• Lilly receives special Christmas gift from Chitwoods

    December 10 2018 by Roger Alford, Kentucky Today | with 0 comments
    Lilly receives special Christmas gift from Chitwoods

    Sure, 6-year-old Lilly has the typical wish list for Christmas, including Barbie dolls and a dollhouse. But it was something much more meaningful that she longed for most: a family of her own. For the past three years, Lilly had been in foster care through Sunrise Children’s Services, a Kentucky Baptist organization that ministers to abused and neglected kids.

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  • Children’s Homes thanks Baptists for ‘faithful friendship’

    November 20 2018 by Blake Ragsdale, BCH Communications | with 0 comments
    Children’s Homes thanks Baptists for ‘faithful friendship’

    The audience at the Nov. 5 general session of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSC) annual meeting grew silent as lights dimmed. A pulsating sound of a heartbeat broke the silence becoming louder and louder, reverberating across the darkened room.

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  • Q&A: Erickson on family, faith and food

    October 18 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Q&A: Erickson on family, faith and food

    Erick Erickson, a journalist and media personality known for his strident defense of conservative politics, says a period of suffering in his life led to deep reflections on faith, family and the lack of civility in current political discussions. Those meditations resulted in a book framed as a letter to his children …

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  • Brothers at children’s homes give hearts to Jesus

    October 16 2018 by Blake Ragsdale, BCH Communications | with 0 comments
    Brothers at children’s homes give hearts to Jesus

    Pastor Randy Stewart reached out and took the young boy’s hand as he stepped into the baptismal waters. They had enough time to exchange a quick smile just before Stewart looked out into the congregation. “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit!” Stewart proclaimed …

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  • Oklahoma churches host Foster Family Retreat

    September 28 2018 by Brian Hobbs, The Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    Oklahoma churches host Foster Family Retreat

    While the foster care needs in Oklahoma remain great, Oklahoma Baptists are finding creative ways to minister and meet the needs of foster families. One such example comes from southeast Oklahoma, in LeFlore Association, where the Foster Family Retreat at Kiamichi Baptist Assembly took place, July 28-29.

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  • N.C. Baptists ‘shine bright’ in aftermath of Hurricane Florence

    September 17 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff | with 0 comments
    N.C. Baptists ‘shine bright’ in aftermath of Hurricane Florence

    As rainfall from Hurricane Florence continued to drench much of North Carolina, Southern Baptist response teams were already at work feeding residents, ramping up recovery efforts and planning to provide long-term aid. The storm made landfall early Sept. 14 as a Category 1 hurricane near Wilmington, N.C. …

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  • Blackwell celebrated for 35 years of ‘bold’ leadership

    August 21 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff | with 0 comments
    Blackwell celebrated for 35 years of ‘bold’ leadership

    The Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH) honored Michael Blackwell as he passed a 35-year milestone July 1 as executive director of the historic ministry. In a blog post last month, BCH highlighted Blackwell’s “bold choices” over the years to expand the ministry’s reach, even while facing personal difficulties.

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  • Judicial wordplay redefines locker room reality

    May 31 2018 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD Digital | with 0 comments
    Judicial wordplay redefines locker room reality

    Two courts, one in Pennsylvania and another in Virginia, last week disregarded students’ pleas for privacy in public school locker rooms and restrooms. The judges avoided making any distinctions between the sexes and ruled transgender students should be allowed to use the sex-segregated facilities that affirm their gender identity.

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  • Delaware bill first to outlaw child marriage in U.S.

    May 9 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Delaware bill first to outlaw child marriage in U.S.

    A bill awaiting Delaware Gov. John Carney’s signature is America’s first to outlaw marriage before age 18, the latest measure in a nationwide effort to rein in child marriage. Delaware’s measure is the strictest to date. Carney is expected to sign the bill as early as this week.

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  • Pastor: School incident defused by God’s intervention

    April 25 2018 by Nicole Kalil, Florida Baptist Convention | with 0 comments
    Pastor: School incident defused by God’s intervention

    First Baptist Church was on the frontline ministering to students, faculty and staff after a gunman opened fire at nearby Forest High School in Ocala, Fla. One student was injured in the April 20 incident, which lasted only minutes.

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  • Therapy bans, the new battlefield

    April 11 2018 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD Digital | with 0 comments
    Therapy bans, the new battlefield

    In the last few weeks, at least four states have taken action on laws barring therapists from counseling individuals about their sexual orientation or gender identity, other than to encourage homosexuality or transgenderism. Supporters of the laws argue the bans protect people from ineffective and abusive methods.

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  • Posthumous conception raises ‘host of ethical issues’

    April 9 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Posthumous conception raises ‘host of ethical issues’

    The legal and moral propriety of conceiving a child with a dead person’s egg or sperm is among the latest fronts being discussed in bioethics. In Ireland, legislation is under consideration that would permit reproductive cells from deceased individuals to be used by their spouses or partners to conceive children posthumously.

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  • Youth rally memories: funny, touching, miraculous

    March 28 2018 by David Dawson, Baptist and Reflector | with 0 comments
    Youth rally memories: funny, touching, miraculous

    Kent Shingleton occasionally scratched his goatee and broke into a chuckle while reflecting on his two-decade tenure as the coordinator of Tennessee Baptists’ Youth Evangelism Conference. Shingleton said he had a deep supply of stories he could share – some funny, some touching and some truly miraculous.

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  • Tennessee may require schools to post ‘In God We Trust’

    March 23 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Tennessee may require schools to post ‘In God We Trust’

    Public schools in Tennessee soon could be required to post “In God We Trust” in a “prominent location” if the governor signs a bill that cleared the state legislature this week. “Our national motto and our founding documents are the cornerstones of freedom,” the bill’s sponsor, Republican state Rep. Susan Lynn, said in a statement.

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  • 5 Nigerian schoolgirls died in raid, teen told parent

    March 23 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    5 Nigerian schoolgirls died in raid, teen told parent

    Boko Haram on March 21 released most of the 110 schoolgirls kidnapped from Dapchi, Nigeria, a month ago, but five girls still missing are feared dead, and a lone student remains captive because of her Christianity, the Associated Press reported March 22.

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