Brandon Porter

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FIRST-PERSON: Should we be thankful for suffering?

NASHVILLE (BP) – “My grandfather probably won’t make it through the night,” said the text from a friend last week. The folks in our small group had been praying for his family for weeks. I was instantly reminded of the conversation we had this summer when our group worked through 1 Thessalonians 4:13-19 and talked about the hope of resurrection.

Build Back Better bill passes House, faces uphill challenge in Senate

N (BP) – The House of Representatives passed legislation Friday (Nov. 19) known as the Build Back Better bill, a key piece of President Biden’s legislative agenda. The legislation passed in a near party-line vote of 220-213. It now goes to the Senate for debate.

Florist reaches settlement after eight-year legal battle

OLYMPIA, Wash. (BP) – Barronelle Stutzman’s defense of her religious liberty is over. The florist and owner of Arlene’s Flowers reached a settlement with the men who sued her because she would not design floral arrangements for their wedding in 2013.

Chitwood says ‘together’ Southern Baptists accomplish more

NASHVILLE (BP) – Paul Chitwood knows the work of the International Mission Board is a team effort. He believes every Southern Baptist can and should play a role in helping to advance the Gospel to the nations.

El Grupo de Trabajo sobre Abuso Sexual proporciona actualización, dice que Guidepost está haciendo ‘progreso significativo’

NASHVILLE (BP) - El Grupo de Trabajo sobre Abuso Sexual que investiga el posible mal manejo de las denuncias de abuso sexual por parte del Comité Ejecutivo de la Convención Bautista del Sur dio una actualización en su sitio web el 11 de noviembre. El grupo de trabajo se está asociando con Guidepost Solutions para llevar a cabo la investigación de terceros.

Greenway calls on Mid-America to cancel premiere of film containing ‘slander’

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – In an open letter released today (Nov. 17), Adam Greenway, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, has formally requested Michael Spradlin, president of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, to reconsider the showing of a film on the Mid-America’s Memphis-area campus Saturday (Nov. 19). The release of “Enemies Within the Church” comes with “apparent coordination” with the Conservative Baptist Network, Greenway said.

Sexual Abuse Task Force provides update, says Guidepost is making ‘significant progress’

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Sexual Abuse Task Force investigating the potential mishandling of sexual abuse claims by the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee gave an update on their website Nov. 11. The task force is partnering with Guidepost Solutions to conduct the third-party investigation.

El Comité Ejecutivo de la SBC se reúne, recibe actualización del equipo legal

NASHVILLE (BP) - El Comité Ejecutivo de la Convención Bautista del Sur se reunió en línea el miércoles por la mañana (10 de noviembre). Los miembros llenaron una vacante del Comité de Nominaciones y recibieron actualizaciones sobre el progreso del Grupo de Trabajo sobre Abuso Sexual, asesoría legal para el CE y nombramientos de subcomités.

Iowa Baptists allocate 75 percent to national CP

DES MOINES, Iowa (BP) – A driving desire to see Cooperative Program dollars make maximum kingdom impact motivated the Baptist Convention of Iowa to make history on Nov. 6. Messengers at the convention’s Annual Meeting voted unanimously to send 75 percent of Cooperative Program funds outside of the state.

SBC Executive Committee meets, receives update from legal team

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee met online Wednesday morning, Nov. 10. Members filled a Committee on Nominations vacancy and received updates on the progress of the Sexual Abuse Task Force, legal counsel for the EC and subcommittee appointments.