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Church’s foster care ministry focused on school-age children

SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas (BP) – The new school year can be especially tumultuous for children in foster care, Union Baptist Church Senior Pastor Jacob Smith learned as the church prayed about the viability of a foster care ministry.

Executive Committee, no individuals subpoenaed in DOJ investigation

NASHVILLE (BP) – A Department of Justice investigation into the Southern Baptist Convention is currently directed at one entity and no individuals.

ERLC, others promote way for Afghans to gain permanent status

WASHINGTON (BP) – The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has joined other evangelical Christian organizations on the occasion of the first anniversary of Afghanistan’s fall to the Taliban in calling on Congress to enable Afghans evacuated to the United States to seek permanent residency.

‘About 400’ Baptist churches lost in Russia’s war on Ukraine

LVIV, Ukraine (BP) – About 400 Ukrainian Baptist congregations have been lost in Russia’s war on Ukraine, said Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary President Yaroslav Pyzh, who is working to restore pastoral leadership to impacted cities.

Indiana Rep. Walorski’s work called ‘mission’ during funeral

GRANGER, Ind. (AP) – Political leaders on Thursday honored Republican U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana as a determined advocate for her beliefs during a funeral after she and three other people were killed in a highway crash last week.

SBC leaders respond to DOJ investigation

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee has been informed that the United States Department of Justice has initiated an investigation into the SBC that will include “multiple SBC entities,” according to an Aug. 12 statement from all SBC entity leaders and SBC President Bart Barber.

More than 450 attend Arabic Baptist Church’s annual conference in New England

DANVERS, Mass. (BP) – For 38 years, hundreds of Middle Eastern Christians have come from nearby communities in New England and places far away to worship together for one weekend. Since 1984, the Arabic Baptist Church of Boston has hosted its annual conference around the July Fourth holiday. The event draws attendees and online viewers from around the world.

Barber says implementation task force strengthened by different perspectives, backgrounds

FARMERSVILLE, Texas (BP) ­– Diverse experiences and opinions related to the SBC and sexual abuse among members of the recently-named Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force (ARITF) will enhance that group’s ability to present recommendations at next year’s annual meeting, said SBC President Bart Barber in a video release.

SBC DIGEST: New SBC podcast for Spanish speakers; ‘Supply Day’ gets SWBTS students ready for year

New podcast, Vida SBC, for Spanish speakers; Supply Day provides SWBTS, TBC students, families goods to begin the academic year.

State of the Bible: Swath of committed Christians don’t attend church monthly

PHILADELPHIA (BP) – Most of the youngest generations who identify as committed Christians likely do not attend church at least once monthly, the American Bible Society (ABS) said in the latest release from its 2022 State of the Bible.