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  • State papers 'have a future,' Tenn. editor says

    by David Roach, posted Friday, March 09, 2018 (9 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In an era of shrinking newspaper readership, Baptist state papers retain a viable path forward as "niche publications" with strong online and print presence, state paper editor Lonnie Wilkey told the Tennessee Baptist Historical Society (TBHS).

    "The newspaper industry is declining, but Baptist papers still have a future," said Wilkey, editor of Tennessee's Baptist and Reflector newsjournal. That's "mainly because we are niche publications ... If you want to read about Tennessee Baptists, the only source you really have is the Baptist and Reflector."

    Baptist papers in other states, he said, similarly serve as the main viable sources about Baptists there. Read More

  • TN fires: Churches reflect on God's grace 1 year later

    by David Dawson/Baptist and Reflector, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (BP) -- For pastor Kim McCroskey and his congregation, the odyssey appears to be nearly over.

    After spending nearly exactly one year in temporary venues, the members of Roaring Fork Baptist Church in Gatlinburg will soon be returning to their original location.

    "The light at the end of the tunnel is really bright," McCroskey said. "We know we are about to come back home."

    Roaring Fork Baptist was destroyed last November -- losing its sanctuary and family life center -- in the Great Smoky Mountain wildfires that swept through the region. But after a long and steady recovery process, aided by Tennessee Baptist disaster relief teams and Builders for Christ, the church is scheduled to start hosting services on its campus again within the next few weeks. Read More

  • Tenn. Baptists adopt resolution against racism

    by Lonnie Wilkey & David Dawson, posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Messengers to the Tennessee Baptist Convention's annual meeting overwhelmingly spoke against racism during the Nov. 12-16 sessions of The Summit at First Baptist Church in Henderson.

    David Leavell, pastor of First Baptist Church in Millington in West Tennessee, was elected president during the meeting, which drew 993 messengers from 422 churches.

    The total did not include eight messengers from First Baptist Church in Jefferson City, as the convention voted overwhelmingly not to seat those from the church, which called a woman as senior pastor earlier this year. See Baptist Press story on Tuesday, Nov. 14 Read More

  • Church with a woman pastor declined by Tenn. conv.

    by Lonnie Wilkey, posted Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Messengers to the Tennessee Baptist Convention annual meeting voted overwhelmingly not to seat messengers from First Baptist Church in Jefferson City, which has a woman as pastor, during the TBC's opening session Nov. 14.

    First Baptist attempted to register seven messengers, including new pastor Ellen Di Giosia, who has been in the position since Aug. 1.

    In mid-October, the TBC's Committee on Credentials met and agreed that a church with a woman pastor does not fit the definition of a "cooperating church" as defined by convention bylaws. The committee based its decision on Article VI of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 declaring that "the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture." Read More

  • As protests loom, TN Baptists denounce racism

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Baptist and Reflector, posted Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- With white supremacist rallies scheduled for this weekend in the state, a mix of ethnically diverse Tennessee Baptists gathered in a display of unity in Franklin on Wednesday (Oct. 25) to publicly denounce the white supremacist movement and racism.

    "We don't call press conferences very often but we believe it is impossible to stand silently by while the white supremacy movement plans to invade our state and perpetrate its evil Saturday (Oct. 28) in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro," said Randy C. Davis, president and executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Mission ... Read More

  • Tenn. board learns Carson-Newman Univ. accepts BF&M

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Tennessee Baptist and Reflector, posted Monday, September 18, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- The Tennessee Baptist Mission Board has been informed that Carson-Newman University trustees have acted to "incorporate the 2000 Baptist Faith & Message and the Preamble as part of the standards and regulations concerning the operations of the university."

    The TBMB's board of directors, in their Sept. 12 meeting, also heard the response of the committee which has been in dialogue with C-N officials during the past year: "The Partner Ministries Committee of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board appreciates and receives the positive response of the Carson-Newman University ... Read More

  • Franklin Graham Decision tour targets small-town Tenn.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, May 09, 2017 (10 months ago)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- It’s not often an evangelist with the following of Billy Graham’s son Franklin hosts Gospel events in communities as small as Jackson, Tenn., home to about 68,000 people.

    Fresh from the success of the 2016 Decision America Tour that drew a total of 230,000 people to prayer rallies in all 50 states, Franklin Graham is focusing on small and medium-sized towns in Tennessee in May as he continues his national call to prayer. Read More

  • Tenn. legislature OKs post-viable abortion ban

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, May 04, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Tennessee legislature has overwhelmingly approved a ban on post-viability abortions, drawing praise from the head of the Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity.

    The House of Representatives voted 69-18 in favor of the Tennessee Infants Protection Act Wednesday (May 3), two days after the Senate passed the legislation in a 27-3 vote. The bill will go to Gov. Bill Haslam, who is considered pro-life but has not announced whether he will sign it into law. Read More

  • Baptists partner with Tenn. foster care system

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, April 20, 2017 (11 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Tennessee's Department of Children's Services has found a valuable partner to help improve the state's foster care system: faith-based organizations like the Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes.

    Since December, TBCH has participated in a collaboration of government and the private sector to encourage foster parenting. Known as TN Fosters, the collaboration seeks to unite state government, faith groups, nonprofit organizations and businesses in recruiting foster parents and supporting foster families. Read More