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Pastors’ Conference speakers meet to unify sermons

February 23 2017 by Keith Collier, Southern Baptist TEXAN

This year’s Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference has already promised several firsts, including the first time all preachers will be from small- and medium-sized churches and all sermons will walk through a book of the Bible expositionally. This year’s conference added another first – the speakers met to discuss their passages to ensure cohesive unity.

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Illinois pro-lifers fight publicly-funded abortions bill

February 22 2017 by Meredith Flynn, Baptist Press

Pro-life advocates in Illinois are urging lawmakers to oppose legislation that would allow the use of public money to fund abortions. Illinois House Bill 40, currently awaiting a vote by the state’s House of Representatives, would strike from state law a provision that says Illinois’ medical assistance program cannot pay for abortions.

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Missouri governor to fight St. Louis abortion ‘sanctuary’

February 21 2017 by Missouri Pathway & BP staff

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has pledged to lead a fight to repeal a bill passed by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen essentially making St. Louis a “sanctuary city” for abortion, with critics contending it threatens the religious freedom of citizens and institutions opposing it.

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‘Jane Roe’ of Roe v. Wade died as ‘friend of life’

February 21 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Roe v. Wade abortion rights plaintiff Norma McCorvey is being remembered for her Christian conversion and pro-life advocacy. She died Feb. 18 at age 69 in a Katy, Texas, assisted living facility of heart failure, the New York Times reported.

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Prestonwood escrows CP funds, cites ERLC actions

February 20 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A Dallas-area megachurch has decided to escrow Cooperative Program funds temporarily in order to evaluate future support of Southern Baptist Convention causes. Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, will escrow what would amount to $1 million annually, Louisiana’s Baptist Message newsjournal reported Feb. 16.

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House votes to annul rule protecting Planned Parenthood

February 20 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The U.S. House of Representatives acted to rescind a two-month-old rule from the Obama administration that effectively restricts states from prohibiting funds for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. Representatives took the action under Congress’ authority to review agency rulemaking – in this case, the Department of Health and Human Services.

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World Relief announces layoffs, office closings

February 17 2017 by Liz Tablazon, BR Staff Writer

World Relief is closing five offices across the United States and laying off more than 140 staff members as a result of President Donald Trump’s executive order to decrease the potential number of refugees admitted to the U.S. in 2017, the organization said in a Feb. 15 press release.

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Gaines Q&A: from Trump to prayer for revival

February 17 2017 by Joe Westbury, Georgia Christian Index

Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines discussed a range of topics of interest to Baptists in a question-and-answer session with state Baptist paper editors during their annual meeting.The discussion covered President Donald Trump’s first 25 days in office including the refugee crisis, controversial comments by Russell Moore during the election and more.

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Platt apologizes for ‘divisive’ IMB amicus brief

February 17 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

International Mission Board (IMB) President David Platt has apologized to Southern Baptists for the divisive nature of an amicus brief the IMB joined last May in support of a New Jersey’s Islamic society’s right to build a mosque. “I apologize to Southern Baptists for how distracting and divisive this has been,” Platt said.

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Trump noncommittal to two-state Mideast solution

February 17 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The United States has officially supported separate Jewish and Palestinian states for 15 years but Trump called that stance into question at a joint White House news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump told reporters he is “looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like.”

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