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2017-18 Lottie Moon offering nears $159 millionRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- In the 100th anniversary since Southern Baptists named their global mission offering in honor of esteemed missionary Lottie Moon, churches gave $158.9 million to sustain their international missionaries worldwide -- the second-highest Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions ever received.
"We praise the Lord and thank Southern Baptist churches who have again generously demonstrated their faithfulness in undergirding the spread of the gospel to the ends of the earth," said Clyde Meador, interim president of the International Mission Board. With the books on the offering closing Sept. 30, the 2017-18 Lottie Moon offering neared the national goal of $160 million. Read More
Senate barely advances to final Kavanaugh voteWASHINGTON (BP) -- The Senate narrowly moved Friday (Oct. 5) toward a final vote on Brett Kavanaugh with his confirmation to the Supreme Court seemingly assured after a commitment later in the day from Republican Sen. Susan Collins to support the nominee.
Senators voted 51-49 to invoke cloture on President Trump's nominee, who has been the focus in recent weeks of sexual assault allegations dating to his high school years. The vote total reflected the political party division in the Republican-majority chamber, but one maverick in each caucus joined the other party in the roll call.
Democratic Sen. Joe Machin of West Virginia voted with the GOP, while Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joined the other party in opposing cloture, a procedural move to end debate and move toward a confirmation vote. Read More
TRUSTEES: NOBTS names Kelley chancellorNEW ORLEANS (BP) -- New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary trustees named Chuck Kelley as chancellor of the school through July 31, 2019, and approved the accelerated M.Div. program during their fall meeting Oct. 3.
Kelley announced his plans to retire from the school on July 31, 2019, during the Oct. 2 Founders' Day chapel service. As a result, much of the board's work at the fall meeting centered on helping Kelley finish his presidential tenure and beginning the search for the next president.
Naming Kelley chancellor was a required step in the initiation of the presidential search process. The bylaws state that the office of president must be vacant before the trustees can initiate the search. The role of chancellor clearly indicates the seminary will continue normal operations under Kelley's leadership while the trustees seek the next leader. Read More
DR requests & salvations continue in Carolina reliefNEW BERN, N.C. (BP) -- When 89-year-old William Cunniff returned to his flood-damaged home in North Carolina, he found mold climbing the walls of every room, the remains of Hurricane Florence. Cunniff had evacuated and stayed out of the state with relatives until it was safe to return.
The widower and U.S. Marine Corps veteran found that his home of 20 years in New Bern's Fairfield Harbour community had taken on more than a foot of floodwater just as many other homes had in his neighborhood. Cunniff is staying with his next-door neighbor whose garage took on less than a foot of water. Read More
Rudy Fagan, 20-year SBC stewardship leader, diesMURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BP) -- A. Rudolph (Rudy) Fagan, who led the former Stewardship Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention for 20 years, died Wednesday (Oct. 3) in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was 88.
Fagan served as president of the Stewardship Commission from 1974 until his retirement in 1994.
The Stewardship Commission, which was closed in the SBC's Covenant for a New Century restructuring in the mid-1990s, was the convention's primary advocate for the Cooperative Program channel of support for state, national and international missions and ministry. It also assisted churches in capital campaigns as they built new facilities. The commission's duties were moved to the SBC Executive Committee and LifeWay Christian Resources (then Sunday School Board) under the SBC restructuring. Read More
Bibles, joy visible in schools across U.S. Oct. 4COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- Students rallied behind the Bible and the joy of Scripture in social media posts Oct. 4, as a projected half-million or more students participated in Bring Your Bible to School Day.
Focus on the Family's (FOTF) fifth annual event drew smiles and encouragement from students and parents in a diversity of grade levels, schools and Christian communities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, including public, private, parochial and trade schools as well as homeschool communities.
-- "We shared goody bags with the class filled with bookmarks, Scripture and candy. So thankful for the freedom we have to share our faith! This was our 4th year participating in this ministry by sharing the love of Jesus," a member of First Baptist Church of Somerville, Tenn., said on Facebook of a local school. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Lessons from a British cemetery
Courtney McLean, in visiting the grave of John Bunyan in London, notes that he wrote "The Pilgrim's Progress" during a 12-year imprisonment. "Even in the toughest circumstances," she reflects, "we can live full and beautiful lives of faithfulness." Read More