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  • Gordon’s Gulf flood risks put DR volunteers on alert

    September 5 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Gordon’s Gulf flood risks put DR volunteers on alert

    Anticipated flooding from Tropical Storm Gordon has Southern Baptist volunteers on alert in three Gulf Coast states, and may extend responses in the already-flooded Midwest as Gordon moves inland. The storm will likely intensify to a Category 1 hurricane as it comes ashore between western Alabama and eastern Louisiana Sept. 4, the Weather Channel reported …

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  • Labor Day: Owen Cooper’s faith inspired array of ventures

    August 31 2018 by Tim Tune, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Labor Day: Owen Cooper’s faith inspired array of ventures

    On Labor Day, Americans will celebrate U.S. workers who have built and shaped the nation and influenced the world. One of the most successful entrepreneurs of the 20th century in Mississippi was also one of Southern Baptists’ most influential laymen. The late Owen Cooper, who died Nov. 8, 1986, worked tirelessly in both arenas.

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  • Mississippi nears earliest abortion ban in country

    March 12 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Mississippi nears earliest abortion ban in country

    Mississippi stands on the verge of enacting the earliest ban on abortions in the United States. The state’s House of Representatives approved in a 75-34 vote a bill that would prohibit abortions after 15 weeks’ gestation. The legislation will go to Gov. Phil Bryant, who has indicated he will sign it.

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  • Hugh & Jill Freeze speak of God’s grace at Liberty U.

    January 26 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Hugh & Jill Freeze speak of God’s grace at Liberty U.

    Hugh Freeze made his first public appearance Wednesday since resigning as Ole Miss head football coach last year in a scandal involving phone calls to an escort service. Freeze spoke during an hour-long convocation Jan. 24 along with his wife Jill and his pastor, Chip Henderson of Pinelake Church, a five-site Southern Baptist congregation in Mississippi.

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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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