Courts split decisions for pro-life centers"Once again we have evidence that the abortion lobby is firmly entrenched in our politics." -- Russell MooreWASHINGTON (BP) -- The freedom of pro-life pregnancy centers to determine their message to abortion-minded women has received contrasting verdicts from the federal court system.
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco refused Oct. 14 to grant an injunction to block a California law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers to notify their clients of the availability of abortion services elsewhere.
Ten days earlier, however, a federal judge in Maryland ruled a Baltimore law ... Read More
Hurricane Matthew DR volunteers needed in N.C.CARY, N.C. (BP) -- Disaster relief volunteers are urgently needed to help North Carolina residents recover from flooding damage wrought by Hurricane Matthew, said Richard Brunson, executive director of North Carolina Baptist Men (NCBM).
"Teams are needed to help individuals and families remove the wet furniture, floors, walls and other items as needed. We will need many recovery volunteers for many months to come," Brunson said today (Oct. 24). "Thousands of homes and many thousands of people were affected by Hurricane Matthew and we need volunteers to assist with cleanup for the long term." Read More
U.N. set to appoint global LGBT advocate
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender agenda is gaining traction at the United Nations, as the international organization prepares to vote on appointing an "independent expert" on preventing violence and discrimination.
The post, created in July by the U.N.'s Human Rights Council, will come before the General Assembly for a final vote in November.
The appointment will last three years, and the expert will "assess the ... Read More
James H. Smith led Brotherhood Commission, dies at 95MEMPHIS (BP) -- James H. Smith, former executive secretary of the Illinois Baptist State Association and later the fifth Southern Baptist Brotherhood Commission president, died Oct. 21 in Memphis. He was 95.
Known for his vivacious disposition and preaching, Smith spent nearly 50 years in Southern Baptist leadership. At the time of his retirement in 1991 from the Brotherhood Commission where he served 12 years, the agency accounted for more than 530,000 men and boys involved in missions. Read More
With new leader, Hmong fellowship moves forwardFRESNO, Calif. (BP) -- The Hmong Baptist National Association, with Tra Xiong as the group's new executive director, approved several major steps forward -- that included an increased budget and combining next year's HBNA meetings -- during its annual gathering.
The HBNA approved an increased budget they believe reflects the group's commitment to church planting and to its overseas missions work. Messengers voted to gather for an expanded meeting next June in St. Paul, Minn., in conjunction with a national Hmong festival. They also gave approval to developing plans for a ... Read More
SBC DIGEST: Prestonwood's 'Songs of the People'; Thom Rainer virtual tour; Alaska's Jimmy Stewart continued recovery; Saddleback's 45,000 baptismsPLANO, Texas (BP) -- A new collection of music built on the faith stories of the people of Prestonwood Baptist Church and written by the church's worship ministry debuted atop Nielsen Soundscan's Christian music chart after its September release.
Songs of the People, released in conjunction with Integrity Music, was a first for worship at Prestonwood, an album of all new songs reflecting the heart of the church. But it won't be the last, Graham said.
He said he senses a particular need among Southern Baptist and evangelical churches for songs built around the deep faith of those congregations that serve as a cross-generational bridge for worshippers, from oldest to youngest. Read More