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    Church plant reaches millennials at local cineplex

    February 15, 2019

    ABN Digest

    PHOENIX — A church plant that meets in one of the theaters in a Cineplex may not be big news.

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    Educate to deter sex abuse, pastor says

    February 15, 2019

    ABN Digest

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Educating congregations, staff and volunteers about sexual abuse, prohibiting one-on-one interactions and employing security are crucial steps in preventing sex abuse in churches, pastors of churches where predators have been...

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    Tim Tebow visits special needs students prior to their Night to Shine at Prestonwood Baptist Church.  Submitted photo

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    Tim Tebow visits students during their Night to Shine

    February 15, 2019

    ABN Digest

    PLANO, Texas — A group of students got the surprise of a lifetime when Tim Tebow showed up unexpectedly at Prestonwood Baptist Church. That evening the church was hosting one of his foundation's Night to Shine prom events for special needs students.

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    Keith Akins baptizes "Country" at The Church at Southside's Sunday gathering in a parking lot in downtown Birmingham, Ala. Country subsequently died of cancer. "I know without a doubt he is with Jesus," Akins says.  Submitted photo

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    Food truck leads to worship in parking lot

    February 14, 2019

    ABN Digest

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Jayson Albers, who grew up in a Baptist church, made a living for a long time as an opening shift supervisor for Ryan's steakhouse.

    "When they would start a new restaurant I would go in and train them on how to open the store,"...

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    Jerry Johnson resigns as NRB president

    February 14, 2019

    ABN Digest

    WASHINGTON — National Religious Broadcasters President Jerry Johnson has resigned, NRB announced Feb. 13.

    Though neither NRB nor Johnson has stated a reason for the resignation, NRB board chair Michael Little said in a news release Johnson's...

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    Louisiana College quits CCCU over LGBT policy

    February 14, 2019

    ABN Digest

    PINEVILLE, La. — Louisiana College President Rick Brewer has notified the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities that the Baptist-affiliated college has withdrawn its membership from the organization.

    The issue involves a policy passed by...

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    Southwest Baptist University has announced the members of a Peer Assessment Committee to conduct "evaluations regarding orthodoxy" at the university. Photo from SBU

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    SBU committee named to evaluate 'orthodoxy'

    February 13, 2019

    ABN Digest

    BOLIVAR, Mo. – Amid ongoing discussion of a former theology professor's firing at Southwest Baptist University and the board's exclusion of a trustee elected by the Missouri Baptist Convention, SBU has announced the members of a Peer Assessment...

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    James MacDonald, pictured here at the 2015 SBC Pastors’ Conference, has been fired from the Chicago megachurch he helped start more than 30 years ago. BP file photo

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    James MacDonald fired after 'inappropriate' comments

    February 13, 2019

    ABN Digest

    CHICAGO – James MacDonald, a former radio and television preacher who has spoken several times at the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference, has been fired as pastor of Chicago-area Harvest Bible Chapel, the church announced Feb. 13.

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    Building on their Facebook contacts, Ali and Whitney Clayton organize a block party for their neighborhood, assisted by a mission team from First Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. Photo by Whitney Clayton

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    Facebook opens up ministry opportunities for church plant

    February 13, 2019

    ABN Digest

    MESA, Ariz. – Everyone craves connections – a truth that Living Stone Community Church has embraced by using Facebook to minister to their community.

    Facebook can be an important tool in getting to know neighbors and pointing them to Christ, said...

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    "Adoh," track captain at the University of Oklahoma and a new follower of Christ, now sees his running as a way to "give Him glory." Photo courtesy of OU Athletic Communications

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    Track captain, a new believer, begins Bible study

    February 12, 2019

    ABN Digest

    NORMAN, Okla. – Andrew Doherty is his formal name, but those who know him best call him "Adoh."

    Adoh (derived from his first and last names) transferred to the University of Oklahoma in 2017 after running track at Providence College, where he...

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