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In New Book, R. Albert Mohler Jr. Explains Why The Apostles’ Creed is Above All Other Church Statements and Confessions

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Among all the statements and confessions in the history of the church, the Apostles’ Creed stands above them all, R. Albert Mohler Jr. writes in a new book seeking to rekindle a love for the creed nearly 2,000 years after its writing.
Recited in churches of all traditions and varieties across the world — and in every commencement ceremony at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary — the Apostles’ Creed has long been considered the basic teaching of Christianity.
It is much more than a historical document but a deeply compelling and transformative link between Christians old and new, Mohler, president of Southern Seminary, writes in “The Apostles’ Creed: Discovering Authentic Christianity in an Age of Counterfeits,” released by Thomas Nelson publishers.
As the oldest creed in Chris...

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Abuse of Faith: Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News Release Part 1 of Extensive Investigation Into Southern Baptist Sexual Abuse Committed by 330 Church Leaders and Leaving Over 700 Victims Since 1998

Abuse of Faith
20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms
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First of three parts
Thirty-five years later, Debbie Vasquez’s voice trembled as she described her trauma to a group of Southern Baptist leaders.

She was 14, she said, when she was first molested by her pastor in Sanger, a tiny prairie town an hour north of Dallas. It was the first of many assaults that Vasquez said destroyed her teenage years and, at 18, left her pregnant by the Southern Baptist pastor, a married man more than a dozen years older.
In June 2008, she paid her way to Indianapolis, where she and others asked leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention and its 47,000 churches to track sexual predators and take action against congregations that harbored or concealed a...

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“After These Things”: New Book Examines Powerful Life Lessons from the Aftermath of Jesus’ Resurrection

Every Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated in churches around the globe. But how many believers really know what the resurrection means for their daily lives? In a new book, After These Things: Powerful Life Lessons from the Aftermath of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, national bestselling author Daniel Whyte III discusses eight specific ways the Resurrection impacted individuals, the Church, and the world.
Whyte said, “Nearly everyone would agree that a man being raised from the dead after three days in a cold grave deserves our attention. It deserves all of the books that have been written, all of the movies and television shows that have been made, and all of the songs written and sung about it...

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5 Disruptive Church Trends That Will Rule 2019

by Carey Nieuwhof
As everything seems to change around us more quickly than ever, what trends should church leaders pay attention to in 2019?
For the last three years, I’ve kicked off the new year with a post on disruptive church trends. You might still find those helpful. Even though some of them are a few years old, they all deal with cultural shifts that are still happening.
Here are the direct links:
7 Disruptive Church Trends for 2018
6 Disruptive Church Trends for 2017
5 Disruptive Church Trends for 2016
The reason this matters so much is two-fold.
First, there’s no shortage of information in our culture. But there is a shortage of meaning. It’s one thing to know something is happening, it’s another to know what to do with it and which trends matter most.
Second, leaders wh...

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5 Important Stories Regarding Churches and Ministries to Look For in 2019

Delegates pray before a plenary session at the United Methodist Church’s 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon. | (Photo: Facebook/United Methodist General Conference)
As the new year begins, many developing stories regarding churches and ministries are taking place all across American Christianity.

Ongoing theological debates, issues regarding pervasive scandals, and possible influence in the political realm are on the horizon.
Here, in no particular order, are five important church stories to watch for in 2019. They include major conferences, ongoing controversies, and political advocacy.
UMC Special Session of General Conference on homosexuality stance
April 2017, the United Methodist Church Council of Bishops announced that there will be a special session of General Conference he...

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Expatriates Once Called This Old French Church Home

I had long given up hope of ever visiting an overlooked church in the heart of Paris, near the Louvre and Palais-Royal on the fashionable Rue Saint-Honoré.

The Reformed Church of the Oratory of the Louvre, or Eglise Réformée de l’Oratoire du Louvre in French, is housed in a former Roman Catholic church and royal chapel under Louis XIII.
The early 17th century baroque edifice was, as with so many other churches and cathedrals, looted and defaced in the 1790s during the worst of the French Revolution.
Napoleon gave it to French Protestants for their use in 1811. It has remained in their hands ever since, although for much of the 19th century different American expat congregations used one of its nondescript rooms for their English language services...

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Justin Steckbauer: How to Share the Gospel With the LGBT Community Using Wesley’s Quadrilateral

How can we as Christians minister and carry the gospel to the LGBT community? Let us consider this difficult issue, which centers around gender, homosexuality, gay marriage, and past hurts through the lenses of Wesley’s Quadrilateral. The quadrilateral is a time tested tool for discerning difficult issues from a multi-pronged approach.

First of all, let’s consider the pressures within the churches right now regarding theology, and the desire to change theology to embrace gay marriage. This is a present issue for many faith traditions in the west at this point in history. There are several faith traditions that have flipped their positions on gay marriage, such as the PCUSA (Presbyterians), the ELCA (Lutherans), and the MCGB (Methodists)...

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Wisconsin Judge Rules Town Must Provide Churches With Exemptions to Transgender Bathroom Ordinance

A Wisconsin judge has ruled that the town of De Pere must provide churches and religious organizations exemptions to an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance that among other things would have required them to allow access to bathrooms on the basis of a person’s gender identity.

Brown County Judge William Atkinson ruled last Friday that the ordinance barring employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination that protects on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation cannot be applied to five churches and the parent company of a local Christian radio station.
Violation of the ordinance could have resulted in the churches and organization being issued a fine or infraction.
Even though the ruling was handed down last Friday, Atkinson’s written ruling has not yet been released...

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US Churches Help Keep Hospital Running in Tanzania

The Kigoma Baptist Hospital in Tanzania has become a beacon of hope to the surrounding area, thanks to the way churches support IMB medical missionaries Larry and Sally Pepper through giving and meeting tangible needs. IMB photo
At the end of a beaten-up road in Tanzania, a small hospital occasionally is filled to capacity with patients — and then supplies begin to run thin.
“One time we didn’t have any more Ketamine, a drug used for anesthesia, and we had been doing a lot of C-sections,” said Larry Pepper, an International Mission Board doctor who serves at the Baptist Hospital in the town of Kigoma. See related story. “Another time we didn’t have enough suture material.”
And another time, sick children were sleeping two or three to a bed for lack of space...

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Former FEMA Chief W. Craig Fugate on How Churches Should Respond to Mass Shootings

In the wake of this morning’s mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, faith leaders across the country are once again asking what they can do to keep something similar from happening at their place of worship.
At the same time, the national conversation about gun laws has resurfaced with a renewed sense of urgency both inside and outside these sacred spaces. Dr. Jamie D. Aten had the opportunity to talk about these important issues with W. Craig Fugate, who served under both Democratic and Republican administrations as the head FEMA administrator from 2009-2017 and as Florida’s Emergency Management Director from 2001-2009...

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