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Monday, November 27, 2017

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  • Puerto Rico missionary's relief aid opens hearts

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Monday, November 27, 2017 (one year ago)

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    COMERÍO, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Even in the aftermath of Puerto Rico's devastation from Hurricane Maria, church planting missionary Jorge Santiago has been experiencing the truth of Romans 8:28 that all things can work together for good.

    In July, Santiago and his wife Rebeca moved to Puerto Rico with their two children, Sebastian and Sophia, to serve as North American Mission Board church planting missionaries in Comerío, a municipality of 20,000 about 30 miles south of San Juan.

    "Right after the storm," Santiago said, "we just focused on helping people. We started looking for resources, food and water so that we could take it to Comerío." Read More

  • Fed. judge blocks Texas dismemberment abortion ban

    by Evan Wilt/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, November 27, 2017 (one year ago)

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    AUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- A federal judge on Nov. 22 blocked a Texas law protecting unborn babies from dismemberment abortions. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel placed a permanent injunction on Senate Bill 8, calling the legislation unconstitutional.

    Texas lawmakers passed the bill earlier this year to ban the procedure typically used in the second trimester. See related report.

    "The act intervenes in the medical process of abortion prior to viability in an unduly burdensome manner," Yeakel said. Read More

  • Ark. Baptists begin new CP formula for SBC causes

    by Arkansas Baptist News Staff, posted Monday, November 27, 2017 (one year ago)

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    RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (BP) -- At the 164th annual meeting of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, with "Encourage to Engage" as its theme, ministers and laypeople worshiped, prayed, elected officers, conducted business, approved resolutions, enjoyed fellowship and heard inspirational messages.

    ABSC leaders reported 549 messengers from churches across the state registered for the Nov. 7-8 ABSC sessions at First Baptist Church in Russellville. Read More

  • Tennessee Baptist pioneer reinterred

    by David Dawson/Baptist and Reflector, posted Monday, November 27, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WHITESBURG, Tenn. (BP) -- The remains of Tennessee pastoral pioneer Tidence Lane have been moved to the grounds of a church he pastored beginning in 1785.

    Around 1779, Lane helped found what some believe to be the first organized church of any denomination in Tennessee, Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church near Jonesboro, according to Albert Wardin's book "Tennessee Baptists: A Comprehensive History, 1779-1999." Six years later, Lane -- a Revolutionary War veteran -- became founding pastor of First Baptist Church in Whitesburg, Tenn., when the congregation was known as Bent Creek Baptist Church. Read More

  • Dilbeck recommended as next BGCO exec. director

    by Baptist Messenger staff, posted Monday, November 27, 2017 (one year ago)

    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- On Dec. 11, board members of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma will gather at the Baptist Building in Oklahoma City to consider a recommendation to make Hance Dilbeck the next BGCO executive director-treasurer.

    The nomination of Dilbeck, who serves as pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, comes from the BGCO Board of Directors' Executive Director-Treasurer Search Committee. The committee formed and a search began after current BGCO Executive Director-Treasurer Anthony Jordan announced his retirement plans in September. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Sing with your spouse

    by Joshua Jenkins, posted Monday, November 27, 2017 (one year ago)

    To strengthen marital bonds, writes columnist Joshua Jenkins, Christians should sing hymns with their spouses. Such singing will "spite the devil," he writes. Read More