Atlanta accepts $1.2M settlement with Kelvin Cochran

The Atlanta city council has agreed to a $1.2 million settlement with former fire chief Kelvin Cochran over his January 2015 termination for his views about marriage and sexuality.

Students join hurricane relief efforts in N.C.

When an East Carolina University cross country team found they had an off weekend from running, they decided to go and help survivors of Hurricane Florence. They joined a college-wide effort to help Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers serve in the hard-hit New Bern, N.C. area.

ERLC panel: Openness about brokenness needed

Christians need to be more open about their personal and family brokenness to give hope to those inside and outside the church, panelists said Oct. 12 during the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's annual national conference.
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    TRUSTEES: MBTS dedicates Mathena Student Center

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Thursday, October 18, 2018 (an hour ago)

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary celebrated a landmark in its history with the dedication of the new Mathena Student Center in conjunction with the fall trustee meeting Oct. 15-16 at the Kansas City, Mo., campus.

    The meeting's highlights came on Tuesday in opening the 40,000-square-foot student center named for Harold and Patricia Mathena who provided a $7 million lead gift for the facility. Read More

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    Erwins unveil next plans, envision 'Christian Pixar'

    by Michael Foust, posted Thursday, October 18, 2018 (3 hours ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Filmmaker Jon Erwin says his father often told him to "dream big, dream bold, dream the impossible."

    Erwin has followed that advice, and earlier this year many of those dreams came true with his hit faith-based movie "I Can Only Imagine," which grossed $83 million to become the No. 1 movie all time from Roadside Attractions. It even surpassed that studio's most famous release, the Oscar-winning "Manchester by the Sea" ($47 million). Read More

  • 'More Than Funny' film blends comedy, inspiration

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, October 17, 2018 (20 hours ago)

    FRISCO, Texas (BP) -- A prayer Michael Jr. uttered in advance of a stand-up comedy routine changed the Christian comedian's perception of his purpose. Comedy is not about getting laughs, he noted, but it's about giving.

    The epiphany a decade ago in Los Angeles opened for Michael Jr. a world of volunteerism and ministry alongside comedy that birthed the one-night-only film "More Than Funny," showing in 600 U.S. theaters Oct. 18.

    More Than Funny weaves three stories of hope, giving and deliverance with Michael Jr.'s clean, inspirational comedy that has enjoyed platforms as varied as churches, the Kendrick brothers' "War Room," "The Tonight Show," "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and fortune 500 company keynotes.

    More Than Funny calls on audiences to meet the overlooked needs of others in their own communities, using God-given gifts Michael Jr. calls "set ups" to supply others' needs with outreaches he calls "punchlines." Read More

  • LifeWay Store to be 'more than a place to buy a book'

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Wednesday, October 17, 2018 (22 hours ago)

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    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- Guests who come to a newly remodeled LifeWay Christian Store in the Nashville area will be greeted with a new message adorning the side of the building: "Fearfully and wonderfully made."

    While the phrase from Psalm 139:14 refers to God's glory reflected in the human body, it's also fitting given the intentionality LifeWay has brought to the fresh concept meant to redefine the in-store experience.

    "Our objective in the redesign was to create a space that's more than just a place to buy a book or a gift," said Shawnna Simpson, director of store experience. "We wanted to create a place where people can explore, discover and connect -- a place focused on helping customers navigate their faith journey." Read More

  • SWBTS trustees move forward, uphold Patterson firing

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, October 17, 2018 (20 hours ago)

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- In a meeting characterized by unity despite differences of opinion, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's trustees voted to uphold the trustee executive committee's decision in May to terminate former president Paige Patterson.

    Trustees revisited Patterson's termination at their Oct. 15-17 meeting based on a motion, referred to Southwestern by the Southern Baptist Convention in June, "that the whole board of trustees at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary consider revisiting their original decision concerning Dr. Paige Patterson."

    The board also heard a report from its presidential search committee and affirmed an administration decision to discipline a faculty member -- though the faculty member was not named during the board's one public session. Read More