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ReConnect START Road Trip visits associations
Apr16

ReConnect START Road Trip visits associations

Starting with a goal of connecting, sharing a vision and passion for connecting people to the Gospel through small groups and Sunday School, members of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) ReConnect Sunday School team are traveling across Oklahoma this spring. With the specific aim of starting new groups, team members Bob Mayfield, Tim Gentry, Todd Sanders, and Brett Selby are sharing the Great Commission strategy of...

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‘Blood moon’ lunar eclipses not a sign, Baptist professors say
Apr15

‘Blood moon’ lunar eclipses not a sign, Baptist professors say

NASHVILLE (BP) — Televangelist John Hagee’s prediction that a series of “blood moon” lunar eclipses signals a “world shaking event” is a misinterpretation of the Bible, two Southern Baptist professors said. Hagee’s prediction “ignores” a common style of writing in the Bible known as “apocalyptic literature” that “frequently contains cosmic imagery” to...

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OKC’s Dilbeck to be 2nd VP nominee
Apr15

OKC’s Dilbeck to be 2nd VP nominee

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (BP) — Oklahoma City pastor Hance Dilbeck will be nominated for second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention in June, a former SBC president, Johnny Hunt, has announced.Dilbeck has been senior pastor of the 4,600-member Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City since 2003. “Pastor Hance is a man that loves God and His Word, the church and the nations,” said Hunt, senior pastor of the...

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Supreme Court declines photographers’ appeal
Apr07

Supreme Court declines photographers’ appeal

WASHINGTON (BP)—The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to rule on a New Mexico couple’s objection to photographing a same-sex ceremony sends a menacing signal about mounting government coercion, religious freedom advocates said. The high court announced without comment Monday (April 7) it would not review a lower court decision that found Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin, Christians who operate a photography business, violated New...

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ERLC calls for prayer on eve of Hobby Lobby’s court hearing
Mar24

ERLC calls for prayer on eve of Hobby Lobby’s court hearing

WASHINGTON (BP) — The Southern Baptist Convention’s religious freedom entity has called for prayer in a U.S. Supreme Court case that promises to provide a landmark decision on church-state relations. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and its president, Russell D. Moore, urged Southern Baptists and others to pray as the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments Tuesday (March 25) in a consolidated...

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IMB leader launches search for successor
Feb26

IMB leader launches search for successor

AUSTIN, Texas (BP) – IMB President Tom Elliff today (Feb. 26) asked the chairman of the mission agency’s board of trustees to appoint a search committee for his successor. Elliff made the request during his report at IMB’s Feb. 25-26 trustee meeting in Austin, Texas, and said he will remain president until a new leader is in place. A 15-member committee was named for the search. “Based on what (my wife Jeannie and I)...

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