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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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  • Trump's 'zero tolerance' policy denounced, defended

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist and other evangelical female leaders expressed their opposition Monday (June 18) to separating children from parents on the border as Congress prepares again to take up the immigration issue.

    The call for a change in the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that has resulted in family separation at the United States' border with Mexico came as Republican criticism grew even while executive branch defense of the practice hardened. Nearly 2,000 children were taken from parents or ... Read More

  • Abuse in the church: Its trauma aired by panel at SBC

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- The pastor of an Austin, Texas, Southern Baptist church "finds I'm spending more time in preparation than ever before" for his Sunday morning sermons.

    Matt Carter, pastor of preaching and vision at Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, said in a CP Stage panel discussion prior to the SBC annual meeting in Dallas that he weighs his words to make sure they do not send the wrong message to the potential 25 percent of the women in the church who have suffered abuse in their lifetime. Read More

  • Evangelist-led worship 'hit the mark,' pastor reports

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Southern Baptist Evangelists -- preachers and singers -- provided a "Worship Encounter" Sunday (June 10) in their annual worship celebration preceding the SBC annual meeting in Dallas.

    The worship service sponsored by Southern Baptist Evangelists, also known as the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists, took place at First Baptist Church in Grapevine, where Doug Page has been pastor the last five years.

    "Everybody [on stage] was passionate about Jesus. Several [members] ... Read More

  • Stewardship panel: Finances & marriage discussed

    by Barbara Denman, posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Developing a stewardship plan to get out of debt will strengthen marriages and create stronger disciples, according to a group of pastors and speakers who participated on the President's Panel on Stewardship June 13 at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas.

    Led by immediate past SBC President Steve Gaines, the panel consisted of personal finance speaker and author Dave Ramsey; his daughter Rachel Cruze, also an author and speaker; Grant Gaines, pastor of Calvary ... Read More

  • 'Undivided' race relations resource debuts at SBC

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- A breakout session on racial reconciliation during the SBC annual meeting accompanied the release of a new resource to help pastors and churches bridge the racial divide in their communities titled "Undivided: Your Church and Racial Reconciliation."

    Those who attended the June 12 session hosted by the North American Mission Board heard a pair of panel discussions centering on the history of race relations in the SBC; current issues that divide different ethnicities; and next steps toward a unified mission. Read More

  • 8 entity heads field messenger questions

    by SBC writing team, posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Questions were posed to eight Southern Baptist Convention entity presidents during time allotted for messengers' questions during the leaders' respective reports at the June 12-13 SBC annual meeting in Dallas.

    Following are accounts of the entity presidents' responses. Not all entity presidents were asked questions.

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  • Seminary luncheons: highlights & challenges

    by SBC Seminary Staff, posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Campus highlights and challenges were among the topics of June 13 luncheons for alumni and friends of Southern Baptist seminaries during the SBC's annual meeting in Dallas.


    DALLAS (BP) -- About 150 alumni and friends of Gateway Seminary gathered for their annual luncheon at the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas June 13. Attendees heard reports about the seminary's progress ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Pointed words from Brother Louis Beloney

    by Fred Luter, posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Suffering from injuries in a motorcycle accident, gang member Fred Luter was told by Brother Louis Beloney, "You better get your life together, ask God to forgive you and to give you another chance to get it right!" Read More