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Baptist groups support ‘parental rights’; SBC news: Guidestone and Lifeway updates; Southern Baptists see attendance and baptism growth, membership decline.

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention (MWBC) signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief filed Monday (May 8) that urged the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to rule parents have legal standing to contest the guidance of the Eau Claire (Wis.) Area School District; Lifeway Christian Resources and B&H Español were named Publisher of the Year by the Spanish Evangelical Publishers Association (SEPA) at its annual awards ceremony held April 20, 2023, in Miami, Florida; For the second straight year, baptisms and giving increased among Southern Baptist congregations.

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Church sexual abuse prevention tools nearly done; OBU students return after tornado recovery; 15 reasons for less church evangelism today.

The Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force had already been working toward producing a tool box for churches prior to its March 28 meeting; When Oklahoma Baptist University students returned to in-person classes this week, the stress of final exams couldn’t compare with the joy of simply being back on their campus, which was wrecked by a tornado in mid-April; What keeps believers from sharing their faith? Researcher and author Thom Rainer recently conducted a poll of believers.

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Oklahoma doctors continue fire and tornado relief efforts; SBTC holds conference for Arabic Baptist pastors; Enhancing Your VBS.

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) continues to do work on multiple fronts. According to Jason Yarbrough, state director for DR, relief work continues after wildfires and a series of tornadoes and severe storms in Oklahoma; Many Texans have a general understanding they live in one of the most diverse states in the nation. What they may be less aware of is how many Arabic-speaking Southern Baptist churches exist in the Lone Star State; Vacation Bible School is an enriching time when various volunteers from all parts of the church join together to plan and lead a special event with one theme in mind—sharing the gospel with children.

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NAMB Trustees: 10k new churches, visit Vegas missionaries; CP talks on Great Commandment/Commission; Bible Study on Jesus as Messiah.

Trustees for the North American Mission Board (NAMB) celebrated a milestone of more than 10,000 churches planted by Southern Baptists since 2010 as 745 church plants were added in 2022; A lineup of speakers and guests on the Cooperative Program Stage will point attention toward what should be at the heart of all Southern Baptists The waiting seasons of life can be difficult. Oftentimes we become so hyper-focused on a specific desire that we miss God’s answers that are right in front of us.

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National Day of Prayer, prep for immigration policy end, report abuse in 3 steps.

“Pray Fervently in Righteousness and Avail Much” is the 2023 NDOP theme, based on James 5:16; The upcoming expiration of a COVID-era immigration policy has communities and groups such as ministry centers bracing for a surge in migrants; In a First Person on Baptist Press, Kris Buckman offers tips to church when reports sexual abuse come to their attention.

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Myanmar Baptists meet; KBC promotes healthy churches; Top 7 church criteria.

The first-ever annual meeting of the Myanmar Baptist Churches USA fellowship is to take place Monday, June 12, in connection with the 2023 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention at the New Orleans Convention Center; A healthy deacon leads to a healthy deacon ministry, which is an important part of a healthy church; In a piece on BP Karl Clauson writes, Jesus was crystal clear – his church is a prevailing church

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Sudan conflict destroys churches, displaces Christians; Policies and procedures promote safety for all; The demon of self-improvement.

A call to prayer today as at least four churches have been destroyed and a congregation directly assaulted in Sudan, signaling the earliest reports of religious suffering in the fight for governmental control that erupted April 15; Having solid policies and procedures in place at your church helps prevent sexual abuse by protecting children, youth and vulnerable adults, according to Kris Buckman; In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, JD Greear writes, The demons don’t mind the cleanup; in fact, they like it.

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Effort to revive ERA falls short in Senate; 7 Ways to Decrease Gossiping in the Church

The U.S. Senate rejected an attempt Thursday (April 27) to revive the Equal Rights Amendment more than four decades after the controversial proposal passed its deadline for ratification; Did you know researchers believe at least 76 percent of the population of Cincinnati is far from God and not involved in any local church, according to the North American Mission Board; Want to know a secret? Theologian Chuck Lawless thinks you should take gossip seriously.

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Oklahoma DR teams aid OBU area; Gospel chances at Paris 2024; Bible study: Trusting God.

Eight confirmed tornadoes slashed across Oklahoma’s midsection the evening of Wed., April 19, inflicting major damage to structures at Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) and to other sections of Shawnee; In just a little over one year, it will be ‘games wide open’ for the Paris Olympics, with more than 10,500 athletes from countries spanning the globe and thousands of spectators descending on the French capital; A Lifeway Bible study on Baptist Press says, “In the book of Deuteronomy, God had already performed miracle after miracle in His care and provision for the Israelites, yet they failed to believe God could provide them with water.

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