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Dew nominated to lead New Orleans Seminary
May21

Dew nominated to lead New Orleans Seminary

NEW ORLEANS (BP) — James K. “Jamie” Dew Jr., vice president for undergraduate studies and distance learning at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, has been nominated as the next president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The presidential search committee will present Dew to the full trustee board for a vote on June 5. “As a committee, our focus has been to find the heart of God and the man...

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SBC Birmingham: Greear’s focus on ‘Gospel above all’
May16

SBC Birmingham: Greear’s focus on ‘Gospel above all’

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)—Keeping the focus on the “Gospel Above All” theme is Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President J.D. Greear’s main goal going into SBC’s annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala., June 11-12. But following a year of transition among five SBC entities searching for new leadership and the convention responding to reports of sexual abuse, Greear noted there will be other issues demanding attention. He acknowledged that...

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Alabama legislators OK abortion ban
May16

Alabama legislators OK abortion ban

UPDATE: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the bill Wednesday afternoon (May 15). MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) — The Alabama Legislature has approved the strongest abortion prohibition yet in this year’s state battles over the issue. The Alabama Senate passed a bill to ban abortion in a 25-6 vote Tuesday (May 14), two weeks after the House of Representatives voted 74-3 for the proposal. The bill’s sole exception to the...

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Faith after the flooding: 13 professions of faith after DR serves in Nebraska
May15

Faith after the flooding: 13 professions of faith after DR serves in Nebraska

BELLEVUE, Neb.,–From the time Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief was called upon to help after flooding across the state of Nebraska, volunteers served for six weeks total. For the duration of the six weeks, 171 Oklahoma Baptist trained and equipped volunteers served 130 homeowners that were affected by flood waters. Of the 130 homes, 13 homeowners prayed and made professions of faith in Christ. Several homeowners later sent...

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TX reps OK bill for churches to report sex predators
May14

TX reps OK bill for churches to report sex predators

AUSTIN, Texas (BP) — The Texas House of Representatives has passed a bill shielding from civil liability churches that disclose credible sexual abuse allegations — but the bill has only 17 days to pass the Senate this legislative session. Representatives May 8 unanimously approved House Bill 4345, assigned today (May 10) to the Senate State Affairs committee. The House bill would protect charitable organizations, their...

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Chitwood on border thanks Baptists for Venezuela aid
May13

Chitwood on border thanks Baptists for Venezuela aid

VENEZUELA (BP) — International Mission Board President Paul Chitwood ends today (May 13) a weeklong trip that included the Venezuelan border where he encouraged Baptists and area convention leaders ministering to refugees amid the nation’s collapsed economy and political strife. “We’re thankful that Southern Baptists are here ministering to the needs of people who really are in a desperate situation,”...

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