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    Every prayer, every trip matters: Let us pray more

    September 19, 2019

    World

    CZECH REPUBLIC – Tears of joy flooded Stan and Abbey Wilcox's* eyes. It had been years since these International Mission Board missionaries lived in the Czech Republic.

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    Blake Johnson, assistant professor at OBU, receives $75,000 grant from UAMS

    September 19, 2019

    Across Arkansas

    ARKADELPHIA — Blake Johnson, assistant professor of biology at Ouachita Baptist University, has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Arkansas Breast Cancer Research Program (ABCRP) to support his...

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    Volunteers and staff members search for Iron Age pottery and artifacts at Tel Hadid in a new archaeological partnership between New Orleans Seminary and Tel Aviv University. Photo by Noam Kodesh

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    New Orleans Seminary excavation could bring 2 Kings 17 into focus

    September 19, 2019

    Baptist News

    TEL HADID, Israel – Nestled between accounts of Israel's defeat at the hands of the Assyrian army and the rise of Hezekiah's kingship in Judea, the importance of 2 Kings 17:24-40 can be easy to overlook.

    The verses speak of the people groups the...

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    Church planting and gospel unity anchored much of the dialogue during the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee's September meeting, spotlighting a new mission emphasis and encouraging civility and understanding during the upcoming U.S. election cycle. Photo by Morris Abernathy

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    Church planting, gospel anchor Executive Committee meeting

    September 19, 2019

    Baptist News

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Church planting and gospel unity anchored much of the dialogue during the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee's September meeting, spotlighting a new mission emphasis and encouraging civility and understanding during...

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    LaVerne Brown, missionary to Sub-Saharan people, dies

    September 18, 2019

    ABN Digest

    RICHMOND, Va. – LaVerne Brown, an International Mission Board missionary who shared the gospel among Sub-Saharan African affinity peoples in Africa and Europe, died from cancer at age 48 on Sept. 12.

    Brown first went to West Africa in 2003 on a...

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    Pastor Jeremy Hatfield baptizes a young girl at Pleasant Valley Community Church, Owensboro, Ky., on Sunday, Sept. 15. Submitted photo

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    Church's call for baptism: 'Blew our socks off'

    September 18, 2019

    ABN Digest

    OWENSBORO, Ky. – Pleasant Valley Community Church pastor Jamus Edwards made it simple for his congregation Sunday, Sept. 15.

    After preaching, he walked down in front of a baptistery trough and asked a question.

    "Here's the water," the Owensboro,...

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    Paul Chitwood, elected last fall to lead the International Mission Board, shared reports on the IMB's progress and said the entity "is fully committed to promoting all of the cooperative mission work of Southern Baptists, certainly including the Cooperative Program." Photo by Morris Abernathy

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    New entity leaders deliver first reports to Executive Committee

    September 18, 2019

    Baptist News

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Four of the five newly-elected Southern Baptist entity presidents delivered their first reports to SBC Executive Committee members, noting some of the challenges they face and thanking churches for supporting their work through...

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    It is time for Southern Baptist leaders to collectively leverage their influence, resources and vision to make a difference in fulfilling the Great Commission, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Ronnie Floyd said in his EC address Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Nashville. Photo by Morris Abernathy

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    Floyd to Executive Committee: Time to make a difference

    September 18, 2019

    Baptist News

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It is time for Southern Baptist leaders to collectively leverage their influence, resources and vision to make a difference in fulfilling the Great Commission, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Ronnie Floyd...

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    If Southern Baptists' unity is built on "all of us agreeing on everything, then there really is no hope for us all," said J.D. Greear, Southern Baptist Convention president, during his address to the SBC Executive Committee on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Photo by Morris Abernathy

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    Greear urges Baptists to unite, 'Send Every Member'

    September 18, 2019

    Baptist News

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – If Southern Baptists' unity is built on "all of us agreeing on everything, then there really is no hope for us all," said J.D. Greear, Southern Baptist Convention president, during his address to the SBC Executive Committee on...

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    Joanna Duka (left) and Breanna Koski (center left), owners of Brush & Nib Studio, at news conference with their attorney, ADF Senior Counsel Jonathan Scruggs (center), following oral arguments at Arizona Supreme Court on Jan. 22, 2019 ADF Photo

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    Phoenix artists win at state high court

    September 18, 2019

    Nation

    PHOENIX – The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday, Sept. 16, the city of Phoenix's use of an anti-discrimination ordinance violates the freedom of speech and religion of two artists who refuse to create custom invitations for same-sex weddings.

    The...

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