jimmy Allen, a former Southern Baptist Convention president and entity leader known for his gregarious personality...

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Sisters, church bond through baptisms, 'revival' Jan 9, 2019

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Sisters, church bond through baptisms, 'revival'

Donna Rylee and Ruthie Taylor have celebrated many happy times as sisters, but both are adamant...

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Evangelist Rick Stanley, stepbrother to Elvis, dies Jan 9, 2019

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Evangelist Rick Stanley, stepbrother to Elvis, dies

Rick Stanley, a stepbrother to Elvis Presley who turned to Christ two months after Presley's death...

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Judge's ruling spotlights tele-abortion fight Jan 9, 2019

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Judge's ruling spotlights tele-abortion fight

Pro-life Kansans received a blow last week when a judge ruled in favor of abortions by...

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After Calif. wildfire, 'God just keeps' providing Jan 9, 2019

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After Calif. wildfire, 'God just keeps' providing

His town devastated by the deadliest wildfire in California history, Pastor Doug Crowder was leading Magalia...

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Ashford: 'Be our better selves' in the public sphere Jan 8, 2019

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Ashford: 'Be our better selves' in the public sphere

As an observer of Christianity and public life, Bruce Ashford sees the good, the bad and...

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2018 relief efforts still need volunteers Jan 8, 2019

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2018 relief efforts still need volunteers

The calendar has turned to a New Year, but hundreds of people in the Southeast continue...

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Churches ramp up background checks to ensure safety Jan 8, 2019

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Churches ramp up background checks to ensure safety

As churches become aware of potential safety issues, more are signing up for background check services...

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Nat'l CP 4.5% under YTD budget projection Jan 7, 2019

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Nat'l CP 4.5% under YTD budget projection

Contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive...

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Church of England's new 'gender transition service' Jan 7, 2019

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Church of England's new 'gender transition service'

The Church of England issued pastoral guidance last month instituting a new "gender transition service," a...

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Sexual purity movement undaunted by new critics Jan 7, 2019

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Sexual purity movement undaunted by new critics

Amid new claims sexual abstinence pledges harm teen girls, an early leader in the evangelical purity...

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National Day of Prayer launches PRAY magazine Jan 7, 2019

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National Day of Prayer launches PRAY magazine

Ronnie Floyd, president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, has introduced a new quarterly...

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Bill Imada, expert on Millennials, to speak at Hendrix College Jan. 11 Jan 4, 2019
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116th Congress has the lowest number of Christians and Protestants in history Jan 3, 2019

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116th Congress has the lowest number of Christians and Protestants in history

Overall, there has been a 3 percent decline in the number of members of of the...

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Jon Nelson: from atheist to 1st black Mo. Baptist VP Jan 2, 2019

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Jon Nelson: from atheist to 1st black Mo. Baptist VP

The Missouri Baptist Convention's first African American officer, Jon Nelson, is not only a husband, father...

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Bill Tolar, prof who 'stands large' in SBC, dies Jan 2, 2019

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Bill Tolar, prof who 'stands large' in SBC, dies

Bill Tolar, a preacher-scholar who provided transitional leadership at key junctures for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary...

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Rash begins 2019 as Ala. Baptist's new editor Jan 2, 2019

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Rash begins 2019 as Ala. Baptist's new editor

When Jennifer Davis Rash was getting ready to graduate from the University of Alabama (UA) in...

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Miracle cardiologist cherishes 'power of prayer' Jan 2, 2019

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Miracle cardiologist cherishes 'power of prayer'

A cardiologist who had a miracle recovery from a grim cancer diagnosis this summer spoke emotionally...

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Repeal of tax measure on churches appears to fail in Congress Jan 2, 2019

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Repeal of tax measure on churches appears to fail in Congress

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that became law last in December 2017 not only seeks...

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Former Baptist leader indicted for sexual assault Dec 21, 2018

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Former Baptist leader indicted for sexual assault

Mark Aderholt, a former International Mission Board missionary (IMB) missionary, South Carolina Baptist Convention associate executive...

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James MacDonald out as SBC Pastors' Conference speaker, former imprisoned pastor added Dec 19, 2018

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James MacDonald out as SBC Pastors' Conference speaker, former imprisoned pastor added

Chicago pastor James MacDonald has withdrawn from his speaking slot at the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention...

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99-year-old former Arkansas pastor receives Green Beret status Dec 19, 2018

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99-year-old former Arkansas pastor receives Green Beret status

After World War II, decorated Army veteran Jesse Whitley returned home and became a soldier...

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WBU unveils "Renewing Minds, Transforming Lives" strategic vision Dec 18, 2018

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WBU unveils "Renewing Minds, Transforming Lives" strategic vision

Williams Baptist University has unveiled its strategic vision for the future in an initiative named “Renewing...

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Study: Infidelity, porn prevalent sex sins in church Dec 18, 2018

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Study: Infidelity, porn prevalent sex sins in church

A great majority of Protestant pastors were approached by staff or members for help with marital...

