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Troubled Waters
Jun23

Troubled Waters

Editor: This column was originally published on First Things on 6-2-2014. It is reposted with permission. The Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant denomination in America and has been since around 1960 when it bypassed Methodism in this category. Riding the wave of the post-World War II evangelical boom, Southern Baptists long ago moved beyond their old confines south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Southern Baptist churches...

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ERLC panelists say they’re optimistic Hobby Lobby will win religious liberty battle at Supreme Court
Jun10

ERLC panelists say they’re optimistic Hobby Lobby will win religious liberty battle at Supreme Court

BALTIMORE, Md., June 10, 2014—Panelists at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s event on “Hobby Lobby and the Future of Religious Liberty” said they’re optimistic that the U.S. Supreme Court will rule in favor of the Christian-based organization at the upcoming ruling. Russell D. Moore, ERLC president, said the future of religious liberty is about both winning arguments in the court and also winning people to Christ. Moore...

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96 missionaries commissioned at rare joint IMB/NAMB service
Jun10

96 missionaries commissioned at rare joint IMB/NAMB service

>> by: Shannon Baker BALTIMORE (BP) — The International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board commissioned 96 missionaries during a rare joint commissioning service sponsored by the Woman’s Missionary Union, June 8, at the Baltimore Convention Center. In an emotional service marked by prayer and praise, many were commissioned to serve as church planters, evangelism catalysts, collegiate ministers,...

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ERLC to Present Awards to Green Family & Saeed Abedini at Annual SBC Meeting
Jun03

ERLC to Present Awards to Green Family & Saeed Abedini at Annual SBC Meeting

>> by: Elizabeth Bristow NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 3, 2014—Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, will present the 2014 John Leland Religious Liberty Award to the Green Family of Hobby Lobby and the 2014 Richard Land Distinguished Service Award to Saeed Abedini during the ERLC report at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, June 11. The...

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There Is No ‘Third Way’ — Southern Baptists Face a Moment of Decision (and so will you)
Jun02

There Is No ‘Third Way’ — Southern Baptists Face a Moment of Decision (and so will you)

>> by: Dr. R. Albert Mohler JR.    Southern Baptists will be heading for Baltimore in just a few days, and the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention is to be held in a city that has not hosted the convention since 1940. This time, Baptists attending the meeting will face an issue that would not have been imaginable just a few years ago, much less in 1940 — a congregation that affirms same-sex relationships. Just...

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Baptism, worship declines prompt Southern Baptist leaders’ prayers for ‘renewed passion’
May28

Baptism, worship declines prompt Southern Baptist leaders’ prayers for ‘renewed passion’

NASHVILLE (BP) — Southern Baptists experienced growth in the number of churches affiliated with the convention in 2013, while other key measures declined, according to the Annual Church Profile (ACP) compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources in cooperation with Baptist state conventions. The number of churches in the Southern Baptist Convention grew by 91 to 46,125, a 0.2 percent increase over 2012. SBC churches also reported...

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