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SBC DIGEST: Laurie recovers from COVID-19; Dockery receives Dodd Award

Greg Laurie recovers from COVID-19

By BP Staff

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (BP) – Pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie has recovered from COVID-19, he announced in a video message on his Facebook page Friday (Oct. 9).

Laurie learned he had been infected Oct. 2. He had attended a prayer march in Washington D.C. hosted by evangelist Franklin Graham Sept. 26. He also attended President Trump’s announcement of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett at the White House later that day. Laurie wore a mask to both events, CBN News reported.

“So many of you have taken the time to pray for me and have let me know you’re praying for me,” Laurie said in the Oct. 9 video. “So I’m happy to report that I’m doing great and I feel great. The fact of the matter is my symptoms were never that bad. Thank God for that. I know it isn’t that way for everyone, but it was for me, and I attribute that to so many people praying.”

Laurie said he has completed his 10-day period of isolation and is “feeling good.” He plans to return to the pulpit at Harvest Christian Fellowship Sunday (Oct. 18).

“Let’s remember to continue to pray for all of those who have been infected with the coronavirus that they too would have a quick and complete recovery,” he said.

David Dockery receives 2020 M.E. Dodd Award

By Union University Staff

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) – Union University has presented longtime university president David S. Dockery with its M.E. Dodd Denominational Service Award.

The Dodd Award is the highest denominational service award Union gives. It is named for the man who was a 1904 Union graduate, served as president of the SBC and who was the father of today’s Cooperative Program, the method by which Southern Baptists pool their resources to fund their mission and ministry efforts.

The award, voted on by Union trustees, is given to a leader within the SBC who displays excellence and leadership in Southern Baptist life, as well as friendship and commitment to Union University. Past recipients include Jimmy Draper, Adrian Rogers, R. Albert Mohler Jr., Steve Gaines, Paul Chitwood and others.

Dockery was Union’s president from 1996-2014 and now serves as distinguished professor of theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where he also edits the Southwestern Journal of Theology and is theologian-in-residence at the B.H. Carroll Center for Baptist Heritage and Mission.

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