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Puerto Rican pastors 'not forgotten' by SBCSAN JUAN, P.R. (BP) -- The "heart and spirit of Southern Baptists" are evident as churches and leaders help Puerto Rico recover after Hurricane Maria, pastor Jorge Alvarez said Nov. 11 in San Juan.
Alvarez, executive director of the Convention of Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, was among 150 local pastors and guests who attended an appreciation dinner held in their honor. The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee and the North American Mission Board sponsored the event. The Hispanic Baptist Pastors Alliance (HBPA) and LifeWay Christian Resources also supported the event, held at the Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel. Read More
Bobby Welch's art honors hometown's heritageFORT PAYNE, Ala. (BP) -- Some call it Dye Branch, others Dye Ditch, but no matter the reference used, natives of Fort Payne, Ala., who grew up in the area in the 1950s and 60s seem to know all the adventurous tales.
One of those natives, Bobby Welch -- former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and retired longtime pastor of First Baptist Church, Daytona Beach, Fla. -- has decided to take the stories to a new level with an official visual representation of those days.
"This is a heritage tribute, a tribute to the ordinary," Welch said during the Oct. 29 annual meeting of Landmarks Historic Association of DeKalb County. "It is for the heroes of the environment -- those who stayed and have been here through the thick and thin. They are producing, innovating, booming and doing what needs to be done." Read More
Roy Moore imbroglio draws So. Baptists' commentsMONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- New allegations of sexual misconduct against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore emerged as Southern Baptists offered a range of commentary on the embattled social conservative.
Moore's wife Kayla posted on Facebook Nov. 12 an endorsement of her husband by more than 50 pastors, some Southern Baptists. But Alabama's AL.com news website noted the endorsement appeared to be a "recycled" statement from Aug. 15, well before two women accused Moore of sexual contact with them when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s. Three pastors listed as signatories reportedly told media outlets the Moore campaign did not ask them if they still endorsed Moore before republishing the statement and asked that their names be removed. Read More
Miss. Baptists unanimous on 2018 budget of $31.4MJACKSON, Miss. (BP) -- Messengers unanimously approved a 2018 Mississippi Cooperative Program budget of $31,404,110 at the 182nd annual meeting of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at First Baptist Church in Jackson.
The 2018 budget is .08 percent higher than the 2017 budget of $31,378,417. Southern Baptist Convention causes will continue to receive 37.5 percent of the total CP budget.
SBC causes and the amounts to be disbursed in 2018 with a .08 increase are: Read More
Court to rule on mandate on pregnancy centersWASHINGTON (BP) -- Pro-life pregnancy care centers have gained a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court in their bid to be free from promoting abortion.
The high court announced Monday (Nov. 13) it would rule on a 2015 California law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers to notify their clients of the availability of abortion services elsewhere. The justices are expected to hear oral arguments in the case in this term and issue an opinion before they adjourn next summer. Read More
NOBTS mourns loss of beloved professorNEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Jerry N. Barlow, professor of preaching and pastoral work at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS), died Nov. 11 after a brief illness. He was 72.
Though battling his own health issues, Barlow ministered to others through the final week of his life. He checked in on doctor of ministry students and even called another faculty member dealing with an illness from his hospital bed. Barlow was known on campus for kindness, wit and pastoral concern for others. Read More
Church with a woman pastor declined by Tenn. conv.HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Messengers to the Tennessee Baptist Convention annual meeting voted overwhelmingly not to seat messengers from First Baptist Church in Jefferson City, which has a woman as pastor, during the TBC's opening session Nov. 14.
First Baptist attempted to register seven messengers, including new pastor Ellen Di Giosia, who has been in the position since Aug. 1.
In mid-October, the TBC's Committee on Credentials met and agreed that a church with a woman pastor does not fit the definition of a "cooperating church" as defined by convention bylaws. The committee based its decision on Article VI of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 declaring that "the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture." Read More
FROM THE STATES: Va., Calif. and Fla. evangelism/missions news; '... [T]he watching world will take notice and come and see'
Today's From the States features items from: The Proclaimer (Virginia); California Southern Baptist; Florida Baptist Witness Read More