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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GuideStone, Brotherhood Mutual form alliance

March 1 2012 by Roy Hayhurst, Baptist Press

GuideStone Financial Resources and Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company have announced the formation of an alliance to provide property and liability insurance services to Southern Baptist churches and affiliated ministries.

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Judge: NYC churches can meet in schools

February 28 2012 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

A federal judge has handed New York City churches a major victory, issuing a preliminary injunction that will allow congregations to meet in schools while the lawsuit proceeds – that is, unless the city wins on appeal.

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House panel OKs ban on sex-based abortions

February 28 2012 by Mark Norton, Baptist Press

A U.S. House of Representatives committee has approved a bill prohibiting abortions based on a child’s sex or race. The House Judiciary Committee endorsed the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, H.R. 3541, in a party-line vote. Republicans on the panel outpolled Democrats 20-13.

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Making of a planter: Offering supports N.C. pastor in Arizona

February 27 2012 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

Dennis Conner is a North Carolina native who had no interest in being a church planter – much less one who would live in Arizona. But God was preparing him to invest Southern Baptists’ Annie Armstrong Easter Offering dollars in an unreached part of North America.

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State execs form NAMB study committee

February 24 2012 by Tim Yarbrough, Baptist Press

State convention executive directors have appointed a special committee to evaluate relations with the North America Mission Board (NAMB). The action came during the Fellowship of State Executive Directors annual meeting, Feb. 13-16 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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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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