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National Voter Registration Day stirs call for Christians to vote responsibly

NASHVILLE (BP) – In advance of the nonpartisan National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 22, Southern Baptist leaders are urging Christians to vote responsibly in 2020 nationwide elections.

TRUSTEES: Gospel defines priorities, Moore tells ERLC

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Gospel of Christ defines the priorities of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Russell Moore told the entity’s trustees Wednesday (Sept. 15) at an annual meeting marked by reports of public policy, ministry and financial successes.

Southern Baptists prepare Hurricane Sally response, serve disaster survivors coast-to-coast

PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP) – As Hurricane Sally’s deluge flooded Alabama and the Florida Panhandle Wednesday (Sept. 16), Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) readied its response. Volunteers in Louisiana, meanwhile, hit milestones as they served survivors of August’s Hurricane Laura, and Southern Baptists continue serving across the nation.

FIRST-PERSON: No spiritual participation trophies

CHATSWORTH, Ga. (BP) – At the end of the season in youth league sports, everybody gets a trophy. From the first-place team to the last-place team, the coach hands every kid a shiny piece of plastic that says, "thanks for playing."

SBC DIGEST: Oklahoma Baptists to hold abbreviated meeting; North Carolina Baptists dedicate disaster relief hub

Members of Oklahoma Baptists’ state convention board of directors gathered Tuesday (Sept. 15) at the Baptist Building in Oklahoma City, to meet, pray, hear ministry and financial reports, as well as finalize plans for the upcoming annual meeting in November. Two years after Hurricane Florence struck North Carolina with devastating force, North Carolina Baptists on Mission dedicated a new ministry hub near Rose Hill, N.C.

Bible Study: Heeding God’s correction and guidance

Would you rather remain on wrong paths in life, or would you rather accept God's correction, change course and go the right way?

Hurricane Sally unleashes flooding along the Gulf Coast

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) – Hurricane Sally lumbered ashore near the Florida-Alabama line Wednesday with 105-mph winds and rain measured in feet, not inches, swamping homes and trapping people in high water as it pushed inland for what could be a slow and disastrous drenching across the Deep South.

Salvation Army starts red kettle program early amid ‘tsunami of human need’

(RNS) – The Salvation Army is kicking off its annual red kettle campaign more than two months early this year in hopes of meeting an increased need for assistance during the coronavirus pandemic.

FIRST-PERSON: Pietà

EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – “Pietàs” – sculptures of Mary grieving over her crucified Son – were so called because of the meaning of pietà in Italian: “compassion.” Other English words for pietà are “mercy, pity, and piety,” all of which are conveyed when one gazes upon Michelangelo’s Pietà.

ERLC praises U.S. ban on Chinese imports

WASHINGTON (BP) – The United States’ newly announced ban on Chinese goods produced by government-sponsored labor forced largely on an ethnic minority group gained the praise of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC).