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  • McCrory insists he still supports HB2

    September 26 2016 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    McCrory insists he still supports HB2

    Citing overlapping lawsuits and “substantial costs to the state,” North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory withdrew a lawsuit against the federal government over HB2, the state’s so-called “bathroom bill.” North Carolina will continue to defend the controversial law in separate but similar lawsuits pending in federal courts.

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  • Contempt of Congress sought for fetal tissue firm

    September 26 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Contempt of Congress sought for fetal tissue firm

    A possible contempt of Congress holding against a fetal tissue procurement business that has worked with Planned Parenthood is the latest development in an ongoing investigation into the apparent trade in aborted baby parts. The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives voted for a resolution recommending that the chamber find StemExpress in contempt of Congress.

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  • Gateway move increased assets, streamlined staff

    September 26 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Gateway move increased assets, streamlined staff

    Thanks to the move of Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention’s main campus to Southern California, the seminary has more financial assets and an employee structure more focused on theological education. That’s the report Gateway President Jeff Iorg delivered to the SBC Executive Committee Sept. 20 in Nashville.

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  • New Baptist Covenant extols racial justice

    September 26 2016 by Mark Kelly & David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    New Baptist Covenant extols racial justice

    A theologically and ethnically diverse coalition of Baptists gathered around the theme of racial justice and reconciliation at the New Baptist Covenant Summit Sept. 14-16 convened by former President Jimmy Carter. The group’s dwindling attendance led the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) to wonder about the coalition’s future prospects for survival.

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  • Nashville lightens up on marijuana penalties

    September 26 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Nashville lightens up on marijuana penalties

    Nashville has given law enforcement officials the option of issuing civil citations to persons possessing small amounts of marijuana. Marijuana possession and use in the city and county are still considered crimes. But under the new measure, law enforcement officials may choose whether to charge a person with a civil offense or a criminal misdemeanor.

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  • Prayer in troubled Charlotte counters ‘hurt, anger’

    September 23 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Prayer in troubled Charlotte counters ‘hurt, anger’

    “Hurt” and “anger” have met with prayer in troubled Charlotte, N.C., where Southern Baptist pastors are praying and encouraging peace and reason amid violent protests and a declared state of emergency after the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott.

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  • Platt to EC: Seemingly dead man arose

    September 23 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Platt to EC: Seemingly dead man arose

    What appeared to local believers to be a physical resurrection from the dead among an unengaged, unreached people group in Southeast Asia has opened a door for gospel witness and highlighted what International Mission Board President David Platt called “God’s power to supernaturally save sinners.”

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  • WRAP-UP: EC recommends expanding membership

    September 23 2016 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    WRAP-UP: EC recommends expanding membership

    Four state conventions would gain representation on the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee (EC) under a recommendation adopted for presentation at the SBC annual meeting in 2017. The recommendation would amend SBC Bylaw 18 to exempt conventions from the requirement that territories have 15,000 members in cooperating Baptist churches to qualify for representation.

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  • Kentucky convention to hotels: Fight human trafficking

    September 23 2016 by Robin Cornetet, Kentucky Today | with 0 comments
    Kentucky convention to hotels: Fight human trafficking

    The Kentucky Baptist Convention will not do business with hotels that fail to train employees to recognize and report human trafficking, KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood announced Sept. 21. Chitwood set forth the convention’s position in a letter to potential vendors and listed several resources for free training.

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  • Missouri Supreme Court returns entity to state convention

    September 23 2016 by Missouri Pathway staff | with 0 comments
    Missouri Supreme Court returns entity to state convention

    The Missouri Supreme Court declined to hear the foundation’s appeal of an appeals court decision ordering its return to governance by convention-elected trustees. By letting a ruling by the Missouri Court of Appeals stand, the state Supreme Court ended years of litigation that began after the foundation’s board broke away from the convention.

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  • Church cheers for high school football team

    September 23 2016 by Chris Doyle, Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    Church cheers for high school football team

    Cherokee Hills Baptist Church is investing in Putnam City High School as families “adopt” players on the Pirates’ football team by going to home games and cheering them on. The idea happened as pastor Mike Keahbone was looking for ways the Oklahoma City church could have a community presence.

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  • Russian anti-evangelism case appeal postponed

    September 22 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Russian anti-evangelism case appeal postponed

    A Baptist missionary’s appeal of a judgment against him for teaching a Bible study in his home in Russia, was postponed in the middle of proceedings when the judge said additional witnesses were needed. Donald Ossewaarde said his attorney believes the postponement is a delay tactic designed to sidestep justice.

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  • Evangelicals joust over Trump

    September 22 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Evangelicals joust over Trump

    Evangelical leaders debated the appropriateness of a vote for Donald Trump during an event at the National Press Club sponsored by the National Religious Broadcasters. Two supporters of the Republican nominee traded opinions with two of his opponents as a divisive campaign moves toward the Nov. 8 election.

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  • New EC media policy addresses social media

    September 22 2016 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    New EC media policy addresses social media

    The Executive Committee has voted to update its media policy, prompted by the proliferation and ease of use of social media. In addition to news media, the policy now encompasses any individuals in attendance at EC meetings, including Executive Committee members themselves. The new policy received a unanimous vote.

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  • ‘Grateful for what God is doing,’ Page tells EC

    September 22 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Grateful for what God is doing,’ Page tells EC

    Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee (EC) President and CEO Frank S. Page thanked God at the September EC meeting for His work among Southern Baptists, citing increased financial giving and a renewed commitment to the Great Commission. “I’m grateful for what God is doing in our churches ... [and] in our mission boards,” Page said.

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