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  • Executive Committee members’ questions aired in open forum

    September 19 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Executive Committee members’ questions aired in open forum

    Concern over Baptist work in Utah and Idaho, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission were voiced during an Executive Committee open forum Sept. 18. The forum was initiated by the EC’s interim president, D. August Boto, in consultation with EC officers as part of the closing day’s agenda …

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  • Pro-life leaders urge end to fetal research

    September 13 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pro-life leaders urge end to fetal research

    Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore has joined more than 40 other pro-life leaders in urging the Trump administration to halt federal use of aborted baby tissue for research. The letter sent Tuesday (Sept. 11) came in response to an early August report that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signed a contract to obtain “fresh” tissue from aborted babies for experimentation.

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  • Hammond unanimously voted Ga. Baptist exec. director

    September 13 2018 by Scott Barkley, Christian Index | with 0 comments
    Hammond unanimously voted Ga. Baptist exec. director

    Georgia Baptist Convention Executive Committee members voted with a singular “yes” to a search team’s recommendation Tuesday (Sept. 11) that pastor Thomas Hammond become the convention’s next executive director. Hammond, 56, is lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Alpharetta and was president of the Georgia Baptist Convention from 2015-2017.

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  • China shutters churches, demands recant of faith

    September 13 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    China shutters churches, demands recant of faith

    China is raiding and shuttering churches, assaulting worshipers, destroying crosses and burning Bibles in escalating persecution of Christians under a Communist constitution that claims to grant religious freedom. Police shut down the largest house church in Beijing Sunday (Sept. 9), the multisite Zion Church, Reuters reported.

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  • ‘Flawed,’ ‘hot mess’ precedent defeats Florida cross

    September 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Flawed,’ ‘hot mess’ precedent defeats Florida cross

    If the federal court had its way, a 34-foot cross would remain at its Pensacola, Fla., post. But “flawed precedent” that judges called a “hot mess” forced them to rule otherwise, the judges wrote in their opinion. Judges said their hands were tied by the 1983 ruling in the nearly identical case of ACLU v. Rabun County …

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  • Special needs termed ‘unreached people group’

    September 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Special needs termed ‘unreached people group’

    Any church with at least one member with a medical, mental or psychological disorder such as autism or ADHD essentially has a God-given special needs ministry, Pastor Lee Peoples told Baptist Press. Intentionally meeting the practical and spiritual needs of just one special needs member can mean the difference in reaching whom the pastor characterizes as “an unreached people group within our nation.”

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  • U.N. accuses Myanmar military of Rohingya genocide

    August 29 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    U.N. accuses Myanmar military of Rohingya genocide

    Murder, rape, enslavement and other crimes against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims necessitate the country’s military leaders be charged with genocide, the United Nations said Aug. 27. “Criminal investigation and prosecution is warranted, focusing on the top Tatmadaw generals, in relation to the three categories of crimes under international law,” the U.N. said in a special report …

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  • Vision team to help implement SBCAL recommendations

    August 20 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Vision team to help implement SBCAL recommendations

    An 11-member vision team will study ways to help Southern Baptist state associations implement recommended changes including a new title and system-wide professional proficiencies for directors of missions (DOMs). The Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL) vision team will research ways to help state associations implement a study team’s recommendations that were adopted during the SBCAL annual meeting in June.

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  • University of Iowa reinstates religious groups for now

    August 17 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    University of Iowa reinstates religious groups for now

    The University of Iowa has reinstated multiple religious student groups as registered campus organizations after one group threatened to seek a temporary restraining order amid pending litigation. InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship sued the university Aug. 6 because school officials revoked the fellowship’s status as an official student organization over a requirement …

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  • GuideStone eyes 2nd century of finance aid & service

    August 14 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    GuideStone eyes 2nd century of finance aid & service

    In early August of 1918, William Lunsford, the founding chief executive of what today is GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, received a letter from trustee Cullen F. Thomas. In it, Lunsford was advised that the state of Texas on July 31 had granted the charter for what was named the Board of Ministerial Relief and Annuities.

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  • White nationalists meet gospel witness in Va., D.C.

    August 13 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    White nationalists meet gospel witness in Va., D.C.

    On the one-year anniversary of white nationalist protests that left three people dead in Charlottesville, Va., area believers countered the planned Unite the Right rally with worship and repentance. In Washington – where white nationalists planned a first-anniversary repeat of their Aug. 12, 2017, Unite the Right rally – police were on high alert, and Christians requested heightened prayer.

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  • University ends baby body parts program

    August 9 2018 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD | with 0 comments
    University ends baby body parts program

    Researchers at the University of New Mexico will no longer procure, sell, or dissect aborted baby body parts, the university announced recently. The research program led for two decades by Robin Ohls, a pediatrics professor, was halted following an internal investigation.

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  • University of Iowa sued again over religious liberty

    August 9 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    University of Iowa sued again over religious liberty

    For the second time in less than a year, a Christian student group has sued the University of Iowa to protect its right to select leaders who hold traditional Christian beliefs. The InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship filed a lawsuit in federal court Aug. 6 after the university revoked the fellowship’s status as an official student organization …

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  • Christian ‘genocide’: naming Nigeria’s mass slaughter

    August 7 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Christian ‘genocide’: naming Nigeria’s mass slaughter

    The mass slaughter of Christians in Nigeria is calculated genocide abetted by the government in the nation that is Africa’s most Christian, cries a growing number of leaders calling on the United States to intervene. Evangelical John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, is among the latest to describe as genocide …

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  • Hammond proposed as Georgia Baptists’ next exec.

    August 6 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff | with 0 comments
    Hammond proposed as Georgia Baptists’ next exec.

    The Georgia Baptist search team assigned to select a potential replacement for the convention’s executive director has chosen Thomas Hammond, pastor of First Baptist Church in Alpharetta, Ga., The Christian Index reported Aug. 5.  The nominee must be confirmed by the Georgia Baptist Mission Board’s (GBMB) executive committee at their next meeting on Sept. 11 …

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