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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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  • Bob Dixon: Disaster relief pioneer was rooted in faith

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (6 months ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Robert E. "Bob" Dixon, who pioneered Southern Baptist disaster relief ministry more than 50 years ago -- seeing DR deployments as "invitations from the Father" -- died May 10 at age 90.

    Dixon fashioned homemade "buddy burners" from gallon-sized coffee cans when, in the wake of Hurricane Beulah in 1967, he was dispatched to the Rio Grande Valley from a Royal Ambassadors boys camp.

    His task: to do what he could to coordinate volunteers who would use the one-pot buddy burners to prepare breakfast for truck drivers delivering food and clothing to storm survivors. Read More

  • High court ruling permits sports betting in all states

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- All 50 states are now free to sponsor gambling on sporting events.

    In a 6-3 ruling Monday (May 14), the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 1992 law that prevented state authorization of sports gambling. The decision -- which reversed opinions by lower courts -- means states may legalize and operate betting on professional and college sports.

    It appears gambling on sporting events will soon become a reality beyond Nevada, which was exempted from the original law. The law also enabled Delaware, Montana and Oregon to have limited legal sports gambling. Read More

  • Okla., Kan. adoption bills guard religious liberty

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Legislation passed in Oklahoma and Kansas to protect the religious liberty of adoption agencies has drawn praise from Baptist leaders in those states and criticism from homosexual activist groups.

    In Oklahoma, Republican Gov. Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 1140 on May 11. The measure protects private organizations from being required to take part in the placement of a child for foster care or adoption when the action would violate their "written religious or moral convictions or policies." The law permits faith-based adoption agencies to abide by their religious convictions in refusing to place children with same-sex couples. Read More

  • 2nd-gen cross-cultural pastors focus of Dallas panel

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (6 months ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Second-generation Asian American pastors and others called to cross-cultural ministry are the focus of a panel discussion from noon to 1 p.m. June 12 in Dallas.

    The 2nd-Generation Pastors and Planters Fellowship is open not only to Asian Americans, but second-generation pastors of any ethnic origin called to ministry outside their personal cultural groups in the U.S., said event organizer Thomas Wong.

    "We just want to encourage that second generation -- who may not feel that they have resources, mentors or coaches -- that they can access guys like us," said Wong, president of the National Asian-American Second Generation Fellowship hosting the event. Read More

  • Ohio State VP named as Mississippi College president

    by Mississippi College & BP Staff, posted Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (6 months ago)

    CLINTON, Miss. (BP) -- A Mississippi native now serving as an Ohio State University vice president has been selected as the new president of Mississippi College.

    Blake Thompson, 43, will start July 1 as president of the 5,200-student college affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention, succeeding Lee Royce, who retires June 30 after 16 years as president.

    At Ohio State where Thompson joined its administrative leadership in 2009, he serves as vice president of the office of government affairs, representing the university at the local, state and federal levels, and as board secretary, one of three elected trustee officers at the 60,000-student university. Read More