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Disabled pastor labors 6 months on last sermon

ALBA, Texas (BP) -- For 34 years, Ron Dyess preached the sufficiency of God's grace, encouraging folks amid trials in their lives with God's promise to supply all their needs. He thought he understood those Scriptures -- until he began dealing with a neurological disease. In 2013 the signs of an undiagnosed condition began to appear. First, he began falling. Then he noticed he was mispronouncing some of his words. That gave ...

New Bush presidential library testifies to faith, family values

DALLAS (BP) -- Faith and family are foundational elements guiding a visitor through the newly dedicated George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas. Just a few feet into the exhibit area is the testimony to the 43rd U.S. president's faith in God that turned his life around in 1986. "At age forty, I finally found the strength to [quit drinking], a strength that came from love I had felt from my earliest days, and from faith that I didn't fully discover for many years," Bush wrote. "Faith changes lives. I know because faith changed mine."

SBTC pres.: Pray for Obama, ‘take high road’

IRVING, Texas (BP) -- Southern Baptists of Texas Convention President Terry Turner rallied executive board members April 24 to pray faithfully for President Barack Obama and members of Congress, seeking a change in the spiritual climate of the nation.

Hunt responds to GCR critics

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (BP)--Greater funding of the Cooperative Program will occur when Southern Baptists have greater confidence their gifts support the priorities of North [QUOTE@left@150="I would be real open to say that we look forward to every meeting that there will be a state editor there to be able to document the meeting. We have nothing to hide."] American church planting, global pioneer missions around the globe and theological education, declared Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt in an interview with four state Baptist paper editors.       Hunt responded to critics who he believes have misjudged his motive in calling for a task force to [QUOTE@right@150="They can use percentages [all they want], but the bottom line is everyone there is paid and every missionary is paid not by percentages, but by dollars."] examine the denomination "at every level" via his "Great Commission Resurgence" declaration. Far from having "a hidden agenda," the Georgia pastor said his proposal seeks accountability for the investment of mission dollars.       He predicted his call for a study will be approved overwhelmingly by messengers to the June 23-24 SBC meeting [QUOTE@left@150="... maybe some [state conventions] have grown to a certain place where they send 50 percent now [beyond the state]" ... that kind of generosity "would keep us from being tempted in our churches to give designated gifts [around state conventions]"] in Louisville, and endorsed an appeal from four state Baptist paper editors that meetings of the prospective task force would be as open and transparent as possible.       "I would be real open to say that we look forward to every meeting that there will be a state editor there to be able to document the meeting. We have nothing to hide," Hunt told the editors from the Florida Baptist Witness, Georgia Christian Index, Illinois Baptist and Southern Baptist TEXAN in the June 3 conference call.

SWBTS trustees clarify their responsibilities

FORT WORTH (BP)–The cordial spirit at the spring meeting of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees contrasted sharply from the tension surrounding their session last fall, with indications that trustee officers and a Texas pastor are working to restore a relationship strained by disagreement. Trustees also passed a policy that clarifies the responsibilities and duties of […]