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  • High court permits conscience law to stand in Mississippi

    January 11 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    High court permits conscience law to stand in Mississippi

    The U.S. Supreme Court has left in effect a Mississippi law that protects the religious freedom of those who object to participating in a gay marriage or sex-reassignment surgery. The justices announced Jan. 8 without comment they would not review a lower court decision that permitted the law to go into effect.

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  • Ole Miss coach resigns amid scandal, requests prayer

    July 25 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Ole Miss coach resigns amid scandal, requests prayer

    The forced resignation of Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze – an outspoken follower of Jesus – amid what the university described as “moral turpitude” has left believers disappointed and expressing hope for repentance. “I truly believe that [Freeze] is a good man,” said Mississippi pastor Clarence Cooper, a friend of Freeze’s for two decades.

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  • Religious liberty law in Mississippi upheld on appeal

    June 26 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Religious liberty law in Mississippi upheld on appeal

    A law allowing Mississippians to refuse a variety of business transactions violating their religious beliefs was allowed to take effect by a federal appeals court, but the court did not address the law’s constitutionality. The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans overturned an injunction that had barred the law’s enforcement.

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  • Baptist health care systems set merger

    May 4 2017 by William H. Perkins Jr., The Baptist Record | with 0 comments
    Baptist health care systems set merger

    Mississippi Baptist Health Systems in Jackson and Baptist Memorial Health Care in Memphis announced on May 1 the completion of a merger between the two regional health care giants, making the new operation one of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the United States.

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  • William Carey reopens amid campus tornado recovery

    February 14 2017 by Mia Anderson Overton, WCU | with 0 comments
    William Carey reopens amid campus tornado recovery

    Students will return to William Carey University Feb. 17-19, with spring classes slated to begin Monday, Feb. 20, following a tornado that tore through the campus Jan. 21. Valerie Bridgeforth, director of student services, toured the various dormitories slated to reopen and was impressed with the progress that has been made.

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  • William Carey University tornado cleanup draws Baptist support

    February 9 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    William Carey University tornado cleanup draws Baptist support

    William Carey University will move students back to its Hattiesburg, Miss., campus and begin the spring trimester less than a month after an EF-3 tornado damaged nearly all of its 30 buildings. Five buildings will have to be demolished, but “several classroom buildings” and housing for 739 students will open Feb. 20.

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  • Students to receive WMU aid after tornado

    January 31 2017 by Janis Ezell, WMU | with 0 comments
    Students to receive WMU aid after tornado

    Children of missionaries (MKs) and international students attending tornado-ravaged William Carey University in Mississippi are being assisted by a $5,000 grant from national Woman’s Missionary Union and the WMU Foundation. The grant will be used to purchase gift cards for the MKs as well as international students affected by the tornado’s devastation.

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  • Tornadoes: 2 Georgia Baptists killed; cleanup begins

    January 25 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Tornadoes: 2 Georgia Baptists killed; cleanup begins

    As the Southeast recovers from a deadly storm system that swept the region, Georgia Baptists are mourning the deaths of an elderly couple who were members of First Baptist Church in Nashville, Ga. Meanwhile, the president of William Carey University said the campus “looks a lot better” following initial cleanup efforts.

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  • Mississippi tornado damages William Carey University

    January 24 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Mississippi tornado damages William Carey University

    An EF3 tornado that ripped through southern Mississippi Jan. 21 in the wee hours of the morning damaged nearly all of the 30 buildings on William Carey University's Hattiesburg campus and left seven students injured. William Carey is affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention and has campuses in Hattiesburg and Biloxi.

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  • Baptists mobilize after weekend storms in Southeast

    January 24 2017 by Tobin Perry, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Baptists mobilize after weekend storms in Southeast

    Southern Baptists throughout the Southeast have started responding to a deadly storm system that reportedly claimed the lives of at least 19 people from Georgia to Mississippi over a two-day period this past weekend. Severe weather, which lasted through Sunday night extended into South Carolina and north Florida.

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  • Mississippi messengers adopt 2000 BF&M

    November 11 2016 by William H. Perkins Jr., The Baptist Record | with 0 comments
    Mississippi messengers adopt 2000 BF&M

    Messengers from among the 2,200 Mississippi Baptist Convention member churches unanimously approved adoption of the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message as the doctrinal guidelines for the convention, during the 181st annual meeting of the convention at First Baptist Church, Jackson, Nov. 1-2.

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  • Mississippi religious liberty law challenged

    May 12 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Mississippi religious liberty law challenged

    Mississippi is now headed to federal court over its effort to protect the religious freedom of individuals who object to same-sex marriage and restroom use based on gender identity. Two organizations challenged the state’s Protecting Freedom of Conscience From Government Discrimination Act May 9 and 10.

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  • Mississippi adopts religious freedom bill

    April 7 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Mississippi adopts religious freedom bill

    Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed into law a bill safeguarding the religious liberty of individuals and organizations who refuse to participate in same-sex weddings or gender identity transitions. Bryant, a Republican, announced April 5 via Twitter that he signed House Bill 1523 – the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act.

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  • 2000 BF&M slated for Mississippi Baptists’ 2016 meeting

    December 2 2015 by William H. Perkins Jr., Mississippi Baptist Record | with 0 comments
    2000 BF&M slated for Mississippi Baptists’ 2016 meeting

    Messengers to the Mississippi Baptist Convention’s 2015 annual meeting heard the first reading of a proposed constitutional amendment relating to the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message to be voted on at the convention’s 2016 annual meeting. Messengers also elected a new president and approved a 2016 Cooperative Program budget …

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  • Football teammates labor for Haitians’ clean water

    August 14 2015 by Tim Tune, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Football teammates labor for Haitians’ clean water

    The University of Mississippi football players’ gratitude for fresh, convenient water – and other common necessities – stems from a mission trip to Haiti last spring with 11 teammates among the volunteers to help provide safe water for a village of 7,000 people.

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