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  • Greear tightens SBC Birmingham schedule

    September 21 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Greear tightens SBC Birmingham schedule

    Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President J.D. Greear announced via Twitter that next year’s SBC annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala., will not include any evening sessions. The announcement came the same week the SBC Executive Committee released data indicating a growing role for digital media in conjunction with this year’s SBC annual meeting in Dallas.

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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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  • Getty worship conference strikes a chord

    September 17 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Getty worship conference strikes a chord

    Hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty hosted their first-ever worship music conference last year. The inaugural event drew more than 4,000 attendees. The second annual “Sing!” conference, Sept. 10-12 in Nashville, Tenn., has garnered nearly twice as many pastors, worship leaders and other Christians eager to hear dozens of speakers and artists.

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  • Multifamily housing spurs mission strategy

    September 4 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Multifamily housing spurs mission strategy

    The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina initiated a strategy last year to help churches engage a mission field that is estimated to be 95 percent unchurched. The targeted group, said to number in the millions, includes people from all over the world who span the economic spectrum. 

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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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  • African nation’s Baptists stirred to advance gospel

    In the country that birthed voodoo, Baptists in Benin are working to pray for and support the spread of the gospel in the Sub-Saharan country. It’s a story IMB missionary Barbara Singerman can’t share without tearing up. “They are investing in missions,” she said. “They are expressing a love and appreciation and oneness – participation in the work.

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  • Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy denounced, defended

    June 20 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy denounced, defended

    Southern Baptist and other evangelical female leaders expressed their opposition Monday (June 18) to separating children from parents on the border as Congress prepares again to take up the immigration issue. The call for a change in the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that has resulted in family separation at the United States’ border with …

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  • Wisconsin school drops appeal, transgender fight continues

    January 29 2018 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Wisconsin school drops appeal, transgender fight continues

    For two years, the U.S. Supreme Court has been able to avoid the inevitable, but the justices will be asked to define the meaning of “sex” in Title IX. Transgender schoolchildren and their attorneys argue gender identity is a protected class under the federal education nondiscrimination law, and judges mostly have agreed.

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  • Housing allowance order stayed for now; appeals likely

    December 19 2017 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    Housing allowance order stayed for now; appeals likely

    A federal district court judge in Wisconsin, as expected, has entered a final order declaring the minister’s housing allowance unconstitutional. The Dec. 13 order, however, has been stayed for 180 days after all appeals are exhausted, meaning it currently does not have any impact.

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  • Minn.-Wis. Churches elevate CP giving from 22 to 32%

    November 22 2017 by David Williams, Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist | with 0 comments
    Minn.-Wis. Churches elevate CP giving from 22 to 32%

    Minnesota Wisconsin Baptists took a leap forward in their goal of forwarding 50 percent of Cooperative Program receipts to the Southern Baptist Convention, jumping from 22 percent this year to 32 percent next year. With a theme of “Come to Life,” 98 messengers from the Minnesota Wisconsin Baptist Convention gathered for the 34th annual meeting.

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  • Court signals religious freedom victory for artist

    August 4 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Court signals religious freedom victory for artist

    A self-employed evangelical Christian photographer can reject job requests based on her religious beliefs against same-sex marriage, a Wisconsin county court and government officials have agreed. The ruling has no bearing on similar religious liberty cases of two other business owners represented by Lawson’s attorneys, Alliance Defending Freedom, as those businesses are based outside Wisconsin.

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  • Transgender student wins restroom case appeal

    June 1 2017 by Leigh Jones, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Transgender student wins restroom case appeal

    Ashton Whitaker, a 17-year-old high school girl in Wisconsin, won permission to use the boy's restroom in September when a district court judge overruled objections from the Kenosha Unified School District. The appeals court upheld that ruling, dismissing the school district's claims of harm to other students.

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  • ‘Untapped source’ for missions discussed

    June 24 2016 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Untapped source’ for missions discussed

    Professionals – people with experience in business, education, sales, medicine and more – can help start and grow churches in places career missionaries cannot go by using their skills to network with other professionals in cities around the globe, a panel of Baptist leaders determined in St. Louis.

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  • Filipino Baptists expand on 20/20 plan

    June 23 2016 by Daniel Woodman, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Filipino Baptists expand on 20/20 plan

    Finishing the first year of a five-year initiative to plant 100 new churches, the Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America reported progress on their goal. Filipino Baptist churches across North America have planted more than 20 new churches, Peter Yanes, president, reported during the fellowship’s meeting in St. Louis.

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  • Missing NOBTS student found in Ala. hospital

    May 6 2016 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS | with 3 comments
    Missing NOBTS student found in Ala. hospital

    New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary student John Russell, missing since April 22, has been found in an Alabama hospital. He has been in the ICU at D.W. McMillan Hospital in Brewton, Ala., since April 22 following an accident. Russell's mother has been notified and is traveling to be with him.

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