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  • Sumners honored upon retirement

    June 21 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Sumners honored upon retirement

    The Southern Baptist Convention’s Council of Seminary Presidents, which oversees Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, honored Sumners June 15 at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in St. Louis, giving him and his wife Donna a certificate of appreciation along with a trip to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons.

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  • Chaplains rescue jumpers from suicide

    January 31 2013 by Ava Thomas, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Chaplains rescue jumpers from suicide

    For eight years, Ross Hardy has walked the white chalk cliffs of Beachy Head, England, among the thousands who travel there from around the world. Many come to take pictures. Some come to die. And by God’s grace and a keen eye, Hardy usually can tell the difference.

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  • Egypt family sentenced for changing religion

    January 30 2013 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    A mother and her seven children in Egypt have been sentenced to 15 years in prison for trying to convert to Christianity. And, on the Jan. 25 weekend marking the second anniversary of the country’s revolution, more than 50 people were killed in a new wave of unrest.

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  • Boy Scouts could be poised to reverse gay leader policy

    January 29 2013 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Boy Scouts could be poised to reverse gay leader policy

    The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is seriously considering lifting its ban on gay and lesbian troop leaders and could make the change official the first few days of February, a move that likely will disappoint Southern Baptist churches and many faith-based organizations that comprise a majority of all sponsors.

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  • After football, ‘second’ life begins for former player

    January 29 2013 by Roman Gabriel, BR Sports Q&A | with 0 comments
    After football, ‘second’ life begins for former player

    Chris Sanders knows all about competing in athletics at the highest level. As a standout three-year starter at wide receiver at The Ohio State University, and a member of the track and field team from 1992 to 1994, Sanders set the school record in the indoor long jump, a record that still stands today.

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  • 8-year sentence called ‘rampant denial of religious freedom’

    January 29 2013 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    An Iranian-born pastor who is a naturalized U.S. citizen was sentenced to eight years in a notoriously harsh Iranian prison Sunday (Jan. 27) for “threatening the national security of Iran” by planting Christian house churches.

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  • 11-year-old tithes on steer winnings of $106K

    January 25 2013 by Dana Williamson, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    11-year-old tithes on steer winnings of $106K

    “If we didn’t stop him, he’d give away all the money he has,” Stacey Bonham said of her 11-year-old son, Baylor. And that would be a significant amount, since Baylor deposited $106,000 in his bank account after showing his prize steer, Stripe.

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  • Ethnic congregations up 66% for Southern Baptists

    January 24 2013 by Tobin Perry, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Ethnic congregations up 66% for Southern Baptists

    The number of non-Anglo congregations in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has jumped by more than 66 percent since 1998, according to the North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) Center for Missional Research.

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  • Calif. migrant ministry suffers $75,000 theft

    January 23 2013 by Terry Barone, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Calif. migrant ministry suffers $75,000 theft

    New clothing, shoes, backpacks and school supplies designated for migrant children were stolen from a storage facility at the California Southern Baptist Convention (CSBC) sometime over the weekend of Jan. 12-13. The materials, with a retail value of approximately $75,000, are used in a ministry each summer by the California convention to outfit 2,000 elementary-age children of migrant workers.

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  • ERLC, Chamber make immigration reform a priority

    January 21 2013 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) both regard immigration reform as a priority at the start of a new session of Congress, representatives of the two groups said at a Jan. 17 news conference in Washington.

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  • 20,000 Russians protest ban on U.S. adoptions

    January 17 2013 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Upwards of 20,000 Russians marched through Moscow Jan. 13 to protest the country’s new ban on adoption by Americans, as confusion continued to swirl over the law’s immediate impact. The Kremlin reportedly announced Jan. 10 that the law won’t take effect for one year due to a 2011 bilateral adoption agreement between the U.S. and Russia, The Washington Post reported.

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  • Europeans launch campaign to declare life starts at conception

    January 16 2013 by Alessandro Speciale, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Europeans launch campaign to declare life starts at conception

    Anti-abortion groups from 20 different countries have launched a petition to ask the European Parliament to recognize that life begins at conception. The “One of Us” initiative is the first of its kind in Europe and represents a larger effort to forge a cohesive continental anti-abortion movement.

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  • China’s Christians, on social media, undaunted

    January 15 2013 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    China’s Christians, on social media, undaunted

    Chinese Christians are sharing their faith on Weibo, China’s giant state-regulated social network – and some are beginning to challenge censorship by speaking out against religious persecution, according to a report by World Watch Monitor (WWM, formerly Compass Direct News).

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  • Biblical sermon derails Giglio inaugural prayer

    January 11 2013 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    The biblical standard that homosexuality is sinful has once again placed a Christian leader under public scrutiny, this time leading to the cancellation of Atlanta pastor Louie Giglio’s benediction at President Obama’s 2013 inaugural.

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  • 11 Sudan Christians killed, priests arrested

    January 10 2013 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Heightened religious persecution in Sudan includes government bombings killing at least 11 Christians and the arrest of two Coptic Orthodox priests for baptizing a convert from Islam, Morning Star News has reported.

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