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EC presidential search team sets goal for candidate ‘on or before Feb. 19’

NASHVILLE (BP) – The team responsible for selecting a new president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee reported to fellow EC members during their meeting Monday (Sept. 18), saying they are working “diligently and expeditiously.”

Magician Stephen Bargatze ‘realizing how great God is’

NASHVILLE (BP) – When Stephen Bargatze was named the International Brotherhood of Magicians’ closeup magic champion in 2000, he didn’t know it at the time, but the nuns who’d taught him as a child had helped him win.

SBC Credentials Committee elects chair, vice chair

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Southern Baptist Convention Credentials Committee has selected Jonathan Sams and Meagan Stedman to become its chair and vice chair, respectively. Both of the new officers, elected at the committee’s Aug. 21 meeting, are serving their second year on the committee.

Would-be foster parents rejected for Christian beliefs

SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. (BP) – A Massachusetts couple claims they were denied approval to foster children because of their beliefs regarding LGBT issues.

Howe to serve as interim SBC EC president and CEO

NASHVILLE (BP) – Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee Chairman Philip Robertson announced to EC members Friday (Aug. 18) that Jonathan Howe will take over the role of interim EC president and CEO following the sudden resignation of Willie McLaurin on Thursday (Aug. 17).

Hawaii death toll climbs to 99; Send Relief plans taking shape

LAHAINA, Hawaii (BP) – Search and rescue crews have covered only 25 percent of the search area around Lahaina after a devastating fire destroyed the town and claimed at least 99 lives a week ago. Crews are using cadaver dogs to search for human remains. So far, nearly 100 deaths have been confirmed, though only three bodies have been identified.

Christian school volunteer arrested on sexual abuse charges

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) – A school volunteer in Missouri was arrested earlier this month on sex-related charges. Jennifer Cecil was a volunteer at a local Christian school and a member of Concord Baptist Church in Jefferson City. The school, Lighthouse Preparatory Academy, is not affiliated with Concord Baptist Church.

Biden administration will not fight to bring back ‘transgender mandate’

WASHINGTON (BP) – The Biden administration will not appeal an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals decision from December 2022 that blocked the so-called “transgender mandate.”

2023 SBC Pastors’ Conference, Annual Meeting to stream live on ACTS2

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – As thousands of Southern Baptists make their way to the Crescent City for the 2023 SBC Pastors’ Conference and Annual Meeting, thousands of others who can’t be there in person will be able to watch the proceedings from home, even from their smart TV. Each session of the pastors’ conference (Sunday-Monday, […]

Great Commission Team highlights diversity of annual meeting, larger SBC

NASHVILLE (BP) – Ethnic minorities are increasing their participation in all areas of Southern Baptist Convention life, say members of the SBC Executive Committee’s Great Commission Relations and Mobilization (GCRM) Team.