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  • Nursing fellowship, at 35th anniversary, elects new leader

    September 18 2018 by Trennis Henderson, WMU | with 0 comments
    Nursing fellowship, at 35th anniversary, elects new leader

    Launching a new era of leadership while celebrating 35 years of ministry, Baptist Nursing Fellowship (BNF) has elected Lori Spikes as the new BNF executive director. Spikes, a longtime Southern Baptist International Mission Board (IMB) missionary to Chile, is a registered nurse with 40 years of experience in various settings.

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  • Don Hadley retires after 45 years in Havelock

    September 5 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    Don Hadley retires after 45 years in Havelock

    First Baptist Church of Havelock, N.C., recently celebrated the ministry of Don and Sara Hadley at the close of his 45 years as their pastor. The Aug. 25 celebration drew 200 church members, community leaders and friends to the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

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  • McGill resigns Dublin church, focuses on The Lake Church

    September 4 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    McGill resigns Dublin church, focuses on The Lake Church

    Cameron McGill, former president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, announced his resignation as pastor of Dublin First Baptist Church to assume responsibilities as pastor of The Lake Church in White Lake, N.C. He has led both churches since The Lake Church launched in 2014.

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  • S.C. church plant sues town for rental ban

    August 30 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    S.C. church plant sues town for rental ban

    A Southern Baptist church plant in South Carolina has sued the town of Edisto Beach for prohibiting it from use of its civic center. Redeemer Fellowship of Edisto Island filed suit Aug. 27 in federal court in Charleston, S.C., because of a policy it says violates its free speech and religion rights guaranteed in the First Amendment.

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  • Johnny Hunt to lead NAMB evangelism, leadership group

    August 27 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Johnny Hunt to lead NAMB evangelism, leadership group

    Johnny Hunt, longtime pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock, Ga., and past president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), will join the North American Mission Board (NAMB) as senior vice president of evangelism and leadership. Hunt and NAMB announced the news Sunday (Aug. 26).

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  • Greg Laurie on censored ad: ‘Hold the Bible high’

    August 20 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Greg Laurie on censored ad: ‘Hold the Bible high’

    After promotional materials for the SoCal Harvest crusade were taken down from two Southern California malls because they showed Pastor Greg Laurie holding a Bible, Laurie is asking attendees of the event to hold up their Bibles in a show of support for God’s Word. “Apparently, in our intolerant culture, we no longer can display the Bible in public,” …

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  • Again: Colorado says cake artist Jack Phillips broke law

    August 16 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Again: Colorado says cake artist Jack Phillips broke law

    Christian cake artist Jack Phillips is in court again, defending the same religious freedom right the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed on his behalf in a previous case in June. This time, transgender attorney Autumn Scardina filed a discrimination complaint against Phillips for refusing to bake a birthday cake celebrating Scardina’s transition from a male to female identity.

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  • Administration gains high marks on religious liberty

    August 16 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Administration gains high marks on religious liberty

    The Trump administration is receiving high marks so far for its religious liberty record from many advocates for the First Amendment freedom. The July 30 announcement of a religious liberty task force in the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Aug. 10 release of a Department of Labor policy directive to protect religious free exercise …

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  • John Bisagno, pastor & church innovator, dies at 84

    August 7 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    John Bisagno, pastor & church innovator, dies at 84

    John Bisagno, an evangelistic innovator and longtime pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church, died Aug. 5 in Nashville following a battle with cancer. He was 84. During Bisagno’s 30-year tenure at Houston’s First beginning in 1970, the congregation grew from fewer than 400 to 22,000 members, Baptist Press reported in 1999.

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  • Pardue to be nominated N.C. Baptist 1st VP

    July 12 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff | with 0 comments
    Pardue to be nominated N.C. Baptist 1st VP

    Micheal Pardue, pastor of First Baptist Icard in Connelly Springs, will be nominated for first vice president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina at the Nov. 5-6 annual meeting in Greensboro, Ed Yount announced July 11. Pardue is “uniquely qualified to help lead our convention to greater things,” Yount said.

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  • ERLC: Church’s internal discourse needs protection

    July 2 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC: Church’s internal discourse needs protection

    An effort by Texas abortion providers to obtain a church’s internal communications would violate the First Amendment and a federal law protecting religious freedom if successful, according to the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). The ERLC filed a friend-of-the-court brief June 25 urging the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals …

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  • SBC LIFE launches ‘web-first’ design

    July 2 2018 by SBC LIFE Staff | with 0 comments
    SBC LIFE launches ‘web-first’ design

    SBC LIFE has transitioned to a “web-first publication,” the journal of the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) Executive Committee reported in its summer 2018 edition. SBC LIFE – online at sbclife.net – had been a print-first publication throughout its 26-year history, succeeding the Executive Committee’s former Baptist Program magazine.

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  • High court affirms pregnancy centers’ speech rights

    June 28 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    High court affirms pregnancy centers’ speech rights

    The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a key free-speech victory for pro-life pregnancy centers today (June 26) by a 5-4 vote. The high court reversed a lower court decision regarding a California law that, in part, essentially requires pregnancy care centers to promote abortion services. The justices ruled the pregnancy centers that challenged the measure would …

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  • Study: Congress should end IRS oversight of sermons

    October 17 2017 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Study: Congress should end IRS oversight of sermons

    According to a new survey, most Protestant pastors think the IRS should not be able to penalize a church for sermon content. Most say their sermons should be free from government oversight.

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  • IRS chief admits regret for targeting scandal response

    September 28 2016 by Evan Wilt, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    IRS chief admits regret for targeting scandal response

    IRS commissioner John Koskinen admitted he regrets some of his actions during the investigation into his agency’s targeting of conservative groups. “The truth is that we did not succeed in preserving all of the information requested, and some of my testimony later proved mistaken,” Koskinen said. “I regret both of those failings.”

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