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BGCT: Decision on CBF driven by 'biblical truth' Feb 22, 2018

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BGCT: Decision on CBF driven by 'biblical truth'

The decision of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) to stop forwarding churches' contributions to...

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Gift of building sparks growth of Ky. church plant Feb 21, 2018

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Gift of building sparks growth of Ky. church plant

Most pastors wouldn’t consider it a landmark day when a fire destroys a church’s office space...

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Billy Graham, 'America's Pastor' and noted evangelist, dies at 99 Feb 21, 2018

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Billy Graham, 'America's Pastor' and noted evangelist, dies at 99

Billy Graham, 'America's Pastor' and noted evangelist, dead at 99

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Ohio parents lose custody of transgender teen Feb 20, 2018

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Ohio parents lose custody of transgender teen

An Ohio couple lost permanent custody of their teenage daughter because they didn't want her to...

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SBC Pastors' Conference in Dallas announces 2018 speakers, theme Feb 19, 2018

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SBC Pastors' Conference in Dallas announces 2018 speakers, theme

"Fulfill Your Ministry!" will be the theme addressed by a diverse lineup of speakers at this...

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President Trump's faith focus of book, advisors' reflections Feb 19, 2018

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President Trump's faith focus of book, advisors' reflections

Three Southern Baptist members of an informal evangelical advisory council for President Trump have echoed the...

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Baptists weigh in on Senate immigration/DACA debate Feb 16, 2018

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Baptists weigh in on Senate immigration/DACA debate

Southern Baptist voices are addressing the U.S. Senate's current effort to resolve the fate of undocumented...

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Florida school tragedy: Prayer enlisted as tears abound Feb 16, 2018

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Florida school tragedy: Prayer enlisted as tears abound

Amid the pressing anguish from the school shooting that claimed 17 lives in Florida, Baptists nationwide...

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Gaines reflects on IMB search, SBC presidency Feb 16, 2018

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Gaines reflects on IMB search, SBC presidency

Gaines, pastor of the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Tennessee, addressed editors of Baptist state publications...

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Hundreds decry legal abortion at life march Feb 8, 2018

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Hundreds decry legal abortion at life march

Hundreds of Arkansans flooded the steps of the Arkansas Capitol Jan. 21 to a bagpipe rendition...

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Greear-Hemphill to be SBC nominees Feb 8, 2018

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Greear-Hemphill to be SBC nominees

The 2018 election for Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) president now has two candidates – representing different...

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Christian wedding cake baker wins Calif. court battle Feb 7, 2018

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Christian wedding cake baker wins Calif. court battle

A California trial court has upheld a Christian baker's right to refuse to create a wedding...

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On college campuses, some evangelicals find room to reflect Feb 6, 2018

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On college campuses, some evangelicals find room to reflect

The regulars punch a code in the front-door lock at any hour of the day or...

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Olympics 2018: a bridge to gospel conversations Feb 6, 2018

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Olympics 2018: a bridge to gospel conversations

It was like a blind date with the whole world watching.

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Black Southern Baptist history 'at a crossroads' Feb 6, 2018

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Black Southern Baptist history 'at a crossroads'

In 1845, at the Southern Baptist Convention's founding, approximately 1 in 3 Southern Baptist church members...

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Apology, $300K payout in church sex abuse settlement Feb 6, 2018

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Apology, $300K payout in church sex abuse settlement

An apology, admission of liability and a $300,000 payout are among the terms First Baptist Church...

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Evidence humans 'unique' among creation Feb 5, 2018

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Evidence humans 'unique' among creation

While the Bible teaches that God designed humans – and only humans – in His image,...

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GuideStone: Don't panic over stock market volatility Feb 2, 2018

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GuideStone: Don't panic over stock market volatility

Volatility in 2018 may buffet the financial markets, which have grown feverishly since the election of...

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ERLC agenda focuses on life, liberty, family Feb 2, 2018

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ERLC agenda focuses on life, liberty, family

The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's legislative and policy priorities for 2018 include the...

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Ken Hemphill to be SBC president nominee Feb 2, 2018

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Ken Hemphill to be SBC president nominee

Ken Hemphill, an administrator at North Greenville University and a former Southern Baptist Convention seminary president,...

