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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

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  • Route 66 festival helps spark church's 'immediate impact'

    by Andrew Woodrow, posted Tuesday, August 07, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (BP) -- In an Illinois town proud of its Route 66 heritage, thousands gather every year to celebrate what John Steinbeck called "the Mother Road." For more than 20 years, Edwardsville's annual Route 66 festival at City Park has offered visitors fun, food, and classic cars.

    What was missing, realized church planter Rayden Hollis, was a gospel opportunity.

    Hollis is the planter and lead pastor of Red Hill church in Edwardsville. The church isn't quite three years old, and they don't have their own building yet. But Hollis is passionate in leading his church by a missions strategy based on Jeremiah 29:7. Read More

  • BGCO's Falls Creek settles lawsuit

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, August 07, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    DAVIS, Okla. (BP) -- The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma has settled a lawsuit related to the alleged 2016 rape of a 13-year-old at the BGCO's Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center.

    Terms of the settlement are undisclosed, The Oklahoman newspaper reported Aug. 5, but one sentence of the settlement agreement is not under seal: "Following this incident, the BGCO conducted a review of its policies and procedures and has recognized additional efforts to provide as safe [an] environment as possible for campers visiting Falls Creek."

    BGCO communications director Brian Hobbs said in a statement released to Baptist Press, "We have prayed for a respectful resolution of this very serious matter. Looking to the future, we are continually working with churches to take every measure we can, to provide a safe environment where our campers can experience life with Jesus Christ. We are thankful that the ministry of Falls Creek continues forward to bless thousands of people in Oklahoma and across the region, for the glory of God." Read More

  • Pastor: Ohio law, church can help with payday lending

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, August 07, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Ohio's new law regulating payday lending is an important advance, but the church plays a vital role in helping people who often become casualties of the predatory industry, Southern Baptist pastor David Gray says.

    Gov. John Kasich signed into law July 30 what some advocates have described as a model for the country in addressing abuses by lenders who often draw poor people into a debt trap by charging exorbitant, and often misleading, interest rates.

    In the industry, a lender may portray an interest rate as 15 percent, but it actually is only for a two-week period until a person's next payday. The annual interest rate in payday lending typically is about 400 percent, making it extremely difficult for a borrower to repay the loan. Read More

  • LifeWay's Selma Wilson announces retirement

    by Carol Pipes, posted Tuesday, August 07, 2018 (6 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Selma Wilson, senior vice president of organizational development and chief people officer at LifeWay Christian Resources, has announced she will retire effective Oct. 1.

    "It has been an incredible honor to be a part of the mission of LifeWay for the past 28 years," Wilson said. "I am overcome with thankfulness God allowed me to be a part of this great organization -- the churches and people it serves, the authors and ministry partners, and the most committed employee team anywhere."

    Wilson joined the Sunday School Board (now LifeWay) in 1990 as a marriage and family consultant, providing training and events for churches. Three years later, she led in the development of LifeWay's women's ministry and launched Journey, a women's monthly devotional magazine for which she served as editor-in-chief from 1993-98. Read More

  • 'Baptist Hymnal' celebrates 10-year anniversary

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Tuesday, August 07, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- This August, LifeWay Christian Resources is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the latest Baptist Hymnal. It's a milestone Mike Harland, director of LifeWay Worship, finds humbling -- especially considering a physical form of the 2008 hymnal wasn't initially supposed to exist.

    "The original idea was that a new hymnal for Baptists would be digital only." Harland said. "But we did extensive research and discovered almost half of the churches we served still held hymnals every week." Read More

  • University ends baby body parts program

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD, posted Tuesday, August 07, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BP) -- Researchers at the University of New Mexico will no longer procure, sell, or dissect aborted baby body parts, the university announced recently.

    The research program led for two decades by Robin Ohls, a pediatrics professor, was halted following an internal investigation. Both the New Mexico Alliance for Life and the U.S. House of Representatives' Select Panel on Infant Lives, organized to investigate allegations of fetal tissue trade exposed in a series of undercover videos, said evidence from their own investigations pointed to the university's violation of state and federal law. Read More