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Baptist Briefs: Hobby Lobby appeals to Supreme Court

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. Hobby Lobby founder David Green, a member of Council Road Baptist Church in Bethany, Okla., and other members of his family who run the privately owned craft store chain filed papers Oct. 21 claiming the contraceptive mandate portion of Obamacare violates their sincerely held religious beliefs. They claim protection under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, which says the government cannot “substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion” without strict scrutiny.

CBF global missions search committee appointed. Steve Wells, pastor of South Main Baptist Church in Houston, and Rob Sellers, professor of theology and Connally professor of missions at Hardin-Simmons University’s Logsdon School of Theology, will serve on a 12-member search committee for a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship global missions coordinator. Linda Jones, missions coordinator for CBF of North Carolina, will chair the committee to find a successor to Rob Nash, who led CBF global missions work from 2006 to 2012. Jim Smith, former director of field ministries, has served as interim coordinator of global missions since Nash left CBF to become associate dean and professor of missions and world religions at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology.

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