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Earthquake sends Alaska Baptists into ministry mode Dec 18, 2018

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Earthquake sends Alaska Baptists into ministry mode

Scott Belmore was outside his house, loading some old furniture into his truck with his son...

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Kids & Santa: Advice from Greear, LifeWay expert Dec 18, 2018

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Kids & Santa: Advice from Greear, LifeWay expert

Navigating the "surprisingly emotional subject" of what to tell kids about Santa requires grace toward others...

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Ancient extinction: Climate change or Noah's flood? Dec 18, 2018

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Ancient extinction: Climate change or Noah's flood?

Research published in the journal Science ties an ancient mass extinction to global warming and predicts...

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Former Houston's First minister admits embezzlement Dec 12, 2018

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Former Houston's First minister admits embezzlement

A former pastoral staff member at Houston's First Baptist Church has admitted to embezzling more than...

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Chinese Christians: We will 'stand strong' Dec 12, 2018

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Chinese Christians: We will 'stand strong'

As China continues to hunt down and arrest members of a house church in Sichuan Province,...

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High court's order raises question on abortion Dec 12, 2018

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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...

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Survey: Americans want more Christ in Christmas Dec 11, 2018

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Survey: Americans want more Christ in Christmas

Most Americans want more religious meaning to the Christmas season, and for some that includes the...

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Jess Moody, pastor with education & movie sway, dies Dec 10, 2018

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Jess Moody, pastor with education & movie sway, dies

Jess Moody, a visionary evangelistic pastor who influenced the fields of education and the film and...

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Coach Freeze to 'enjoy' football again at Liberty Dec 10, 2018

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Coach Freeze to 'enjoy' football again at Liberty

Overcoming past failures and finishing life well were repeated emphases of former Ole Miss football coach...

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U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs state bids to cut Planned Parenthood funds Dec 10, 2018

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U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs state bids to cut Planned Parenthood funds

The U.S. Supreme Court Dec. 10 rejected appeals by Louisiana and Kansas seeking to end public...

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Abortion decline calls for ongoing pro-life effort Dec 7, 2018

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Abortion decline calls for ongoing pro-life effort

The continued drop in the number, rate and ratio of abortions in the United States is...

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George H.W. Bush remembered as 'at home' with Southern Baptists Dec 7, 2018

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George H.W. Bush remembered as 'at home' with Southern Baptists

President George H.W. Bush, who died Nov. 30 at age 94, is being remembered by Southern...

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'Crazy' or called?: Missionary's death debated Dec 5, 2018

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'Crazy' or called?: Missionary's death debated

The last reported sighting of American missionary John Allen Chau was Nov. 17. Fishermen off the...

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Open on Sunday? Churchgoers share views on Sabbath Dec 5, 2018

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Open on Sunday? Churchgoers share views on Sabbath

According to Genesis, God created everything in six days before resting on the seventh. But around...

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W.C. Fields, SBC public relations pioneer, dies at 96 Dec 4, 2018

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W.C. Fields, SBC public relations pioneer, dies at 96

W.C. Fields, a forerunner in denominational journalism as vice president for public relations for the Southern...

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Lottie Moon Christmas Offering to reach 'every nation' Dec 3, 2018

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Lottie Moon Christmas Offering to reach 'every nation'

EVERY CHURCH. Every nation. To the International Mission Board (IMB), it is more than a...

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Most Protestant churchgoers still abstain when it comes to alcohol Nov 27, 2018

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Most Protestant churchgoers still abstain when it comes to alcohol

Most churchgoers say the Bible teaches against drunkenness. But that doesn’t stop about 4 in 10...

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Reconsider Roe v. Wade, brief urges Supreme Court Nov 26, 2018

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Reconsider Roe v. Wade, brief urges Supreme Court

The Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and allies have urged the U.S. Supreme Court...

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Baptist Global Response launches clean water campaign for #GivingTuesday 2018 Nov 26, 2018

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Baptist Global Response launches clean water campaign for #GivingTuesday 2018

Baptist Global Response (BGR) is celebrating #GivingTuesday 2018 with a water filter campaign and a goal...

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Missionary Jim Slack's 'Hello World!' now heard in eternity Nov 23, 2018

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Missionary Jim Slack's 'Hello World!' now heard in eternity

International Mission Board missionary Jim Slack died Nov. 15 at age 80 in Richmond, Va.

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Chitwood elected unanimously as IMB president Nov 21, 2018

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Chitwood elected unanimously as IMB president

Kentucky Baptist executive Paul Chitwood elected president of the International Mission Board.

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WBU recieves STEM grant Nov 20, 2018

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WBU recieves STEM grant

William’s Baptist University received a $12,000 grant from the Bosch Community Fund that will go towards...

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Southern Baptists celebrate sending 42 new missionaries Nov 15, 2018

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Southern Baptists celebrate sending 42 new missionaries

Southern Baptists celebrated the appointment of 42 new missionaries in a service held Wednesday, Nov. 14,...

