Tebow thanks N.C. Baptist DR

September 22 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

Professional athlete and sports analyst Tim Tebow thanked North Carolina Baptist churches in a Facebook video posted Sept. 21 for their disaster relief efforts across Florida after Hurricane Irma. “I just want to say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for what you’re doing,” said the former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner.

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Protestant unity is new confession’s focus

September 22 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A confession of faith aimed at expressing “interdenominational unity” among Protestants on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation has drawn endorsement from professors at all six Southern Baptist Convention seminaries and staff at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. The “Reforming Catholic Confession” also has been signed by professors from at least eight Baptist colleges.

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California scraps abortion pill reversal class for nurses

September 22 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service

Nurses don’t need to learn about a procedure used to counteract the effects of an abortion-inducing drug, according to the California Board of Registered Nursing. Just over a month after approving an “abortion pill reversal” class, the board issued a demand letter claiming the class isn’t “relevant to the practice of nursing.”

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Future of assisted suicide in D.C. in Senate’s hands

September 22 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The continuation of legalized, physician-assisted suicide in the country’s capital awaits the determination of the U.S. Senate. The House of Representatives nullified the District of Columbia’s Death With Dignity Act as part of an immense spending bill. Representatives included a block on the 2016 D.C. measure as an amendment.

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CP overage reallocation to aid hurricane survivors

September 21 2017 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Southern Baptists’ Cooperative Program helped survivors after Hurricane Katrina; it will do so again in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey and, now, Maria. The Executive Committee also issued a call to prayer in light of recent natural disasters, including wildfires raging in the West and the current cultural tumult in the U.S.

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CP withholding found to be ‘lower than anticipated’

September 21 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A committee established in February to study “churches either escrowing or discontinuing Cooperative Program funds” concluded that fewer than two of every 1,000 Southern Baptist churches diverted Cooperative Program funds during the past year. “This percentage was lower than anticipated,” according to the final report.

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Prayer, Disaster Relief giving top EC actions at 100 years

September 21 2017 by BP staff

Intercessory prayer and special disaster recovery funding topped the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee (EC) agenda during its Nashville meeting Sept. 18-19, which marked the group’s centennial. EC President Frank S. Page led those in attendance in a special prayer, recognizing God’s power to overcome obstacles too great for mankind.

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State DR, non-Baptist donors crucial, Ezell says

September 20 2017 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

State Baptist conventions and donors from across the nation have been pivotal to Southern Baptists’ Send Relief efforts for survivors of catastrophic Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Kevin Ezell voiced gratitude to state partners and to donors beyond the Southern Baptist family who have provided the majority of Send Relief donations.

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EC marks 100 years with ‘happy-birthday party’

September 20 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee (EC) commemorated its 100th year of existence with what EC President Frank S. Page called “a little happy-birthday party” intended to reflect the EC’s behind-the-scenes ministry. “We don’t exist to promote ourselves,” Page said. “We exist to make sure missions and ministries of the Southern Baptist Convention succeed.”

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ERLC, others endorse bills to combat sites aiding sex trade

September 20 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) has strongly endorsed congressional efforts to hold accountable online sites that profit from sex trafficking. ERLC President Russell Moore and others wrote in support of legislative proposals, which Moore said would enable law enforcement “to effectively combat online sex trafficking hubs that provide a safe haven for modern day slave traders.”

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