Suicide: Churches awaken to persistent crisis

September 12 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Pastor Andrew McGinnis still remembers his “solemn drive” home on June 25, 1995. Then 4 years old, McGinnis had been attending a family reunion in Tennessee with his mother and two older brothers while his father Dan, pastor of Double Springs Baptist Church in Waynesburg, Ky., carried out his normal weekend duties at the church.

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‘Flawed,’ ‘hot mess’ precedent defeats Florida cross

September 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

If the federal court had its way, a 34-foot cross would remain at its Pensacola, Fla., post. But “flawed precedent” that judges called a “hot mess” forced them to rule otherwise, the judges wrote in their opinion. Judges said their hands were tied by the 1983 ruling in the nearly identical case of ACLU v. Rabun County …

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Marijuana advance stalls in Oklahoma

September 11 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Since adopting what may be America’s most permissive medical marijuana law, Oklahoma has seen pushback by medical experts and other citizens against potential misuse of the drug. State Question 788 was adopted by Oklahoma voters June 26 to legalize medical marijuana, but the ballot measure did not provide detailed instructions on ...

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Kavanaugh appears likely to gain Senate approval

September 10 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Brett Kavanaugh appears likely to gain confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court after completing the gauntlet that is now the hearing process for nominees to the country’s highest bench. The Senate is expected to hold a confirmation vote on Kavanaugh, 53, before the Supreme Court begins its term Oct. 1.

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Moore: ERLC called during ‘crisis of credibility’

September 10 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is called to equip followers of Christ to minister during a “crisis of credibility,” Russell Moore told the entity’s trustees Wednesday (Sept. 5) at their annual meeting. Moore made his comments on the occasion of his fifth anniversary as the ERLC’s president.

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Anne Graham Lotz seeks ‘healing’ from breast cancer

September 7 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Billy Graham’s daughter Anne Graham Lotz has breast cancer, she announced Sept. 4, and is seeking prayers for healing that would glorify God. “Each day since the diagnosis God has given me promises and encouragement from His Word,” Lotz said at

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TRUSTEES: ERLC names Mohler, Waggoner for key awards

September 7 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Trustees of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission approved a seminary president and a courtroom advocate as recipients of the Southern Baptist entity’s 2018 awards Wednesday (Sept. 5) during their annual meeting. The ERLC board unanimously endorsed R. Albert Mohler Jr. for the Distinguished Christian Service Award and Kristen Waggoner for the Religious Liberty Award.

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Cincinnati shooting spurs Baptists ‘to bring hope’

September 7 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A shooting rampage in Cincinnati that left four dead and two others injured Sept. 6 led a city councilman to request aid from the community. Within minutes Cincinnati Baptists began responding. An unidentified gunman entered Cincinnati’s 30-story Fifth Third Center through a loading dock at 9:10 a.m. local time and opened fire in the lobby, according to media reports.

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‘Neighboring’: Making disciples on Montana’s range

September 6 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

Launching laity-led Bible studies at his Miles City, Mont., pastorate and at far-flung ranches on the state’s eastern range are among Jeff Cahill’s goals. “Eastern Montana is so sparsely populated that we can’t expect to start a traditional church with a building, pastor and budget,” Cahill, pastor of Valley Community Church, told Baptist Press.

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Nat’l CP 2.59% ahead of projection

September 6 2018 by Baptist Press Staff

Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 2.59 percent above the year-to-date budgeted projection, and 0.01 percent above contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from D. August Boto, SBC Executive Committee interim president and executive vice president for convention policy.

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