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Church giving on the rise according to survey Nov 7, 2018

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Church giving on the rise according to survey

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – The economic recovery appears to have reached the offering plate, according to...

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Ricky Skaggs: God's plan is personal, perfect Nov 6, 2018

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Ricky Skaggs: God's plan is personal, perfect

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – In the fall of 2017, Ricky Skaggs found himself in Texas with...

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Baptists and alcohol: Is the consensus shifting? Nov 5, 2018

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Baptists and alcohol: Is the consensus shifting?

For well over a century, Southern Baptists have opposed drinking alcoholic beverages, in part over concern...

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National CP 10.59% under 1st month projection Nov 5, 2018

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National CP 10.59% under 1st month projection

Contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive...

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Eugene Peterson, creator of 'The Message,' dies at 85 Nov 1, 2018

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Eugene Peterson, creator of 'The Message,' dies at 85

KALISPELL, Mont. (BP) – Eugene Peterson, bestselling Christian author known for "The Message" paraphrase of Scripture,...

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2019 health plans through GuideStone to include added benefits Oct 25, 2018

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2019 health plans through GuideStone to include added benefits

Consultations with doctors through telemedicine will be available at no out-of-pocket charge for the majority of...

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Mason: Great Commission should not become ‘great omission’ Oct 23, 2018

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Mason: Great Commission should not become ‘great omission’

“We don’t have a Great Commission culture; we have a great omission culture.”

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Scenes from the ABSC Minister's Wives Conference Oct. 22 Oct 22, 2018

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Scenes from the ABSC Minister's Wives Conference Oct. 22

Scenes from the ABSC Minister's Wives Conference Oct. 22

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Most and least politically engaged states report released Oct 18, 2018

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Most and least politically engaged states report released

ARKANSAS ranks 28th among the 2018 “Most & Least Politically Engaged States” according to a new...

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Two cakes, two courts, two countries: Same result Oct 12, 2018

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Two cakes, two courts, two countries: Same result

On both sides of the Atlantic, a drama set in a bakery has pitted freedom of...

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Church hosts five sports camps in one summer Oct 12, 2018

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Church hosts five sports camps in one summer

Fifteen years ago, Fellowship Baptist Church in Witcherville sought an alternative from vacation Bible school (VBS),...

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Hurricane Michael slams Florida, DR preps against 'compassion fatigue' Oct 11, 2018

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Hurricane Michael slams Florida, DR preps against 'compassion fatigue'

Hurricane Michael caused extensive damage to a number of churches in Florida.

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Blume to retire from N.C. Biblical Recorder newspaper Oct 11, 2018

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Blume to retire from N.C. Biblical Recorder newspaper

Allan Blume has announced his plans to retire as editor-president of the Biblical Recorder in May...

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'Gosnell' helps uncover 'horrors of abortion' Oct 10, 2018

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'Gosnell' helps uncover 'horrors of abortion'

A trio of forthcoming movies hailed by pro-life activists – led by "Gosnell" opening Oct. 12...

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Terry honored for 50 years of service, named editor emeritus of The Alabama Baptist Oct 8, 2018

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Terry honored for 50 years of service, named editor emeritus of The Alabama Baptist

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Gary Fenton says that in 1975, Bob Terry made a statement that changed...

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Old Testament's viability highlighted during SBTS's E.Y. Mullins lectures Oct 4, 2018

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Old Testament's viability highlighted during SBTS's E.Y. Mullins lectures

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – When the apostles preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they used Old...

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ERLC, BGEA back coach in appeal to Supreme Court Oct 4, 2018

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ERLC, BGEA back coach in appeal to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (BP) – The Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and other organizations have...

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U.S. students urged to take Bibles to school Oct. 4 Oct 3, 2018

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U.S. students urged to take Bibles to school Oct. 4

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) – The freedom to distribute Bibles in schools and discuss Scripture openly...

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Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers meet with President Trump during tour of Hurricane Florence damage Sep 19, 2018

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Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers meet with President Trump during tour of Hurricane Florence damage

President Trump spent approximately an hour Sept. 19 at a Southern Baptist Disaster Relief site in...

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Gosnell movie shines ‘light of truth’ on issue of abortion Sep 19, 2018

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Gosnell movie shines ‘light of truth’ on issue of abortion

A new film focuses on Kermit Gosnell, who operated in abortion clinic in Philadelphia until 2013....

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Concerns about Baptist work in Utah and Idaho, ERLC and Southwestern, aired in open SBC Executive Committee forum Sep 19, 2018

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Concerns about Baptist work in Utah and Idaho, ERLC and Southwestern, aired in open SBC Executive Committee forum

Concern over Baptist work in Utah and Idaho, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Ethics and...

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Pastors more likely to address domestic violence, still lack training Sep 18, 2018

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Pastors more likely to address domestic violence, still lack training

One in 8 Protestant senior pastors say a church staff member has sexually harassed a member...

