August 21, 2014
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Camille. Hugo. Andrew. 9-11. Katrina. Haiti. Tuscaloosa. Joplin. Sandy. Oklahoma City.

Those words often bring to mind disasters; they trigger emotions and memories difficult and poignant. Southern Baptists have had a common response to all of them: Help.

Disaster relief has captured the hearts of volunteers from all backgrounds. Regardless of race, age, gender or social status, there seem to be no barriers to keep volunteers from serving people in need. Hundreds of thousands of survivors of disaster, both natural and manmade, have received tireless service from tens of thousands of Southern Baptists. Read More
BALTIMORE (BP) -- Baptist Press is live blogging the SBC annual meeting in Baltimore. Updates can be read here, at our Twitter account (, or our Facebook account ( Want more updates? Follow our SBC annual meeting feed at A schedule of the Wednesday meeting can be found at Watch the SBC annual meeting live here. Read More
World Vision reverses gay hiring decision
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (BP) -- World Vision U.S. is reverting to its longstanding conduct policy of requiring faithfulness within the biblical covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, expressing regret with an earlier decision to hire legally married gay Christians.
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Volunteer's wife gives back to disaster relief
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (BP) -- Christina Kiser has supported and prayed for her husband Dean, who has served for 12 years as a dedicated disaster relief volunteer. Read More
10-year-old's story helps purchase DR tools
SHOREWOOD, Ill. (BP) -- The newest pieces of disaster relief equipment for a Baptist association in northern Illinois came from what many might consider an unlikely source: a 10-year-old girl.
Lily Eddington, a fifth-grade student, wanted to help the Three Rivers Baptist Association purchase a new, larger chainsaw ... Read More
Feds admit abortion mandate in SCOTUS
"Ultimately, what the government is doing here is forcing people to buy abortion products for other people."
-- Matt Bowman
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Obama administration's acknowledgment that its stance would require businesses to underwrite abortions without the right to a legal challenge may have been a particularly telling moment in a March 25 U.S. Supreme Court case that likely will be a landmark in religious liberty. Read More
Iraq terror victims' legacy lives on
REIDSVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- For the Elliott family, a legacy of ministry and missions lives on in their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Read More
Cremation gaining acceptance, study shows
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Cremation may be the new American response to death, according to a survey by LifeWay Research. Read More
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Bryant Wright
FIRST-PERSON: What happened to the Moravians?
Bryant Wright, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, urges today's church planters to undergird their evangelistic zeal by a commitment "to truly disciple the new followers of Jesus in your care."

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