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Supreme Court doesn’t block Texas abortion law, sets hearing

Supreme Court doesn’t block Texas abortion law, sets hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing the Texas law that bans most abortions to remain in place, but has agreed to hear arguments in the case in early November. The justices said Friday they will decide whether the Justice Department and abortion providers can sue in federal court over a law that Justice Sonia Sotomayor…

Texans to vote on amendment prohibiting government from limiting worship services

Texans to vote on amendment prohibiting government from limiting worship services

Allen, Texas (BP) – Texans will vote on their election day Tuesday, Nov.2, on a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would forbid the government from limiting or prohibiting religious services. The bill (TX HB1239, also called Proposition 3) comes in response to government limitations on religious worship services that were enacted in the…

‘Father of contemporary Christian music’ dies at 94

‘Father of contemporary Christian music’ dies at 94

NASHVILLE (BP) — Often called the “father of contemporary Christian music,” Ralph Carmichael left his mark on the music industry in seven decades and at least as many genres. Carmichael died Wednesday (Oct. 20) at the age of 94. Planning to become a pastor, Carmichael attended Southern California Bible College. But he pursued music instead…

FBC Fairdale takes church into community with love at every turn

FBC Fairdale takes church into community with love at every turn

FAIRDALE, Ky. (KT) – Instead of waiting for the community to come to them, First Baptist Church Fairdale is meeting the community on their turf. It has become a model ministry that has flourished with connections being made, literally, on every corner. “We serve the local schools, we feed the teams, we volunteer in the…

Gang boss in Haiti threatens to kill abducted missionaries

Gang boss in Haiti threatens to kill abducted missionaries

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The boss of a notorious Haitian gang accused of kidnapping 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group last weekend is warning that the hostages will be killed if his demands aren’t met. “I swear by thunder that if I don’t get what I’m asking for, I will put a bullet in…

ERLC urges Supreme Court to protect coach’s religious freedom

ERLC urges Supreme Court to protect coach’s religious freedom

WASHINGTON (BP)—The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is again asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review and overturn a lower court decision it and other organizations contend violates the First Amendment rights of public school teachers and coaches. The ERLC and 13 other organizations, including the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), filed a…

FIRST-PERSON: Who will lead the SBC forward? The messengers. They already are.

FIRST-PERSON: Who will lead the SBC forward? The messengers. They already are.

“Since 2018, the Southern Baptist Convention has lost a series of high-profile leaders whose tenures ended due to controversy or misconduct,” began the recent RNS article, “Can anyone lead the Southern Baptist Convention forward?” by Bob Smietana. But maybe the author is looking for leaders in all the wrong places. The vast majority of Southern…

Facebook sensation Brenda Gantt debuts book full of recipes, wisdom

Facebook sensation Brenda Gantt debuts book full of recipes, wisdom

ANDALUSIA, Ala. (BP) – When Brenda Gantt was a young bride, her husband’s job placed him on the lookout for an illegal moonshine liquor still in the backwoods of Linden, Ala., where he happened upon a small, isolated cabin. A lone elderly woman invited him and his partner in for lunch. Lacy cornbread complemented an…

Yanes’ testimony reflects legacy of Cooperative Program

Yanes’ testimony reflects legacy of Cooperative Program

Editor’s note: October is Cooperative Program Emphasis Month in the Southern Baptist Convention. NASHVILLE (BP) – Peter Yanes began serving as the executive director of Asian American relations and mobilization for the Executive Committee in late 2019, but his Christian testimony showcases the impact of Southern Baptist missions in his life long before that. Originally…

Churches are the key to sending missionaries and planting churches

Churches are the key to sending missionaries and planting churches

One of the real joys of serving as a former local church pastor and in this role until the end of October is the common unity we as Southern Baptists have together around Christ in sending more missionaries and planting more churches. As my time at the Executive Committee comes to a close, I want…