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Wednesday, June 06, 2018

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  • A tour unholy in name, unpleasant by design

    by Scott Barkley/The Christian Index, posted Wednesday, June 06, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Scott Barkley
    ATLANTA (BP) -- It's Thursday evening, and a group boards a bus at the Georgia Baptist Convention building for several strip clubs, a few hotels and an apartment complex where human trafficking has been reported.

    The "Unholy Tour," jointly sponsored by Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols and the Georgia Baptist public affairs office, stretched nearly three hours instead of the scheduled two. Still, it didn't feel like enough time for various speakers tell their stories from the front of the unmarked bus. Read More

  • Churches must abandon 600MHz wireless sound systems

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 06, 2018 (4 months ago)

    BP file photo by Matt Miller
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Churches that haven't updated their wireless sound system may have trouble being heard on any given Sunday, as the federal government is phasing out the 600MHz frequencies many congregations use.

    The Federal Communications Commission will complete the transition of the 617-652 MHz and 663-698 MHz spectrum bands from wireless microphones and television broadcasts by July 13, 2020, but the transition began in 2017.

    The frequencies are being transitioned to wireless communicators such as cellphone companies to meet industry demand, and will become unavailable for use by wireless mic systems by the 2020 deadline or earlier, according to the FCC. Read More

  • 300-mile, 2-week trek: Church prays for Chicagoland

    by Meredith Flynn/Illinois Baptist, posted Wednesday, June 06, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    CHICAGO (BP) -- The idea came to Phil Nelson after preaching through the book of Jonah. If the prophet's preaching judgment on Nineveh made the whole city repent and turn to God, he wondered what would happen if someone preached not just judgment, but hope.

    Nelson and a small team from his church in southern Illinois, Lakeland Baptist in Carbondale, ventured to Chicago -- more than 300 miles to the north -- for a two-week prayerwalk through the city.

    Carrying a 10-foot-tall, 80-pound wooden cross, Nelson, his daughter Hannah and Steve and Trish Whitaker walked through some of Chicago's toughest neighborhoods in May, stopping to pray with people and share the Gospel. Read More

  • Ind. pastor Randall Forsythe to be 2nd VP nominee

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, June 06, 2018 (4 months ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Indiana pastor Randall Forsythe will be nominated for second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, fellow Indiana pastor Reginald Fletcher announced today (June 6).

    A former president of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana, Forsythe has pastored Grace Baptist Church in Portage, Ind., for the past 15 years. He is the Indiana convention's current second vice president and has served as first vice president. Read More

  • SBC DIGEST: Seminary profs Christian George & David Sills resign

    by Biblical Recorder & BP Staff, posted Wednesday, June 06, 2018 (4 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Two Southern Baptist seminary faculty members have resigned their positions, vacating ministries that previously had placed them in the news.

    The resignations of Christian George at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and David Sills at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary were reported by the Biblical Recorder, newsjournal of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, on June 4.

    George, curator of Midwestern Seminary's Spurgeon Library and its digitized Spurgeon Archive, had edited two volumes of previously unpublished sermons by Charles Spurgeon in a planned 12-volume series, "The Lost Sermons of C.H. Spurgeon," published by the B&H Academic division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Stories around the casket

    by Wendy Baker, posted Wednesday, June 06, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Visitors' fond remembrances at her father's funeral visitation help Wendy Baker see the value of Christians sharing their joys over ways God has blessed them. Read More