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Meador named as interim as Platt set to step down from IMB Sep 17, 2018

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Meador named as interim as Platt set to step down from IMB

After receiving the resignation of David Platt as president of the International Mission Board, to be...

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Southern Baptist DR headed to Carolinas & Virginia in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence Sep 14, 2018

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Southern Baptist DR headed to Carolinas & Virginia in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence

Chainsaws, generators and other equipment and supplies were loaded onto four semi-trailer trucks Sept. 11-12 ahead...

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Baptist DR readying for Hurricane Florence onslaught Sep 12, 2018

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Baptist DR readying for Hurricane Florence onslaught

As Hurricane Florence continues its trajectory toward the Carolina coastline, the North American Mission Board is...

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Baptists prepare for Hurricane Florence response Sep 11, 2018

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Baptists prepare for Hurricane Florence response

Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers are on alert as Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm currently...

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Ensuring Arkansas’ Future files lawsuit against casinos amendment Sep 10, 2018

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Ensuring Arkansas’ Future files lawsuit against casinos amendment

Ensuring Arkansas’ Future (EAF) filed a lawsuit Sept. 10 against the proposed state constitutional amendment to...

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Union Valley Baptist Church, Beebe, profiled in Michigan Baptist Beacon Sep 10, 2018

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Union Valley Baptist Church, Beebe, profiled in Michigan Baptist Beacon

Twenty-two members of Union Valley Baptist Church (UVBC) from Beebe came through Michigan on their way...

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Casino measure OK'd for November ballot; Hutchinson says he’ll vote ‘no’ Sep 7, 2018

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Casino measure OK'd for November ballot; Hutchinson says he’ll vote ‘no’

A proposed constitutional amendment that would authorize four casinos in Arkansas will be on the Nov....

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Baptist university to lower tuition by 57% in effort to make education more affordable for families Sep 6, 2018

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Baptist university to lower tuition by 57% in effort to make education more affordable for families

Tuition rates will be cut 57 percent at the University of the Cumberlands for the 2018-2019...

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Young or old, many pastors lack a will, survey finds Sep 5, 2018

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Young or old, many pastors lack a will, survey finds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – Passport? Check. Airline ticket? Check. Hotel reservation? Check. After careful planning, you're...

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Metro BCM wins Reach 13,000 Dodgeball Tournament Sep 4, 2018

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Metro BCM wins Reach 13,000 Dodgeball Tournament

The Metro BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministry) Team No. 1 came out on top as the winner over...

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Thom Rainer announces retirement from LifeWay Aug 31, 2018

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Thom Rainer announces retirement from LifeWay

LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Thom S. Rainer announced Aug. 27 plans to retire in...

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Former Alabama slave learned missionary answered his prayer Aug 21, 2018

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Former Alabama slave learned missionary answered his prayer

The dirt road snaked long and lonely out to Cudjo's cabin on the outskirts of Mobile...

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GuideStone launches new era at Pinnacle Tower Aug 21, 2018

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GuideStone launches new era at Pinnacle Tower

GuideStone occupies the top five floors of the 24-story Pinnacle Tower, located at 5005 LBJ Freeway,...

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Baptist Global Response launches new GoatFundMe campaign Aug 20, 2018

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Baptist Global Response launches new GoatFundMe campaign

Baptist Global Response (BGR) is crowdsourcing for a cause.

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Parking tax could cost churches, ministries Aug 15, 2018

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Parking tax could cost churches, ministries

A little-noticed provision of last year's Republican tax legislation which taxes employee parking at nonprofit organizations...

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Inside FDA's research with aborted baby body parts Aug 15, 2018

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Inside FDA's research with aborted baby body parts

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Taxpayers have been funding government research using tissue from aborted babies for...

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Missouri Army base sees 1,459 salvations since March Aug 14, 2018

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Missouri Army base sees 1,459 salvations since March

U. S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Jose Rondon believes "there is nothing more exhilarating in life than...

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Contemporary Christian concert to be featured at annual Beatles festival in Walnut Ridge Aug 13, 2018

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Contemporary Christian concert to be featured at annual Beatles festival in Walnut Ridge

This year’s Beatles at the Ridge Music Festival and Symposium, set for Friday and Saturday, Sept....

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Ouachita Baptist University sets fundraising record of $17.2 million Aug 13, 2018

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Ouachita Baptist University sets fundraising record of $17.2 million

Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia has received a record $17.2 million in private support in academic...

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Uncommon Arkansans: Ouachita’s Ben Elrod Aug 8, 2018

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Uncommon Arkansans: Ouachita’s Ben Elrod

There are countless stories of men who had no intention of becoming a pastor, but did...

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'Baptist Hymnal' celebrates 10-year anniversary Aug 8, 2018

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'Baptist Hymnal' celebrates 10-year anniversary

LifeWay Christian Resources is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the latest Baptist Hymnal this August.

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National Cooperative Program giving 3.06% ahead of projection Aug 8, 2018

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National Cooperative Program giving 3.06% ahead of projection

Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) national and international missions and ministries received by the...

