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SBC entity heads respond to Biden vaccine mandate

NASHVILLE (BP) -- A number of Southern Baptist leaders are taking a cautious approach to President Joe Biden’s Thursday (Sept. 9) announcement that businesses with 100 or more employees will soon be required to have all employees be vaccinated or tested weekly. Biden said he is aiming at getting 100 million more people vaccinated, believing the strategy will stop the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant in the U.S.

COVID-19 causes church to change its name

ROCK HILL, S.C. (BP) – The pandemic forced churches across the country to make significant changes, but none were quite like the one at Stony Fork Community Church, formerly known as Outbreak Church.

Kentucky church grieves death of two staff members, days apart

LEXINGTON, Ky. (BP) – The Center Point Church family has an aching heart and for good reason. It was an unthinkable week with the deaths of two staff leaders – Senior Pastor Tim Parsons and Executive Director Chuck Vellios – coming only days apart.

Georgia pastor embraces ‘faith over fear’ after COVID battle

DUBLIN, Ga. (BP) – After an intense battle with COVID-19 and pneumonia for multiple weeks, Georgia pastor Samuel Rogers rejoices that he has “seen the goodness and kindness of God like I never have before.”

Vaccine mandates raise religious liberty questions

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) – As more and more pastors are being asked to provide confirmation of a religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine, they are drawing a range of conclusions about whether refusing the vaccine can be a religious liberty issue.

Seminaries, colleges take steps to address COVID concerns

NASHVILLE (BP) – Southern Baptist seminaries and affiliated colleges are taking a position of following COVID-19 recommendations while allowing room for individual choices as a surge in cases continues, driven largely by the highly contagious Delta variant.

U.S. regulators give full approval to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. gave full approval to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, a milestone that may help lift public confidence in the shots as the nation battles the most contagious coronavirus mutant yet.

‘Bracing for the worst’ in Florida’s COVID-19 hot zone

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — As quickly as one COVID-19 patient is discharged, another waits for a bed in northeast Florida, the hot zone of the state’s latest surge. But the patients at Baptist Health’s five hospitals across Jacksonville are younger and getting sick from the virus faster than people did last summer.

Baptist nurses stand in the gap with facts, hope

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (BP) – Members of the Baptist Nursing Fellowship had already witnessed, literally, the realities of COVID-19 in emergency rooms across the country before Nov. 21 last year. That day it became personal, however, when the group’s executive director, Lori Spikes, died after being hospitalized with the illness.

After COVID battle, Texas pastor praises God, urges vaccine consideration

CORSICANA, Texas (BP) – After a stay in the ICU as he battled COVID-19, pastor Danny Reeves wants to “testify to the Lord’s goodness,” as well as encourage people to consider getting the vaccine.