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New HHS pro-life rule applauded

February 26 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Donald Trump’s administration’s new rule to eradicate family planning funds for Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform or promote abortions received high marks from pro-life leaders. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final regulation Feb. 24 that bars the use of Title X money “to perform, promote, refer for, or support abortion …

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BGR joins movement for disaster response standards

February 26 2019 by BGR and Baptist Press Staff

Baptist Global Response (BGR) has been accepted as an associate member of Sphere, a movement to uphold high standards in humanitarian work during disaster responses. With its inclusion in Sphere, BGR “joins other international organizations in affirming the need for knowing what to do in a time of crisis to meet the survival needs of people …

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Excavating business didn’t undercut his trust in God

February 26 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Roads for new subdivisions, basements for new homes and ponds dug around town were the construction jobs handled by Gale Hutchens Excavating. Hutchens and his 10 employees operated backhoes, bulldozers and scrapers to clear trees and debris and to move dirt and rock from one place to another.

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SBC bylaws workgroup releases sexual abuse response

February 25 2019 by Baptist Press Staff

Following a called meeting via extended conference calls Feb. 22 and 23, members of the SBC Executive Committee bylaws workgroup have released a statement responding to SBC President J.D. Greear’s report earlier this week on sexual abuse. In his Feb. 18 report, Greer specifically named 10 churches included in recent news reports …

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News Brief: NOBTS VP resigns, interim replacement named

February 25 2019 by Biblical Recorder Staff

Jonathan Key, vice president for institutional advancement at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS), resigned Feb. 8 effective immediately, according to a statement provided to the Biblical Recorder by NOBTS Chancellor Chuck Kelley. Kelley said Key stepped down “to pursue other opportunities” and Mark Hagelman, former director of development for institutional advancement ...

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Supreme Court eyes ‘flawed’ church-state precedent

February 25 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Religious liberty advocates including Southern Baptists hope the U.S. Supreme Court will establish a clear precedent Feb. 27 to answer a question regarding the separation of church and state in the public square. On the court’s docket is the case of the 40-foot Bladensburg Cross World War I veterans’ memorial on public property in Bladensburg, Md., …

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Faye Pearson, first woman IMB area director, dies

February 25 2019 by Mary Jane Welch, Baptist Press

Faye Pearson, the first woman to serve as an area director for the Southern Baptist International Mission Board (IMB), died Feb. 20 following a long battle with cancer. She was 78. Pearson started her career in the early 1960s as many women did then – working as a secretary, teacher and church education director.

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BSC helps make churches a ‘safe place’

February 22 2019 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

In the wake of a major investigative news report about sex abuse in Southern Baptist churches, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina is reassuring congregations across the state that assistance is available to help them protect churchgoers, respond to abuse allegations and minister to survivors.

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IMB mobilizer Edgar Aponte to lead Idlewild missions

February 22 2019 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

Edgar Aponte, vice president for mobilization at the International Mission Board (IMB) and former director of Hispanic leadership development at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, will transition to the missions staff of Idlewild Baptist Church near Tampa, Fla., later this spring. Aponte will oversee local, national and international missions for the church, which is led by

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Sharing a 'Jesus dream' in Salt Lake City

February 21 2019 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

Luis Soto traveled across South America with Wycliffe Global Alliance, teaching and mobilizing in eight nations during a seven-year span. His missionary journey eventually led him and his family to Salt Lake City where he launched a new church. “We arrived here to preach at a conference for a week,” Soto said.

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