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  • ‘Flawed,’ ‘hot mess’ precedent defeats Florida cross

    September 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Flawed,’ ‘hot mess’ precedent defeats Florida cross

    If the federal court had its way, a 34-foot cross would remain at its Pensacola, Fla., post. But “flawed precedent” that judges called a “hot mess” forced them to rule otherwise, the judges wrote in their opinion. Judges said their hands were tied by the 1983 ruling in the nearly identical case of ACLU v. Rabun County …

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  • Federal court protects liberty, life in Texas case

    July 19 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Federal court protects liberty, life in Texas case

    A federal appeals court ruling that protects a church’s internal communications buttressed both religious freedom and defense of the unborn, according to the Southern Baptist Convention’s church-state entity. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reversed July 15 a federal judge’s order requiring the Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops of Texas …

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  • Pastor appreciation: Heartfelt letters have impact

    October 3 2016 by Tobin Perry, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Pastor appreciation: Heartfelt letters have impact

    While pastors appreciate the marriage getaways and financial gifts that sometimes come their way during Pastor Appreciation Month, Dave Miller suggests there may be something even more important to consider.

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  • Thom Tapp, ‘Covered Dish’ cartoonist, dies

    July 14 2016 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Thom Tapp, ‘Covered Dish’ cartoonist, dies

    Thomas “Thom” Tapp, a pastor who drew and penned the “Church of the Covered Dish,” died of liver cancer at age 65. His Church of the Covered Dish led by pastor “Eli Chortlesnort” first appeared in 1997 in the Baptist and Reflector, Tennessee Baptists’ newsjournal, and became part of Baptist Press’ comics lineup in 2000.

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  • Special feeling comes to those who bring happiness

    July 12 2016 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 0 comments
    Special feeling comes to those who bring happiness

    The best time of the year for Donnie Wiltshire and Judy Autry comes during the five annual Happiness Retreats. “There is just a touch of heaven at Happiness,” said Wiltshire, special ministries consultant for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Autry has been directing the Happiness Retreats for 17 years.

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  • Court strikes down abortion provider regulations

    June 28 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Court strikes down abortion provider regulations

    The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a state legislature’s effort to hold abortion providers responsible for the protection of women who use their services. In a 5-3 opinion, the high court ruled portions of a Texas law that regulate abortion doctors and clinics constitute an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to abort her child and are therefore unconstitutional.

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  • Capps, Griggs running for pastor’s conference offices

    March 22 2016 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    Capps, Griggs running for pastor’s conference offices

    Two names have been announced as nominees for North Carolina Baptist Pastors’ Conference officers. Clint Pressley, senior pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, announced he will nominate Matt Capps as president elect, and Marty Jacumin, senior pastor of Bay Leaf Baptist Church in Raleigh, announced he will nominate Chris Griggs as vice-president elect.

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  • Backpacks & Bibles reach into Appalachia, Mississippi Delta

    February 2 2016 by K. Faith Morgan, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Backpacks & Bibles reach into Appalachia, Mississippi Delta

    Since 2001, Appalachian Regional Ministries, a ministry of the North American Mission Board, has collected and distributed more than 140,000 Christmas backpacks and boxes filled with toys, clothing, school supplies, food and hygiene items and a Bible. They have seen more than 4,000 decisions for Christ …

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  • Baptists to highlight SBDR volunteers Nov. 1

    October 30 2015 by Tobin Perry, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Baptists to highlight SBDR volunteers Nov. 1

    Last year Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers spent more than 25,000 hours helping disaster survivors. On Nov. 1, Southern Baptists throughout the United States will celebrate the ministry dedication of these volunteers through Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief Appreciation Day. Churches can use this time to show videos ...

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  • Pastor appreciation opportunities available

    September 2 2015 by Joe Conway, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Pastor appreciation opportunities available

    The North American Mission Board is encouraging participation in pastor appreciation month in October. Pastors need demonstrated love and support. The stresses of accepting spiritual responsibility for congregations are well-documented in scripture by Paul and today in countless surveys. Your pastor needs your support.

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  • App available for 2015 SBC annual meeting

    April 30 2015 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    App available for 2015 SBC annual meeting

    Messengers to the 2015 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting can stay informed through a free smartphone app featuring schedules, maps, alerts, speakers, newsfeeds and more. The app will be available for iPhone, iPad, and Android users and can be downloaded by typing in “SBC Annual Meetings” in the device’s app store.

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  • Baptist Press launches app with SBC versatility

    April 13 2015 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    Baptist Press launches app with SBC versatility

    Baptist Press, the Southern Baptist Convention’s news service, officially launched a free app April 13 connecting to its daily content and to key entities across Baptist life. The app replaces Baptist Press’ mobile site by which smartphone users accessed the news service prior to the redesign of its website last September.

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  • 150 years after Appomattox: A redemptive surrender

    April 9 2015 by Stephen Douglas Wilson, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    150 years after Appomattox: A redemptive surrender

    Gen. Robert E. Lee arrived at the McLean House near Appomattox, Va. on April 9, 1865, to meet with Union commander Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Lee sought generous surrender terms from the Union leader called “Unconditional Surrender Grant.” Both men knew their decision would set the tone for the nation.

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  • Backpack ministry to bless thousands at Christmas

    December 15 2014 by Michael McEwen, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Backpack ministry to bless thousands at Christmas

    The Appalachian Coalfields Ministry (ACM), sponsored by Baptists on Mission (formerly N.C. Baptist Men), helps meet the physical and spiritual needs of people living in the Appalachia. Working with many ministry centers and churches in five Appalachian states, they help mobilize volunteers and resources to meet such needs.

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  • Happiness Retreats: 40th year helping special people

    September 9 2014 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Happiness Retreats: 40th year helping special people

    This year North Carolina Baptists sponsored five of these three-day retreats for people with special needs, including one at Truett Camp in Hayesville and others at Caraway Conference Center near Asheboro. More than 700 people attended this year. It’s a unique ministry few other organizations can match.

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