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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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Eugene Peterson, creator of ‘The Message,’ dies at 85

KALISPELL, Mont. (BP) — Eugene Peterson, bestselling Christian author known for “The Message” paraphrase of Scripture, died today (Oct. 22). He was 85. Pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Md., for nearly 30 years, Peterson published more than 30 books on biblical spirituality, pastoral theology and Christian living, including his 2013 memoir “The Pastor” and “A Long Obedience...

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ERLC, BGEA back coach in appeal to Supreme Court
Oct20

ERLC, BGEA back coach in appeal to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (BP)—The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and other organizations have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court decision they contend violates the First Amendment rights of public school teachers and coaches. The court has twice rescheduled a conference to consider whether to accept the appeal, according to First Liberty Institute, which represents a coach in the case. The ERLC...

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‘Gosnell’ helps uncover ‘horrors of abortion’
Oct11

‘Gosnell’ helps uncover ‘horrors of abortion’

NASHVILLE (BP) — A trio of forthcoming movies hailed by pro-life activists — led by “Gosnell” opening Oct. 12 — could influence Americans’ thinking on abortion, critics say. Christians “have been behind the curve, and we’re just now starting to realize the importance” of promoting the sanctity of unborn life through film, Christian filmmaker and media consultant Phil Cooke told...

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