Settlement Reached, Women Called, & Gospel Power
The U.S. government has been ordered to pay more than $230 million to survivors of the 2017 massacre of 26 worshipers at First Baptist Sutherland Springs. Women from 19 states and hundreds of churches came together for Abide 2022 conference at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. And Wayne Bray encouragers readers to examine their own hearts to make sure they truly believe God’s redeeming power.
A federal district judge ordered the U.S. government to pay more than $230 million to survivors of the 2017 massacre of 26 worshipers at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas.
U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez ruled the U.S. government was 60 percent liable for the massacre.
Rodriguez levied that the U.S. Air Force had failed to report to the FBI shooter Devin Kelley’s bad conduct discharge in 2014.
First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs Senior Pastor Frank Pomeroy, who lost a daughter in the attack, has chosen not to comment on the court case out of respect for the victims. Pomeroy is not listed among plaintiffs.
Women from 19 states and hundreds of churches came together for Abide 2022 conference at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Leavell College Feb. 4-5 to hear Jen Wilkin, popular Bible study author and speaker.
Wilkin encouraged the women to take a specific approach to their Bible study that would cause to not only learn about God, but to grow in their love for Him.
“The heart cannot love what the head does not know,” Wilkin said. “If we want to feel deeply about God, we must think deeply about God.”
In her follow-up plenary Saturday morning, Wilkin offered a better approach for Bible study that begins by understanding that the Bible is “not about me” or about making believers “feel better.”
“The Bible is a book about God,” Wilkin said. “Read it first for what it says about Him.”
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Wayne Bray, pastor at FBC Simpsonville, SC, says, “Common sense tells us that it’s impossible for us to convince others of something we don’t believe ourselves,” in a First-Person piece at Baptist Press.
He encouragers readers to examine their own hearts to make sure they truly believe God’s redeeming power for their lives.
Pointing to Romans 1:16, Brays writes, “The Gospel still has the power to change lives, and Jesus still saves sinners who call on His name.”
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Churches aid Vietnam vets after 50 years; NAMB orients planters, Holman releases NASB Tony Evans Study Bible.
It was the most controversial point of the most controversial time in post-Civil War America. The North American Mission Board (NAMB) hosted the first Send Network Orientation of 2023 from March 20-22, with 200 church planting missionaries sent out from 174 different churches. Holman Bibles will release The NASB Tony Evans Study Bible on April 1, 2023.
NC man’s prayer vision impacts thousands of believers; trans athlete ban and Semenya rules tightened; Spirit-empowered.
Seven days a week, Terry Long’s morning starts with an 8 o’clock phone call to Fred Lunsford, a 98-year-old retired pastor in North Carolina. Calling it a welcome development, Dan Darling of the Land Center for Cultural Engagement says the decision of the World Athletics Council will acknowledge the reality of God’s good creation in human biology. And In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Louisiana Baptist Steve Horn writes… Everything is powered by something.
ERLC trustees OK senior staff additions, award recipients, FIRST-PERSON: Plan now for Baptism Sunday 2023
The trustees of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission awarded the O.S. and Susie Hawkins to receive the Richard Land Distinguished Service Award. Baptism Sunday will be celebrated by many churches on the Sunday following Easter.