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Cook family ‘doing God’s work’ as they foster through BCH

August 30, 2019 by Blake Ragsdale, BCH Communications 
Shanell Cook learned of BCH’s family foster care program as she was chatting with BCH staff members who bank where she works.
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Betsy Bolick: Abiding takes sacrifice and death to self

September 3, 2019 by BSC Communications 
Bolick will be the keynote speaker at the N.C. Baptist Women’s Retreat, Oct. 25-26 at Caraway Conference Center. This year’s theme is “Abide” based on John 15:5. 
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ERLC: Law does not include gay, transgender rights

September 3, 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press 
Non-discrimination protections in federal workplace law do not cover “sexual orientation” or “gender identity,” the ERLC and other faith-based organizations have told the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Feds find Vt. hospital violated conscience rights

August 30, 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press
A Vermont medical center violated federal law by forcing a nurse to participate in an abortion and has 30 days to declare its intention to correct its policies. 
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EDITORIAL: 4 unexpected lessons I learned from Pakistani Christian refugees

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Seth Brown
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Sharing the Good News 

I believe evangelism is important. That’s why I am pleased with some of the latest efforts among Southern Baptists. Many of you have heard about the “Who’s Your One?” initiative championed by Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President J.D. Greear

Others may be familiar with the upcoming Baptism Sunday (Sept. 8) promoted by the North American Mission Board. Some of you may have even heard about the evangelism spotlight with SBC Executive Committee President Ronnie Floyd that will take place at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s annual meeting in November.

Yet, when I think about evangelism, one of the first thoughts I have is about Pakistani brothers and sisters I met in 2017. Here is an excerpt about them from an article I wrote:

The Good News is unstoppable.

“Pakistani Christian refugees have many reasons to remain quiet about their faith. Many of them have lost family members or were brutalized for their belief in Christ. Even as they flee persecution and seek resettlement, they often risk imprisonment under strict immigration policies in [Thailand and] other countries.
 
“Yet, many of them refuse to stop sharing the gospel with people they encounter, even if it increases their risk of imprisonment. As one aid worker put it, they cannot live in hiding.
 
“Even as well-meaning volunteers urge them to keep a low profile, Christian refugees crowd into small apartments for Bible studies, sing hymns that waft through building complexes and share the Good News with their neighbors. I learned from asylum seekers that genuine faith is resolutely evangelistic in nature; it cannot be concealed.”

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