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Stone discusses ‘wave revivals,’ ‘toning down the rhetoric’ in BP interview

BLACKSHEAR, Ga. (BP) – The story isn’t a pulpit exaggeration. Mike Stone, the longtime pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, proudly owns a record for beard length on a turkey. Almost 10 years ago now, Stone bagged a bird with a 16.5-inch beard, which ranks No. 16 in the National Wild Turkey Federation’s world rankings.

NAMB appeals to Supreme Court in McRaney case, claims first amendment protections

WASHINGTON (BP) – The North American Mission board has filed a petition with the Supreme Court of the United States in its ongoing case involving a lawsuit against the board filed by a former Southern Baptist state executive director.

NAMB trustees unanimously affirm cooperation, mission strategy of leadership

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – The board of trustees for the North American Mission Board unanimously passed a resolution on cooperation and missional strategy at their February 2021 board meeting.

CP giving rebounds in January, above budget for fiscal year

NASHVILLE (BP) – After a slow start to the budget year, giving through the Cooperative Program rebounded in January with more than $19.3 million being given to support national and international missions and ministries.

Urging cooperation, SBC EC issues white paper to NAMB, state executives

NASHVILLE (BP) – After meetings with both parties, the SBC Executive Committee has issued a white paper to six state conventions and the North American Mission Board urging cooperation among the groups and the settlement of a dispute over cooperative missions.

Fire guts Cowpens church sanctuary on Christmas weekend

COWPENS, S.C. (BP) -- A fire raged through the buildings of Cowpens First Baptist Church on Saturday (Dec. 26). More than a dozen local fire stations responded, but ultimately the sanctuary and the attached education building were declared a complete loss.

Southern Baptist college pleads for $500K by end of 2020 to remain open

MARION, Ala. (BP) – Judson College, the only Southern Baptist women’s college in the United States, is on the brink of closure according to a letter released last week (Dec. 15) by the president of the school.

NAMB files motion, will petition Supreme Court in McRaney case

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – The North American Mission Board has filed a motion for a stay in a lawsuit involving a former Southern Baptist leader in order to appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Despite pandemic challenges, CP giving above budget

NASHVILLE (BP) – While challenges due to the COVID-19 global pandemic continue for churches across the Southern Baptist Convention, giving through the Cooperative Program remains above budget through the first two months of the budget year.

NAMB en banc request denied by 5th Circuit; Confusion regarding amicus brief addressed

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – A request by the North American Mission Board for an en banc hearing in a lawsuit brought by a former SBC leader was denied last week in a split decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Additionally, an amicus brief filed in the case by an outside group in support of the en banc request has caused some concern over the essentials of Southern Baptist polity.