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SBC roundup: IMB transition team formed; Ga., Fla. reduce staffs
Sep30

SBC roundup: IMB transition team formed; Ga., Fla. reduce staffs

/// IMB transition team announced for missionary retirees International Mission Board President David Platt has announced a transition team that will focus on the practical needs of missionaries who accept the voluntary retirement incentive recently offered to personnel who are at least 50 years of age with five years of service. The retirement incentive is the first phase to reduce IMB staff and field personnel by 600 to 800 people...

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Chaplain survives dismissal attempt
Sep14

Chaplain survives dismissal attempt

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (BP) — The attorney for a longtime chaplain who survived an attempt to force him out of the Navy said the decision marks a victory for everyone who believes in religious liberty. “This is a case where a commanding officer sought to punish and prematurely end (Wesley Modder’s) career because of his religious expression and beliefs,” said Mike Berry, senior counsel for the Dallas-based Liberty...

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Parliamentarian McCarty now a Southern Baptist
Aug27

Parliamentarian McCarty now a Southern Baptist

ATLANTA (BP)—If Southern Baptist Convention annual meetings were tallied like college or NBA basketball games, Barry McCarty would be the leader in minutes played. In the course of 29 annual meetings, no one has had more platform time in the SBC’s annual sessions than the well-known chief parliamentarian. The Atlanta native—who became a Southern Baptist on Sun., Aug. 16, and is joining the faculty of Southwestern Seminary, has logged...

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Ole Miss labors for Haitians’ clean water
Aug25

Ole Miss labors for Haitians’ clean water

OXFORD, Miss. (BP)—When University of Mississippi defensive end John Youngblood takes a break during the team’s practices, he isn’t likely to take a drink of cold, clean water for granted. And in the locker room, Youngblood, an Ole Miss junior, and teammate Christian Russell, a senior linebacker, likely will have greater appreciation for a refreshing shower. The players’ gratitude for fresh, convenient water—and other common...

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3 states defund Planned Parenthood in wake of videos
Aug20

3 states defund Planned Parenthood in wake of videos

WASHINGTON (BP)—Three states have acted swiftly to accomplish what the U.S. Senate could not—defund Planned Parenthood. Alabama, Louisiana and New Hampshire all have eliminated funding for the country’s leading abortion provider after the release of videos providing evidence Planned Parenthood trades in baby body parts. Since mid-July, an investigative group has released six undercover videos that show Planned Parenthood officials...

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