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Utah team seeks 'forgotten among us' in HoustonHOUSTON (BP) -- Mike Brooks is a plumber -- and a busy one at that. But he felt God calling him to help in Houston with Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts. So, he and eight others from Baptist churches in Utah traveled to serve where they could on Oct. 15-20.
"This hurricane is not over," Brooks of First Baptist Church of Pleasant Grove, shared with his church the Sunday after the team returned home.
"The people there are literally exhausted," he told them. "They go to work, if they ... Read More
Illegal immigrant teen has court-approved abortionWASHINGTON (BP) -- A legal battle over whether the Trump administration is required to facilitate an illegal-immigrant teen's abortion ended Wednesday (Oct. 25) when the American Civil Liberties Union announced she had terminated her pregnancy.
ACLU senior staff attorney Brigitte Amiri, who represents the 17-year-old, said "justice prevailed," according to an ACLU news release.
The abortion occurred less than 24 hours after the full U.S. Court of Appeals ... Read More
As protests loom, TN Baptists denounce racismFRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- With white supremacist rallies scheduled for this weekend in the state, a mix of ethnically diverse Tennessee Baptists gathered in a display of unity in Franklin on Wednesday (Oct. 25) to publicly denounce the white supremacist movement and racism.
"We don't call press conferences very often but we believe it is impossible to stand silently by while the white supremacy movement plans to invade our state and perpetrate its evil Saturday (Oct. 28) in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro," said Randy C. Davis, president and executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Mission ... Read More
Campus shooting prompts call for prayerGRAMBLING, La. (BP) -- An early morning shooting Wednesday (Oct. 25) at Grambling State University -- that left two men dead, one of whom was a student at the school -- has prompted a call for prayer from Louisiana Baptist Convention Executive Director David Hankins.
"The brokenness of our world sadly continues to be on display, as we learned from the shooting on the Grambling campus," Hankins told the Baptist Message. "Our hearts are grieved for the families of the victims. Read More
Utah-Idaho Baptists report numeric & financial gainsMERIDIAN, Idaho (BP) -- Key numeric increases -- including church plants and baptisms -- were celebrated by the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention during their Oct. 20 annual meeting.
A total of 140 people -- 109 messengers and 31 guests -- gathered at Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian, Idaho, for the two-state convention's 53rd annual meeting.
Brian Catherman, pastor of Redeeming Life Baptist Church in Salt Lake City, ... Read More
Kan.-Neb. Baptists increase CP 1.5 percentSALINA, Kan. (BP) -- The Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists (KNCSB) will increase by 1.5 percentage points its Cooperative Program giving to national and international missions and ministries in 2018.
Messengers approved the increase at the KNCSB 2017 annual meeting, held Oct. 9-10 at the convention's Webster Conference Center in Salina, Kan. Of an anticipated $2,777,000 in CP receipts in 2018, KNCSB will forward 28.5 percent to national and international causes. Read More
Indiana Baptists meet at camp's new worship centerMARTINSVILLE, Ind. (BP) -- Messengers to the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana celebrated the new worship center at Highland Lakes Baptist Camp during their 2017 annual meeting there Oct. 9-10.
In attendance were 170 messengers and 54 guests representing 84 SBCI churches and church plants across the state.
Highland Lakes' new worship center, which can seat 425 people, was constructed between March 2016 and March of this year. The camp, founded in 1960, now ... Read More
500 YEARS: Baptist beliefs: Learning from the Reformers
The Reformation's convictions on Scripture and salvation by grace became key elements of Baptist doctrine, David Dockery writes in the second of a three-part series. Read More