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Members of Pittsburgh Baptist in Pittsburgh, Pa., have seen for themselves how the Cooperative Program has provided financial support since the church’s founding in 1959. CP not only helped establish Pittsburgh Baptist, but helped the...

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Missouri AG Chris Koster has initiated the legal defense of Missouri’s marriage laws against a challenge filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Koster has instructed his staff to proceed with actions to defend...

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SBC CP contributions are 0.08 percent below the year-to-date CP budget goal, and 1.33 percent below contributions received during the same time frame last year, SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page reported....

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Arizona is populated largely by warty, crooked-fingered Christians who were waiting excitedly to eject LGBT people from their restaurants, flower shops, and laundromats until Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed Senate Bill (SB) 1062....

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By Sara Shelton SALISBURY, Md. – In the early days of his church plant, pastor Ryan Weaver and his team at Remedy Church scoured the newspapers looking for ways to serve the people of Salisbury,...

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From the rubble, a nation is still recovering from Typhoon Haiyan’s devastating effects last November. Much of the press and publicity have moved on, but Baptist Global Response (BGR) continues relief efforts. “Baptist Global Response is gearing...

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Joshua Hawley, associate professor of law at the University of Missouri, will speak at the Missouri Baptist Convention’s (MBC) annual Worldview Conference here, April 3, less than two weeks after he stands before the United...

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The Bible has inspired some truly masterful works of art: Michelangelo’s “Pieta,” Handel’s “Messiah” and DaVinci’s “Last Supper” are but three masterpieces that show man at his cultural pinnacle with a biblical underpinning. Sadly, biblical...

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The regional and global ministry director at Cornerstone Church in Ames has been elected executive director/treasurer of the Baptist Convention of Iowa (BCI). Tim Lubinus was elected by the convention’s Executive Board at a March...

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(IMB) President Tom Elliff asked the mission agency’s trustees to begin searching for his successor because the Lord told him during prayer that it was the best way to ensure a smooth transition to...

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God works through His people, the Church. The Bible makes it very clear. The local church is central in God's plan to move the gospel throughout the world. That's why the evangelism teams at the...

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The Heartland Interstate Strategy (HIS) task force met at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary on Feb. 25 for its final meeting involving all of its original members. HIS decided to streamline its team (pairing down to...

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Speaking for the second time in less than 100 days at Brigham Young University (BYU), Southern Baptist leader R. Albert Mohler Jr. told students and faculty at the school, “We may go to jail sooner...

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NASHVILLE (BP) – The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee has concurred with the spirit of a motion referred from the 2013 SBC annual meeting regarding mental health ministry. In its Feb. 17-18 meeting in...

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Scott Blanchard is familiar with all the public perceptions of Detroit and its surrounding area: It’s dying. No one wants to live there. The church can’t thrive in the Motor City. But the fact is, the...

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Canadians easily dismiss Christianity – especially in Quebec. The history of mistrust is woven deep within the fabric of Québécois culture – a culture that’s decidedly Catholic and, at the same time, increasingly secular. But Lucas...

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Governor Brumble stands nervously at the press conference podium at the governor's mansion in Pleasantville, the capitol of Sunnyvale. "I want to welcome everyone here tonight," she begins, "because our state is always welcoming....

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The Department of Homeland Security verbally informed Home School Legal Defense Association that the Romeike family is being granted indefinite deferred action status. The Department told HSLDA that this meant the order of removal would...

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The U.S. Justice Department’s new, wide-ranging policies supporting same-sex marriages even in states where such unions are illegal came as no shock, but will hamper states’ efforts to govern on the issue, says a Southern...

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Even as Southern Baptists spread the gospel to the ends of the earth there is a somber mood that seems to have settled in due to the federal government encroaching upon our religious liberty. Everywhere...

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NASHVILLE (BP) – A more visual redesign of sbc.net, the official website of the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) Executive Committee (EC), has officially launched, Frank Page announced to committee members in Nashville. While the new...

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A new documentary by LifeWay Films examines the history and future of True Love Waits. The international purity movement captured the national conversation in 1994 by covering the National Mall with cards from teenagers promising...

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Easter is fast approaching, and that means it istime for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering to support the efforts of the North American Mission Board (NAMB). Missouri Baptists have set a goal for the 2014...

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LifeWay Christian Stores set a goal last fall of donating 100,000 Hindi language Bibles across South Asia, but customers gave enough for twice that many. “LifeWay has proven once again it is an organization with...

