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    Obama's actions on immigration called 'unwise'

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, November 21, 2014 (14 hours ago)

    Immigration reform "shouldn't be a partisan wedge issue."

    -- Russell D. Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Obama's new executive actions to change immigration policy are unwise and threaten the growing consensus for reform, said the Southern Baptist Convention's lead ethicist. Read More

  • Snowmelt flooding puts DR on alert

    by Joe Conway & Art Toalston, posted Friday, November 21, 2014 (8 hours ago)

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (BP) -- "This is the first day of the digout in Erie County" from seven feet of snow, said Mike Flannery, disaster relief director for the Baptist Convention of New York.

    Flannery was on the road to a meeting of the Erie County VOAD network (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) as he spoke briefly with Baptist Press about the record snowfall in Buffalo and nearby communities since Nov. 17. Flannery co-chairs the VOAD, which assists the Erie County Emergency Management Office. Read More

  • Panel: DR works disasters on deeper level

    by Kristen Camp, posted Friday, November 21, 2014 (10 hours ago)

    NAMB photo by Susan Whitley
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Whether it's a tornado in Oklahoma, a wildfire in Washington or a hurricane in New York, disaster survivors need more than assistance with rebuilding their homes when tragedy strikes. They need help rebuilding their lives. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is committed to providing help, healing and hope to disaster survivors across North America. Read More

  • Mormons grappling with their history

    by Benjamin Hawkins, posted Friday, November 21, 2014 (14 hours ago)

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    SALT LAKE CITY (BP) -- Leaders within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are speaking more openly about Mormonism's controversial history and teachings. Read More

  • ETS meeting: 'Southern Baptists everywhere'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, November 21, 2014 (11 hours ago)

    SAN DIEGO (BP) -- When Richard Melick joined the Evangelical Theological Society in 1975, he only knew of two other Southern Baptists who were involved in the group.

    "In contrast, today you can't walk down the hall [at an ETS meeting] without seeing Southern Baptists everywhere," Melick, distinguished professor of New Testament studies at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, told Baptist Press. "And I think that's a good thing. Both university and seminary professors are very involved." Read More

  • Nev. Baptists elect first black president

    by Staff, posted Friday, November 21, 2014 (8 hours ago)

    RENO, Nev. (BP) -- The Nevada Baptist Convention at its 2014 annual meeting elected its first African American president, Nellis Baptist Church pastor Greg Fields of Las Vegas. Read More

  • Pastors experience God's timing in Ecuador

    by Kate Gregory, posted Friday, November 21, 2014 (12 hours ago)

    IMB Photo by Wilson Hunter
    LAGARTO, Ecuador (BP) -- Tony Mathews was on a mission. He wanted to find the man he had led to Christ a couple of days earlier.

    Mathews, pastor of North Garland Baptist Fellowship in Garland, Texas, had met Wiston while walking through the small town of Lagarto on the Ecuadorian coast with a handful of fellow African American pastors and church members from the Dallas area. Read More

  • Churches mobilize fellow blacks in missions

    by Kate Gregory, posted Friday, November 21, 2014 (11 hours ago)

    NORTH GARLAND, Texas (BP) -- Dozens of missionary families gathered for a meeting in South Africa, but missions volunteer Jacquie Collins didn't see any African American families among them. That struck the heart of Collins, an African American, because she hadn't considered going overseas herself until a few years ago. Read More