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FIRST-PERSON: Honoring the man behind the legend

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – Years before I became a pastor or seminary professor, I had another job. As a 16-year-old boy, growing up in Atlanta, I had a dream job – I was a batboy for the Atlanta Braves.

Biden reverses Trump ban on transgender people in military

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed an order Monday (Jan. 25) reversing a Trump-era Pentagon policy that largely barred transgender individuals from serving in the military.

Pastors express ‘decision fatigue’, ‘ministerial frustration’ as COVID-19 pandemic lingers

LEXINGTON, Tenn. (BP) – For the second time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Rock Hill Baptist Church in rural west Tennessee was resuming onsite worship. Then, Pastor Richard Bray was exposed to the virus and the church had to transition once again to remote worship while Bray waited weeks for his test results.

California lifts virus stay-at-home orders, curfew statewide

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lifted regional stay-at-home orders across the state Monday in response to improving coronavirus conditions, returning the state to a system of county-by-county restrictions.

FIRST-PERSON: Prepare yourself and your church for the missionary task

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – We might not know what to expect for 2021, but we do know that God is still moving and Southern Baptists need to be prepared to answer the call to reach the nations.

Churches turning to ‘online pastors’ to foster community during pandemic

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – Since Long Hollow Baptist Church began experiencing what Pastor Robby Gallaty calls “a genuine move of God” last month, some 283 people have travelled to its Tennessee campus from all over the country to be baptized.

Fight for sanctity of human life robust on 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON (BP) – On the 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade abortion rights ruling today (Jan. 22), Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore is committed to advancing the sanctity of human life despite the pro-choice agenda of newly inaugurated President Joe Biden.

ERLC: Biden’s initial executive orders a mixed bag

WASHINGTON (BP) – President Joe Biden’s actions on his first day in the White House produced both praise and objection from the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

Senate confirms Biden’s first cabinet pick, shifts to Democratic control

WASHINGTON (AP) – Three new senators were sworn into office Wednesday (Jan. 20) after President Joe Biden's inauguration, securing the majority for Democrats.

Biden urges end to ‘uncivil war;’ SBC leaders call for prayer

WASHINGTON (BP) – Joe Biden called for Americans to end an “uncivil war” and unite after he was sworn in Wednesday (Jan. 20) as the 46th president of the United States.