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New volume examines the mind of Gardner C. Taylor
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 8/14/20)—The critical volume “The Art of Eloquence: The Sacred Rhetoric of Gardner C. Taylor,” analyzes the art of Taylor’s preaching, according to the five classical canons of rhetoric: invention, discovery, style (eloquence), memory and delivery. It celebrates Taylor’s excellence in narrative eloquence—the heart of his persuasive proclamation—and shows how he employed
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Lawrence Dean Hurst dies; worked for ABHMS’ Educational Ministries
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 8/10/20)—Lawrence Dean Hurst, 83, of Audubon, Pa., formerly of King of Prussia, Pa., passed away on Aug. 4. He was employed by Educational Ministries—today part of American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS)—for 28 years, holding various positions. He was the husband of Joan (Wadsworth) Hurst, with whom he was married for
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JOYA Scholars helps underserved youth to succeed
Everyone loves a story about an underdog-turned-successful. And few are as heart warming as those of underserved youth who turn their lives around, ultimately to accomplish great things.
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Judson Press’ Secret Place customers receive prayer via telephone
When customers of The Secret Place—Judson Press’ 81-year-old daily devotional publication—call the publishing organization’s Customer Service department, they receive more than a friendly voice confirming their order. They receive prayer from Loretta Beach, Judson Press customer engagement associate and a minister at Siloam Baptist Church, Norristown, Pa. In addition, Beach asks for permission to share
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American Baptist Home Mission Societies remembers John Lewis
VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 7/29/20)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) proudly remembers its 2003 Edwin T. Dahlberg Peace and Justice Award recipient, the honorable U.S. Rep. John Lewis, for his lifelong witness for and commitment to justice. The Georgia democrat, an American Baptist and graduate of American Baptist Theological Seminary, Nashville, Tenn., passed away July
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Executive director of ABHMS partnering organization receives recognition
Loren Friend Farmer was featured in a news segment on WOWK TV Channel 13, Charleston, W.Va., as a nominee in the station’s “Remarkable Women” contest. Farmer is executive director of the Bob Burdette Center, a partner of American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ Rizpah's Children ministry. “A number of very accomplished women were included as finalists,
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ABHMS, American Baptist Extension Corporation and American Baptist Women’s Ministries relocate to a renovated building in King of Prussia, Pa.…

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