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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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  • TRUSTEES: LifeWay begins search for new president

    by Carol Pipes, posted Wednesday, August 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources trustees began the initial steps to search for a successor to President and CEO Thom S. Rainer during their Aug. 27-28 meeting in Nashville.

    Trustee chairman Jimmy Scroggins named a seven-person search committee to find LifeWay's next leader.

    The trustees' presidential search committee will be led by Kent Dacus, vice president of student services at California Baptist University, as committee chair. Dacus is a member of The Grove Community Church in Riverside. Read More

  • Baptist women, called to communicate, hold key roles

    by Margaret Colson/Arkansas Baptist News , posted Wednesday, August 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) -- Just as Jesus affirmed first-century women, calling them to confess Him as Lord and tell the good news of the Gospel, He continues to call women in the 21st century to communicate His story to the world.

    Many women communicators today are answering that call, serving in denominational "seats of influence," a term Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear used in his post-election press conference during the SBC annual meeting in Dallas. Read More

  • Baptist promoted to Air Force Deputy Chief of Chaplains

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Wednesday, August 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Senate confirmed the promotion of U.S. Air Force Chaplain Colonel Ronald M. Harvell to the rank of Brigadier General on Aug. 20. With the promotion, Harvell, a Southern Baptist, becomes the Air Force's 26th Deputy Chief of Chaplains.

    He has been serving as the Air Mobility Command Chaplain based at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. Harvell will now transition to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., for his new pastoral leadership responsibilities.

    "My wife and I are grateful to be able to continue to serve Air Force people," Harvell said. "We are excited about helping airmen and their families to be more spiritually fit. We're glad that God is allowing us to have this opportunity." Read More

  • Kelley: 'Baptist blues' sermon sought unity, not attack

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Chuck Kelley's New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary chapel sermon on "the Baptist blues" was not an attack against anyone in the Southern Baptist Convention, he told Baptist Press today (Aug. 29), but an attempt to foster unity by getting "conversation on the table."

    "If people are unaware of the simmering divisions in our convention, we're never going to be able to fix them," Kelley, New Orleans Seminary's president, said in an interview. "The reality is they are there. I think not talking" through "our feelings about the convention has made some of the divisions deeper." Read More

  • S.C. church plant sues town for rental ban

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, August 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) -- A Southern Baptist church plant in South Carolina has sued the town of Edisto Beach for prohibiting it from use of its civic center.

    Redeemer Fellowship of Edisto Island filed suit Aug. 27 in federal court in Charleston, S.C., because of a policy it says violates its free speech and religion rights guaranteed in the First Amendment. Redeemer Fellowship had twice met for corporate worship in the Edisto Beach Civic Center when the town council changed its policy to prohibit rentals for "religious worship services."

    The church -- which began meeting in January -- outgrew the home in which it met for corporate worship and began seeking to rent space. The congregation met at the civic center for worship on Easter Sunday, April 1, and May 6, but the Edisto Beach Town Council voted unanimously at its May 10 meeting to amend its facility use policy to ban such rentals. At its June meeting, the town council approved unanimously the amended facility use guidelines. Read More

  • Puerto Rico hurricane toll 'a miracle' at 2,975

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, August 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    PUERTO RICO (BP) -- It's "a miracle" Hurricane Maria's death toll in Puerto Rico is not even higher than the new official total of 2,975, a massive jump from the long purported 64, a Southern Baptist disaster relief leader told Baptist Press.

    The new count, based on an independent study that the territory commissioned from George Washington University (GWU), makes the hurricane one of the deadliest in U.S. history.

    David Melber, president of North American Mission Board's Send Relief arm, is in the territory today (Aug. 29) and sent BP a comment. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: When the directions don't make sense

    by Katie McCoy, posted Wednesday, August 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

    There are times, Katie McCoy writes, when following God's direction seems confusing or counterintuitive yet is better than getting on "a dead-end road to frustration and confusion." Read More