National

Ky. convention offers early retirement

March 12 2012 by Drew Nichter, Baptist Press

Preceding what will be a reorganization of the entire Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC), KBC Mission Board employees have been asked to consider retiring early or resigning voluntarily. In a KBC staff-only meeting March 7, Executive Director Paul Chitwood proposed the offer to all of the convention’s 73 full-time employees.

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Alaska church reaches the world

March 9 2012 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

“We’re a small town in a remote area,” Alaska pastor Dave Becker says of Delta Junction, where he leads First Baptist Church. As a Southern Baptist congregation, however, the church has a global reach.

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God’s Plan for Sharing has new team leader

March 8 2012 by Joe Conway, Baptist Press

God’s Plan for Sharing (GPS), the North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) national evangelism initiative, has a new team leader, Ken Ellis. “Ken is a strong leader and I am excited about this new role for him,” said Kevin Ezell, the mission board’s president.

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Week of Prayer for North American Missions – March 4-11

March 7 2012 by Baptist Press

The North American Mission Board sets aside a specific week each year to highlight the work of its missionaries. This year, five missionaries representing thousands of missionaries serving throughout the United States, Canada, and their territories are spotlighted.

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Parents’ worst nightmare becomes call to missions

March 7 2012 by Adam Miller, North American Mission Board

If Liam McGibbon had been tumor-free, you might not be reading about his parents this week. They probably would have never made it to Hamilton, Ontario, and certainly not as miraculously.

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Ind. church shelters 200 for Henryville tornado; relief work under way

March 6 2012 by Mickey Noah, Baptist Press

Pastor Toby Jenkins and 200 others were hunkered down in the basement of First Baptist Church in Henryville about 3 p.m. last Friday, March 2, when an EF-4 tornado barreled down the main street of the small Indiana town of 6,000.

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CP ahead of budget for missions support

March 5 2012 by Baptist Press

Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are $4,122,100.78, or 5.32 percent above the year-to-date budgeted goal, and are 1.53 percent behind contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Frank S. Page.

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Appeals court: NYC churches can meet in schools (for now)

March 2 2012 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press

New York churches gained a victory in the courts Feb. 29 as the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district judge’s injunction against the city’s enforcement of a ban to keep churches from meeting for worship in public schools.

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Md. gay ‘marriage’ bill signed, but not legal yet

March 2 2012 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a bill into law Thursday that would legalize gay “marriage” in the state beginning in January 2013, but churches already are mobilizing to reverse it at the ballot.

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Iran pastor: U.S. House calls for his release

March 2 2012 by Baptist Press

Adding pressure to Iranian officials, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a resolution calling for the immediate release of Iranian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, who could be executed any day for his Christian faith.

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