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John Bisagno, pastor and church innovator, dies at 84 Aug 6, 2018

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John Bisagno, pastor and church innovator, dies at 84

John Bisagno, an evangelistic innovator and longtime pastor of Houston's First Baptist Church, died Aug. 5...

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Greear announces sexual abuse study group Jul 27, 2018

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Greear announces sexual abuse study group

Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear has announced he will form a Sexual Abuse Presidential Study...

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On the road for missions: Hendersons travel to tell WMU story Jul 26, 2018

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On the road for missions: Hendersons travel to tell WMU story

The rumble of the on-board generator lent a muffled, but noticeable, undertone as Trennis and Pam...

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Colson elected exec. secretary of editors’ group Jul 26, 2018

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Colson elected exec. secretary of editors’ group

Margaret Colson, writer/copy editor for the Arkansas Baptist News (ABN), was elected executive secretary of the...

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Volunteers needed as Ridgecrest attendance climbs Jul 25, 2018

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Volunteers needed as Ridgecrest attendance climbs

LifeWay's Ridgecrest Conference Center celebrated record attendance last year as approximately 70,000 guests visited the Blue...

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LifeWay's Black Church Leadership and Family Conference celebrates 25th anniversary Jul 24, 2018

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LifeWay's Black Church Leadership and Family Conference celebrates 25th anniversary

Race is not the issue of Black Church Leadership and Family Conference, leaders told Baptist Press...

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Turner elected 25th president of Southwest Baptist University Jul 24, 2018

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Turner elected 25th president of Southwest Baptist University

Eric A. Turner, of Pocahontas, was unanimously selected as the 25th president of Southwest Baptist University...

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SBC Sullivan Tower to be imploded Saturday Jul 20, 2018

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SBC Sullivan Tower to be imploded Saturday

Implosion of the 11-story Sullivan Tower on the former campus of LifeWay Christian Resources is scheduled...

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SBC messengers 'getting younger,' Dallas report shows Jul 19, 2018

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SBC messengers 'getting younger,' Dallas report shows

Nearly twice as many messengers attended the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting when compared to...

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Federal court protects liberty, life in Texas case Jul 18, 2018

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Federal court protects liberty, life in Texas case

A federal appeals court ruling that protects a church's internal communications buttressed both religious freedom and...

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IMB, ex-missionary's accuser differ over abuse response Jul 18, 2018

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IMB, ex-missionary's accuser differ over abuse response

The International Mission Board and an alleged sexual assault victim of a former missionary have presented...

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Zoning restriction stymies Maryland church's expanded ministry Jul 17, 2018

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Zoning restriction stymies Maryland church's expanded ministry

Members of Redemption Community Church can grab a cappuccino and a scone in the building the...

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LGBT Revoice conference raises eyebrows of evangelical community Jul 17, 2018

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LGBT Revoice conference raises eyebrows of evangelical community

An LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Christian conference – set for July 26-28 in St. Louis...

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Episcopal Church says all same-sex couples can now marry in their home churches Jul 16, 2018

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Episcopal Church says all same-sex couples can now marry in their home churches

THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH removed restrictions on same-sex marriage July 13, making it so all couples can...

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Former Arkansas Baptist minister charged with sexual assault Jul 10, 2018

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Former Arkansas Baptist minister charged with sexual assault

Mark Aderholt, a former employee of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, International Mission Board missionary and...

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Gardner first woman named chair of SBC seminary Jul 10, 2018

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Gardner first woman named chair of SBC seminary

Becky Gardner, a superintendent of a Christian school in Peoria, Ill., is the first woman to...

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Filipino president's comments on God rebuked Jul 10, 2018

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Filipino president's comments on God rebuked

The Filipino president's offer to resign if anyone can prove the God of the Bible exists...

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Baptist mission teams stuck but safe in Haiti Jul 9, 2018

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Baptist mission teams stuck but safe in Haiti

About 200 Southern Baptists on mission were trapped in Haiti after violent riots closed airports, sources...

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Pro-immigrant ad supported by ERLC's Moore shared by thousands Jul 9, 2018

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Pro-immigrant ad supported by ERLC's Moore shared by thousands

Thousands have viewed and shared an open letter signed by Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and...

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'Associational Mission Strategist' suggested as new DOM title Jul 6, 2018

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'Associational Mission Strategist' suggested as new DOM title

"Associational Mission Strategist" (AMS) is the new recommended title for Southern Baptist mission leaders formerly called...

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'Thankful to be part of what God is doing' with CP Jul 3, 2018

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'Thankful to be part of what God is doing' with CP

Central Baptist Church's mission, rather than location, is reflected in it name.

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Oklahoma medical marijuana law a 'dangerous foothold' Jul 2, 2018

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Oklahoma medical marijuana law a 'dangerous foothold'

Oklahoma's adoption of what may be the nation's most permissive medical marijuana law has left some...

