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LifeWay to reduce ‘brick-and-mortar channel’
Jan16

LifeWay to reduce ‘brick-and-mortar channel’

NASHVILLE (BP)—In light of “an accelerated rate of erosion” at “brick-and-mortar” stores, LifeWay Christian Resources President Thom Rainer has announced that some LifeWay stores will be closing. The number of stores to close and the timing of those closures has not been announced. Rainer wrote in a Jan. 5 email to all LifeWay employees, “We prayed and hoped that our investments and commitments to the...

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Bailey Smith, early SBC conservative president, dies
Jan15

Bailey Smith, early SBC conservative president, dies

DULUTH, Ga. (BP) — Evangelist Bailey Smith, who helped sustain the Conservative Resurgence at its outset in the Southern Baptist Convention, died Monday morning (Jan. 14) at his home in Duluth, Ga. He was 79. Smith’s election as SBC president in 1980 was the second victory for conservatives following the landmark election of the late Memphis pastor Adrian Rogers in 1979. J. Gerald Harris, retired editor of Georgia...

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Greear to launch ‘Who’s Your One?’ with associations
Jan11

Greear to launch ‘Who’s Your One?’ with associations

DURHAM, N.C. (BP) — A Jan. 31 simulcast for associational leaders will help launch Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear’s “Who’s Your One?” evangelistic initiative among the 1,000-plus associations within the Southern Baptist network. “Who’s Your One?” encourages every Southern Baptist to intentionally build a relationship with one person over the course of 2019, share the...

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IMB taps Paul Chitwood as presidential candidate
Nov06

IMB taps Paul Chitwood as presidential candidate

RICHMOND, Va.—The International Mission Board trustees’ presidential search committee announced Tuesday (Nov. 6) that the committee will recommend Paul Chitwood, 48, to be elected as the 173-year-old entity’s 13th president. The vote to elect Chitwood is scheduled for the Nov. 15 plenary session during their IMB board meeting in Richmond. Hance Dilbeck, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Executive Director-Treasurer,...

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Survey sees mix of orthodox belief, shifting opinions
Oct23

Survey sees mix of orthodox belief, shifting opinions

NASHVILLE (BP) — Six in 10 Americans say religious belief is a matter of personal opinion. For 7 in 10 Americans, such religious beliefs include one true God existing in three persons — Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But an increasing majority of Americans deny Jesus has always existed and many say the Holy Spirit is a force rather than a personal being. Those are among the findings of a new study of American views on...

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