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Monday, October 16, 2017

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  • Disabled pastor labors 6 months on last sermon

    by Tammi Reed Ledbetter/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Monday, October 16, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    ALBA, Texas (BP) -- For 34 years, Ron Dyess preached the sufficiency of God's grace, encouraging folks amid trials in their lives with God's promise to supply all their needs.

    He thought he understood those Scriptures -- until he began dealing with a neurological disease.

    In 2013 the signs of an undiagnosed condition began to appear. First, he began falling. Then he noticed he was mispronouncing some of his words. That gave ... Read More

  • Al-Shabaab blamed for Somalia bombing killing 320-plus

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, October 16, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    MOGADISHU, Somalia (BP) -- Al-Shabaab Islamic terrorists are responsible for a truck bomb that killed at least 320 and injured more than 400 in Mogadishu, Somalia Oct. 14, security officials told the Guardian hours later.

    While the al-Qaida affiliated group had not officially claimed responsibility, security officials said a man identifying with al-Shabaab was arrested hours after the blast as he tried to drive a second truck bomb into the city. He gave details of the attack that officials described as the deadliest worldwide in many years. Read More

  • Study: Congress should end IRS oversight of sermons

    by Bob Smietana, posted Monday, October 16, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In the 1950s, Congress banned charitable nonprofits--including churches -- from endorsing candidates or otherwise intervening in elections. Any nonprofit that violated the ban could run afoul of the IRS. Churches risked losing their tax-exempt status if the preacher endorsed a candidate in a sermon.

    It's time for that to change, most Protestant pastors say in a new survey from LifeWay Research released today (Oct. 16).

    More than 7 in 10 say Congress should bar the IRS from punishing a church for sermon content. And 9 in 10 say their sermons should be free from government oversight. Read More

  • Pipeline conf. urges character growth for church leaders

    by Joy Allmond and Aaron Wilson, posted Monday, October 16, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Before building leadership in others, church leaders should invest in strengthening their own character, speakers told attendees at the 2017 Pipeline conference.

    Around 600 leaders gathered Oct. 11-13 in Nashville for the conference, "Succession at Every Level," hosted by LifeWay Christian Resources. The event emphasized developing leaders throughout the church and preparing for smooth transitions. Read More

  • Colo. Baptists seek revival, anticipate building sale

    by David Roach, posted Monday, October 16, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    AURORA, Colo. (BP) -- A focus on revival and an announcement the Colorado Baptist General Convention will sell its Denver-area office building were among highlights of the convention's Oct. 9-10 annual meeting at Mississippi Avenue Baptist Church in Aurora, Colo.

    Colorado Baptists also increased the percentage of Cooperative Program receipts they will forward to Southern Baptist Convention causes and celebrated their first annual meeting with Nathan Lorick as CBGC executive director. Read More

  • Air Force punishes colonel over marriage views

    by Bonnie Pritchett/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, October 16, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BP) -- U.S. Air Force officials have suspended a decorated officer and revoked his recommendation for promotion to brigadier general because he would not sign an unofficial document affirming a retiring subordinate's same-sex marriage.

    Col. Leland B.H. Bohannon, Air Force Inspection Agency commander at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M., signed all the requisite documents for a senior noncommissioned service member's May retirement ceremony except for one: a letter of "spousal appreciation" for the gay serviceman's partner. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Raising debt-free children

    by Elizabeth Owens, posted Monday, October 16, 2017 (6 months ago)

    In teaching children about money, Elizabeth Owens notes it is better "to let them make some bad choices with a few dollars -- and learn from it -- than to make bad choices later on with many more dollars." Read More