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Hispanic pastors discuss leading a church out of COVID

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Hispanic pastors from California, Florida and Texas discussed strategies to lead the church in a post-COVID world during a panel hosted by the CP Stage at the SBC Executive Committee section of the exhibit hall at the 2022 SBC Annual Meeting.

SBC DIGEST: IMB revises COVID policy; Guidepost removes out-of-context quote from report

IMB revises COVID-19 vaccine policy in response to improved global access; Guidepost removes paragraph that included out-of-context Jim Richards quote.

COVID-19, overdoses pushed U.S. to highest death total ever

NEW YORK (AP) – 2021 was the deadliest year in U.S. history, and new data and research are offering more insights into how it got that bad.

EXPLAINER: Alcohol abuse and drug overdoses rose during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every family in America. Some are still dealing with the aftermath of the disease. But the problem of substance abuse exacerbated by the pandemic might be a problem that lasts longer than the coronavirus.

Extreme poverty grows by 97 million globally in COVID-19, new report says

BALTIMORE, Md. (BP) – At least 97 million more people have fallen into extreme poverty globally since the COVID-19 pandemic began two years ago, World Relief said in a study released March 15 on the second anniversary of the declaration of the pandemic.

Churches work toward resuming missions to pre-COVID levels

NASHVILLE (BP) – Not too long ago it was normal for Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Smith, Ark., to take 20-25 mission trips in a year. Perhaps a half-dozen of those would be reached by van, but most required a flight.

COVID devastates Mississippi Choctaw, challenges tribal Baptist churches

CHOCTAW, Miss. (BP) – Ray Duplessie, a Choctaw pastor in Gulfport, recalls a recent issue of a community newspaper serving the 10,000 Choctaw Indians in Neshoba County, Mississippi.

Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a decision released today (Jan. 13), the Supreme Court has stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing and wear a mask on the job.

Supreme Court hears oral arguments on Biden vaccine mandate

WASHINGTON (BP) – The next step in the debate surrounding Pres. Biden’s mandate requiring employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine took place Friday (Jan. 7). Oral arguments on the constitutionality and a request for delaying the mandate were presented before the U.S. Supreme Court. Biden’s order, set to go into effect Jan. 10, would affect businesses with 100 or more employees.

Supreme Court refuses to block N.Y. vaccine mandate

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday (Dec. 13) to block enforcement of a vaccine mandate for New York health care workers who contend it violates their religious freedom.