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Senate vote reveals risk to religious liberty

WASHINGTON (BP) — The U.S. Senate’s near-embrace of legislation to curtail the conscience rights of business owners has left religious liberty advocates disturbed at the narrow margin for the cherished freedom. Senators voted 56-43 Wednesday (July 16) — four votes shy of cloture — to bring to the floor for consideration a bill that would effectively reverse the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion in the Hobby...

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‘Yellow Card Strategy’ shines for Christ on World Cup stage
Jul14

‘Yellow Card Strategy’ shines for Christ on World Cup stage

>> by Alan Brant   Baptist Press writer   RIO DE JANEIRO (BP)—With 64 soccer matches contested by 736 players on 32 teams in 12 cities, the month-long 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is the most watched sporting event in the world. In addition to the 1 billion people tuning in around the globe, an estimated 600,000 visitors converged on Rio de Janeiro and the 11 other host cities in Brazil to watch and cheer for their...

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SCOTUS finds in favor of Hobby Lobby
Jun30

SCOTUS finds in favor of Hobby Lobby

WASHINGTON (BP) — The Supreme Court on Monday (June 30) struck down a key mandate of the Affordable Care Act, ruling for the first time “closely held” companies may exercise their religious opinions and conscientiously object to providing abortion-inducing contraceptives to employees through their health insurance plans. Writing for the majority in Burwell (Sebelius) v. Hobby Lobby, Justice Samuel Alito claimed the...

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96 missionaries commissioned at rare joint IMB/NAMB service
Jun10

96 missionaries commissioned at rare joint IMB/NAMB service

>> by: Shannon Baker BALTIMORE (BP) — The International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board commissioned 96 missionaries during a rare joint commissioning service sponsored by the Woman’s Missionary Union, June 8, at the Baltimore Convention Center. In an emotional service marked by prayer and praise, many were commissioned to serve as church planters, evangelism catalysts, collegiate ministers,...

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OKC’s Dilbeck to be 2nd VP nominee
Apr15

OKC’s Dilbeck to be 2nd VP nominee

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (BP) — Oklahoma City pastor Hance Dilbeck will be nominated for second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention in June, a former SBC president, Johnny Hunt, has announced.Dilbeck has been senior pastor of the 4,600-member Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City since 2003. “Pastor Hance is a man that loves God and His Word, the church and the nations,” said Hunt, senior pastor of the...

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