NYC churches suffer last-minute decision

February 21 2012 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press

The New York City Department of Education won a last-minute appeal to keep churches from meeting for worship in public schools, revoking previously issued permits just hours before congregations were scheduled to gather.

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N.J. Gov. Christie vetoes gay ‘marriage’ bill

February 20 2012 by Baptist Press

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a gay “marriage” bill Feb .17, following through on a promise he made when he ran for governor. Meanwhile, Maryland’s House of Delegates narrowly approved a similar bill Friday afternoon.

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NYC churches get court win, can meet at least 2 more weeks

February 17 2012 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press

A federal judge has intervened on behalf of New York churches, issuing a temporary restraining order that allows them to continue meeting for worship in public schools while the court deliberates over the constitutionality of the city’s ban.

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New Orleans pastor to get SBC leader nomination

February 16 2012 by Gary D. Myers, Baptist Press

Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) by David E. Crosby, pastor of First Baptist Church in New Orleans.

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Luter shares vision for SBC if elected

February 16 2012 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

Two weeks into a church-wide 21-day session of prayer and fasting, Fred Luter came to the conclusion that God wanted him to allow his nomination for the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) presidency.

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NYC pastor fears ‘agenda’ against churches

February 16 2012 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press

New York’s ban on churches meeting in public schools, which went into effect Feb. 12, is about “far more than meeting space,” according to a Southern Baptist pastor in the area who believes broader religious freedom is at stake.

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Wash. gay ‘marriage’ bill signed; ballot looms

February 16 2012 by Baptist Press

Washington state Gov. Christine Gregoire signed a gay “marriage” bill Feb. 13, hoping to see the state become the seventh to allow gays to “wed” but also knowing that a signature drive could put the issue on the November ballot.

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Annie Armstrong Easter Offering sees 3 percent increase in 2011

February 14 2012 by Baptist Press

Southern Baptist churches gave three percent more to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions in 2011 than they did in 2010. For the year ending Dec. 31, 2011, the offering totaled $56,040,868.

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NAMB deploys for gains in church planting

February 14 2012 by Mickey Noah, Baptist Press

“Send North America” is the strategic plan to reverse the Southern Baptist Convention’s trend of losing ground in the planting of new congregations, North American Mission Board (NAMB) President Kevin Ezell told trustees during their Feb. 8 meeting in Miami.

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Easter’s coming: Time to prepare for Annie Armstrong offering

February 14 2012 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications

Easter is getting closer, so it’s time to prepare for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions. North Carolina Baptists will join with Southern Baptists across the United States in contributing to this offering.

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