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Calif. wildfires rage, churches 'jumping into action'SANTA ROSA, Calif. (BP) -- Amid Northern California wildfires that have killed at least 13 people and burned more than 1,500 buildings since Oct. 8, Southern Baptist churches have begun ministering and California Southern Baptist Convention disaster relief crews are poised for relief work.
The death toll is expected to rise, according to media reports, and more than 100 people have been reported missing. As of Monday night (Oct. 10), several of the 17 fires had not been contained. Read More
Federal help after Harvey outlined to Texas churchesVIDOR, Texas (BP) -- While FEMA money is not generally accessible to churches, disaster recovery help from the federal government is available in the form of low-interest loans, Susheel Kumar, public information officer for the Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance, told Texas pastors and church staff Oct. 5 in the Golden Triangle Baptist Network.
Network acting director Mark Adams of Beaumont's First Baptist Church called Kumar's information both "critical" and "time-sensitive." Read More
TRUSTEES: SBTS adopts gender, sexuality statementLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees unanimously approved a recommendation to adopt The Nashville Statement as an official part of the school's confessional documents Monday (Oct. 9) during its fall meeting.
The seminary's board of trustees also responded to additional motions, heard financial reports, and celebrated record student enrollment from the previous academic year. The recommendation about The Nashville Statement came from seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. Read More
Church should lead way on civility, Gov. Haslam saysNASHVILLE (BP) -- The church should be at the forefront of promoting civility in a deeply divided culture, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told Christian leaders at a Southern Baptist-sponsored event in Nashville.
"We, of all people, understand grace," Haslam said of Christians at an Oct. 3 lunch held by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), "and we of all people understand, 'You know, I don't really have the right to be on a high horse yelling at you because but for God's immeasurable grace I'd be a mess. So we should understand the need for civility. Read More
Individual rights & sexuality aired at NOBTS forumNEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Advocates from several perspectives on same-sex marriage and LGBT rights discussed the emotionally and politically charged issues, which often pit the church against the prevailing culture, during a forum at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
The "Rights and Sexuality: Where Individual Freedoms and Civil Rights Meet" event was sponsored by the seminary's Institute for Faith and the Public Square. Read More
ISIS surrenders in droves at stronghold in IraqHAWIJA, Iraq (BP) -- Islamic State fighters surrendered en masse to Kurdish Iraqi forces in Hawija, shriveling the jihad army to perhaps a 10th of its size when it invaded Iraq in 2014, according to widespread news reports.
About 1,000 jihadists surrendered over a span of three days as Iraq recaptured the Islamic State stronghold of Hawija Oct. 5, ending two weeks of fighting, the New York Times reported Oct. 8. Read More
FROM THE COLLEGES: NGU begins celebration of 125-year milestone; Netland named Union Univ. provostIn today's From the Colleges: North Greenville University begins celebration of its 125-year milestone; John Netland succeeds C. Ben Mitchell as Union University provost. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Our double-edged smartphones
Smartphones, Art Rainer writes, have both positive and negative effects, from mobile giving to impulse purchases. Don't "waste precious time" using them "on insignificant comforts," he counsels. Read More
FROM THE STATES: Mo., Calif. and N.C. evangelism/missions news; 'The word of God is as quick and powerful today as it has ever been'
Today's From the States features items from The Pathway (Missouri) California Southern Baptist; Biblical Recorder (North Carolina) Read More