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Passing the baton

Evangelicalism | The SBC and the PCA elect new leaders at summer assemblies
by Alex Duke
Posted 6/18/18, 01:38 pm

The big news from this year’s Southern Baptist Convention gathering in Dallas concerned two presidencies.

On Tuesday, June 12, nearly 70 percent of the 10,000 “messengers”—delegates—elected J.D. Greear the denomination’s new president. This election of Greear, the senior pastor of a multisite megachurch in Raleigh and Durham, N.C., marks a key change for America’s largest Protestant denomination.

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J.D. Greear elected new Southern Baptist leader

by J.C. Derrick
Posted 6/12/18, 05:51 pm

DALLAS—Delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) annual meeting in Dallas overwhelmingly elected J.D. Greear as the group’s next president on Tuesday. Greear, pastor of Summit Church in Durham, N.C., took 69 percent of the vote on the first ballot. Former seminary head Ken Hemphill had 31 percent.

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Ancient bonds

Christmas | Coptic Christmas carols, a lawsuit over religious bus ads, and more from New York
by Emily Belz
Posted 12/05/17, 02:48 pm

A New York moment:

The line to get into St. George’s Church, an Episcopal parish near Union Square in New York, wrapped around the block on Sunday evening for the church’s annual candlelight service of lessons and carols. The church has a rich music history; the church hired Harry Burleigh, an African-American composer, as a soloist back in the mid-1800s. Burleigh was friends with composer Antonin Dvorak, and has credit for influencing some of the melodies in Dvorak’s “New World” symphony.

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