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Churchgoers sticking around for theology, not music Jul 2, 2018

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Churchgoers sticking around for theology, not music

Most churchgoers will put up with a change in music style or a different preacher, according...

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Record-low 47% extremely proud to be Americans - Gallup Jul 2, 2018

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Record-low 47% extremely proud to be Americans - Gallup

Forty-seven percent of U.S. adults say they are extremely proud to be Americans, a new low...

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Debate begins on next Supreme Court nominee Jul 2, 2018

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Debate begins on next Supreme Court nominee

The retirement announcement of Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy quickly ushered in guessing games on whom President...

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‘Undivided’ panels discuss race and the SBC Jun 28, 2018

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‘Undivided’ panels discuss race and the SBC

Following the release of a video series by the same name, the North American Mission Board...

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Social media and teens: a way 'to see what is happening' Jun 25, 2018

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Social media and teens: a way 'to see what is happening'

While social media often is seen as a bad thing, what if Instagram and YouTube could...

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High court annuls ruling against Southern Baptist florist Jun 25, 2018

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High court annuls ruling against Southern Baptist florist

The U.S. Supreme Court provided a promising directive June 25 in the ongoing effort by business...

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President Trump commended for halt to border family separations Jun 22, 2018

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President Trump commended for halt to border family separations

Several Southern Baptist leaders commended President Trump's executive order June 20 addressing the separation of children...

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Pro-life banners greet drivers in 50 cities Jun 22, 2018

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Pro-life banners greet drivers in 50 cities

Pro-life advocates will hold banners on highway overpasses June 22 proclaiming "abortion takes a human life"...

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Trump Administration 'zero tolerance' policy denounced, defended Jun 19, 2018

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Trump Administration 'zero tolerance' policy denounced, defended

Southern Baptist and other evangelical female leaders expressed their opposition June 18 to separating children from...

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Southern Baptists reflect on numbers as annual meeting convenes Dallas Jun 10, 2018

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Southern Baptists reflect on numbers as annual meeting convenes Dallas

Southern Baptists gather June 12-13 in Dallas for their annual meeting amid reports of a decline...

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Moral bar slipping in U.S., Gallup poll finds Jun 9, 2018

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Moral bar slipping in U.S., Gallup poll finds

Homosexuality, premarital sex, divorce, marijuana and pornography are approved by a growing percentage of Americans, Gallup...

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Churches must abandon 600MHz wireless sound systems Jun 6, 2018

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Churches must abandon 600MHz wireless sound systems

Churches that haven't updated their wireless sound system may have trouble being heard on any given...

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Curator of the Spurgeon Library at Midwestern resigns Jun 6, 2018

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Curator of the Spurgeon Library at Midwestern resigns

Christian T. George, assistant professor of historical theology and curator of the Spurgeon Library at Midwestern...

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Patterson attorney claims 'misrepresentation' Jun 6, 2018

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Patterson attorney claims 'misrepresentation'

An attorney for terminated Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson issued a media release...

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SCOTUS rules in favor of baker over same-sex couple in Colorado wedding cake case Jun 4, 2018

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SCOTUS rules in favor of baker over same-sex couple in Colorado wedding cake case

The U.S. Supreme court dodged a major ruling on the question of whether business owners can...

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Worship attendance rises, while baptisms decline in SBC congregations Jun 1, 2018

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Worship attendance rises, while baptisms decline in SBC congregations

Long-standing patterns in the Southern Baptist Convention continued to dominate the ACP, which is compiled by...

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Patterson firing met with strong reaction, cancellations Jun 1, 2018

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Patterson firing met with strong reaction, cancellations

Following Paige Patterson's termination by a 12-member committee of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees, reactions...

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Mission:Dignity aims to provide financial assistance to eligible SBC ministers May 31, 2018
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Southwestern Seminary terminates Paige Patterson, removing all benefits May 30, 2018

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Southwestern Seminary terminates Paige Patterson, removing all benefits

The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Board of Trustees has terminated former president Paige Patterson effective immediately.

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Bible helps NBA's Curry stay 'focused, locked-in' May 30, 2018

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Bible helps NBA's Curry stay 'focused, locked-in'

Stephen Curry has been writing Philippians 4:13 on his basketball shoes since his first college practice,...

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Faith & Ethics: US Supreme Court allows good abortion law to stand May 30, 2018

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Faith & Ethics: US Supreme Court allows good abortion law to stand

PERHAPS some sanity is returning to this country’s handling of abortion.

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Barkley promoted to editor of Georgia's Christian Index May 30, 2018

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Barkley promoted to editor of Georgia's Christian Index

J. Robert White, executive director of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, has announced that Scott Barkley,...

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SCOTUS abortion order celebrated by Ark. Baptists May 29, 2018

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SCOTUS abortion order celebrated by Ark. Baptists

The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal May 29 to hear Planned Parenthood's challenge of an Arkansas abortion...

