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Monday, September 15, 2014
By Tess Rivers Richmond, Va.—There are three qualities that many would say characterize former IMB president Tom Elliff: boundless energy, a passion for prayer and a heart broken over lostness. When IMB trustees unanimously elected Elliff to lead the missions agency in March 2011, the then 67-year-old former missionary, pastor, two-time Southern Baptist Convention president and IMB vice president made it clear that he had big plans. "I'm coming with a vision," More...
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Monday, September 15, 2014
By David Roach Nashville—Pastors must learn how to help troubled souls and remove the stigma associated with mental illness, Rick Warren and Tony Rose said in a discussion with Russell Moore, president of Southern Baptists' Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. "The phrase 'mental health' or 'mental illness' does not equal crazy," Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., said in the video posted at the SBC entity's erlc.com website. "A lot of More...
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Monday, September 15, 2014
Detroit—Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief teams returned last weekend from Michigan, where they have been helping residents with cleanup efforts after more than 4 1/2 inches fell on Aug. 11 causing massive flooding in Detroit and surrounding areas. Coy Webb, disaster relief coordinator for the Kentucky Baptist Convention, said the volunteers had cleared mud and debris and soggy furnishings out of 69 homes, as of Sept. 12. Webb said Kentucky Baptist volunteers have More...
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Monday, September 15, 2014
New Orleans—Traditional marriage gained a win in a federal court Sept. 3 after a string of losses at the federal level. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman in New Orleans ruled that Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage can stand. The ruling is the first time a ban in a state on same-sex marriages has been upheld by a federal judge since the Supreme Court struck down key elements of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in 2013. "The Court finds that Louisiana's More...
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Monday, September 15, 2014
by Nick Sandefur Children all around our state have headed back to school. Early mornings, packed lunches, locker combinations and homework are on the minds of many children once again. Ministry, however, is on the mind of churches, and a growing number are seeing opportunities to help their communities and engage the culture through investing in local schools. One of those churches is First Baptist Church of Junction City. First Baptist, Junction City, has a deep More...
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Monday, September 15, 2014
Louisville—The agency & institutions committee of the Kentucky Baptist Mission Board has sent another appeal for the administration and trustees of Campbellsville University to restore its long-standing covenant agreement with the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Should Campbellsville's board choose to overturn its decision to terminate the covenant agreement, the action will "open the pathway for the KBC to explore a partnership agreement with the university," the More...
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Monday, September 15, 2014
Karl Babb and Peggy Berry wish fewer and fewer Kentucky Baptist ministers would need their services. They lead the transition and conflict management work of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. In short, they work with ministers who are facing termination and who often feel as though their ministries, and perhaps even their families, are falling apart. It is a heartbreaking task—at first. But for those who attend one of their Ministers in Transition retreats, it can More...
 
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