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  • Nehemiah Code: 'Never too late' for new beginning

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Thursday, October 04, 2018 (18 days ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Whether it's revitalizing a church, dealing with a broken relationship or wrestling with one's own self-confidence, most ministry workers and other Christians will spend at least some of the next year trying to restore something.

    Nehemiah provides a key example for how to approach a rebuilding task, says GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins. Hawkins explores the example found in the Old Testament book in the latest installment of his Code series, "The Nehemiah Code: It's Never Too Late for a New Beginning."

    As with all of Hawkins' books, all author's royalties and proceeds benefit the Mission:Dignity ministry, which provides financial assistance to retired pastors, Southern Baptist workers and their widows in financial need. Read More

  • GuideStone launches new era at Pinnacle Tower

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Wednesday, August 22, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Reflecting on the number of days GuideStone Financial Resources has served hundreds of thousands of participants, O.S. Hawkins noted that Aug. 20, 2018 -- the first day at GuideStone's new home -- was a momentous one, following the 100th anniversary of its beginnings in Dallas on July 31, 1918.

    "In Psalm 90:12, the prayer of Moses says, 'So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom,'" Hawkins, GuideStone's president, noted. "We're good at counting months or years. In the financial industry, we number quarters. But a heart of wisdom counts the days."

    GuideStone occupies the top five floors of the 24-story Pinnacle Tower at 5005 LBJ Freeway across the Dallas North Tollway from the Dallas Galleria shopping center. Read More

  • GuideStone eyes 2nd century of finance aid & service

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Monday, August 13, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- In early August of 1918, William Lunsford, the founding chief executive of what today is GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, received a letter from trustee Cullen F. Thomas. In it, Lunsford was advised that the state of Texas on July 31 had granted the charter for what was named the Board of Ministerial Relief and Annuities.

    The closing line of the letter simply said, "You are now a 'going concern.' May you continue to grow and go." Read More

  • GuideStone gains final win over mandate

    by Tom Strode and Roy Hayhurst, posted Friday, August 10, 2018 (2 months ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- GuideStone Financial Resources has secured a conclusive victory in its lengthy, legal battle against the Obama-era abortion/contraception mandate.

    A federal judge in Oklahoma issued a final judgment July 17 in favor of the Southern Baptist Convention's health and financial benefits entity, as well as ministries it serves, GuideStone reported Aug. 8. The ruling brought to an end GuideStone's challenge of a 2011 rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that helped implement a controversial health-care law enacted the previous year. The regulation required employers to provide their workers with coverage for contraceptives, including those that can potentially induce abortions, or face potentially devastating fines. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: GuideStone marks centennial anniversary

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Friday, August 10, 2018 (2 months ago)

    NEW YORK (BP) -- Marking the 100th anniversary of GuideStone Financial Resources, the Southern Baptist entity's trustees gathered July 30–31 in regular session to hear ministry reports from its executive leadership team and staff.

    Trustees gave thanks to the Lord for the entity's ministry and for the vision of founder William Lunsford. The New York meeting site allowed trustees to recognize the contributions of John D. Rockefeller and his son John D. Rockefeller Jr., who together gave nearly $1 million in total during the board's first decade of service to provide financial assistance to retired Southern Baptist pastors and their widows. Read More

  • Tariff concerns needn't be 'distraction' to investors

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Thursday, July 12, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Current news of tariffs and trade disputes has added volatility to the financial markets due to the uncertainty it creates but likely will have little impact on long-term investors, according to analysts with GuideStone Financial Resources.

    Despite initial concerns that the moves could hamper growth, global markets have generally continued to trade in a narrow range while investors evaluate other, likely more impactful, near-term economic developments. Read More

  • Centennial, Mission:Dignity atop GuideStone report

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- O.S. Hawkins brought the 100th report of GuideStone Financial Resources on Tuesday morning to messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention during their June 12–13 in Dallas.

    Hawkins noted the privilege GuideStone has had of living out its founder's vision.

    "A century ago, our founder, William Lunsford, stood before the Southern Baptist Convention in Hot Springs, Ark., and told pastors, 'Give yourselves wholeheartedly to the work. We will stand back of you. If you fall in the work, we will care for you. If you die, we will not allow your family to suffer. If you grow old in the work, we will comfort you in your declining years,'" Hawkins recounted. Read More

  • Mission:Dignity affirms couple's trust in God's care

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- No matter how little they appeared to have, Roy and Janice Southern understood one undeniable truth: You can't out-give the Lord.

    Whether it was selling his gun to help a fellow seminary student at Criswell College pay for his textbooks or giving $100 from their Mission:Dignity gift to a widow they knew couldn't afford her medicine, the Southerns have been faithful throughout their lives to share what they had with others.

    "God promised us that He would take care of us if we were obedient to Him," ... Read More

  • GuideStone to launch lower-cost Secure Health plan

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (5 months ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Churches and pastors looking for budget-minded health care coverage as well as protection for their employees and their families have another option to consider coming this summer.

    GuideStone Financial Resources, the financial services entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, will roll out its new GuideStone Secure Health plan during the June 12-13 SBC annual meeting in Dallas, with enrollment to begin July 1. Read More

  • GuideStone, ERLC defend ministerial housing allowance

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, April 30, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Two Southern Baptist entities have urged a federal appeals court to uphold the constitutionality of the ministerial housing allowance.

    GuideStone Financial Resources and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief filed April 26 that asks the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to reverse a lower court decision invalidating the exemption. Read More