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Patriots same team, 'new lights for Jesus' Feb 2, 2018

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Patriots same team, 'new lights for Jesus'

Another Super Bowl. Another year with the New England Patriots playing in it. However, this year...

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Twin Cities churches mobilize around Super Bowl Feb 1, 2018

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Twin Cities churches mobilize around Super Bowl

The hometown Vikings may have fallen just short of playing in this year's Super Bowl, but...

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Religious leaders hail, hammer President Trump’s first State of the Union speech - RNS Jan 31, 2018

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Religious leaders hail, hammer President Trump’s first State of the Union speech - RNS

Reaction to President Trump’s first State of the Union was fast and furious from opponents and...

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Hugh and Jill Freeze speak of God's grace at Liberty University Jan 25, 2018

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Hugh and Jill Freeze speak of God's grace at Liberty University

Hugh Freeze made his first public appearance Jan. 24 since resigning as Ole Miss head football...

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LifeWay building demolished in downtown Nashville Jan 24, 2018

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LifeWay building demolished in downtown Nashville

The former 12-story LifeWay Christian Resources landmark Draper Tower in downtown Nashville was demolished Jan. 6...

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University ordered to readmit campus Christian group Jan 24, 2018

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University ordered to readmit campus Christian group

A state university must temporarily restore registered status to a Christian student group kicked off campus...

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Dead Sea Scrolls fragment may help solve Bible puzzle Jan 24, 2018

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Dead Sea Scrolls fragment may help solve Bible puzzle

A message from one of the last two untranslated Dead Sea Scrolls may contain a clue...

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Evangelicals for Life addresses ethics of 'pro-life' movement Jan 23, 2018

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Evangelicals for Life addresses ethics of 'pro-life' movement

Evangelical Christians defend not only unborn children in the pro-life cause but all other human beings...

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University of Iowa, religious liberty in spotlight Jan 19, 2018

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University of Iowa, religious liberty in spotlight

A Christian student group at the University of Iowa has filed suit against the school after...

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Wisconsin school drops appeal, transgender fight continues Jan 19, 2018

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Wisconsin school drops appeal, transgender fight continues

A confluence of transgender cases is headed to appeals courts across the country, pitting transgender students'...

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Religious liberty to be 'vigorously' enforced Jan 19, 2018
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Midwest Founders Conference Feb. 27-28 in Fenton, Mo. Jan 19, 2018

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Midwest Founders Conference Feb. 27-28 in Fenton, Mo.

Founders Midwest is a regional conference “that strives to encourage, educate and edify Midwest Baptists from...

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Nelson to give Vaughn Lecture Jan. 16 at Williams Baptist College Jan 10, 2018

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Nelson to give Vaughn Lecture Jan. 16 at Williams Baptist College

Rex Nelson, senior editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, will give Williams Baptist College’s Vaughn Lecture at...

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GuideStone announces new location in Dallas Jan 9, 2018

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GuideStone announces new location in Dallas

GuideStone Financial Resources plans to relocate in late summer 2018 to 115,000 square feet of new...

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Justice Department ends policy allowing states to legalize marijuana Jan 5, 2018

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Justice Department ends policy allowing states to legalize marijuana

On Monday, California became the latest – and largest – state to legalize marijuana for recreational...

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2017 SBC Pastors' Conference issues financial report; event costs more than $400,000 Jan 3, 2018

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2017 SBC Pastors' Conference issues financial report; event costs more than $400,000

Dave Miller, president of the 2017 SBC Pastors’ Conference, issued a written financial report for the...

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Marijuana's 'human toll' anticipated in California Jan 2, 2018

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Marijuana's 'human toll' anticipated in California

According to The Los Angeles Times, recreational marijuana sales are expected to become a $7 billion...

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State conventions sell buildings, downsize staffs Dec 22, 2017

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State conventions sell buildings, downsize staffs

At least eight state conventions that have sold, moved out of or attempted to sell their...

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Former Midwestern President Milton Ferguson dies at 89 Dec 22, 2017

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Former Midwestern President Milton Ferguson dies at 89

Milton Ferguson, former president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, died Dec. 21 after a brief battle...

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Holiday grief confronts Sutherland Springs, Las Vegas Dec 22, 2017

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Holiday grief confronts Sutherland Springs, Las Vegas

Amid the aftermath of deadly massacres this fall in both cities, pastors there are seeking avenues...

