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Typhoon relief efforts

Baptists respond to typhoon in the Philippines

Texas Baptist Men, Texas Baptists’ Disaster Recovery ministry, the Convention of the Philippine Baptist Churches and the Baptist World Alliance are working with pastors in the Philippines to provide aid after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan.

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Kentucky Baptist childcare agency won’t hire gays

The board of directors of a Kentucky Baptist child care agency voted against a proposal to drop its ban on hiring homosexuals, and the Kentucky Baptist Convention passed a symbolic vote of “no confidence” in the agency head who had recommended the change.

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Kentucky Baptist home considers hiring homosexuals

After a dozen years defending lawsuits stemming from firing a lesbian worker in 1998, a Kentucky Baptist childcare agency is considering dropping its ban on hiring gay employees.

LifeWay apologizes

LifeWay apologizes to Asian-Americans for Rickshaw Rally

The head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s publishing arm apologized for a 10-year-old Asian-themed vacation Bible school curriculum critics said promoted racial stereotypes.

Baptist Briefs

Baptist Briefs: Letter against surveillance of Muslims

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty joined more than 120 national, state and local organizations in an open letter urging the Department of Justice to investigate post-9/11 surveillance practices in New York City.

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Immigration reform becoming personal, SBC leader says

A Southern Baptist Convention official says evangelicals are galvanizing around immigration reform because increasingly it affects someone they know.

Baptist Briefs

Baptist Briefs: Hobby Lobby appeals to Supreme Court

Hobby Lobby has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the government can force it to provide health insurance for employees that covers methods of birth control the company’s Southern Baptist owners believe can cause an abortion.

Baptist Briefs

Baptist Briefs: Poll shows concern about Louisiana College

An online survey of Louisiana Baptist clergy and college trustees revealed high levels of concern about Louisiana College, a Baptist school founded in 1906.

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Baptist MK felt prayers during Kenya hostage crisis

Katherine Walton—the daughter of Southern Baptist missionaries—relied on the prayers of Christians around the world during the horrifying hours she and her children were trapped in Nairobi’s Westgate Mall.

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GuideStone joins suit fighting Obamacare

The Southern Baptist Convention agency that provides insurance for church and denominational employees has joined a lawsuit over contraceptive mandates in the Affordable Care Act.

Background checks

Background checks help churches protect children

Of the 84,500 background checks from churches have been run through the LifeWay backgroundchecks.com program, more than 22.5 percent of the screenings returned records with misdemeanor or felony offenses.

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