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Monday, April 03, 2017

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  • Rangers' spring training yields 'incredible' ministry

    by David Roach, posted Monday, April 03, 2017 (one year ago)

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    SURPRISE, Ariz. (BP) -- For Major League Baseball players, coaches and fans, Opening Day is a time to look forward in anticipation of the season ahead. For North American Mission Board church planter Jason Griffin, it's also a time to celebrate the work God has done during spring training.

    Griffin, pastor of Phoenix-area Freedom Valley Church in Surprise, Ariz., serves as chaplain for the Texas' Rangers Arizona facility in Surprise, where some 400 team personnel descend for spring training each February and March. Over four years of ministering to the Rangers, Griffin estimates 25-30 players and coaches have ... Read More

  • Southeastern offers minority mission trip assistance

    by Harper McKay, posted Monday, April 03, 2017 (one year ago)

    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and The College at Southeastern have launched a Kingdom Diversity Missions Initiative to encourage minorities to become more involved in Great Commission work around the world.

    As a partnership between Southeastern's Kingdom Diversity Initiative and its Center for Great Commission Studies, the new program offers minority students financial assistance for Southeastern mission trips along with help in preparing to go, such as raising funds and obtaining a passport. When students return from their trip, the ... Read More

  • Reprimand of Air Force colonel sparks protest

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, April 03, 2017 (one year ago)

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    SAN ANTONIO (BP) -- First Liberty Institute is seeking justice for U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Madrid, a flight surgeon the institute said was reprimanded in 2016 for his Christian religious beliefs about marriage and sexuality.

    The U.S. Air Force originally cleared Madrid in 2014 of charges that he made unsubstantiated derogatory comments against homosexuality to an openly gay airman prior to the airman's court martial for unrelated criminal offenses. But when Madrid was placed under the command of Maj. Gen. John E. McCoy two years after the case was closed, McCoy accused Madrid of having lied during the ... Read More

  • Utah adopts informed consent law for medication abortions

    by Samantha Gobba, posted Monday, April 03, 2017 (one year ago)

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    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (BP) -- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed legislation in late March that pro-life leaders hope will eventually help promote medically induced abortion reversals.

    The new law requires abortionists to inform women of "the options and consequences" of stopping a medication-induced abortion and will change state-printed information on abortion to tell women that mifepristone, the first of two drugs taken to end pregnancy, doesn't always work. Read More

  • Charleston Southern begins Jairy Hunter's transition

    by Charleston Southern Univ., Baptist Courier & BP Staff, posted Monday, April 03, 2017 (one year ago)

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) -- Jairy C. Hunter Jr., president of Charleston Southern University for the past 34 years, will transition to the position of president emeritus on June 1, 2018, the university has announced.

    CSU, in a statement posted March 28, said, "Over the past two years, the Board of Trustees and President Hunter have collaborated and developed a Succession Plan to ensure that the University continues to thrive and operate smoothly."

    Charleston Southern is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: It's time

    by David Coombs, posted Monday, April 03, 2017 (one year ago)

    David Coombs, as a new trustee of the International Mission Board: "I am struck by the gravity of the responsibility we as IMB trustees and Southern Baptists have for the people we put on the mission field and the lost people of the world to whom they are called to share the Gospel." Read More