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Arabic Baptist pastor Raouf Ghattas dies at 69

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Raouf W. Ghattas, a Tennessee Baptist pastor known for his work in reaching Muslims with the Gospel, died Nov. 25 of an apparent heart attack at his home in Murfreesboro. He was 69. Ghattas was noted for his love of Muslims and his desire to educate others about Islamic culture and sharing the Gospel with Muslims. He was pastor of Arabic Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, a congregation he helped establish in 2011 with his wife Carol.

Tennesseans await ruling on physician-assisted suicide

NASHVILLE (BP) -- The issue of physician-assisted suicide or death with dignity has surfaced in Tennessee. Earlier this year the Tennessee General Assembly failed to act on a bill which would have allowed doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs when requested by terminally ill patients. In May, however, well-known Tennessee lawyer and politician John Jay Hooker filed a lawsuit challenging state law that makes it a felony to assist in a suicide, according to a report in The Tennessean on July 10. ...

MEMORIAL DAY: At 92, he helps vets find peace

SWEETWATER, Tenn. (BP) -- When Clinton E. Riddle goes as a certified hospice volunteer to meet with a military veteran near death, he has instant credibility, such as the shrapnel he still has in hand.

Sale of Tenn. Baptist building called off

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) — Plans to sell the Tennessee Baptist Convention building and surrounding property in Brentwood, Tenn., have failed, the convention’s executive director said. The convention’s Executive Board was notified Feb. 14 that Franklin Land Associates declined to close on the sale, Randy Davis said. The next day, Davis learned that the expected buyer […]

Tenn. Baptists approve sale of property

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) — The Executive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention voted unanimously to accept a $9 million offer for the convention’s office space in Brentwood, Tenn., during a special called meeting Thursday (May 17). The Executive Board has been in its present location since 1969. David Green, president of the Executive Board and […]

Vanderbilt BCM to decline registered status

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Even though Baptist Collegiate Ministry was approved as a recognized student organization on the campus of Vanderbilt University, the BCM will decline that status.

Baptist group will remain on Vanderbilt campus

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Although some religious organizations have said they will not register as campus organizations at Vanderbilt University, the Baptist Collegiate Ministry has applied to remain a registered campus organization.

Minister who stole $100K receives restoration

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- The past three years haven't been easy for Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church.

$l.5M embezzlement rallies church’s faith

[QUOTE@right@150="We did not 'bad mouth' her in the community. We showed her the love of Christ, and the community saw that."
-- Pastor Dean Haun]MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (BP) -- First Baptist Church in a Tennessee county seat now resonates with the "Trust, but verify" outlook of former President Ronald Reagan.       Sadly, First Baptist's experience stems from the betrayal of trust by a 47-year staff member.

SBC name change opposed by Tenn. Baptists

[QUOTE@left@180=For earlier stories in Baptist Press, click here]HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Messengers to the Tennessee Baptist Convention's annual meeting adopted a resolution opposing a name change for the Southern Baptist Convention.