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Half of U.S. Protestant pastors hear conspiracy theories in their churches

NASHVILLE (BP) – While Americans have been caught in a whirlwind of conspiracy theories the last several months, many pastors say they hear such unfounded claims from their church members.

IMB partners with 140 international Baptist conventions in fulfilling Great Commission

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – The International Mission Board’s 175 years of ministry among the nations has resulted in the formation of 140 Baptist conventions and unions in 73 countries.

FIRST-PERSON: Honoring the man behind the legend

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – Years before I became a pastor or seminary professor, I had another job. As a 16-year-old boy, growing up in Atlanta, I had a dream job – I was a batboy for the Atlanta Braves.

Pennsylvania/South Jersey WMU leaders enlist fresh voices to help cast new vision

Theresa Krieg, president of Pennsylvania/South Jersey Woman’s Missionary Union, has had a love of missions since her preschool years in Sunbeams (now Mission Friends). Aubrey King is a young mother who was first introduced to Southern Baptist global missions as a college student.

Biden reverses Trump ban on transgender people in military

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed an order Monday (Jan. 25) reversing a Trump-era Pentagon policy that largely barred transgender individuals from serving in the military.

Pastors express ‘decision fatigue’, ‘ministerial frustration’ as COVID-19 pandemic lingers

LEXINGTON, Tenn. (BP) – For the second time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Rock Hill Baptist Church in rural west Tennessee was resuming onsite worship. Then, Pastor Richard Bray was exposed to the virus and the church had to transition once again to remote worship while Bray waited weeks for his test results.

California lifts virus stay-at-home orders, curfew statewide

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lifted regional stay-at-home orders across the state Monday in response to improving coronavirus conditions, returning the state to a system of county-by-county restrictions.

FBC Spartanburg’s ‘tiny houses’ will solve big problem

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (BP) – Some homeless women may have a place of their own soon as First Baptist Church, Spartanburg, S.C., begins constructing a small village of tiny houses.

FIRST-PERSON: Prepare yourself and your church for the missionary task

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – We might not know what to expect for 2021, but we do know that God is still moving and Southern Baptists need to be prepared to answer the call to reach the nations.

SBC DIGEST: Oklahoma Baptists name new CFO; Bargainomics Lady receives national audience

Leslie Osborn named new CFO for Oklahoma Baptists; Alabama feature leads to national audience for Bargainomics Lady.