KATRINA 2005-15: NOBTS counts blessings, not lossesNEW ORLEANS (BP) -- On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is counting blessings rather than losses and leaning into the future with anticipation.
"We are grateful that God was able to pull out of the rubble of Katrina a city of New Orleans that has more energy and has more vitality than it has had in a very long time," NOBTS President Chuck Kelley said. "And out of the rubble, the seminary is now strong, healthy and doing well." Read More
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IMB leaders announce plan to balance budgetRICHMOND, Va.(BP) -- International Mission Board leaders have outlined a plan to address IMB's revenue shortfalls and complete a reset of the organization in order to move forward into the future with "innovative vision, wise stewardship and high accountability."
The plan was presented by senior IMB leadership, including President David Platt, during an Aug. 27 town hall meeting including missionaries and staff, who collectively attended either in person or through digital communication. IMB trustees ... Read More
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USCIRF crucial to religious freedom, Moore says"Religious liberty isn't an American privilege."WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore has joined a diverse collection of religious liberty advocates to urge members of Congress to reauthorize an important federal panel on global religious freedom as the deadline for doing so nears.
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Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and 85 others signed onto a letter calling for reauthorization of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) by Sept. 30. The current authority for the panel expires on that date. Read More
Kendrick film 'War Room' lauded by BaptistsNASHVILLE (BP) -- "War Room," the latest film by brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, is being applauded by Southern Baptist leaders and others as a picture of God's power and an effective tool for encouraging Christians in prayer.
Starring noted Bible teachers Priscilla Shirer in a lead role and Beth Moore among supporting cast, the film opens in wide release Aug. 28 in the U.S., with advance showings a day earlier in limited cities. Read More
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'War Room' resources now availableNASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources has partnered with filmmakers Stephen and Alex Kendrick to provide churches with resources to accompany their latest film, "War Room," which spotlights prayer, its power and purpose.
The movie, releasing in theaters Aug. 28, tells the story of a prayer warrior grandmother (played by Karen Abercrombie) who mentors a young mom (Priscilla Shirer) facing a troubled relationship with her husband (T.C. Stallings). Read More
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Rainer: LifeWay, at 'hinge moments,' moving forwardRIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources is facing "hinge moments" and decisions that will propel the organization in one direction or another, President Thom S. Rainer told trustees during the board's Aug. 24-25 meeting.
"We are about to walk through some open doors as these hinge moments are now before us," Rainer said. "And I think we are about to see some incredible days at LifeWay." Read More
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Increases proposed for SBC, Fla. ministry
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- Saying "we can impact the world" by sending 51 percent of Florida's Cooperative Program receipts to the Southern Baptist Convention while simultaneously increasing funds to reach Florida, Executive Director-Treasurer Tommy Green presented a $29 million budget for 2016 to the State Board of Missions' Budget-Allocations Committee.
The committee unanimously approved the proposed 2016 Cooperative Program budget Aug. 13 to send $14,790,000 -- or 51 percent -- to the SBC and retain ... Read More
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'A long journey': Josh Duggar enters rehabNASHVILLE (BP) -- Former family values advocate and reality television star Josh Duggar entered a long-term treatment center days after he confessed marital infidelity as a customer of the Ashley Madison adultery service.
Duggar checked himself into an undisclosed treatment center Aug. 25 for an unspecified amount of time, his mother Michelle Duggar blogged Aug. 26 at duggarfamily.com. Read More