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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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  • Puerto Rican pastors 'not forgotten' by SBC

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Bobby Sena
    SAN JUAN, P.R. (BP) -- The "heart and spirit of Southern Baptists" are evident as churches and leaders help Puerto Rico recover after Hurricane Maria, pastor Jorge Alvarez said Nov. 11 in San Juan.

    Alvarez, executive director of the Convention of Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, was among 150 local pastors and guests who attended an appreciation dinner held in their honor. The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee and the North American Mission Board sponsored the event. The Hispanic Baptist Pastors Alliance (HBPA) and LifeWay Christian Resources also supported the event, held at the Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel. Read More

  • Bobby Welch's art honors hometown's heritage

    by Jennifer Davis Rash/Alabama Baptist, posted Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Jennifer Davis Rash/courtesy of The Alabama Baptist
    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (BP) -- Some call it Dye Branch, others Dye Ditch, but no matter the reference used, natives of Fort Payne, Ala., who grew up in the area in the 1950s and 60s seem to know all the adventurous tales.

    One of those natives, Bobby Welch -- former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and retired longtime pastor of First Baptist Church, Daytona Beach, Fla. -- has decided to take the stories to a new level with an official visual representation of those days.

    "This is a heritage tribute, a tribute to the ordinary," Welch said during the Oct. 29 annual meeting of Landmarks Historic Association of DeKalb County. "It is for the heroes of the environment -- those who stayed and have been here through the thick and thin. They are producing, innovating, booming and doing what needs to be done." Read More

  • Roy Moore imbroglio draws So. Baptists' comments

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (one year ago)

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- New allegations of sexual misconduct against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore emerged as Southern Baptists offered a range of commentary on the embattled social conservative.

    Moore's wife Kayla posted on Facebook Nov. 12 an endorsement of her husband by more than 50 pastors, some Southern Baptists. But Alabama's news website noted the endorsement appeared to be a "recycled" statement from Aug. 15, well before two women accused Moore of sexual contact with them when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s. Three pastors listed as signatories reportedly told media outlets the Moore campaign did not ask them if they still endorsed Moore before republishing the statement and asked that their names be removed. Read More

  • Miss. Baptists unanimous on 2018 budget of $31.4M

    by William H. Perkins Jr., posted Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by William H. Perkins Jr./Baptist Record
    JACKSON, Miss. (BP) -- Messengers unanimously approved a 2018 Mississippi Cooperative Program budget of $31,404,110 at the 182nd annual meeting of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at First Baptist Church in Jackson.

    The 2018 budget is .08 percent higher than the 2017 budget of $31,378,417. Southern Baptist Convention causes will continue to receive 37.5 percent of the total CP budget.

    SBC causes and the amounts to be disbursed in 2018 with a .08 increase are: Read More

  • Court to rule on mandate on pregnancy centers

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Pro-life pregnancy care centers have gained a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court in their bid to be free from promoting abortion.

    The high court announced Monday (Nov. 13) it would rule on a 2015 California law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers to notify their clients of the availability of abortion services elsewhere. The justices are expected to hear oral arguments in the case in this term and issue an opinion before they adjourn next summer. Read More

  • NOBTS mourns loss of beloved professor

    by NOBTS Staff, posted Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Jerry N. Barlow, professor of preaching and pastoral work at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS), died Nov. 11 after a brief illness. He was 72.

    Though battling his own health issues, Barlow ministered to others through the final week of his life. He checked in on doctor of ministry students and even called another faculty member dealing with an illness from his hospital bed. Barlow was known on campus for kindness, wit and pastoral concern for others. Read More

  • Church with a woman pastor declined by Tenn. conv.

    by Lonnie Wilkey, posted Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Lonnie Wilkey/B&R
    HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Messengers to the Tennessee Baptist Convention annual meeting voted overwhelmingly not to seat messengers from First Baptist Church in Jefferson City, which has a woman as pastor, during the TBC's opening session Nov. 14.

    First Baptist attempted to register seven messengers, including new pastor Ellen Di Giosia, who has been in the position since Aug. 1.

    In mid-October, the TBC's Committee on Credentials met and agreed that a church with a woman pastor does not fit the definition of a "cooperating church" as defined by convention bylaws. The committee based its decision on Article VI of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 declaring that "the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The necessity of patience

    by Susie Hawkins , posted Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (one year ago)

    Susie Hawkins underscores the value of patience and kind words amid negative dynamics whether in personal relationships or in a congregation. "Cultivating patience is not easy," she writes, "but it is a mark of spiritual maturity. Read More