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Monday, December 03, 2018

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  • Bush 41 remembered as 'at home' with So. Baptists

    by David Roach, posted Monday, December 03, 2018 (8 days ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- President George H.W. Bush, who died Nov. 30 at age 94, is being remembered by Southern Baptists who knew him as a "warm," "cordial" man who "felt right at home with people who loved God and His Word."

    Bush held the U.S. presidency from 1989-93 following eight years as vice president. He is the last president to address the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in person. An Episcopalian, Bush professed faith in Christ and met with SBC leaders both during his 1988 presidential campaign and during his time in the Oval Office. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: A small church's 'big dreams'

    by *Names changed., posted Monday, December 03, 2018 (8 days ago)

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    ANDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP)-- A few years ago, Steve Lakin's church budget had a line of numbers his heart couldn't reconcile. "I was meeting with the elder leadership here at the church, and as I was looking through our financial report, I saw we had a large surplus left over," said Lakin, pastor of First Baptist Church of Andersonville, Tenn.

    One of the elders grinned and said he was sure God had ways in mind to spend that money. Pastor Lakin agreed. "That thought just kept reverberating in my head for the next several days," he said. And as it did, those extra dollars fueled big dreams, Read More

  • Charles Sullivan, former Indiana exec, dies at 88

    by Art Toalston, posted Monday, December 03, 2018 (8 days ago)

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Charles W. Sullivan, who became the Indiana Baptist convention's executive director after 42 years in the pastorate, died Nov. 27 at his home in Knoxville, Tenn. He was 88.

    Sullivan led the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana for 12 years, retiring in 2003.

    "All my life I have prayed that God would make my final years of ministry the crown of my service for Him," Sullivan wrote a year earlier in announcing his retirement. "I truly believe He has answered that prayer." Read More

  • Will Starbucks block Wi-Fi porn in 2019?

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, December 03, 2018 (8 days ago)

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    GREAT FALLS, Va. (BP) -- Internet safety advocate Enough Is Enough (EIE) continues to call for Starbucks to keep its November pledge to block Wi-Fi pornography from its 29,000 U.S. coffee shops by 2019.

    "We will continue to engage the media to keep the pressure on Starbucks until they finally implement filtering in their U.S.-based stores," EIE President and CEO Donna Rice Hughes said today (Dec. 3). "It's time for America's children and families to enjoy the same peace of mind in a safe Wi-Fi environment that Starbucks offers its loyal customer base in other nations." Read More

  • Women's support coordinator appointed at SBTS

    by SBTS Communications, posted Monday, December 03, 2018 (8 days ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- In light of challenges facing campuses about the place of women in those communities, R. Albert Mohler Jr. has appointed Garnetta Smith to the new position of women's support coordinator for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    In comments about Smith's appointment, Mohler said it further buttresses policies already in place to protect women by providing a woman in a place of authority to whom they have direct access. In his analysis of best practices, Mohler said, it became clear that Southern Seminary needed a woman in this role who had ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: An ever-escalating identity crisis

    by Charles Patrick, posted Monday, December 03, 2018 (8 days ago)

    A Christian's identity, Charles Patrick writes, is not defined by one's preferred coffee, clothing, blog, smartphone or political party, but is rooted in two words: "in Christ." Read More