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New report shows abortions continue to decline

Tom Strode, Baptist Press
December 05 2019

The latest statistics demonstrate once again reported abortions in the United States have continued to decline. The number of abortions fell in one year by more than 13,000 to 623,471 in 2016, the latest year for which data is available, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a Nov... read more

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CP giving off to best start in a decade

Baptist Press Staff
December 05 2019

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee (EC) reported the strongest first two months of a fiscal year since 2009 as contributions to SBC national and international missions and ministries through the Cooperative Program (CP) exceeded $17... read more

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Southwestern denies professor was fired for speaking against homosexuality

Seth Brown, BR Executive Editor
December 05 2019

(Updated Dec. 5) Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) provost Randy Stinson released a statement Dec. 4 denying claims that a former humanities professor at Scarborough College was fired for speaking about same-sex issues... read more

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Pastors less optimistic about economy's impact on churches

Aaron Earls, LifeWay
December 04 2019

As retail stores hope the holiday shopping season gives their bottom line a lift, American Protestant pastors are less sure the economy is helping their congregation this year. Around 2 in 5 pastors of Protestant churches in the United States (41 percent) say the economy is having no impact on their church, according to a new survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research... read more

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Louisiana Baptists celebrate church planting

Brian Blackwell, Baptist Message
December 04 2019

In addition to electing officers, passing a budget and other business, Louisiana Baptists celebrated 250 new church plants since 2010 at their annual meeting Nov. 11-12. Eddie Wren, Louisiana Baptist Convention (LBC) president, gave a sermon challenging messengers to wait on the Lord and not lose hope in the current age... read more