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Pilgrims & Baptists: the little known connection

November 26 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Pilgrims and Baptists both emerged from a movement in England known as Separatism and are related more closely than most people realize. Baptist John Smyth pastored a church where many future Pilgrims were members.

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Southern Baptists & racial healing

November 26 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Southern Baptists have a unique role to play in America’s race relations following a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of an 18-year-old African-American in Ferguson, Mo. Southern Baptists have firsthand experience of the only lasting solution to racial tension: the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Church food ministries serve thousands

November 26 2014 by Bonnie Pritchett, Southern Baptist TEXAN/Baptist Press

While the annual Southern Baptist Convention Global Hunger Relief campaign provides an opportunity for churches across the nation to address the issue of worldwide hunger, churches in Texas and elsewhere daily strive to meet the endless needs of the poor and marginalized in their communities.

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Ferguson reaction: ‘how far we have to go’

November 25 2014 by Art Toalston & Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Philadelphia pastor K. Marshall Williams, in the hours prior to the grand jury report declining to indict a white police officer in the shooting death, said that a Christian view directs his outlook and advocacy. The entire tragedy in Ferguson, Mo. underscored the significance of Williams’ statement to Baptist Press.

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Survey: Food ministries aided 1 in 4 families

November 25 2014 by Bob Smietana, Baptist Press

Nearly one in four Americans (22 percent) say their family has turned to a church-run food pantry in the past for help, according to a new survey from LifeWay Research. "There is an abundance of food in the U.S. but plenty of people still go hungry," said vice president of LifeWay Research Scott McConnell.

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Obama’s action on immigration called 'unwise'

November 21 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

President Obama announced Nov. 20 his actions, which include most controversially a plan to protect nearly five million undocumented immigrants from deportation. The president’s use of executive authority came after the Senate approved comprehensive immigration reform in the last Congress but the House of Representatives failed to do.

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Study: pastors support immigration reform

November 19 2014 by Bob Smietana, Baptist Press

Many of the nation’s Protestant senior pastors want the U.S. government to mix justice with mercy when it comes to immigration reform, a LifeWay Research survey shows. Most say it’s the government’s job to stop people from entering the country illegally. They also support reform that includes…

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Housing allowance survives at appeal court

November 14 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

A federal appeals court has overturned a decision striking down the 60-year-old ministerial housing allowance in an action cheered by Southern Baptist leaders. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled Nov. 13 that an atheist organization lacked the legal right – known as “standing” – to challenge the portion of a 1954 law …

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Southern Baptists in Congress now 36

November 12 2014 by Baptist Press Staff

Southern Baptist representation in Congress dropped as a result of the Nov. 4 election, but the House of Representatives will include 30 Southern Baptists when the next Congress convenes in January. The Senate will remain the same at six Southern Baptists, with one Southern Baptist replacing another.

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Hardened marine ‘rocked’ by loss, surrenders to Christ

November 12 2014 by Paul F. South, The TEXAN/Baptist Press

After a ‘Damascus Road experience’ and the death of a close friend the life of drill instructor, Brandon Graham began to change dramatically. The 34-year old Oklahoma native now serves as assistant pastor at RockPointe Church in Flower Mound, TX.

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