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Addison resigns from SBC Executive Committee staff

Addison resigns from SBC Executive Committee staff

NASHVILLE (BP) – Greg Addison, executive vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, is stepping down. Addison notified Ronnie Floyd, SBC EC president and CEO, of his intention to step down on Oct. 15, according to an email sent to EC trustees and staff on Wednesday (Oct. 20). Addison filled a new position for the…

FIRST-PERSON: The church still matters

FIRST-PERSON: The church still matters

I’ve never seen the idea of the church so marginalized in all my lifetime. The secular world mocks the church and the Christian world devalues the church. The local church is seen, even by believers, as unnecessary and antiquated and optional. You can kind of understand the issues perhaps. After all, churches are filled with…

Missouri church wins settlement in case over COVID restrictions

Missouri church wins settlement in case over COVID restrictions

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. (BP) – Eighteen months after raising objections to restrictions related to COVID-19, Abundant Life Baptist Church reached a settlement Oct. 18 to the tune of $146,750 with the Jackson County, Mo., legislature. Government leaders voted in favor of the settlement in exchange for the church dropping its lawsuit that claimed the county’s…

Malaria vaccine may enable wider spread of Gospel

Malaria vaccine may enable wider spread of Gospel

HENRICO, Va. (BP) – A newly approved malaria vaccine for children may help Southern Baptists spread the Gospel in sub-Saharan Africa and other regions where the mosquito-borne infection is most active. With the continued use of chemically treated nets to prevent the spread of the disease, the vaccine can be an added valuable tool in…

TRUSTEES: SWBTS approves Stanley Chair, Hemphill Center

TRUSTEES: SWBTS approves Stanley Chair, Hemphill Center

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – A new academic chair honoring longtime pastor and Southern Baptist leader Charles F. Stanley, announcement of the appointment of Gregory A. Wills as the new dean of the School of Theology, naming an academic center for former president Kenneth S. Hemphill and faculty elections highlighted the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary…

32 conversions catalyze new work in ‘Nazareth of Europe’

32 conversions catalyze new work in ‘Nazareth of Europe’

Lamar Schubert* entered a house in the Moldovan countryside and found a grandmother who was exhausted from dealing with her unruly granddaughter. She was raising the teen alone and said she was a “handful.” When the granddaughter came in, Schubert shared the Gospel with her. With tears in her eyes, she said, “Why have I…

EC members call for special meeting

EC members call for special meeting

NASHVILLE (BP) – Officers of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee are planning for a special called meeting of the members. A letter from 25 EC trustees calling for the meeting was sent to EC Chairman Rolland Slade on Oct. 13. In the letter sent to Slade by EC trustee David Sons, a group of…

Haiti gang seeks $1M each for kidnapped US missionaries

Haiti gang seeks $1M each for kidnapped US missionaries

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A gang that kidnapped 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group is demanding $1 million ransom per person, although authorities are not clear whether that includes the five children being held, a top Haitian official told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The official, who wasn’t authorized to speak to the press,…

ERLC to Senate leaders: Restore pro-life provisions

ERLC to Senate leaders: Restore pro-life provisions

WASHINGTON (BP) – The Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity called on U.S. Senate leaders Tuesday (Oct. 19) to restore long-standing, pro-life policies excluded from newly released spending bills. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) sent a letter expressing its opposition to the absence of the Hyde Amendment and other pro-life protections in the nine…

FIRST-PERSON: On humility

FIRST-PERSON: On humility

NASHVILLE (BP) – Nobody really knows how to be humble. A compliment may leave us unsure how to respond except to say, “Thank you.” A gift may stir us to stumble for the right words of appreciation for the giver’s thoughtfulness. Someone’s advice or exhortation, if well-received, may prompt us to affirm its helpfulness. Or,…