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Minister housing allowance order stayed; appeals likely Dec 19, 2017

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Minister housing allowance order stayed; appeals likely

A federal district court judge in Wisconsin, as expected, has entered a final order declaring the...

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Ohio passes Down syndrome abortion ban Dec 19, 2017

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Ohio passes Down syndrome abortion ban

Pro-life advocates are applauding the Ohio legislature's passage of a bill to ban abortions of babies...

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Arkansas Baptist College fires president for 'lack of transparency' Dec 18, 2017

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Arkansas Baptist College fires president for 'lack of transparency'

Arkansas Baptist College announced Dec. 18 that it has fired its president who only had been...

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Christmas celebrations becoming less religious, according to Pew survey Dec 15, 2017

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Christmas celebrations becoming less religious, according to Pew survey

Most Americans believe society is increasingly abandoning the religious aspects of Christmas, according to new Pew...

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Baptist Health volunteers bring Christmas cheer to patients Dec 15, 2017

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Baptist Health volunteers bring Christmas cheer to patients

Some local hospice and home health patients are receiving Christmas cheer thanks to volunteers at Baptist...

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Transgenders to enlist as Trump appeal continues Dec 13, 2017

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Transgenders to enlist as Trump appeal continues

Transgender people will be able to enlist in the U.S. military beginning Jan. 1, the Department...

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Tattooed ex-country musician pastor leads growing church in small town Texas Dec 13, 2017

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Tattooed ex-country musician pastor leads growing church in small town Texas

As keyboardist for country music legend Johnny Lee, Ryan Hurt played

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Paul Pressler accused of sexual abuse in Texas lawsuit Dec 13, 2017

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Paul Pressler accused of sexual abuse in Texas lawsuit

A lawsuit alleging decades of sexual abuse by retired Texas state judge Paul Pressler has named...

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Protests follow President Trump's Jerusalem announcement Dec 8, 2017

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Protests follow President Trump's Jerusalem announcement

U.S. President Donald Trump's move to declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital sparked condemnation Dec. 7 from...

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OBU prof pens editorial on Roy Moore, university responds Dec 6, 2017

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OBU prof pens editorial on Roy Moore, university responds

The long arm of politics has reached all the way from Alabama to Arkansas as Tully...

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Supreme Court weighs cake artist's liberty Dec 5, 2017

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Supreme Court weighs cake artist's liberty

The U.S. Supreme Court grilled four lawyers Dec. 5 in its effort to determine if a...

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Support of Israel wanes among younger evangelicals Dec 4, 2017

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Support of Israel wanes among younger evangelicals

Older American evangelicals love Israel, but many younger evangelicals simply don't care, according to a new...

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Survey seeks qualities of effective associational missionaries/DOMs Dec 4, 2017

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Survey seeks qualities of effective associational missionaries/DOMs

Opinions of leaders and servants in all areas of Southern Baptist life are solicited in an...

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Church with woman pastor declined by TBC Nov 30, 2017
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Puerto Rico relief needs more volunteers, funding Nov 30, 2017
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Fed. judge blocks Texas dismemberment abortion ban Nov 28, 2017

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Fed. judge blocks Texas dismemberment abortion ban

A federal judge on Nov. 22 blocked a Texas law protecting unborn babies from dismemberment abortions.

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Dilbeck recommended as next BGCO exec. director Nov 28, 2017

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Dilbeck recommended as next BGCO exec. director

On Dec. 11, board members of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma will gather at the...

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LifeWay Stores to collect Christmas toys for children Nov 28, 2017

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LifeWay Stores to collect Christmas toys for children

Many children who are spending Christmas in the hospital this year will receive a stuffed animal...

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Florida church warns at every door 'we are heavily armed' Nov 21, 2017

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Florida church warns at every door 'we are heavily armed'

A Florida church has a stark warning to all who enter who may wish to do...

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Arkansas Baptists continue to minister following Hurricane Harvey Nov 21, 2017

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Arkansas Baptists continue to minister following Hurricane Harvey

More than two months after Hurricane Harvey swept its furious floodwaters throughout Houston, the storm’s victims...

