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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S.C. court rules against conservative churches

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/03/17, 11:19 am

The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that parishes that broke from The Episcopal Church in 2012 cannot continue to own their properties. The congregations affected had previously agreed in writing to let the national church hold their properties in trust. Seven parishes that did not sign an agreement with The Episcopal Church can retain ownership of their land and buildings. The Diocese of South Carolina broke away from The Episcopal Church in 2012 as it drifted from orthodox teaching on the authority of Scripture and the ordination of gay priests.

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