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Diana Chandler/Baptist Press BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (BP) – The movie “Alone Yet Not Alone” lost its nomination for best original song more likely because of Oscar-related politics than prejudice against a Christian message, because another...

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Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) at the SBC annual meeting this June, seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr. announced Feb. 20....

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“Without Graffiti 2, without Andrew. … I don’t know where I might have ended up,” Shamar says. Shamar Smith has been attending Graffiti 2 Community Ministries’ after-school program for years. Raised in the South Bronx...

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The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is developing plans for its 2015 Send North America Conference slated for Aug. 3-4 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. This will be the third time NAMB has hosted...

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In a case that could reverberate for decades, Hobby Lobby filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court Feb. 10 asking the court to protect the religious liberty of the craft chain’s owners in regard...

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Just this week I returned from serving on the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. Our February meeting was full of important decisions impacting the cooperative work of churches that identify themselves as Southern Baptist congregations....

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Americans have always had mixed feelings about religious liberty. Most say it’s important, but they don’t always agree how much liberty is enough or too much. That’s the issue at the heart of the upcoming...

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AUSTIN, Texas (BP)—IMB President Tom Elliff, today asked the chairman of the mission agency’s board of trustees to appoint a search committee for his successor. Elliff made this request during his report at the mission...

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Joe Conway/North American Mission Board ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – The North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) flagship publication, On Mission, has undergone a redesign, and something of a re-launch, with the New Year. “Beginning with the...

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Surrounded by a horde of reporters probing about nearly every aspect of the upcoming Super Bowl – including questions not related such as “Where’s Waldo?” and “Who is your favorite hockey player?” – several Seahawks...

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BY STAFF NASHVILLE (BP) – Year-to-date Southern Baptist Convention Cooperative Program contributions to the SBC Executive Committee are 3.44 percent below the year-to-date CP budget goal, and 2.72 percent below those received during the same...

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Kevin Ezell told trustees of the North American Mission Board that he is determined to help pastors and laypeople redefine what success looks like for their churches. “Success cannot be defined based on how many...

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Mandisa, winner of this year’s Grammy for best contemporary Christian music album, explained on Facebook why she chose not to attend the event that was replete with expressions of immorality. Mandisa, honored for her “Overcomer”...

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Hundreds of thousands of people comprised an international audience to watch a debate between creationist Ken Ham and evolutionist Bill Nye, demonstrating a vibrant interest in origins in an era when many consider the topic...

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Jacob Tamme is used to intense competition. He’s taken hard hits on the football field in games and in practice during his six years in the NFL. But when his wife Allison was diagnosed with...

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While some disaster-response organizations are pulling out of Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines, Southern Baptists remain on the ground, helping neglected communities rebuild homes, schools and livelihoods. Disaster response organizations in five Southern...

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Joshua Hawley, an attorney on the legal team defending Hobby Lobby, told members of Concord Baptist Church here that the Oklahoma-based arts and crafts retailer will stand before the Supreme Court, March 25, because of...

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An attorney for the Florida Baptist Convention has voiced confidence that a judgment by a jury to award $12.5 million to a man molested by a former church planting pastor will be overturned on appeal....

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Having a racially diverse church remains more dream than reality for most Protestant pastors. More than eight in 10 (85 percent) say every church should strive for racial diversity, according to a survey from LifeWay...

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Raising the bar of missions involvement was the challenge woven throughout national WMU’s board meeting at Shocco Springs Conference Center in Talladega, Ala. National WMU President Debby Akerman said in her address, “With Jesus’ words...

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Americans by the millions tuned in to “Downton Abbey” at the beginning of its fourth season, eager to enjoy the continuation of the saga of the Earl and Countess of Grantham and their household. According...

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Ministers and church employees are invited to participate in the 2014 SBC (Southern Baptist Convention) Church Compensation Survey: a tool used by churches of all sizes to determine fair wages and benefits. Participants will be...

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All church planters are special to us, but the church planting “Class of 2010” gets some additional attention and scrutiny because in that year we began reporting on Southern Baptist church plants in some new...

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Trending among Baptist state convention meetings this year was the decision to send more money to the mission field – a challenge set forth by the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force adopted by the Southern...

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Will Baptists have a witness at the Winter Olympics in Russia? Will it be safe from terrorists? Will other issues arise? Marc Ira Hooks, one of International Mission Board’s (IMB) main strategists for the Sochi...

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“I would strongly encourage every pastor – indeed every staff member, teacher, ministry leader, youth worker and certainly every parent – to keep this book on their desk. It is very readable, drawing you in...

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