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Dedicated to God, Museum of the Bible opens with prayer and fanfare Nov 20, 2017

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Dedicated to God, Museum of the Bible opens with prayer and fanfare

With Scripture readings, a tribute to God and a sigh of relief, an international array of...

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Puerto Rico relief needs ongoing volunteers, funding Nov 16, 2017

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Puerto Rico relief needs ongoing volunteers, funding

Southern Baptists continue to serve Puerto Rico's residents after Hurricane Maria's devastation in September, creating a...

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ABN Digest: Pew: Transgender views follow partisan divide Nov 15, 2017
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'The Star', mainstream cartoon shares Christmas story Nov 15, 2017

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'The Star', mainstream cartoon shares Christmas story

Though a bit early to hang stockings over the mantle, it's never too soon to hear...

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Union to open R.G. Lee home Nov. 11 Oct 30, 2017

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Union to open R.G. Lee home Nov. 11

On Nov. 11, the university will open the newly renovated birthplace of R.G. Lee, which was...

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Former President Bush addresses 1,500 at Union University scholarship banquet Oct 18, 2017

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Former President Bush addresses 1,500 at Union University scholarship banquet

Former President George W. Bush shared stories of his time in the White House, talked about...

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Children who read Scripture regularly more likely to become spiritually healthy adults Oct 17, 2017

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Children who read Scripture regularly more likely to become spiritually healthy adults

Most churchgoing Protestant parents of young adults say their kids grew up to be Christians.

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Boy Scouts to open Cub Scouting to girls in 2018 Oct 13, 2017

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Boy Scouts to open Cub Scouting to girls in 2018

Boys Scouts of America will open Cub Scouting to girls in 2018, the latest move in...

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'Silent Night' stamp readied for Christmas season Oct 4, 2017

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'Silent Night' stamp readied for Christmas season

'Silent Night' stamp readied for Christmas season

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After the massacre, a Las Vegas Southern Baptist church seizes the chance to serve Oct 3, 2017

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After the massacre, a Las Vegas Southern Baptist church seizes the chance to serve

Hope Church, a growing multi-ethnic Southern Baptist congregation that attracts 3,000 people each weekend, says it’s...

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The Cooperative Program – then and now Oct 2, 2017

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The Cooperative Program – then and now

Since 1925, the Cooperative Program has allowed Southern Baptists to work together in ministry and mission...

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Condition of churches following hurricane in Puerto Rico largely unknown Sep 29, 2017

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Condition of churches following hurricane in Puerto Rico largely unknown

More than a week after Puerto Rico suffered its greatest natural disaster, the condition of most...

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Latino population in the United States is exploding Sep 21, 2017

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Latino population in the United States is exploding

Pew Research says the U.S. Latino population in the United States has reached nearly 58 million...

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125 attend 2nd Women's Leadership University Sep 18, 2017

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125 attend 2nd Women's Leadership University

About 125 women’s ministry leaders representing nearly 50 Arkansas Baptist churches gathered at the second annual...

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Gaines: Memphis Confederate monument should be moved Sep 15, 2017

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Gaines: Memphis Confederate monument should be moved

Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines is among about a dozen Southern Baptist signatories of a...

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IMB trustees celebrate new and emeritus missionaries, approve balanced budget Sep 14, 2017

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IMB trustees celebrate new and emeritus missionaries, approve balanced budget

International Mission Board trustees gathered at Ridgecrest Conference Center Sept. 11-13 to celebrate more than 25,000...

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First Baptist, Branson, organizes conference to spotlight OT’s role Sep 13, 2017

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First Baptist, Branson, organizes conference to spotlight OT’s role

Many – including too many in the church – see the first 39 books of the...

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NY's highest court rules against physician-assisted suicide Sep 11, 2017

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NY's highest court rules against physician-assisted suicide

The New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, on Sept. 7 unanimously refused...

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'God sent them,' flooded homeowner says of Southern Baptists Sep 11, 2017

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'God sent them,' flooded homeowner says of Southern Baptists

For thousands upon thousands of homeowners in Houston and along the Texas Gulf Coast, Southern Baptist...

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Action, prayer, gospel fueled Baptist response urged to Irma Sep 8, 2017

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Action, prayer, gospel fueled Baptist response urged to Irma

With Caribbean islands devastated and hurricane Irma still large enough to charge up both sides of...

