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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
By Kathleen Fox Mayfield—The financial crisis at Mid-Continent University has reached the breaking point with nearly all faculty and staff laid off and the school scheduled to close by June 30. The Mid-Continent University board of trustees met for more than three hours April 15 before announcing those decisions. The board also held a six-hour meeting three days earlier. During the April 12 session, trustees fired former president Robert Imhoff, who More...
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
By Todd Deaton After a financial crisis at Mid-Continent University reached a breaking point last week, climaxing in immediate faculty layoffs and imminent closure, area ministers are lamenting the significant loss of their beloved school, but are still hopeful students—thanks to committed faculty volunteers—will be able to complete degrees. Todd Deaton Though not officially connected to the Kentucky Baptist Convention, the university has deep More...
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
By Roger Alford Louisville—Federal court rulings that authorized same-sex marriages in several states are raising concerns among church leaders that Kentucky will soon follow. But there are legal ways pastors and churches can protect themselves from being forced to perform or host gay marriages, and a panel of experts will explain those at a conference in Kentucky next month. The issue flared last year when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the More...
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
By Bob Smietana Nashville, Tenn.—LifeWay Christian Resources is challenging churches to start 100,000 new Bible study groups by the end of this year. The new groups initiative is a partnership between churches, state conventions and LifeWay. LifeWay Christian Resources hopes to help churches start 100,000 new groups in 2014. (LifeWay photo) It is designed to help longtime churchgoers jumpstart their faith and to help new believers grow More...
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
By Robin Cornetet Bass Winchester—Kentucky Woman’s Missionary Union threw a party at Central Baptist Church in Winchester earlier this month for more than 800 of its closest friends. There was laughter, lots of music and even cake. Susan Bryant (left), newly-elected president of Kentucky WMU, receives an embrace from outgoing president Linda Cooper. But this revelry was about much more than reconnecting with acquaintances, or even More...
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Washington, D.C.—Ricky Creech will step down as executive director of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention April 24 to take the helm of a faith-based nonprofit in Kentucky that helps troubled youths in Appalachia. Ricky Creech Creech, who has been the DCBC’s chief executive since 2011, announced his plans April 3 following the adoption of a restructuring plan that reduced the governing body from 163 members to 25. Creech said he received More...
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
By Todd Deaton Are you a rebel? According to Ed Stetzer, that’s what we all should be. The word “rebellious” is often associated with teenage defiance and immaturity. But Stetzer, head of LifeWay Research, believes the term should describe every mature follower of Christ. In this year’s Baptist Doctrine Study, which the denominational calendar suggests for April, Stetzer proposes that we become “daring agents of God’s subversive kingdom,” bent on More...
 
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