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Hindu nationalists host world conference in U.S.

September 6 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

An international Hindu confab in the U.S. that organizers describe as a unity initiative will include radical and violent Hindu nationalists, International Christian Concern (ICC) charged Sept. 5. The second World Hindu Congress convening Sept. 7-9 in Chicago will encourage the use of Hindu philosophy, according to event organizers, to address issues of politics, education and commerce …

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Kavanaugh hearings open, abortion draws spotlight

September 5 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Abortion drew the spotlight Sept. 4 as the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings opened for judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. The Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, expressed concern about Kavanaugh’s seeming willingness to restrict abortion rights …

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ERLC internships: Investing, life-changing

September 5 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

For the Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity, its internship program provides an opportunity to influence future Christian leaders. For its interns, it can bring a new direction in life. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) completed in recent weeks its summer program with multiple interns in both of its offices – Nashville and Washington, D.C.

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Gordon’s Gulf flood risks put DR volunteers on alert

September 5 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Anticipated flooding from Tropical Storm Gordon has Southern Baptist volunteers on alert in three Gulf Coast states, and may extend responses in the already-flooded Midwest as Gordon moves inland. The storm will likely intensify to a Category 1 hurricane as it comes ashore between western Alabama and eastern Louisiana Sept. 4, the Weather Channel reported …

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Labor Day: Owen Cooper’s faith inspired array of ventures

August 31 2018 by Tim Tune, Baptist Press

On Labor Day, Americans will celebrate U.S. workers who have built and shaped the nation and influenced the world. One of the most successful entrepreneurs of the 20th century in Mississippi was also one of Southern Baptists’ most influential laymen. The late Owen Cooper, who died Nov. 8, 1986, worked tirelessly in both arenas.

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Pastor salaries not keeping pace with inflation

August 31 2018 by Carol Pipes, LifeWay Christian Resources

Compensation for full-time Southern Baptist pastors and church staff has lagged behind the growth in the cost-of-living over the past two years. And health insurance coverage remains low, according to the 2018 SBC Church Compensation Study. The biannual study is a joint project of state Baptist conventions, GuideStone Financial Resources and LifeWay Christian Resources.

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McCain’s Bapt. ‘church home’ & pastor host funeral

August 31 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The Southern Baptist congregation late Sen. John McCain called his “church home” hosted his Arizona memorial service today (Aug. 30). In addition to a eulogy by former Vice President Joe Biden, the service included references by Pastor Noe Garcia to the love North Phoenix Baptist Church felt for McCain and “the faith he has placed in Jesus Christ.”

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Kelley: ‘Baptist blues’ sermon sought unity, not attack

August 30 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Chuck Kelley’s New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary chapel sermon on “the Baptist blues” was not an attack against anyone in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), he told Baptist Press Aug. 29, but an attempt to foster unity by getting “conversation on the table.”

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LifeWay trustees begin search for new president

August 30 2018 by Carol Pipes, LifeWay Christian Resources

LifeWay Christian Resources trustees began the initial steps to search for a successor to President and CEO Thom S. Rainer during their Aug. 27-28 meeting in Nashville. Trustee chairman Jimmy Scroggins named a seven-person search committee to find LifeWay’s next leader.

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Baptist promoted to Air Force Deputy Chief of Chaplains

August 30 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

The U.S. Senate confirmed the promotion of U.S. Air Force Chaplain Colonel Ronald M. Harvell to the rank of Brigadier General on Aug. 20. With the promotion, Harvell, a Southern Baptist, becomes the Air Force’s 26th Deputy Chief of Chaplains. He has been serving as the Air Mobility Command Chaplain based at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

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