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SBC Credentials Committee establishes online submission portal
Dec03

SBC Credentials Committee establishes online submission portal

NASHVILLE (BP)—The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Credentials Committee has established an online submission portal for reports of a church’s alleged departure from Southern Baptist polity, doctrine or practice. The new portal is available at SBC.net/credentials, Chairman Stacy Bramlett told Baptist Press Monday Dec. 2, and submissions may be completed online or in print. The website includes the Credentials Committee...

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9 trends on Christmas Eve services
Dec03

9 trends on Christmas Eve services

Christmas Eve is a few weeks away. Most churches have some type of Christmas Eve service, but we are seeing clear trends in how churches approach them. Every time we communicate something about these services, we get a lot of comments and questions. In that context, here is an update on nine clear trends we are seeing: It is growing in importance. Non-Christians are more likely to come to worship services on Christmas Eve than any...

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O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Dec03

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

EDITOR’S NOTE: As the Christmas/Advent season is in full bloom, BaptistMessenger.com is sharing this article series by Keith Getty to help readers learn more about the great carols that are being sung this time of year. From Dec. 2 through Dec. 12, an article will be published each day. The Baptist Messenger hopes this series will enrich the holiday season for you, as you celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Dec...

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WEEK OF PRAYER: Prayer requests from Paul Chitwood
Dec02

WEEK OF PRAYER: Prayer requests from Paul Chitwood

EDITOR’S NOTE: This year’s Week of Prayer for International Missions in the Southern Baptist Convention is Dec. 1-8, focusing on Rev. 7:9 (“I saw a great multitude from every nation and all tribes ….”) The theme undergirds the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. The offering, in tandem with Cooperative Program gifts from Southern Baptist churches, supports international workers in seeking...

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‘The Star’ leads December’s family-friendly lineup
Dec02

‘The Star’ leads December’s family-friendly lineup

Finding a children’s animated movie about the birth of Christ isn’t easy. In fact, if you’re wanting it to be feature-length—that is, a 90-minute film to watch on family movie night—it’s nearly impossible. But there’s good news: The best selection in that unique genre is now on Netflix. The Star (2017) tells the story of Christ’s birth from the viewpoint of the animals, as they follow Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem and...

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10 Christmas carols to celebrate and share the Savior of the world
Dec02

10 Christmas carols to celebrate and share the Savior of the world

EDITOR’S NOTE: As the Christmas/Advent season is in full bloom, BaptistMessenger.com is sharing this article series by Keith Getty to help readers learn more about the great carols that are being sung this time of year. From Dec. 2 through Dec. 12, an article will be published each day. The Baptist Messenger hopes this series will enrich the holiday season for you, as you celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. ...

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