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Thursday, October 18, 2018

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  • Erwins unveil next plans, envision 'Christian Pixar'

    by Michael Foust, posted Thursday, October 18, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Filmmaker Jon Erwin says his father often told him to "dream big, dream bold, dream the impossible."

    Erwin has followed that advice, and earlier this year many of those dreams came true with his hit faith-based movie "I Can Only Imagine," which grossed $83 million to become the No. 1 movie all time from Roadside Attractions. It even surpassed that studio's most famous release, the Oscar-winning "Manchester by the Sea" ($47 million). Read More

  • Pressler sexual abuse claims dismissed

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, October 18, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- A Texas court has dismissed several defendants and multiple counts in a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by retired Texas state district judge Paul Pressler.

    The lawsuit filed by plaintiff Gerald Duane Rollins in October 2017 alleged sexual misconduct by Pressler and also sought to hold several other defendants responsible, including the Southern Baptist Convention. Harris County District Judge R.K. Sandill's Oct. 15 order granting summary judgment dismissed, among other matters, all claims against the SBC because the statute of limitations has ... Read More

  • TRUSTEES: SWBTS 'pressing on' with 'refreshed orientation'

    by Alex Sibley, posted Thursday, October 18, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's board of trustees affirmed the institution's presidential search committee, approved actions of the trustee executive committee and conducted other business during their fall meeting Oct. 15-17.

    In addition to their meeting, the trustees enjoyed multiple opportunities for personal interaction with Southwestern students and faculty. Interim president D. Jeffrey Bingham characterized the various gatherings as "three days of ... Read More

  • TRUSTEES: MBTS dedicates Mathena Student Center

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Thursday, October 18, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary celebrated a landmark in its history with the dedication of the new Mathena Student Center in conjunction with the fall trustee meeting Oct. 15-16 at the Kansas City, Mo., campus.

    The meeting's highlights came on Tuesday in opening the 40,000-square-foot student center named for Harold and Patricia Mathena who provided a $7 million lead gift for the facility. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: SEBTS adds student ministry partnership

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Thursday, October 18, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- A new student ministry degree and the announcement of a record enrollment increase were among the highlights of the biannual trustee and Southeastern Society meetings at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Oct. 15-16 at the Wake Forest, N.C., campus.

    Trustees approved a master of arts in student ministry in partnership with Student Leadership University (SLU) in Orlando, Fla., to continue fulfilling Southeastern's call to equip students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. Read More

  • Dakota celebrates Cooperative Program giving

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, October 18, 2018 (4 months ago)

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (BP) -- With "Together We Can Because He Can" as its annual meeting theme, and a Cooperative Program dinner to start things off, messengers to the Dakota Baptist Convention (DBC) voted again to increase Cooperative Program giving next year by 2 percent.

    This was in addition to the $25,000 it sent in extra funds to Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries earlier this year, for the second year in a row, because of increased giving by DBC churches. Read More

  • No single artist dominated 2018 Dove Awards

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 18, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Cory Asbury's "Reckless Love" ballad garnered the worship pastor three wins at the 2018 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, but no single artist dominated the night that recognizes work in 40 categories.

    Reckless Love was named Song of the Year, Worship Song of the Year and Worship Album of the Year at the 49th annual event in Nashville Oct. 16.

    "Isn't it just like the Lord to take our failures and our overall jacked-upness and ... Read More

  • Bible Study: Oct. 21, 2018

    by BP staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, October 18, 2018 (4 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.

    This week's Bible study is adapted from the Bible Studies For Life curriculum.

    Bible Passages: Matthew 6:9, Psalm 96:1-9 Read More