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Kay Arthur to speak at Union University Sept. 13 Sep 8, 2017

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Kay Arthur to speak at Union University Sept. 13

Bible teacher and author Kay Arthur will speak in a Sept. 15 chapel service at Union...

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Texas Southern Baptists ready for 'long-term' work following Hurricane Harvey Aug 29, 2017

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Texas Southern Baptists ready for 'long-term' work following Hurricane Harvey

Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) Disaster Relief units have begun deployment for what could be...

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New research: When It comes to evangelism, the small things really matter Aug 28, 2017

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New research: When It comes to evangelism, the small things really matter

New research indicates that small churches can make a difference by sticking to the basics.

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Southern Baptist Disaster Relief readied as Houston and other parts of Texas hit hard by record flooding Aug 27, 2017

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Southern Baptist Disaster Relief readied as Houston and other parts of Texas hit hard by record flooding

Rain from the aftermath of Category 4 Hurricane Harvey is resulting in record flooding in Houston,...

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Floyd to lead National Day of Prayer Aug 22, 2017

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Floyd to lead National Day of Prayer

Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, has been named president of the...

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Doyle Pennington, first lay Mission Service Corps volunteer, dies Aug 22, 2017

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Doyle Pennington, first lay Mission Service Corps volunteer, dies

The first lay Mission Service Corps (MSC) volunteer, Doyle Pennington of Fayetteville, 75, died early on...

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Pew study finds God or the divine referenced in constitutions of all 50 states Aug 18, 2017

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Pew study finds God or the divine referenced in constitutions of all 50 states

The U.S. Constitution never explicitly mentions God or the divine, but the same cannot be said...

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Museum of the Bible: The most technologically advanced museum ever? Aug 14, 2017

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Museum of the Bible: The most technologically advanced museum ever?

The Museum of the Bible, which opens in November in Washington, D.C.

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Former Brotherhood staff, trustees gather for 20-year reunion Aug 11, 2017

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Former Brotherhood staff, trustees gather for 20-year reunion

More than 60 former staff members, trustees and volunteers of the Brotherhood Commission gathered July 29...

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National Conference for Christian Grandparents Aug 10, 2017

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National Conference for Christian Grandparents

More than ever, our nation and world need Christian grandparents to pass on their faith to...

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Warner's Hall of Fame career defined by faith Aug 9, 2017

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Warner's Hall of Fame career defined by faith

Kurt Warner's faith in Jesus Christ is more than a personal, off-the-field commitment that had little...

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Trump unveils legislation limiting legal immigration Aug 3, 2017

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Trump unveils legislation limiting legal immigration

With Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia by his side, President Trump...

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Lockman Foundation president Robert Lambeth dies Jul 28, 2017
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Marv Knox to leave Baptist Standard for CBF role Jul 28, 2017

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Marv Knox to leave Baptist Standard for CBF role

Marv Knox is leaving the Baptist Standard, newsjournal of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, where...

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Former Arkansas State football coach Freeze resigns from Ole Miss amid scandal Jul 24, 2017

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Former Arkansas State football coach Freeze resigns from Ole Miss amid scandal

The forced resignation of Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze – an outspoken follower of Jesus...

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Teen internet addiction cited as growing concern Jul 21, 2017

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Teen internet addiction cited as growing concern

Gateway Seminary professor Paul Kelly had a friend who once became so addicted to online gaming...

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Eugene Peterson clarifies comments on homosexuality Jul 14, 2017
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Peterson’s views on homosexuality draw Baptists’ focus Jul 14, 2017

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Peterson’s views on homosexuality draw Baptists’ focus

Bestselling Christian author Eugene Peterson, known for “The Message” paraphrase of Scripture, reportedly said in an...

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Arkansas pastor leads prayer for Trump in Oval Office Jul 13, 2017

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Arkansas pastor leads prayer for Trump in Oval Office

Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd leads prayer for President Trump in Oval Office

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NPS approves Christian geologist's Grand Canyon rock collection Jul 10, 2017

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NPS approves Christian geologist's Grand Canyon rock collection

The National Park Service has agreed to let a Christian geologist collect rock samples from the...

