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Flooding, other challenges draw Baptist relief

August 21 2014 by Joe Conway, NAMB/Baptist Press

Massive flooding in Michigan affecting tens of thousands of homes and businesses has opened the door for ministry by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers. The three-county area around Warren, Mich., has been described by some as the nation’s largest natural disaster that few people have heard about.

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Tilt toward gay marriage hits hiccup

August 21 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

A Tennessee county judge ruled the state has the authority to limit marriage to a man and a woman, setting forth an exception to more than three dozen rulings in the last 14 months in favor of same-sex marriage.

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Ukraine’s cry for help & hope stirs U.S. churches to pray, go

August 21 2014 by Ava Thomas, IMB/Baptist Press

Becky Dorman, a member at Graceland Baptist Church in New Albany, Ind., met the young Ukrainian woman in 2009 when Dorman’s mission team traveled to Ukraine. Though Graceland Baptist has been unable to send a team back to Ukraine this year, the crisis has opened new ministry doors.

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Farm owners fined for saying no to lesbian wedding

August 20 2014 by Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service

Christian farm owners, Cynthia and Robert Gifford, in New York declined a lesbian couple’s request to hold a wedding ceremony on their property have been fined $10,000 and ordered to pay the women $1,500 each. Liberty Ridge Farm is rented for birthday parties and about a dozen weddings each year.

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Evangelicals visit Israel to show support

August 20 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A group of notable Christian leaders, hosted by National Religious Broadcasters President Jerry Johnson, are in Israel Aug. 17-22 to show support for the Jewish state’s right to defend itself against attacks from Hamas and other adversaries. The leaders include Ronnie Floyd, Richard Land, Anne Graham Lotz…

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91-year-old longs for next mission trip

August 19 2014 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Dorothy Lockett’s first mission trip was to Kenya at age 83. She joined fellow members of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Herndon, Va., on a weeklong trip to Nairobi. She would like to take a second mission trip to Kenya, but at 91, her daughter won’t allow it.

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N. Korea detainee’s family pleads for release

August 19 2014 by Rachel Lynn Aldrich, WNS/Baptist Press

The family of an American man detained in North Korea for “anti-state” crimes has apologized to the country and pleaded with officials to show mercy and release him, saying in a statement that they are desperate for him to return home.

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In missions, pastor says, ‘Don’t despise small beginnings’

August 19 2014 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Throughout the years, a small Virginian church has formed many partnerships in missions around the globe. Two of those partners have included the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board. The church also has partnerships in Kenya, Benin, Ghana, South Africa and Liberia.

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The Bibles are back: Navy lodges scuttle removal plan

August 18 2014 by Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service

In June, the U.S. Navy ordered housekeepers at thousands of Navy-owned guest lodges near U.S. and international bases to remove the Bibles and any other “religious materials” from their rooms. But public outcry and protests led the brass to reverse course Aug. 15.

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Sturgis bike rally volunteers move into ‘devil’s playground’

August 18 2014 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

The Dakota Baptist Convention-led outreach – with its popular giveaway of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle – gave 120 volunteers from at least 20 states and Canada 3,654 opportunities to share three-minute testimonies, up from 2,141 last year, leading to professions of faith by 513 people, up from 178 in 2013.

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