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Oct 22, 2014
ASIA (BP)—A gathering of Southern Baptist missionaries grappling with what's working in missions—and what isn't—welcomed a new colleague to the strategic discussion: International Mission Board President David Platt.

The long-planned conference, held earlier this fall in Asia, came at an ideal time for Platt, 36. The influential pastor, mission mobilizer and "Radical" author was elected a few weeks earlier by IMB trustees to lead Southern Baptists' international mission enterprise. Now he's focused on absorbing the huge amount of knowledge required for his new job. The five-day gathering enabled him to meet face to face with missionaries working in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe—something that might have taken him months or years to do otherwise.
Oct 20, 2014
NASHVILLE (BP)—Baptists must let their voices be heard, said Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd.

Floyd is one of several speakers from across the nation slated to speak Nov. 2 at the "I Stand Sunday" simulcast hosted by Family Research Council and other partners. The event is being held in response to five Houston ministers being issued subpoenas by the city's attorney to turn over sermons and other pastoral communications.
Oct 16, 2014
HOUSTON (BP)—Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott called on Houston city attorney Dave Feldman Oct. 16 to withdraw subpoenas requiring five pastors to submit their sermons to his office in regard to litigation against a new Houston Equal Rights Ordinance's protections based on sexual orientation.

The pastors are part of a petition effort to repeal the ordinance, known as HERO among its supporters.
Oct 10, 2014
NASHVILLE (BP)—Despite negative reviews by some secular and Christian film critics, the end-times thriller "Left Behind" starring Nicolas Cage grossed nearly $7 million at the box office during its opening weekend and helped place renewed focus on the doctrine of Christ's second coming.

"It's a good film, one that doesn't preach, but does remind moviegoers that there is a time when life will end on earth, one way or another," Christian film critic Phil Boatwright told Baptist Press in written comments. "And, it subtly asks us if we are preparing for it."
Oct 9, 2014
NASHVILLE (BP)—Hillsong United, a worship band at Australia's Hillsong Church, was the big winner at the Gospel Music Association's 45th annual Dove Awards Oct. 7.

The band was named Artist of the Year and their song "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" received awards for Song of the Year, Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year and Worship Song of the Year. The song has been at or near the top of the Christian charts for more than a year.
Oct 6, 2014
WASHINGTON (BP)—Same-sex marriage is on the verge of becoming a legal reality in 60 percent of America's states. The U.S. Supreme Court paved the way Monday (Oct. 6) for marriages between people of the same sex to be legally recognized in 11 additional states. When that seemingly assured expansion takes effect, gay marriage will be legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia.
Oct 4, 2014
NASHVILLE (BP)—October is “Cooperative Program Emphasis Month” on the Southern Baptist Convention’s calendar. Churches are challenged to study the Cooperative Program—to learn about it, see what it does and pray about their part.

The “1% CP Challenge” “is a succinct way to do something more—an understandable way to say, ‘Yeah, we can do that’ ” said Frank S. Page, SBC Executive Committee president. “It is understandable, is easily acted upon and can be done without shifting major sections of a church’s finances.”
Sep 24, 2014
BRISTOL (BP)—The botanically rich town of Bristol—halfway between Tallahassee and Panama City in the Florida Panhandle—is at least 40 miles from the nearest high-rise urban environment. It’s a peaceful community with limited shopping; local employment largely tied to city and county governments, a school system and correctional facility; and a volunteer fire department.

Lake Mystic Baptist Church, the oldest Southern Baptist church in or near Bristol, will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a homecoming in October reflecting its commitment to both global missions and its community.
Sep 18, 2014
HOUSTON (BP)—Freddie Gage, a Southern Baptist evangelist for more than 60 years whose fervency for souls extended to the SBC's Conservative Resurgence, died Sept. 12 in a Houston hospital after an extended illness. He was 81.

Gage—a teen gang leader who came to Christ after hearing the Gospel preached in 1951 in Houston—was among the initial inductees to the Evangelists Hall of Faith, created in 2008 by the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists.
Sep 8, 2014
S. Truett Cathy, founder of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain famous for closing on Sundays, died Sept. 8. He was 93.
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