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Atonement sparks discussion at NOBTS forum

New Testament scholars N.T. Wright and Simon Gathercole addressed the meaning of the atonement at the 14th annual Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum, Nov. 10-11, at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

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SBTC messengers encouraged in wake of Harvey, tragedy

Gathering Nov. 13-14 in Dallas around the Ephesians 4-inspired theme of "Belong," the messenger count for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention's annual meeting was its largest since 2008. Officers set out to design an environment of encouragement for pastors and it couldn't have come at a better time than in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the most deadly church shooting in American history a week prior in Sutherland Springs.

SBC Va. decries racism in Charlottesville resolution

The SBC of Virginia decries "every form of racism," including alt-right white supremacy, as "antithetical to the Gospel" in a resolution voicing "love and compassion to those in Charlottesville" devastated by the loss of life at a white supremacist rally Aug. 12.

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    400 S.C. Baptists 'Unite' for citywide evangelism

    by Butch Blume, posted Monday, November 20, 2017 (3 hours ago)

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    COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) -- Gathering under the banner of "Unite," messengers to the 197th annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention sang, prayed, conducted business and fanned out across the city of Columbia for a "One Day" missions and evangelism effort.

    Keith Shorter, SCBC president and pastor of Mt. Airy Baptist Church in Easley, opened the Tuesday morning session of the Nov. 7-8 meeting by encouraging Christ's followers to unite as one "so that … a lost and divided world may believe that God sent [Jesus]." Read More

  • ETS meeting focuses on Reformation heritage

    by David Roach, posted Monday, November 20, 2017 (7 hours ago)

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (BP) -- "The Heritage of the Reformation" was the theme at this year's annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, where Southern Baptists delivered nearly a third of the gathering's presentations and Trinity International University President David Dockery was elected president.

    According to a count by Baptist Press, some 185 of the Nov. 15-17 meeting's approximately 600 presentations were offered by scholars with ties to Southern Baptist churches, Southern Baptist Convention seminaries and colleges that partner with Baptist state conventions. Read More

  • Platt, IMB welcome 32 new missionaries

    by Julie McGowan, posted Friday, November 17, 2017 (3 days ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- As a preschooler in Mission Friends, new Southern Baptist missionary Amy Jones learned about God's desire to gather people from every nation, tribe, people group and language by His grace and for His is glory.

    "It became real when my mother returned from England with stories and a tea set," Jones recalled during a Sending Celebration Nov. 16 that marked the appointment of 32 new International Mission Board personnel at the IMB's office in Richmond, Va. "Europeans are fascinating peoples, but too few follow Christ. So I began to pray for them." Read More

  • Puerto Rico relief needs ongoing volunteers, funding

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (5 days ago)

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    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Southern Baptists continue to serve Puerto Rico's residents after Hurricane Maria's devastation in September, creating a nationwide response from the ground up.

    Sam Porter, national director for disaster relief for the North American Mission Board, has spent several days in Puerto Rico in two separate trips to assist disaster response coordinator Jack Noble in facilitating the large-scale response by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) and Send Relief. Read More