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Magnolia could replace old Confederate symbol on Mississippi flag

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi voters will decide whether to accept a new state flag featuring a magnolia to replace an old one legislators retired because it included the Confederate battle emblem.

Kenosha churches pray for justice, mercy amid downtown rioting

KENOSHA, Wis. (BP) -- Wrecked by rioting and unrest following the shooting of Jacob Blake by police, the city of Kenosha is in desperate need of rebuilding, said Rich Villarreal, discipleship and teaching pastor of Redeemer Parkside church, located near downtown Kenosha.

FROM THE SEMINARIES: SWBTS’ Greenway, Gateway’s Iorg address students to open fall term

"The coronavirus pandemic did not catch God by surprise,”Adam Greenway said during a fall 2020 opening message; Submitting to the authority of God’s Word is a challenging task in a world steeped in political and social turmoil, Jeff Iorg said in his convocation address.

Virtual town hall highlights diverse African American perspectives in the SBC

FAIRFAX STATION, Va. (BP) -- New York Pastor Frank Williams sees in God's pastoral call a broader application with the advent of COVID-19 and renewed cries for racial justice.

SBC DIGEST: IMB’s next 100 years; NAMB launches racial reconciliation resource

IMB’s oldest living missionary emeritus discusses vision for next 100 years; NAMB launches "Undivided: More than a Hashtag," designed to assist church leaders and their congregations as they navigate conversations about race.

Billy Graham statue to replace that of white supremacist in U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP/RNS) -- A life-sized statue of the Rev. Billy Graham will be installed in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall collection sometime next year, replacing a statue of a white supremacist that both the state of North Carolina and the U.S. House want removed.

LifeWay’s Black Church Conference sees growth thanks to digital platform

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Using a fill-in-the-blank quiz, LifeWay Christian Resources' Mark Croston evoked phrases that have long spoken to the consciences of Black folks. He was teaching the early morning Bible exposition at the 2020 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference (BCLFC), held July 20-24 as on online-only event during the COVID-19 pandemic. He guided virtual attendees in completing the phrases.

Florida Hispanic churches suffer deaths, illness in local COVID-19 surge

MIAMI (BP) -- In the middle of one of the highest COVID-19 surges worldwide, pastors serving Florida's hard-hit Hispanic community are suffering illnesses among their respective congregations while continuing their ministry. Emanuel Roque, Hispanic church catalyst with the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC), said in several Hispanic churches, pastors and some members have tested positive and are recovering. Included is El-Faro Baptist Church (Lighthouse Baptist Church) in Marathon, where many members were among a group of more than 20 who contracted the illness while attending a non-church related camp in Tennessee in June.

FIRST-PERSON: United amid our diversity

As a Hispanic and as an American citizen, Javier Chavez believes it is still possible to achieve unity in the midst of our diversity and shares a personal story as an example.

SBC DIGEST: Diversity key goal for GuideStone, Gateway to hold in-person classes in fall, Putman joins Williams Baptist University

Ensuring diversity, quality key goal for GuideStone; Face-to-face instruction at Gateway to resume in Fall 2020; Putman to join Williams Baptist University.