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More than 13,000 registered for Send Conference

The 22 students from The Church at Lifepark had no idea they would be the first of thousands. Student minister Paul Coleman registered his Mount Pleasant, S.C., group for the 2015 Send North America Conference when online reservations opened last year. More than 13,000 people have followed their lead. The conference, to be hosted at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, Aug. 3-4, is sponsored by the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board.
Scouts' vote may diminish numbers, Bapt. leaders say

The Boy Scouts of America's executive board has voted to lift the Scouts' national ban on gay adult leaders and employees -- a move Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd said may hasten the exodus of Southern Baptists from Scouting.
First-year church plant giving back

After more than 30 years in ministry, pastor Garth Leno stepped down from his role at his church of 10 years, not knowing what his next steps would be. A few months later, he helped form The Gathering in Windsor, Ontario. Since first meeting in 2014, the North American Mission Board-funded church plant has given back by raising $9,300 for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions.
Basketball gives entrée to inner-city's young men

Baltimore Baptists launch a five-week basketball league in an inner-city partnership with three other ministries. "Stuff like this is a big deal for these kids. They don't have a lot of opportunities for organized sports," said Joel Kurz, pastor of The Garden Church that meets near where Freddie Gray was killed while in police custody last spring.
Penalized cake bakers garner faith-based funding

Penalized Oregon bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein, of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, garner financial support via faith-based funding site Continue to Give after being barred from GoFundMe.
FIRST-PERSON: What spiritual maturity looks like

Women's leader Kathy Litton, writing on spiritual maturity, recounts lessons she has learned over the years. "The living nature of the Word of God grows more staggering," she writes. "There is delight in its piercing and wonder in its power."
FROM THE STATES: Tenn., Fla., N.C. evangelism/missions news; Church realizes ...

Today's From the States features items from: Baptist & Reflector (Tennessee); Florida Baptist Witness; Biblical Recorder (North Carolina)

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