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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

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  • TRUSTEES: Rainer gives final presidential address

    by Carol Pipes, posted Wednesday, February 06, 2019 (16 days ago)

    Photo by Aaron Earls
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources trustees gathered for their first meeting of 2019 with their sights set on a season of transition and hopeful prayer for the future.

    Even on the heels of recent news that LifeWay will close a number of stores and shift toward a more dynamic digital strategy driven by online commerce, President and CEO Thom S. Rainer expressed confidence in the weeks, months and years ahead.

    "The greatest days for LifeWay are yet ahead," said Rainer in what was his final presidential address to the trustees during their Feb. 4-5 meeting. Rainer announced his pending retirement at the August 2018 trustee meeting. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: Evangelism, leadership tops NAMB agenda

    by Mike Ebert, posted Wednesday, February 06, 2019 (16 days ago)

    Photo by Kalie Drake/NAMB
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (BP) -- North American Mission Board (NAMB) trustees meeting in South Florida this week saw first-hand the impact a sending church can have on its community. They also heard a challenge to be personally involved in NAMB's new "Who's Your One?" evangelism initiative.

    "Could I ask each one of you as pastors and church members to start praying right now about your one?" Johnny Hunt asked at dinner Monday evening (Feb. 4). "If we are going to turn around evangelism trends in the SBC, I believe it is going to happen one person at a time."

    Hunt serves as NAMB's senior vice president of evangelism and leadership. The trustee gathering took place Feb. 4-5 in West Palm Beach, Fla., with an emphasis on the Gospel need and ministry that is taking place across South Florida. Read More

  • Miss. latest state to consider heartbeat abortion ban

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, February 06, 2019 (16 days ago)

    JACKSON, Miss. (BP) -- Mississippi is the latest state this legislative season to consider banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, possibly establishing legal challenges to reach a U.S. Supreme Court considered more conservative.

    Mississippi House and Senate bills passed legislative committees Tuesday (Feb. 5) and are headed to the chamber floors for consideration, the Associated Press reported, with court challenges predicted if the measures pass. Both bills have Baptist Republicans as principal authors, namely Rep. Chris Brown and Sen. Angela Burks Hill. Read More

  • Unborn made in 'image of God,' Trump tells nation

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, February 06, 2019 (16 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump affirmed unborn children as image bearers of God and urged Congress to ban late-term abortions in his second State of the Union speech.

    Trump called for both parties to work together for the good of the country in his address Tuesday night (Feb. 5) to a joint session of Congress and a national television audience. He repeated his requirement, however, of a policy that had helped produce a partial 35-day government shutdown and had delayed the date of his State of the Union speech -- a physical barrier along the Mexican border to prevent illegal immigration.

    Though Democrats and Republicans are deeply divided over abortion, the president asked for unity of effort "to build a culture that cherishes innocent life." Read More

  • Settlement curbs religious expression in La. schools

    by Steve West/WORLD , posted Wednesday, February 06, 2019 (16 days ago)

    BOSSIER CITY, La. (BP) -- In Bossier City, La., school board meetings regularly begin with prayer, yet school employees reportedly can't quietly pray or read a Bible within sight of students.

    That's because a settlement agreed to last week restricts religious expression in public schools in the Bossier Parish area outside Shreveport. In the agreement, filed Jan. 23, the parties agreed some of the school district's policies or practices violated the U.S. Constitution's ban on the establishment of religion by endorsing or promoting Christianity. A federal court is expected to approve the settlement. Read More

  • FROM THE SEMINARIES: Convocations at Gateway & SBTS

    by SBC Seminary Staff, posted Wednesday, February 06, 2019 (16 days ago)

    In today's From the Seminaries: In spring convocations, Gateway Seminary's Jeff Iorg cautions 'Who do you follow?' can be a divisive question; R. Albert Mohler Jr. of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary distinguishes God's "secret things" from "things revealed." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: My IQ wasn't high enough

    by Donald Kim , posted Wednesday, February 06, 2019 (17 days ago)

    Although Donald Kim didn't qualify for gifted and talented classes as a seventh-grader, he has learned that God "masterfully engineers the character of men and women to reach the lost and minister to the broken." Read More