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Adams calls for transparency, ‘new chapter’ in BP interview

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – Randy Adams’ first real encounter with Southern Baptists came as a college freshman. Though saved as a child, he really began to grow in his Christian walk – and grew an initial understanding of the SBC, as well – when he became involved with the Baptist Student Union [BSU]at Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology.

Litton calls for ‘unity in the Gospel’ in BP interview

SARALAND, Ala. (BP) – His first time back in the pulpit after the death of his wife Tammy in a car crash, Ed Litton had a message for the congregation. “The guy that was here before is gone,” he said that Sunday in 2007, “And he’s not coming back.” Reflecting now, more than 13 years later, Litton knows far better the truth of that statement. Litton says his ministry has grown in directions he never would have predicted. His life has, too.

ERLC clarifies former policy director’s participation in Biden event

NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission issued a statement Wednesday evening (Sept. 23) regarding an appearance by a recently departed senior staffer on an online panel sponsored by the Joe Biden campaign.

Religious liberty concerns resolved for churches to receive CARES Act stimulus funds

NASHVILLE (BP) – An Interim Final Rule published by the U.S. Small Business Administration provides assurance that churches and other ministries are in fact eligible to receive loans as part of a massive financial stimulus bill passed last week by Congress, and that those faith-based nonprofits will not face potential conflict with religious liberty protections. The Paycheck Protection Program, enacted as part of the $2 trillion CARES Act to relieve economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, set aside $350 billion to guarantee loans to businesses employing fewer than 500 employees for expenses like payroll, utilities and rent or mortgage payments. Nonprofits, including churches and other religious ministries, are eligible to receive funds covering up to 2.5 times their average monthly payroll, with a cap of $10 million per loan.

Churches should ‘wait and see’ before applying for aid

NASHVILLE (BP) -- While many churches and other ministries are eligible to receive loans as part of a massive financial stimulus bill passed by Congress last week, concerns have been raised over federal regulations that could set up conflict with religious liberty protections. The Paycheck Protection Program, enacted as part of the $2 trillion CARES Act to relieve economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, set aside $350 billion to guarantee loans to businesses employing fewer than 500 employees for expenses like payroll, utilities and rent or mortgage payments. Nonprofits, including churches and religious ministries, are eligible to receive funds covering up to 2.5 times their average monthly payroll, with a cap of $10 million per loan.