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Abortion, marijuana, gambling win, lose in states

November 8 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Abortion rights, marijuana use and legalized gambling drew mixed results on state ballots across the U.S. Nov. 6. Alabama voters authorized display of the Ten Commandments in public places in a measure that prohibits the use of public funding to support challenges to the state constitutional amendment in court.

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Pastors see economic turnaround in 2018 giving

November 8 2018 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Resources

The economic recovery appears to have reached the offering plate, according to a new study released Nov. 7. Today, 8 in 10 Protestant pastors (79 percent) say the total offerings at their church this year are at or above last year’s levels, including 42 percent who say this year is ahead of last year.

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Former House staffer joins ERLC staff in Washington

November 8 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Former congressional staff member Chelsea Sobolik is a new policy director in the Washington office of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). Sobolik worked on pro-life, adoption and foster care issues as well as domestic and international religious freedom during three years of service in the House of Representatives.

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International Religious Freedom Act marks 20 years of impact

November 7 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) addressed a serious shortcoming in American foreign policy, the law’s advocates said at the 20-year mark of its stand against religious persecution. The legislation, promoted by many evangelical Christian and other religious leaders, became law with President Bill Clinton’s signature on Oct. 27, 1998, and its effect has been widespread.

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IMB taps Paul Chitwood as presidential candidate

November 6 2018 by Julie McGowan, IMB

The International Mission Board (IMB) trustees’ presidential search committee announced Tuesday (Nov. 6) that the committee will recommend Paul Chitwood, 48, to be elected as the 173-year-old entity’s 13th president. The vote to elect Chitwood is scheduled for the Nov. 15 plenary session during their IMB board meeting in Richmond.

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NOBTS presidential search committee meets, selects chair

November 6 2018 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s (NOBTS) 11-member presidential search committee held its first meeting Nov. 1. The group unanimously elected Frank Cox to chair the committee. The committee spent the day on the NOBTS campus in focused prayer and began developing a profile of the type candidate they are seeking to lead the seminary. 

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‘Looking up’: 1 year after Sutherland Springs attack

November 6 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB

Once members of the news media journey to Sutherland Springs, Texas, many leave with something unexpected after spending time with First Baptist Church pastor Frank Pomeroy and the congregation, which lost 26 people in a mass shooting attack one year ago. “Out of all the shootings I have covered,” one reporter recently told Pomeroy …

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Stand for Life becomes ERLC initiative

November 5 2018 by Tom Strode & ERLC Staff

The popular online, pro-life group Stand for Life has become a new initiative of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). The ERLC and Stand for Life announced the change Nov. 1 for a ministry that began about three years earlier with a single post on social media.

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National CP 10.59% under 1st month projection

November 5 2018 by Baptist Press Staff

Contributions to SBC national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee in October were 4.37 percent below last year’s opening month of the convention’s fiscal year and 10.59 percent below the projected budget for the first month, according to a news release.

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For Ricky Skaggs, God’s plan is personal, perfect

November 2 2018 by Laura Erlanson, Baptist Press

In the fall of 2017, Ricky Skaggs found himself in Texas with nothing to do for a day, after a church canceled his scheduled Saturday night appearance. He remembered a friend of a friend who lived in the area – someone Skaggs wanted to meet after the man had sent words of encouragement for Skaggs …

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