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  • Pastor: Ohio law, church can help with payday lending

    August 8 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pastor: Ohio law, church can help with payday lending

    Ohio’s new law regulating payday lending is an important advance, but the church plays a vital role in helping people who often become casualties of the predatory industry, Southern Baptist pastor David Gray says. Gov. John Kasich signed into law July 30 what some advocates have described as a model for the country in addressing abuses by lenders …

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  • Baptists stepping up efforts to help Appalachia

    March 13 2018 by Mark Maynard, Kentucky Today | with 0 comments
    Baptists stepping up efforts to help Appalachia

    In the Appalachians, unemployment, poverty and drug abuse remain rampant. But Southern Baptists are stepping up their efforts to help residents impacted by the stark conditions. They are opening an Appalachia Ministry Center that will distribute food and other supplies throughout the central Appalachian region of eastern Kentucky, West Virginia and southern Ohio.

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  • Deadly central-U.S. storms mobilize DR in 5 states

    February 27 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Deadly central-U.S. storms mobilize DR in 5 states

    Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers are on the ground and others are on standby after weekend tornadoes and flooding killed five people and damaged homes in five states. Two disaster relief teams have been deployed in Tennessee; Illinois is assessing a response to flooding there; and teams are on standby in Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio.

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  • Parents lose custody of transgender teen

    February 21 2018 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD Digital | with 0 comments
    Parents lose custody of transgender teen

    An Ohio couple on Feb. 16 lost permanent custody of their teenage daughter because they didn’t want her to undergo sex-change treatment. Cincinnati-area Juvenile Court Judge Sylvia Hendon removed the girl from her parents’ custody and turned her over to her maternal grandparents, who support the 17-year-old’s desire to identify as a boy.

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  • State convention building sales accumulate

    December 21 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    State convention building sales accumulate

    At its annual meeting, the Colorado Baptist General Convention (CBGC) announced plans to sell its Denver-area office building and relocate to a smaller facility nearby. As CBGC executive director Nathan Lorick put it, the convention’s “desire in selling our building is to maximize the reach of our dollars through minimizing our space needs.”

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  • Ohio passes Down syndrome abortion ban

    December 20 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Ohio passes Down syndrome abortion ban

    Pro-life advocates are applauding the Ohio legislature’s passage of a bill to ban abortions of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome. They expect a signature from Gov. John Kasich within the next week or so. Last month, the state House passed the bill 64-31, and the Senate passed it 20-12 last week.

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  • Ohio Baptists hold to 50-50 SBC distribution

    December 1 2017 by SCBO & BP staff | with 0 comments
    Ohio Baptists hold to 50-50 SBC distribution

    With the sound of the “Ray Roberts Gavel” – honoring a former State Convention of Baptists in Ohio (SCBO) executive director – SCBO President David Starry called the convention’s 64th annual meeting to order. The meeting was hosted by Chillicothe Baptist Church whose pastor, Timothy Cline, welcomed the 260-plus participants.

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  • Orville Griffin, former Ohio exec, dies at 85

    October 24 2017 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Orville Griffin, former Ohio exec, dies at 85

    Orville H. Griffin, former executive director/treasurer of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio, died Sept. 18 at age 85 after several months of illness, according to a report from the Ohio convention. Griffin was the convention’s executive director from 1992-1997 during 43 years of ministry in Ohio.

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  • Smoke alarm outreach heats up church’s ministry

    July 5 2017 by Jim Burton, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Smoke alarm outreach heats up church’s ministry

    When Dan Helms volunteered to help install a smoke alarm in a West Chester home, he thought it was weird. Never had the teenager helped someone without expecting something in return. Now that he has made a profession of faith in Christ, he considers serving others in the name of Jesus “the good life.”

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  • Kasich: Veto of ‘heartbeat bill’ was strategic

    December 21 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kasich: Veto of ‘heartbeat bill’ was strategic

    In an action that drew divided response from the pro-life community, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and vetoed a measure outlawing abortion following detection of a fetal heartbeat. The 20-week ban includes an exception only for saving the life of the mother.

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  • Ohio Baptists adopt 50/50 funding of SBC causes

    November 11 2016 by SCBO and BP staff | with 0 comments
    Ohio Baptists adopt 50/50 funding of SBC causes

    A 50/50 division of churches’ Cooperative Program gifts to the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio was approved during the annual meeting. Messengers approved a 2016-17 Mission Ohio budget which moved the Cooperative Mission Program, from 59.25/40.25 distribution to 50/50 for SCBO outreach and Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries.

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  • Suits in Ohio, Minnesota join list of Title IX challenges

    September 21 2016 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Suits in Ohio, Minnesota join list of Title IX challenges

    Lawsuits recently filed in Ohio and Minnesota have joined the cases challenging the Obama administration’s Title IX guidance on gender identity. The suits illustrate the issue’s divisiveness – the Ohio school district refuses to accept the federal government’s demands, while the Minnesota district accepted the redefinition of “sex,” prompting parents to sue.

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  • Ohio Baptists may approve 50/50 Cooperative Program giving

    August 3 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Ohio Baptists may approve 50/50 Cooperative Program giving

    Ohio Baptists may join a growing list of state conventions that split their annual Cooperative Program receipts equally between the state and Southern Baptist Convention national and international causes. Both the 50/50 Task Force Committee and the state’s Mission Council have voted to ask messengers to approve the 50/50 split.

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  • Aborted babies dumped in landfills, Ohio AG reports

    December 15 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Aborted babies dumped in landfills, Ohio AG reports

    An investigation of three Planned Parenthood affiliates in Ohio showed that all of them send the remains of aborted children to companies that dispose of them at landfill sites, state Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Dec. 11. The fetal remains apparently are mixed at the landfills with “common residential and commercial trash …

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  • ‘Engage Ohio’ initiatives garner convention’s focus

    December 9 2015 by State Convention of Baptists in Ohio | with 0 comments
    ‘Engage Ohio’ initiatives garner convention’s focus

    “Engage Ohio: All for Him” was the theme of the annual meeting of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio. Each session expanded on the “Engage Ohio: All for Him” theme, reflecting the Mission Ohio cooperative effort of Southern Baptists to engage all the residents of Ohio with the gospel ...

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