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CBF seeks direction amid diverse views on LGBT issues Jul 10, 2017

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CBF seeks direction amid diverse views on LGBT issues

A committee charged with recommending how the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) can

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'Chaplain of Bourbon Street' dies at 89 Jul 7, 2017

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'Chaplain of Bourbon Street' dies at 89

Famed New Orleans evangelist Bob Harrington, known by many as

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Maryland pastor confident he'll redeem 'Annie's Church' Jul 7, 2017

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Maryland pastor confident he'll redeem 'Annie's Church'

Southern Baptist pastor Ryan Palmer is confident he'll save his historic Seventh Metro Church from a...

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Prayer, evangelism highlight SBC 2017 Jun 22, 2017

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Prayer, evangelism highlight SBC 2017

Prayer and soul-winning evangelism are highlighted in a brief video recapping the spiritual emphases of the...

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SBC 2017: Membership slide on minds as Southern Baptists gather Jun 12, 2017

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SBC 2017: Membership slide on minds as Southern Baptists gather

The SBC annual convention will be held Tuesday and Wednesday (June 13-14) at the Phoenix Convention...

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SBC 2017: Outreach to millennials vital, Baptist group says Jun 12, 2017

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SBC 2017: Outreach to millennials vital, Baptist group says

Making a greater effort to reach out to millennials and converting them to Christ must be...

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Moore: Sanders' remarks ignorant of Constitution Jun 9, 2017

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Moore: Sanders' remarks ignorant of Constitution

Southern Baptist religious freedom advocate Russell Moore has decried Sen. Bernie Sanders' stated opposition to a...

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Number of SBC churches up in 2016 amid declining baptisms and membership Jun 8, 2017

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Number of SBC churches up in 2016 amid declining baptisms and membership

Southern Baptists experienced growth in the number of churches that cooperate with their convention in 2016,...

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'Unclean' Pakistan Christian denied treatment dies at Ramadan Jun 7, 2017

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'Unclean' Pakistan Christian denied treatment dies at Ramadan

A Pakistan Christian sanitation worker whom Muslim doctors declared "unclean" and refused to treat during Ramadan...

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Annie Armstrong’s home church at risk of foreclosure Jun 6, 2017

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Annie Armstrong’s home church at risk of foreclosure

The Southern Baptist church where Annie Armstrong was baptized is at risk of being evicted, according...

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Update: LMCO, AAEO offerings in line with giving trends Jun 6, 2017

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Update: LMCO, AAEO offerings in line with giving trends

Giving to Southern Baptist foreign and home mission offerings drops dramatically.

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Ky. Gov. Bevin recommends prayer walking to curb crime Jun 2, 2017

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Ky. Gov. Bevin recommends prayer walking to curb crime

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin called faith community leaders from across the state to a meeting June...

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Business casual, no ties recommended for Phoenix Jun 1, 2017

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Business casual, no ties recommended for Phoenix

Messengers and speakers attending the Southern Baptist Convention 2017 Annual Meeting in Phoenix are encouraged to...

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Egypt terror attack cited as call to prayer, witness May 30, 2017

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Egypt terror attack cited as call to prayer, witness

A terrorist attack against Coptic Christians in Egypt that left at least 28 people dead has...

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Roy Richmond Griffin, WWII hero, dies at 99 May 27, 2017

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Roy Richmond Griffin, WWII hero, dies at 99

Roy Richmond Griffin, 99, of Little Rock, died May 18.

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American views of shame, guilt studied May 25, 2017

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American views of shame, guilt studied

Many Americans are more worried about their reputation than their conscience, a new study released May...

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Texas governor signs bill to 'shield' pastors' sermons May 25, 2017

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Texas governor signs bill to 'shield' pastors' sermons

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed legislation May 21 that prohibits Texas government agencies from subpoenaing the...

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Rural Baptist church sees 900 baptisms in 6 years May 25, 2017

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Rural Baptist church sees 900 baptisms in 6 years

In 1995, Joey Hanner was a trucker who was about to give up on his marriage...

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Gaines to be nominated for 2nd term as SBC president May 25, 2017

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Gaines to be nominated for 2nd term as SBC president

Tennessee pastor Steve Gaines will be nominated for a second term as president of the Southern...

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President Trump's Israel trip sparks 'revival of encouragement' May 25, 2017

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President Trump's Israel trip sparks 'revival of encouragement'

President Trump's visit to Israel this week drew praise from some Southern Baptists and led some...

