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Barber names abuse task force members

Scott Barkley, Baptist Press
August 09 2022

Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President Bart Barber has announced the members and leaders of those making up the Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force (ARITF). Messengers to the annual meeting in Anaheim tasked Barber, pastor of First Baptist Church in Farmersville, Texas, with the responsibility as part of the approved recommendations from the Sexual Abuse Task Force, chaired by North Carolina pastor Bruce Frank... read more


Churches can be ‘personalized ministry partner’ for local schools

Timothy Cockes, Baptist Press
August 09 2022

In the midst of the back-to-school season, Southern Baptist churches are loving and serving the students, teachers and schools in their communities. Churches are meeting needs in a variety of ways including hosting back-to-school bashes, offering free school supplies and giving away free backpacks... read more


Churches’ freedom affirmed again by federal court

Tom Strode, Baptist Press
August 09 2022

The freedom of churches and other religious organizations to make employment decisions based on their beliefs has again gained support in the federal court system. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago dismissed July 28 a former guidance counselor’s lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and a Catholic high school... read more


Missionary presence central to new IMB brand

IMB Staff
August 09 2022

The greatest problem in the world is lostness. The only solution to the world’s greatest problem is the gospel. The biblical example for taking the gospel to the lost is by physical presence. And for Southern Baptists, physical missionary presence to the nations is how we cooperate to fulfill both the Great Commission and the Great Multitude pictured in Revelation 7:9... read more


International swimming standards address transgender athletes

Daniel Darling, SWBTS
August 09 2022

FINA, the world governing body for swimming, released new guidelines for transgender athletes. A working group, assembled last fall, presented suggested policies that do not allow male-to-female transgender athletes to compete in women’s categories in FINA events unless their transition began before the age of 12, or before they reach a specified level of puberty... read more


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