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November 21, 2011    Issue 11-221Follow ABP on Facebook and Twitter
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NBC II Atlanta projects
Volunteers spread mulch at Edgewood Church in Atlanta as part of the New Baptist Covenant II projects.

Planners of Nov. 17-19 New Baptist Covenant gatherings were disappointed with attendance but pleased with the diversity and quality of presentations, one of the organizers said Nov. 21. [Read story]

Churches too often have trailed society at large in terms of embracing racial and ethnic diversity, a multiethnic panel told a regional New Baptist Covenant II gathering in San Antonio. [Read story]

Payday lending traps many of America's working poor in a vortex of debt, participants at the New Baptist Covenant II satellite meeting in Oklahoma City learned. [Read story]

Richard Land, the Southern Baptist Convention's top spokesman on moral concerns, says the Penn State sexual abuse scandal is symptomatic of a larger "anti-child culture" in the United States, and that churches are not immune. [Read story]

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SEEKING THE KINGDOM                                     
For Thanksgiving week, 'curmudgeonly controversialist' David Gushee takes a break from causing trouble to give thanks. [Read column]

COMMENTARY                                    
r_kevin_johnsonChaplain and freelance writer R. Kevin Johnson completes his series of commentaries on the liturgical year with Christ and King Sunday where Christians worldwide celebrate eternal hope in the Risen Lord. [Read commentary]

TALK WITH THE PREACHER                                    
Amy ButlerHoliness can be encountered in unlikely, even ridiculous places, columnist Amy Butler was reminded during a recent pleasure trip to Lancaster, Pa. [Read column]
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"But we have the opportunity to model what it means to have unity of heart in the midst of racial diversity. It will mean we need to see the world as Christ sees the world."
-- Les Hollon, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio, in a panel discussion at the recent NBC II gathering in San Antonio
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