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Grady Cothen, former president of two SBC entities, dies May 23, 2017

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Grady Cothen, former president of two SBC entities, dies

Grady Cothen – the former chief executive of a state convention, a Southern Baptist university and...

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Send Dallas attendees challenged to ‘Play a part in God’s mission’ May 20, 2017

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Send Dallas attendees challenged to ‘Play a part in God’s mission’

“Limitless opportunities abound” to spread the gospel around the globe and it is our responsibility to...

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Arkansas Baptists win awards in Baptist communicators competition May 19, 2017

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Arkansas Baptists win awards in Baptist communicators competition

Arkansas Baptist win awards in Baptist Communicators Association competition

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Mission trip this summer? Protect yourself from Zika May 17, 2017

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Mission trip this summer? Protect yourself from Zika

While a mission trip is a time to serve, experience new cultures, meet new people and...

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H.B. Charles to be SBC Pastors' Conference nominee; Graves withdraws May 17, 2017

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H.B. Charles to be SBC Pastors' Conference nominee; Graves withdraws

Oklahoma pastor Brad Graves has announced the withdrawal of his candidacy for Southern Baptist Convention Pastors'...

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Fines for worship, prison for Bible study in China May 11, 2017

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Fines for worship, prison for Bible study in China

Amid increasing attempts to suppress religious activities, Chinese authorities have detained, fined, and imprisoned Christians for...

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LSU's Orgeron: Wife and pastors 'coach' him in life May 11, 2017

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LSU's Orgeron: Wife and pastors 'coach' him in life

Ed Orgeron's coaching resumé is pretty well known around the country but not much is known...

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1,285 baptized in Fla. on 'Acts 2:41 Sunday' May 11, 2017

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1,285 baptized in Fla. on 'Acts 2:41 Sunday'

Florida's beaches, rivers, lakes and even pools came alive May 7 with the gospel testimonies of...

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LifeWay Christian Resources named top employer by Forbes May 10, 2017

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LifeWay Christian Resources named top employer by Forbes

LifeWay Christian Resources was ranked as one of the top 300 midsize employers in the U.S....

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Death penalty cases said to have 'enormous complexity' Apr 25, 2017

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Death penalty cases said to have 'enormous complexity'

With death penalty cases making headlines in Arkansas, California and Alabama, pastors in the affected states...

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Americans are fond of the Bible, don’t actually read it Apr 25, 2017

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Americans are fond of the Bible, don’t actually read it

Americans have a positive view of the Bible. And many say the Christian Scriptures are filled...

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Former Md./Del. executive director sues NAMB, claims libel Apr 14, 2017

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Former Md./Del. executive director sues NAMB, claims libel

A lawsuit filed by former Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware executive director Will McRaney alleges the North...

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The empty tomb: archaeology and the ancient record Apr 14, 2017

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The empty tomb: archaeology and the ancient record

While the cross remains the undisputed symbol of Christianity, the empty tomb conveys the abundant life...

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Graves to be nominated for president of SBC pastors' conference Apr 13, 2017

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Graves to be nominated for president of SBC pastors' conference

Brad Graves is expected to be nominated to lead the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Pastors’ Conference...

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Coptic Christians pray, persevere after Egypt church bombings Apr 11, 2017

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Coptic Christians pray, persevere after Egypt church bombings

As Coptic Christians bury an estimated 44 killed in terrorist bombings during Palm Sunday services in...

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'MLK50' conf. set on anniversary of King's death Apr 7, 2017

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'MLK50' conf. set on anniversary of King's death

A racial unity conference on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin...

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Pastors' approach to race issues studied Mar 31, 2017

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Pastors' approach to race issues studied

Most Protestant senior pastors say their church is open to hearing about racial reconciliation, a study...

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Former Baptist camp faces zoning violations Mar 31, 2017

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Former Baptist camp faces zoning violations

The former Glorieta Baptist Conference Center, sold by LifeWay Christian Resources in 2014 to a non-profit...

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Texas church mourns loss of 13 members in bus tragedy Mar 31, 2017

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Texas church mourns loss of 13 members in bus tragedy

"Death could not hold Him," proclaims the website of First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas.

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NTSB probes church bus-truck crash that killed 13 Mar 30, 2017

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NTSB probes church bus-truck crash that killed 13

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are seeking the cause of a head-on church...