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SCOTUS allows Arkansas to enforce anti-abortion pill law May 29, 2018

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SCOTUS allows Arkansas to enforce anti-abortion pill law

The Supreme Court on allowed Arkansas to enforce a law restricting medication abortions, rejecting an appeal...

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Alvin Reid resigns from Southeastern Seminary May 25, 2018

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Alvin Reid resigns from Southeastern Seminary

Alvin Reid has resigned from the faculty of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS), citing "personal and...

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Mohler confronts SBC's 'horrifying #MeToo moment' May 24, 2018

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Mohler confronts SBC's 'horrifying #MeToo moment'

R. Albert Mohler Jr. has labeled turmoil in the Southern Baptist Convention the SBC's "own horrifying...

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Judge sides with transgender teen May 24, 2018

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Judge sides with transgender teen

A federal judge on May 22 said a Virginia school board violated the rights of a...

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Southwestern Seminary trustees vote to remove Patterson after marathon meeting May 23, 2018

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Southwestern Seminary trustees vote to remove Patterson after marathon meeting

Paige Patterson was removed as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary May 22 following a marathon...

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SBC ends relationship with DC convention May 22, 2018

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SBC ends relationship with DC convention

After nearly a year and a half of discussions concerning a Washington church with lesbian co-pastors,...

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Jeffress attacked for offering 'evangelical prayer' at opening of Jerusalem embassy May 16, 2018

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Jeffress attacked for offering 'evangelical prayer' at opening of Jerusalem embassy

Jeffress criticized for offering evangelical prayer during embassy opening.

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ABCHomes helps single mothers get back on their feet with residential care May 16, 2018
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Supreme Court ruling permits sports betting in all states May 15, 2018

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Supreme Court ruling permits sports betting in all states

All 50 states are now free to sponsor gambling on sporting events, the U.S. Supreme Court...

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Disaster relief pioneer Bob Dixon dies at age 90 May 15, 2018

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Disaster relief pioneer Bob Dixon dies at age 90

Robert E. "Bob" Dixon, who pioneered Southern Baptist disaster relief ministry more than 50 years ago...

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Jerusalem embassy opening draws protests, Baptist reactions May 14, 2018

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Jerusalem embassy opening draws protests, Baptist reactions

As the United States opened a controversial embassy in Jerusalem, many Southern Baptists lauded the occasion...

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Churchgoers say they tithe, but not always to church May 11, 2018

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Churchgoers say they tithe, but not always to church

Most churchgoers say the Bible commands them to give. But their tithes don't always go in...

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California bill already impacting religious expression May 11, 2018

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California bill already impacting religious expression

The California state legislature's latest effort to outlaw biblical views on sex, marriage and gender identity...

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Kentucky convention seeks break from CBF donor churches May 10, 2018

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Kentucky convention seeks break from CBF donor churches

The Kentucky Baptist Convention Mission Board took a step May 8 toward distancing KBC churches from...

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Southwestern Seminary announces special May 22 trustee meeting May 7, 2018

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Southwestern Seminary announces special May 22 trustee meeting

Southwestern Seminary announces special May 22 trustee meeting

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SBC women (and men) ask for action regarding Patterson in online petition May 6, 2018

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SBC women (and men) ask for action regarding Patterson in online petition

An online petition by SBC women is seeking the dismissal of Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern...

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Ark. collegiate ministers get 'fresh take' at LifeWay summit May 5, 2018

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Ark. collegiate ministers get 'fresh take' at LifeWay summit

A triennial gathering involving hundreds of collegiate ministry workers "inspires us to go back to our...

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Floyd: Prayer a 'gift that the Lord has given us' May 4, 2018

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Floyd: Prayer a 'gift that the Lord has given us'

Prayer is a “gift that the Lord has given us,” said Ronnie Floyd, president of the...

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Boy Scouts to drop 'Boy' and accept girls in 2019 May 3, 2018

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Boy Scouts to drop 'Boy' and accept girls in 2019

The Boy Scouts program is set to drop the gender from its name and re-emerge as...

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Baylor survey names a dozen who can really preach May 3, 2018

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Baylor survey names a dozen who can really preach

A dozen pastors known for their consistently stellar performances in the pulpit made Baylor University’s list...

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Floyd calls for unity on National Day of Prayer May 3, 2018
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Southern Baptist leader’s advice to abused women sends leaders scrambling to respond May 2, 2018

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Southern Baptist leader’s advice to abused women sends leaders scrambling to respond

Controversial comments about women, abuse and divorce made by a highly respected leader in the Southern...

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Travel help available to help small church pastors to attend SBC in Dallas May 2, 2018

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Travel help available to help small church pastors to attend SBC in Dallas

Pastors of smaller membership churches are eligible for help with expenses for attending the Southern Baptist...

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GuideStone, ERLC defend ministerial housing allowance Apr 30, 2018

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GuideStone, ERLC defend ministerial housing allowance

GuideStone Financial Resources and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) signed on to a friend-of-the-court...

