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Kennedy’s departure opens 2nd seat for Trump to fill
Jun27

Kennedy’s departure opens 2nd seat for Trump to fill

WASHINGTON (BP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement effective July 31, ending 30 years of service that began with his 1988 confirmation in the Ronald Reagan administration. Kennedy’s resignation opens a second seat for President Donald Trump to fill. In 2017, Congress amended rules to allow confirmation of justices by a simple majority vote, enabling the appointment of Justice Neil...

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Native American spiritual needs weigh on FoNAC
Jun21

Native American spiritual needs weigh on FoNAC

DALLAS (BP) — Native Americans balance life in both the Native and white culture and too often lose to both, Gary Hawkins said in his executive director’s report during the Fellowship of Native American Christians sixth annual gathering in Dallas. “Spiritual needs are tremendous among Native people,” Hawkins said during FoNAC’s June 10-11 meeting in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s...

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SBC 2018 in Dallas, empowered to ‘testify’: Annual Meeting draws nearly 10,000 messengers
Jun14

SBC 2018 in Dallas, empowered to ‘testify’: Annual Meeting draws nearly 10,000 messengers

DALLAS—Approximately 9,700 messengers met in Dallas’ Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, June 12-13, for the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Annual Meeting. Oklahoma Baptists were well represented as 525 messengers from the state attended the meeting that had as its theme “Testify: Go. Stand. Speak.” From elections to sermons to key business to a guest appearance by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, the 2018 annual meeting...

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SBC Pastors’ Conf. sounds call to ‘Fulfill Your Ministry’
Jun12

SBC Pastors’ Conf. sounds call to ‘Fulfill Your Ministry’

DALLAS (BP) – A diverse slate of speakers exhorted fellow pastors and church leaders to be faithful to their calling during the first two sessions of 2018 Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference June 10-11 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Centered on the theme “Fulfill Your Ministry” drawn from 2 Timothy 4:5, attendees were challenged to finish strong in their calling to local church ministry....

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J.D. Greear elected SBC president
Jun12

J.D. Greear elected SBC president

DALLAS (BP) — North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear was elected Southern Baptist Convention president June 12 during the 2018 annual meeting in Dallas, two years after conceding a closely contested election to lead the denomination. The newly elected president succeeds Memphis-area pastor Steven Gaines who served two one-year presidential terms from 2016-18. During the 16 years Greear has led The Summit Church, worship attendance...

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