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Student minister T-shirt quilt: 'flood of wonderful memories' Mar 27, 2017

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Student minister T-shirt quilt: 'flood of wonderful memories'

When ministers move to other positions, they never forget where they've been and the relationships built....

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Frank Gillespie remembered by Clemson's Dabo Sweeney Mar 22, 2017

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Frank Gillespie remembered by Clemson's Dabo Sweeney

Frank Irvin Gillespie's last year playing football at Clemson was 1949 – 20 years before Dabo...

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Religious liberty in China 'rapidly deteriorating' Mar 16, 2017

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Religious liberty in China 'rapidly deteriorating'

The persecution of Christians in China has increased, and is expected to continue to do so,...

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'JESUS' film, at 1,500 languages, reaches millions Mar 14, 2017

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'JESUS' film, at 1,500 languages, reaches millions

'JESUS' film, at 1,500 languages, reaches millions with the gospel

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Bellevue Baptist reaches $1 million in Cooperative Program gifts Mar 14, 2017

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Bellevue Baptist reaches $1 million in Cooperative Program gifts

Bellevue Baptist Church, pastored by current Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines, has become the first...

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IMB eliminates 22 positions in technology department Mar 3, 2017

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IMB eliminates 22 positions in technology department

The International Mission Board (IMB) technology solutions leader announced a new structure designed to more wisely...

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B&H Academic to publish 'Lost Sermons' of Spurgeon Feb 28, 2017

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B&H Academic to publish 'Lost Sermons' of Spurgeon

B&H Academic has launched the first of a 12-volume series of previously unpublished sermons by the...

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Southern Baptist pastor's impromptu prayer over an injured player criticized Feb 25, 2017

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Southern Baptist pastor's impromptu prayer over an injured player criticized

A public school system has agreed to update employees on applicable constitutional law after a special...

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Trump transgender bathroom reversal anticipated Feb 23, 2017

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Trump transgender bathroom reversal anticipated

A letter is imminent from the Trump administration advising schools they are no longer encouraged to...

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Trump immigration order sparks biblical analysis Feb 7, 2017

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Trump immigration order sparks biblical analysis

With President Trump's travel ban from seven predominately-Muslim countries on hold at least temporarily, some Christians...

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Williams to launch graduate degree program in teaching Feb 6, 2017

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Williams to launch graduate degree program in teaching

Williams Baptist College (WBC) has received approval from its accrediting agency to begin offering a Master...

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Christian counseling conf. to address “Adolescent Issues” Feb. 24 at OBU Feb 6, 2017

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Christian counseling conf. to address “Adolescent Issues” Feb. 24 at OBU

Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) will host the seventh annual Conference on Issues in Christian Counseling Feb....

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Congress proposes Johnson Amendment overhaul Feb 3, 2017

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Congress proposes Johnson Amendment overhaul

Members of Congress have introduced legislation to enable churches and other non-profit organizations to endorse candidates...

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Super Bowl: Players address competition with pride Feb 3, 2017

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Super Bowl: Players address competition with pride

They work at a job where millions of people watch them. They are cheered, admired, lauded...

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2017 evangelism conference Jan. 30-31 in Little Rock Jan 28, 2017

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2017 evangelism conference Jan. 30-31 in Little Rock

The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) 2017 Conference on Evangelism and Church Health, scheduled for Jan....

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Mosque case prompts IMB policy tweak Jan 27, 2017

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Mosque case prompts IMB policy tweak

Ongoing discussion of a federal court case concerning religious liberty for Muslims has prompted the resignation...

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Pro-life events draw evangelicals to D.C. Jan 27, 2017

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Pro-life events draw evangelicals to D.C.

Churches and pastors are to stand for vulnerable people because of the image and glory of...

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WMU Foundation awards grant to aid victims of Hattiesburg tornado Jan 27, 2017

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WMU Foundation awards grant to aid victims of Hattiesburg tornado

In the aftermath of storms that swept through the southeastern United States Jan. 21-22, national Woman’s...

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IMB trustee resigns in response to New Jersey mosque support Jan 24, 2017

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IMB trustee resigns in response to New Jersey mosque support

A TRUSTEE of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board (IMB) has resigned in protest of...

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