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Satanic Temple plans to sue Arkansas over Ten Commandments monument Apr 30, 2018

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Satanic Temple plans to sue Arkansas over Ten Commandments monument

Lucien Greaves, the co-founder of the Satanic Temple, said his group will join a lawsuit soon...

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Brunson steps down as pastor of FBC, Jacksonville, Fla. Apr 29, 2018

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Brunson steps down as pastor of FBC, Jacksonville, Fla.

When Mac Brunson, co-senior pastor of First Baptist Church stepped into the pulpit this morning, it...

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California bill could bar Bible's teaching on sexuality Apr 27, 2018

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California bill could bar Bible's teaching on sexuality

Southern Baptists and other religious conservatives are warning a bill making its way through the California...

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FUGE celebrates 40 years of ministry to students Apr 27, 2018

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FUGE celebrates 40 years of ministry to students

Since 1979, LifeWay's FUGE Camps have seen God work in the lives of more than 1.7...

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Arkansas Baptist communicators recognized for excellence Apr 25, 2018

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Arkansas Baptist communicators recognized for excellence

Arkansas Baptist communicators garnered 21 awards in numerous categories ranging from design to writing to photography...

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Youth Right to Life video contest deadline May 31 Apr 25, 2018

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Youth Right to Life video contest deadline May 31

THE NATIONAL Right to Life is holding a video contest to encourage youth to support pro-life...

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GQ's slam of the Bible 'sadly laughable' Apr 24, 2018

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GQ's slam of the Bible 'sadly laughable'

GQ's inclusion of the Bible in a list of 21 overrated classic books has drawn expressions...

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Fox News host urges communicators to live out faith Apr 24, 2018

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Fox News host urges communicators to live out faith

Fox News host Shannon Bream spoke to fellow Christian communicators about the importance of living a...

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Williams OKs new programs, $13.6M budget Apr 19, 2018

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Williams OKs new programs, $13.6M budget

The Board of Trustees at Williams Baptist College (WBC) voted to approve three new academic programs...

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MLK50: Price to be paid for racial unity Apr 19, 2018

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MLK50: Price to be paid for racial unity

Evangelical Christians must be willing to pay the price to gain racial unity, speakers said April...

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President Carter, 93, shares about his new book, 'Faith' Apr 13, 2018

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President Carter, 93, shares about his new book, 'Faith'

In his 32nd book, titled simply “Faith,” Jimmy Carter, a former Southern Baptist, looks at how...

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Arkansas Master’Singers Memorial Scholarship announced for 2018-19 Apr 13, 2018

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Arkansas Master’Singers Memorial Scholarship announced for 2018-19

The Arkansas Master’Singers Memorial Scholarship, established in memory of deceased members, is awarded annually and designed...

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Nominations for IMB president to be accepted through May 15 Apr 12, 2018

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Nominations for IMB president to be accepted through May 15

The presidential search committee of the International Mission Board (IMB) has announced April 12 that it...

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Boy who 'did not go to heaven' sues Tyndale for damages Apr 11, 2018

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Boy who 'did not go to heaven' sues Tyndale for damages

Alex Malarkey, the boy who claimed in a bestselling book that he went to heaven while...

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Willow Creek's Bill Hybels resigns amid misconduct accusations Apr 11, 2018

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Willow Creek's Bill Hybels resigns amid misconduct accusations

Bill Hybels, the pastor who grew Willow Creek Community Church into one of the nation's most...

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LMCO gifts 4.4% ahead of last Spring’s receipts Apr 11, 2018

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LMCO gifts 4.4% ahead of last Spring’s receipts

Southern Baptists’ contributions to support international missions through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO) are 4.4...

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Longtime Alabama Baptist editor announces retirement Apr 11, 2018

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Longtime Alabama Baptist editor announces retirement

After 50 years of serving Baptist newspapers – 43 of those years in the lead editor...

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Where have all the organists gone? Apr 11, 2018

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Where have all the organists gone?

Has playing the organ become a dying art?

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Pew: Women more devout than men Apr 11, 2018

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Pew: Women more devout than men

Pew Research has found a significant gender gap concerning religious beliefs and practice among self-identified Christian...

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Liberty University ‘censors’ student newspaper coverage of event organized by critics Apr 9, 2018

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Liberty University ‘censors’ student newspaper coverage of event organized by critics

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. stifled an effort by the school’s newspaper to report on...

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SBC Executive Committee executive VP Augie Boto named interim president Apr 5, 2018

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SBC Executive Committee executive VP Augie Boto named interim president

D. August (Augie) Boto has been named interim president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee.

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Southern Baptists, others lament at MLK50 conference in Memphis Apr 5, 2018

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Southern Baptists, others lament at MLK50 conference in Memphis

MLK50 conference conveners lamented and asked God for brokenness in the evangelical church during a time...

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Health care sharing ministry offers alternative to traditional insurance Mar 29, 2018

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Health care sharing ministry offers alternative to traditional insurance

Christian health care sharing ministry (HCSM) plans have been around for decades but seem to be...

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