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Hammond unanimously voted Ga. Baptist exec. directorDULUTH, Ga. (BP) -- Georgia Baptist Convention Executive Committee members voted with a singular "yes" to a search team's recommendation Tuesday (Sept. 11) that pastor Thomas Hammond become the convention's next executive director.
Hammond, 56, is lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Alpharetta and was president of the Georgia Baptist Convention from 2015-2017.
"We wanted someone who loves Jesus, loves people, loves the church, loves making disciples and loves Georgia Baptists," said search team chairman Bob Jolly, pastor of First Baptist Church in Cumming. "We wanted someone doctrinally sound, denominationally connected, diversity-inclusive and dedicated to unity. Read More
Baptist DR readying for Hurricane Florence onslaughtALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- As Hurricane Florence continues its trajectory toward the Carolina coastline, the North American Mission Board is coordinating the national Southern Baptist Disaster Relief response, along with moving supplies from Send Relief's warehouse in Ashland, Ky.
SBC President J.D. Greear, in a video distributed by NAMB, is calling on Southern Baptists to "put on display the generosity of Christ" through the upcoming disaster effort.
Eddie Blackmon, a disaster response specialist with NAMB, has been at the the American Red Cross National Capital Region headquarters in Fairfax, Va., in the Washington, D.C., metro area preparing for the initial feeding response. Read More
China shutters churches, demands recant of faithBEIJING (BP) -- China is raiding and shuttering churches, assaulting worshipers, destroying crosses and burning Bibles in escalating persecution of Christians under a Communist constitution that claims to grant religious freedom.
Police shut down the largest house church in Beijing Sunday (Sept. 9), the multisite Zion Church, Reuters reported. The Chaoyang District Civil Affairs Bureau told the church it was illegal because it wasn't registered with the government-controlled Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM).
A week earlier in Henan Province, federal and local government officials of various ranks stormed several churches and assaulted worshipers, it was widely reported. Read More
Voters downplay candidates' faith but shy from 'nones'NASHVILLE (BP) -- Relatively few Americans say a political candidate's religious beliefs are an important factor when deciding how to vote, according to a poll released Sept. 11 by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Yet Americans hardly ever elect a religiously unaffiliated member of Congress, and atheists claim they are generally underrepresented in public office.
A Union University political scientist says the way Americans vote suggests a persistent discomfort with atheism despite voters' profession of apathy toward candidates' faith. Read More
Pro-life leaders urge end to fetal researchWASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore has joined more than 40 other pro-life leaders in urging the Trump administration to halt federal use of aborted baby tissue for research.
The letter sent Tuesday (Sept. 11) came in response to an early August report that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signed a contract to obtain "fresh" tissue from aborted babies for experimentation. The contract signed in late July with Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR) is for tissue to transplant into "humanized mice" so they will have a "human immune system," CNS News reported.
The pro-life letter -- initiated by the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List and sent to Alex Azar, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) -- said the federal government "must find ethical alternatives as soon as possible, and should end all association with those who participate in any trafficking or procurement of aborted baby organs. No taxpayer dollars should continue to go to this gruesome practice." Read More
SWBTS to host prayer, town halls amid pres. searchFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's presidential search committee has formed an advisory committee of faculty, staff and students to support them in their work.
The committee will assist in two ways, according to a Southwestern news release: "(1) They will gather for several prayer meetings, and (2) they will hold several town hall meetings in order to allow students, staff, and faculty to voice their opinions regarding what characteristics they would like to see in the institution's next president."
The first prayer meeting was held today (Sept. 12) on the Fort Worth, Texas, campus. Members of the Southwestern family were invited to gather to seek God's face and ask for His guidance throughout the search process. Other prayer meetings are scheduled for Oct. 10 and Oct. 15. Read More